The Floating Light Bulb – An Eli Marks Mystery Book 5

A magician disappears in the middle of his act.

Was it magic? Or murder?

"If David Copperfield and Sherlock Holmes had a child, it would be Eli Marks.” – The Magic Word Podcast


When a magician is murdered in the midst of his act at the Mall of America, Eli Marks is asked to step in and take over the daily shows—while working hard to not be the next victim in a series of bizarre homicides!

Praise for Eli Marks Mystery Series:

"You will just LOVE these books.” – VANISH Magazine

“This is an instant classic, in a league with Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and Arthur Conan Doyle.” – Rosebud Book Reviews

“It’s full of magic, mystery, danger and misdirection, as a good magic trick should be. I love this cozy mystery series, a thoroughly delightful read.” – Sweet Mystery Books

“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

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

“Hands-down the funniest thing I have read in a long time, expertly paced and hilariously detailed.” – Seattle Book Mama


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.