Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Master of Illusion (+ Giveaway)

It’s a pleasure to welcome author Nupur Tustin here today as part of her Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for her latest release, MASTER OF ILLUSION, the first installment in her new Celine Skye Psychic Mystery series.

Join me today for an excerpt reading and the opportunity to enter Nupur’s giveaway below. First, some background on her tantalizing new book.

Master of Illusion
By Nupur Tustin
*Cozy Mystery/Psychic Mystery
*1st in Series - A Celine Skye Psychic Mystery
*Publisher: Foiled Plots Press (July 28, 2020)
*Paperback: 292 pages
*ISBN-10: 099824306X
*ISBN-13: 978-0998243061

When death arrives in Paso Robles, so do clues to an infamous art heist in Boston. . .

          For seven years, psychic Celine Skye has led a life free of visions in quiet Paso Robles. But now the visions are back. Along with a dubious customer from Boston.
          Celine has always been able to sense death. But not even she can foresee her employer Dirck’s murder. Finding his corpse in the wine bar he owns is bad enough.
          Grappling with the suspicion that Dirck’s death could be connected with the Gardner Museum heist is even worse.
          As Celine struggles to make sense of the psychic clues she receives, there’s just one question in her mind: What exactly did Dirck know about the Gardner Museum heist to get himself killed?

Now an excerpt for your reading pleasure

For the detective on the case, the brutality of Dirck Thins’ murder suggests personal vendetta rather than a random killing. Although reluctant to do so, Celine is forced to concede—at least to herself—that he might be right:

“What exactly did your employer know, Ms. Skye?”

Detective Rick Mailand, a man with a deeply tanned face and craggy features, eyed Celine as though he suspected her of withholding information.

The question he put to her hung, unanswered, in the air.

“About what?” she responded finally. She was stalling. The words Gardner Museum Heist had fluttered across her mind in golden letters. She deliberately wiped them off her mental screen as she pushed the stirrer into the Styrofoam cup of coffee Detective Mailand had handed her.

Satisfied that her mind was completely blank, she looked up and gazed into his eyes—the color of mahogany rimmed with gray. Unusual eyes. Attractive eyes. And, at this point, deeply suspicious eyes.

“I don’t know, Ms. Skye. I was hoping you could enlighten me. He must have had knowledge about something to be tortured and killed the way he was. You were a trusted employee, were you not?”

Celine nodded.

“Did he ever mention anything that seems relevant now in the light of what’s happened? There were cigarette burns on your employer’s face. He was garroted. That seems to indicate a personal motive for the murder, Ms. Skye. Rather than that Mr. Thins was just a random victim of a break-and-enter.”

“I was a trusted employee, Detective, but I wasn’t Dirck’s confidante.” She paused. “I think he was meeting someone. He hustled me out of the bar and when I returned I noticed the glasses of wine in the sanctum.” She was repeating the information she’d already given him.

“He may have been expecting two people. There were two glasses of wine.” She emphasized that. It was the only way she had of letting Mailand know there’d been two men attacking Dirck, not one.

Other impressions crowded into her mind. The attackers had been after some object or other; something that could be easily concealed behind the back of a painting.



Whatever it was, Dirck had known about it. It’s hiding in plain sight; she heard his voice taunting his killer.

MASTER OF ILLUSION is available to purchase at the following sites - Amazon - Nook - Apple - Kobo 

Meet the Author

Author Nupur Tustin
A former journalist, Nupur Tustin misuses a Ph.D. in Communication and an M.A. in English to paint intrigue. She also orchestrates mayhem in composer Joseph Haydn’s Europe.

For more on Nupur and her writing, you can visit her at her website,, and at the following sites:

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  1. What an intriguing excerpt.
    I find psychics fascinating and cannot imagine how they cope with the myriad of information crowding their minds.

  2. I think EC is right; this does sound really intriguing! It sounds like an interesting mystery, too. Thanks for sharing, Mason.

  3. I’m glad you enjoyed the excerpts, EC and Margot. There’s also a Prequel available: Visions of Murder.


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