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Vanishing Act (Charm & Deciet Book #2)

Title:  Vanishing Act (Charm & Deceit #2)
Author:  Jennifer AlLee and Lisa Karon Richardson
Pages:  243
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Whitaker House
This is a charming mystery and romance set during the Civil War in Washington, D.C.  The main characters are Juliet Button and Carter Forbes.  Carter is one of the supporting characters from the first book in the series, Diamond in the Rough.  Now, the series continues with his story.
Carter now has access to President Lincoln through his boss Allan Pinkerton.  When Lincoln’s young son Tad is kidnapped, Lincoln wants the best Pinkerton agent on the case, which is Carter Forbes.  Carter enlists the help of a spiritualist, Juliet Button, to help him investigate clues to Tad’s kidnappers.  Carter doesn’t want to be attracted to Juliet as he objects to her profession and thinks her a swindler of honest and innocent people.  However, he is attracted to her more and more.
Juliet Button or Miss Avila as her clients know her has to support her family.  Her family actually is a group of outcasts and not related to her biologically.  Juliet has a compassionate heart and is known for helping others.  She grew up as a magician’s assistant, illusionist, makeup artist and is used to performing so she has put her only professional skills to work to earn a living for her family.  She “speaks” to the dead for a fee; she is a medium.  Her “family” helps her with her parlor tricks unbeknownst to her clients.  When she is forced to help Carter defraud another medium, she is unwittingly involved in another mystery.  She likes Carter and wants to help find little Tad.  She has experience with the seamier side of life in Washington, D.C. so her help to Carter is invaluable.  Can there be a future between a con artist and a Pinkerton agent?  Juliet thinks surely not, but decides to trust the Lord for her future.
I really enjoyed the mystery in this story.  The kidnapping of Tad Lincoln and the subsequent search for clues created great tension and kept me turning the pages to see what was going to happen.  I liked the short chapters, which I thought gave a good, quick pace to the plot.  The characters were well-developed with good dialogue for easy reading.  I recommend this book and am looking for to the next book in the series.
My rating is 4 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at
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