The Ambitious Card – An Eli Marks Mystery Book 1

The Ambitious Card
296 Pages
ISBN 1938383486

Psychics are being murdered and magician Eli Marks is the top suspect.

His greatest trick? Not becoming the next victim.


“The Ambitious Card is intelligently written and ... entirely engrossing.” – Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

The life of a magician isn’t all kiddie shows and card tricks. Sometimes it’s murder.

Psychics are being murdered and Eli can't escape suspicion. Then things get really complicated when romance blooms with a beautiful psychic. Eli discovers she's the next target for murder and he's scheduled to die with her.

Now Eli must use every trick he knows to reveal the true killer … before they become the next victims.

Grab your copy and get started on this fantastic and funny series right now!


“This is a hugely entertaining crime novel, packed full of comedy….Warm, funny, and well-plotted–a book to brighten any grey day. Do read it!” – FictionFan’s Book Reviews

“The Ambitious Card is a must-read!” – Books and Looks

“Before I had even finished the first chapter I had fallen in love with Eli. He is intelligent, sensitive, witty, and, suddenly, the main suspect in a series of murders…well written, fast-paced, and exciting.” – The Frugal Mennonite

“The deftly-plotted mystery is enriched by Eli’s relationships with his ex-wife, her new husband, his old-school stage magician Uncle Harry, and an interesting collection of people and places in and around St. Paul…This stylish novel is filled with interesting details, snappy dialogue, and appealing characters.” – More Than a Review

“This story is very well written and fun to read. I would definitely read another Eli Marks Mystery!” – A Simple Taste for Reading

“I had a great time reading The Ambitious Card. I don’t read many series, but I’m definitely willing to go on another adventure with Eli.” – The Writerly Reader

“Well, Dear Reader, would I recommend The Ambitious Card? Would I read another Eli Marks mystery? Yes, I would do both.” – Charlie Britten, Write On


John Gaspard

About John Gaspard (Twin Cities, Minnesota Author)

John Gaspard

John is author of the Eli Marks mystery series as well as three other stand-alone novels, "The Greyhound of the Baskervilles," The Sword & Mr. Stone" and "The Ripperologists."

He also writes the Como Lake Players mystery series, under the pen name Bobbie Raymond.

In real life, John's not a magician, but he has directed six low-budget features that cost very little and made even less - that's no small trick. He's also written multiple books on the subject of low-budget filmmaking. Ironically, they've made more than the films.

Those books ("Fast, Cheap and Under Control" and "Fast, Cheap and Written That Way") are available in eBook, Paperback, and audiobook formats.

John lives in Minnesota and shares his home with his lovely wife, several dogs, a few cats, and a handful of pet allergies.