The Frame-Up

Del Rey: Ballantine Feb. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9780593597736. pap. $18. FANTASY
Poissant is an infamous last name for the Poison Angel and her daughter, Dani. When Dani is approached by her mother’s mysterious partner, she’s unsure if this is the redemption she has been hoping for or a setup for the damage she has caused. Most of the world is unaware that there are humans who are gifted with magic, and not all those who have it consider it a gift. Yet the promised reward and a chance at returning to her only family are too tempting to resist. Thus Dani finds herself planning a heist with her mother’s old crew, to steal a portrait from the one mark she prevented her mother from going after, the Fortress of Art. From the beginning things are not all they seem, and Dani has to gain the respect of her family all over again while dealing with revelations from the past. The humorous banter of the characters will delight while readers try to puzzle out the mystery that slowly unspools.
VERDICT Hand Bond’s new crime caper fantasy (which follows her recent espionage-themed paranormal romance Mr. & Mrs. Witch) to readers who like their magic set in the real world or who enjoy heist novels based around a found-family crew.
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