Murder and Magic is a collection of short stories by Randall Garrett featuring his alternate history detective Lord Darcy. First published in 1979, it has been reprinted many times since. The four stories here ("The Eyes Have It", "A Case of Identity", "The Muddle of the Woad", and "A Stretch of the Imagination") are set in an alternate world whose history diverged from our own during the reign of King Richard the Lionheart.
In a world where a magic-based technology has been developed in place of our own science, Lord Darcy combines his occult skills and brilliant deductions to bring criminals to the King's Justice.
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Wonderful book, not so wonderful narrator
Yes, I would recommend the book, but not the audio version. The narrator has a disconcerting habit of pausing in very inappropriate places in the middle of sentences, which for me completely breaks the flow of the story. It's very jarring and if the book itself were not so well written, I would probably abandon the audio version.
I plan to avoid this narrator at all costs in the future.
The Lord Darcy books are a great deal of fun, very well written and thoroughly enjoyable. Do yourself a favor and find a print copy to read,
- Robin "Robin"
Great book, average reading
lost of other
The story is great - good detective/noir/magic yarn, some of it based off the most famous detective/noir stories (Holmes, Christie, Hammett).
However, Victor must learn what punctuation is all about.
He stops in middle of sentences, stress wrong words, etc.