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Book Review: Return of the Magi – P J Tracy *****

As we get closer to Christmas it is nice to pick up something with a festive twist to it and you don’t get more festive than Las Vegas in December! Emil Rice is a smooth talking chancer. He has the gift of the gab and a light touch that sees unsuspecting people being relieved of their wallets and purses. Unfortunately Emil isn’t very good at not getting caught and when he is hauled up before a judge in Clark County it looks like he’ll be going back to prison for Christmas.

Despite his twenty three prior offences the judge decides not to imprison Emil but sentences him to a years community service at a mental health facility just outside of the city. Here Emil comes into contact with a diverse range of people including two old ladies who are convinced that he is the missing part of the Three Wise Men.

It is a beautiful story and the characters that Tracy crafts are so real and lifelike that you feel like you know them all. My only complaint is that the book isn’t anywhere near long enough and I’m left wondering what happens next. A feelgood story that will fill you with cheer this festive season.

Supplied by Net Galley and Penguin in exchange for an honest review.

UK Publication Date: Nov 15 2017. 170 pages.

Categories: 5 Stars Book Review

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Prolific reader, enthusiastic theatre and movie-goer and ex-Olivier Awards judge who spent twenty years working in the music industry in London. Sharing my house with a gorgeous cockapoo called Harry who has taken over completely.
I love sharing my favourite books with friends - nearly always spoiler-free as I hate reading a synopsis of the whole book in other reviews.


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