It's the biggest event of the year as magicians from around the world compete for the title of Grand Master. Kara O'Shea couldn't care less. (your hook starts here--->)She doesn't believe in magic, had seen her share of cheap card tricks and cup-and-ball routines as a child with a mediocre magician for a father. But the Austin Daily Roundup plans to do a local interest piece on the competition (insert description here) , and as one of the feature writers, she draws the assignment. Why hadn't Mr. Jamison assigned her to cover the dog show? It had to be better than this.
Then last year's grand master dies of methanol poisoning and the assignment gets much more interesting—and potentially deadly. Kara was the last person to meet with Justin King, and now she's under suspicion for murder. King had a lot of enemies, though, including several magicians competing for his crown. She just hopes their magic really is hocus-pocus, or she's in serious trouble.
She has a few tricks up her own sleeves, thanks to dear old dad. And they'd darned well better work, especially when one of the magicians turns out to be the real thing, complete with spells that might have her croaking by the pond, catching flies with her tongue. She really prefers a good rib eye to flies.
I like this idea a lot but it's pretty clunky so I'm not really hooked.