Master of Illusion


Master of Illusion: A Celine Skye Psychic Mystery
by Nupur Tustin

About Master of Illusion

Master of Illusion: A Celine Skye Psychic Mystery
Cozy Mystery/Psychic Mystery
1st in Series
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?

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“Dirck,” Celine called softly.

Icy barbs of fear suddenly stung her skin, and she leaned back, out of sight, against the wall. It’s just a door, she told herself. Nothing more sinister than an open door.

Dirck must have wanted to let in some fresh air; he was often short of breath.

But the fear persisted, accompanied by the strong sense that she was about to encounter something menacing.

Still holding herself against the rough, stucco surface, she tilted her head cautiously out to peer into the interior of the Delft.

“Dirck,” she called again. “Are you there?”

She stepped inside.

“Dirck, it’s Celine. I forgot your pills. I—”

At first she thought Dirck was asleep. On the carpet in the middle of the room that he’d always kept hidden. His legs spread in a misshapen heap on the left, his head and neck twisted to the right. His arms resting loosely on the carpet, hands bunched into fists.

Then she noticed the Lady sitting at his feet. The Lady looked up at Celine, her features sorrowful. The smell of cigarette smoke was even stronger here.

Celine’s gaze shifted to Dirck. Circular burn marks dotted his face just as they had in her dream. Dirck’s features were contorted into a painful grimace. A slender gash scored the skin around his neck, branded into his sunburned flesh like a thin red band.

From where Celine stood, she could make out blood glistening on jagged bits of skin.

Who had done this to Dirck? A shrill, sharp, long-drawn cry assailed her ears.

Screaming won’t bring him back, Celine. Sister Mary Catherine’s voice startled her. Call 9-1-1. 


About 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. Visit her at

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  1. Love the book cover and excerpt. Would love to read and review the print version of this book . I love reading books like this. The book cover is not only interesting, intriguing and mysterious but it actually calls out to me to READ ME, READ ME. When a book does this whether it's a new author like you are to me or an author I'm familiar with this is a rare accomplishment and I know the book has to be fantastic.
    I do hope I'm lucky enough to win.
    Thanks for chance to win.
    Look forward to learning more about you and your books.

  2. I love the cover. i like that it's a psychic mystery, It sounds good. Thanks for the chance.

  3. I'm glad you like the cover, Lynn and Crystal! I love it too, but, of course, I'm biased! This was an exceptionally fun book to write, and I hope you enjoy reading it.


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