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Murder at Midnight
Scholastic, 2009
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Murder at Midnight

A plot to overthrow King Claudio is brewing in the Kingdom of Pergamontio. Scholarly Mangus the magician—along with his street-smart and faithful new servant boy, Fabrizio—have been marked as easy scapegoats for the traitor lurking within the king's court. Together, these two unlikely partners must gather clues to solve the mystery and prove their innocence before the stroke of midnight … or face death!

Intricate plotting, surprise twists, and lively prose make for another suspenseful page-turner that stands alone or sets the stage for Midnight Magic.

Behind the Book

Avi writes: Murder at Midnight is a prequel to Midnight Magic, a book I wrote some years ago. There is a lot of suspense and hocus-pocus in Midnight Magic, but best of all—I think—it has an unusual pair of detectives: the elderly Mangus the Magician, who does not believe in magic, and his young boy apprentice, Fabrizio, who most assuredly does believes in all things magical.

Writers get lucky when they really enjoy their characters. In fact, writing about these guys was such fun, I always thought I should bring them back in another book. That’s exactly what I’ve done in Murder at Midnight. It tells the tale of how this unlikely pair came together, and in so doing deals with a nefarious plot to tumble the ruler of the Italian city-state of Pergamentio.

No surprise: I’m thinking of using Fabrizio and Mangus in yet again in another magical, midnight adventure. Stay tuned.


“Combining action, silliness and enough step-by-step explanations to help readers figure out the mystery, this enjoyable historical tale should appeal to the author's many younger fans and send them off to read—or reread—Midnight Magic.” (Publishers Weekly)

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