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The Wizard of Death

(The second book in the Lyon and Bea Wentworth Mystery series)
A novel by

When he learns a bullet was meant for his wife, children's author Lyon Wentworth investigates an assassination, in this irresistible political thriller.

On a sunny afternoon in Murphysville, Connecticut, the village green of the charming suburb is filled with voters who have come for a glimpse of Randolph Llewyn. Everyone's attention is locked on the stage as state senator Bea Wentworth introduces the candidate for governor - everyone, that is, but Bea's husband, Lyon, who is daydreaming of a title for his latest children's book. Lyon snaps back to attention, however, when a sniper's bullet cuts Randolph down as he takes the stage.

A second bullet misses, but the damage is done. As the crowd erupts in panic, Lyon spots the assassin fleeing on a motorcycle. With police chief Rocco Herbert, Lyon gives chase, but the killer gets away. Only then does Lyon think of Bea, who is shaken, but unharmed. But when he learns that Bea was also a target, the mild-mannered children's book author must find the courage to hunt an assassin before he strikes again.

Written in the rough-and-tumble political climate of the late 1970s, The Wizard of Death is a small-town thriller unlike any other. Starring a delightful husband-and-wife sleuthing team, it's as quick and shocking as an assassin's bullet.

The Wizard of Death is the 2nd book in the Lyon and Bea Wentworth Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

Genre: Mystery    

Used availability for Richard Forrest's The Wizard of Death

Hardback Editions

November 1978 : UK Hardback

Title: Wizard of Death
Author(s): Richard Forrest
ISBN: 0-7091-7064-5 / 978-0-7091-7064-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Robert Hale Ltd
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

February 1977 : USA Hardback

Title: The wizard of death: A novel of suspense
Author(s): Richard Forrest
ISBN: 0-672-52238-1 / 978-0-672-52238-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

July 1978 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: The Wizard of Death
Author(s): Richard Forrest
ISBN: 0-671-81799-X / 978-0-671-81799-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

November 2016 : UK Kindle edition

Title: The Wizard of Death
Author(s): Richard Forrest
Availability: Amazon UK