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David Cargill - Author

About the Author

David Cargill was Born in Dumfries and spent his youth in Lockerbie. A teaching career, a lifelong interest in stage magic and the writings of John Dickson Carr kindled his interest in writing. He now lives in Fort William and is a member of the Society of American Magicians.

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Cinderella Murders

Cinderella Murders

Author: David Cargill Format: eBook Release Date: 28/07/2015

Giles, Professor of Magic and Illusion, is invited to join the cast during their rehearsals at the oldest working theatre in Scotland. 'The Cinderella Murders', destined to become a West End hit needs a 'wow factor' and Giles is the man to create illusions which will mesmerize and delight audiences. But the rehearsals themselves are dogged by Illusions, misdirections, tricks and random inexplicable happenings.

Memoirs of Mrs. Margaret Cargill

Memoirs of Mrs. Margaret Cargill

Author: David Cargill Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/11/2014

David Cargill was one of the first Christian missionaries in Fiji. Though published as a Memoir to his late wife, this is in effect a report of his seven years of mission work in Tonga and Fiji from 1833 to 1840, with interesting accounts of learning local languages and establishing an orthography for Fijian.

Gauntlet of Fear

Gauntlet of Fear

Author: David Cargill Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2013

When Professor Giles Dawson, historian of magic and the great illusionists, visits the Circus Tropicana, wintering at a former RAFairfield in Devon, he is not there to be entertained.He is there at the request of the circus boss, Ramon Mordomo. Ramon Mordomo has experienced a series of disasters at the circus, which appear to be the work of someone trying to force him to give up the circus he loves - making him run the Gauntlet of Fear. Once Giles has been introduced to the list of suspects, he witnesses a number of so-called accidents - which any one of the suspects could have caused. He then receives some cryptic messages.... which only add more mystery to the puzzle. Things turn deadly when an accident in the ring turns out to be murder... watched by hundreds of spectators. The attempt to solve the riddle leads Giles to York, where the circus opens the season and where a second murder is committed in a locked room. A murder which is so bizarre that supernatural influences might have to be considered. As Giles begins to solve the riddle, he realises he can't prove his suspicions. So he calls together all the suspects and plays a magic trick .... a trick designed to lure the culprit into a deadly confrontation.

Gauntlet of Fear

Gauntlet of Fear

Author: David Cargill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2012

When Professor Giles Dawson, historian of magic and the great illusionists, visits the Circus Tropicana, wintering at a former RAF airfield in Devon, he is not there to be entertained. He is there at the request of the circus boss, Ramon Mordomo. Ramon Mordomo has experienced a series of disasters at the circus, which appear to be the work of someone trying to force him to give up the circus he loves - making him run the Gauntlet of Fear. Once Giles has been introduced to the list of suspects, he witnesses a number of so-called accidents - which any one of the suspects could have caused. He then receives some cryptic messages.... which only add more mystery to the puzzle. Things turn deadly when an accident in the ring turns out to be murder... watched by hundreds of spectators. The attempt to solve the riddle leads Giles to York, where the circus opens the season and where a second murder is committed in a locked room. A murder which is so bizarre that supernatural influences might have to be considered. As Giles begins to solve the riddle, he realises he can't prove his suspicions. So he calls together all the suspects and plays a magic trick .... a trick designed to lure the culprit into a deadly confrontation.

Gauntlet of Fear

Gauntlet of Fear

Author: David Cargill Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/12/2012

When Professor Giles Dawson, historian of magic and the great illusionists, visits the Circus Tropicana, wintering at a former RAF airfield in Devon, he is not there to be entertained. He is there at the request of the circus boss, Ramon Mordomo. Ramon Mordomo has experienced a series of disasters at the circus, which appear to be the work of someone trying to force him to give up the circus he loves - making him run the Gauntlet of Fear. Once Giles has been introduced to the list of suspects, he witnesses a number of so-called accidents - which any one of the suspects could have caused. He then receives some cryptic messages.... which only add more mystery to the puzzle. Things turn deadly when an accident in the ring turns out to be murder... watched by hundreds of spectators. The attempt to solve the riddle leads Giles to York, where the circus opens the season and where a second murder is committed in a locked room. A murder which is so bizarre that supernatural influences might have to be considered. As Giles begins to solve the riddle, he realises he can't prove his suspicions. So he calls together all the suspects and plays a magic trick .... a trick designed to lure the culprit into a deadly confrontation.

Statue of Three Lies

Statue of Three Lies

Author: David Cargill Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2011

When Jack Ramsden, a cabinet-maker and designer of stage props for magicians, was preparing his annual illusion for his wife's birthday, he was killed by a shot from a rifle on a stand. The problem was - he was alone in the room when the shot was fired and the door and windows were locked. A verdict of death by misadventure was declared at the inquest. Fourteen years later the official findings are being questioned by at least one member of his family. Professor Giles Dawson, a London historian specialising in magic and the great illusionists, receives a cryptic letter from Laura, Jack Ramsden's daughter whom he knew as a child. The letter urges him to return for her mother's 70th birthday celebrations to help prove that her father's death had been murder. Giles accepts the invitation and, during a weekend fraught with danger, he comes face to face with everyone who was present on the night Jack Ramsden died. Certain entries in the dead man's diary require explanation and a subsequent visit to the United States focusses his mind on the truth behind a mystery of baffling proportions. The Statue of Three Lies is a thrilling 'locked room' murder mystery.

The Statue of Three Lies

The Statue of Three Lies

Author: David Cargill Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/12/2009

Jack Ramsden, Cabinetmaker for Stage Magicians, died whilst preparing his annual presentation for his wife's birthday. It was meant to be an ingenious demonstration of Magic and Illusion until it all went wrong. Jack was killed by a shot from a rifle on a stand. The puzzle was - he was alone in a locked room. Accident or suicide? Fourteen years later a cryptic letter from Laura, the daughter of the dead man, urges Giles Dawson, a historian of Magic and the Great Illusionists, to return to the family home in Scotland where he'd spent much of his boyhood, to help prove her father's death was Murder. The attempt to solve the Locked Room Mystery puts Giles in Danger with Fear and Dread constant companions. Will a death-defying Houdini-type illusion in the United States, just months before Jack's death, explain how a bottle-opener can open more than bottles ? Can an introduction to a bronze statue open his mind on the truth before death has again taken a cold hand in the proceedings?

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