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Murder by Magic
House name Franklin W. Dixon
Ghostwriter Unknown writer, and Rick Oliver
Cover artist Brian Kotzky
Publication information
Publisher Archway Paperbacks
Publication date April 1995
Media type Print (Paperbacks)
Pages 150
ISBN ISBN 0-671-88209-0
Series The Hardy Boys Casefiles
Preceded by Pure Evil
Followed by Frame-Up
External links
The Hardy Boys Encyclopedia


"When danger gets in the act, lives can go up in smoke!"
— Tagline, from the front cover

Murder by Magic is the 98th book in the The Hardy Boys Casefiles series.

Plot summary

The Hardy boys have signed on as stagehands for Legerdemania -- the annual extravaganza showcasing the world's master magicians. But this year's spectacular proves to be a killer. Gideon the Great's assistant, Miranda, was supposed to do a vanishing act. Instead she ends up dead...and the murderer disappears.

The competition onstage is fierce, and Frank and Joe soon discover that just about every magician has a motive for murder. And determined to avoid exposure, the real killer is more than willing to perform an encore. The Hardys will have to come up with some hocus-pocus of their own, or they might end up victims of the dirtiest, deadliest trick of all!


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