Welcome

Welcome to the world of Legerdemain. Take a look around, and please, come back and visit often.

Legerdemain is the title of a serial, starting on Kindle Vella in late July 2022, running for 195 episodes, the final season one episode going live on June 4, 2024. The title is also the name of the city in which the bulk of the action occurs. The direct link to the Kindle Vella page where the story begins is here. The 195 episode season is available to binge for a limited time.

Legerdemain was written and structured as an ongoing serial, not a book released in chapters. It went on as long as the metrics worked, and then pivoted. The vision intial release was to contain 3 large arcs, and comprises around 90 episodes. That was adapted, as the story grew, and the serial on Kindle Vella encompassed two arcs, ending with episode 195. Two episodes per week released, going live on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The target market is readers who love serials, not those who wait until an entire series releases to start reading.

Now that the first Kindle Vella season is complete, what’s next for LEGERDEMAIN? Plenty! Binge first, and stay tuned to learn about its life beyond the original serialized vision.

LEGERDEMAIN has a large cast, and multiple short and long term arcs woven in. The website gives readers additional information about the world, and to give information to those who aren’t sure about whether or not to commit to a serial. The first three episodes of the serial are free, and give readers a sense of the voice and the world.

The tone is a mix of mystery, fantasy, and comedy. The central protagonist, Shelley Magnus-Grantone, is a lively, funny, compassionate, talented pansexual witch, allergic to children, who’s also the Sheriff of the Order of Order, the law enforcement entity for the city and the province. She’s earth-aligned, which means her strongest magic is connected to the element of earth. She’s the eldest of four (two younger sisters and a younger brother). Her mother is the recently-appointed Oracle of the Kingdom, and now lives in the Citadel, the city’s original fortification, along with her father, who is an astronomer and astrologer. Shelley was born and raised in Legerdemain, loves it passionately, and knows every nook and cranny of it (along with a good many of the locals in it).

Legerdemain is a city of magic, misfits and murder. It has a long, colorful history, welcoming those who don’t fit anywhere else; exiling those who try to control and oppress.

Legerdemain is located on the northeastern cliffs in the Kystnaere province of the Kingdom of Cosenquo, on the planet Melli. While they prefer to mind their own business, they welcome tourists and other visitors, from around the planet Melli, and from off-world.

Melli is part of a solar system around a star called Olwen, which serves as the system’s sun. Melli has three moons: Amaris, Badru, and Channey. Each has a slightly different orbit around Melli; the rare Triple Full Moon is both an event of wonder and a trigger for all kinds of chaos. The general moon cycle of the combined rotation is called a “rhythm” and consistes of 33 days. 13 rhythms makes one “anno” (what we consider a year). Legerdemain is located in a region that experiences four seasons.

You can read more about the city and its history here. That tab includes information on the province of Kystnaere, and the kingdom of Cosenquo. Because an info-dump in the serial would slow down the story (although much of the information is integrated into the action), more details are here on the website.

If you’re interested in digging deeper into the histories and backgrounds of the characters, visit the People page. This will update regularly, as new episodes release, and the cast expands.

Legerdemain is a busy, vibrant city, comprised of districts and neighborhoods, and a large variety of businesses (many of which are mentioned in passing in the serial). If you want additional infomation about those businesses and tourist attractions, you can visit the Business page.

The Episode Guide will update regularly, with the logline for the latest episodes released, and the graphic associated with the episode. As long as the serial remains on Kindle Vella, the first three episodes remain free.

Vist the News page for updates on the serial and the other formats in which stories about this world appear.

There’s information About the Author on the relevant page.

Sign up for Devon’s Random Newsletter on the Newsletter page. Please note that it is for all of the work under the Devon Ellington byline and other bylines the author uses. It is not specific to Legerdemain. The newsletter comes out quarterly, with the occasional email blast.

The Media room will have a media kit about the serial, snippets of reviews, and any other relevant information.

If you’re interested in the author’s other work and sites, here’s more information:

Ink In My Coffee: An almost daily blog on the intersection of writing and life.

Devon Ellington Work: The author’s main website. The website has information on books, shorts (Delectable Digital Delights), anthologies, Topic Workbooks, and links to the websites for the different series.

You can follow Devon Ellington on Facebook, Instagram, Bluesky, Tumblr, CounterSocial, and Mastodon.

Welcome

Welcome to the world of Legerdemain. Take a look around, and please, come back and visit often.

Legerdemain is the title of a serial, starting on Kindle Vella in late July 2022, running for 195 episodes, the final season one episode going live on June 4, 2024. The title is also the name of the city in which the bulk of the action occurs. The direct link to the Kindle Vella page where the story begins is here. The 195 episode season is available to binge for a limited time.

Legerdemain was written and structured as an ongoing serial, not a book released in chapters. It went on as long as the metrics worked, and then pivoted. The vision intial release was to contain 3 large arcs, and comprises around 90 episodes. That was adapted, as the story grew, and the serial on Kindle Vella encompassed two arcs, ending with episode 195. Two episodes per week released, going live on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The target market is readers who love serials, not those who wait until an entire series releases to start reading.

Now that the first Kindle Vella season is complete, what’s next for LEGERDEMAIN? Plenty! Binge first, and stay tuned to learn about its life beyond the original serialized vision.

LEGERDEMAIN has a large cast, and multiple short and long term arcs woven in. The website gives readers additional information about the world, and to give information to those who aren’t sure about whether or not to commit to a serial. The first three episodes of the serial are free, and give readers a sense of the voice and the world.

The tone is a mix of mystery, fantasy, and comedy. The central protagonist, Shelley Magnus-Grantone, is a lively, funny, compassionate, talented pansexual witch, allergic to children, who’s also the Sheriff of the Order of Order, the law enforcement entity for the city and the province. She’s earth-aligned, which means her strongest magic is connected to the element of earth. She’s the eldest of four (two younger sisters and a younger brother). Her mother is the recently-appointed Oracle of the Kingdom, and now lives in the Citadel, the city’s original fortification, along with her father, who is an astronomer and astrologer. Shelley was born and raised in Legerdemain, loves it passionately, and knows every nook and cranny of it (along with a good many of the locals in it).

Legerdemain is a city of magic, misfits and murder. It has a long, colorful history, welcoming those who don’t fit anywhere else; exiling those who try to control and oppress.

Legerdemain is located on the northeastern cliffs in the Kystnaere province of the Kingdom of Cosenquo, on the planet Melli. While they prefer to mind their own business, they welcome tourists and other visitors, from around the planet Melli, and from off-world.

Melli is part of a solar system around a star called Olwen, which serves as the system’s sun. Melli has three moons: Amaris, Badru, and Channey. Each has a slightly different orbit around Melli; the rare Triple Full Moon is both an event of wonder and a trigger for all kinds of chaos. The general moon cycle of the combined rotation is called a “rhythm” and consistes of 33 days. 13 rhythms makes one “anno” (what we consider a year). Legerdemain is located in a region that experiences four seasons.

You can read more about the city and its history here. That tab includes information on the province of Kystnaere, and the kingdom of Cosenquo. Because an info-dump in the serial would slow down the story (although much of the information is integrated into the action), more details are here on the website.

If you’re interested in digging deeper into the histories and backgrounds of the characters, visit the People page. This will update regularly, as new episodes release, and the cast expands.

Legerdemain is a busy, vibrant city, comprised of districts and neighborhoods, and a large variety of businesses (many of which are mentioned in passing in the serial). If you want additional infomation about those businesses and tourist attractions, you can visit the Business page.

The Episode Guide will update regularly, with the logline for the latest episodes released, and the graphic associated with the episode. As long as the serial remains on Kindle Vella, the first three episodes remain free.

Vist the News page for updates on the serial and the other formats in which stories about this world appear.

There’s information About the Author on the relevant page.

Sign up for Devon’s Random Newsletter on the Newsletter page. Please note that it is for all of the work under the Devon Ellington byline and other bylines the author uses. It is not specific to Legerdemain. The newsletter comes out quarterly, with the occasional email blast.

The Media room will have a media kit about the serial, snippets of reviews, and any other relevant information.

If you’re interested in the author’s other work and sites, here’s more information:

Ink In My Coffee: An almost daily blog on the intersection of writing and life.

Devon Ellington Work: The author’s main website. The website has information on books, shorts (Delectable Digital Delights), anthologies, Topic Workbooks, and links to the websites for the different series.

You can follow Devon Ellington on Facebook, Instagram, Bluesky, Tumblr, CounterSocial, and Mastodon.

News

Series begins on July 28, 2022.

Glitch!

There was a glitch in Kindle Vella, and it would not allow me to schedule the episode designated for today, Episode 71. That episode will go live on Thursday, along with the regularly scheduled Episode 72. My apologies for the delay and any inconvenience/disappointment it causes.

Episode Guide

The serial begins releasing episodes on Kindle Vella on July 28, 2022. The direct link to Legerdemain’s Kindle Vella page is here. From that page, you can read the first three episodes for free, and then purchase tokens to buy the next episodes.

Episodes 1 and 2 released on launch day. After that, episodes will release on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the length of the run. The Episode Guide will update so that the most recent episode is at the top of the guide.

Episode 30: The Inmans Have Opinions

Murdered guests are bad for business.

Episode 29: The Accidental Consort

The nervous consort has a secret tying him to both murder victims.

Episode 28: Mer Dealings

Questioning the Merfolk is never easy. They always want payment, monetary and personal.

Episode 27: Death in Drown Port

The body of a  murdered young woman is returned from the sea by a merman. It’s the same M.O. as the murdered man in the garden.

Episode 26: Descent into Cellarton

Time for Shelley to go into the city within the cliffs under Legerdemain, and pay a visit to her ex-girlfriend, the best tarot reader she knows.

Episode 25: Welcome to the Inkblood Bookshop

Almost cozy. Nothing sharp. Run by vampires. Which means they know all about exsanguination.

Episode 24: The Temple of the Underworld

Trying out outrun death? Good luck with that.

Episode 23: Meeting with the Stannator

Sometimes you have to do your civic duty.

Episode 22: Truth Writes Itself

Books write history as it happens in the Fathomless Library. So how come certain passages are crossing themselves out as soon as they’re written?

Episode 21: A Special Amulet

Shelley gives Joanne a special amulet for her quest. Will it help Joanne achieve her goal? Will it save Joanne’s life? Or will the amulet come back on a corpse?

Episode 20: Books in Danger or Dangerous Books?

A routine Inkspection turned deadly for Inkspector Paige & her WordMerc Corsico when they stumble across thieves who don’t just steal books, but burn them. In Cosenquo, the penalty for book burning is death.

Episode 18: Mathaniel’s Story

Mathaniel read all the books & learned all the card tricks. He went on what was supposed to be simple quest for a pegast coin. Instead, he fell into the fight of his life.

Episode 17: Strife in Stomende

Wounded dragons land inside the Fathomless Library compound, with an Inkspector, a wounded WordMerc, a terrified Questor, and charred books, in flight from the chaotic southern province.

Episode 16: Can You Enter the Fathomless Library?

Shelley and Fletcher know there are answers inside. But first, they have to answer the riddles posed by the sphinxes guarding the gate.

Episode 15: Navigating Market Square

Madame Arabella plays the psychic, but her connections from her days as a fan dancer at the Mystic Mons Club may help answer some questions.

Episode 14: Unaligned Puzzle Pieces

Fletcher learned the Temple thefts angered Fledgling Phoebe and frightened Acolyte Colyer. Shelley is sure their reactions are significant to the whole puzzle, but how?

Episode 13: Sisterly Affections

Shelley, Samantha, and Sunny – magical sisters who won’t let anyone or anything harm those they love. Even when it’s complicated.

Episode 12: Lunch Hour Delights

A little lunch hour distraction with a lover gives Shelley disturbing new information on disruptions in other parts of the kingdom. Do they tie into the murder?

Episode 11: The Un-Fight Club

Mom’s protégé wants a physical fight. Shelley’s more interested in how and why he finagled his way into her mother’s trust.

Episode 10: Dad, Then Daedalus

It’s always a pleasure to visit Dad & his celestial charts. But the Questor who Mom took under her wing? Not so much.

Episode 9: A Visit with Mother

Unrest in the Kingdom requires the Oracle’s attention. Murder in Legerdemain requires Shelley’s.

Episode 8: Journey to the Citadel

Through the square and up the hill. When the Oracle summons, Shelley must comply. Don’t ignore your mother.

Episode 7: There are Rituals and then There are Rituals

Upset priestesses calmed, and then The Messenger arrives from the Citadel. Let’s hope The Messenger doesn’t catch the curtains on fire this time.

Episode 6: Missing Magical Machinations

Artifacts missing from temples at the same time as a dead body shows up? Shelly knows it can only mean one thing: a ritual. And it won’t be pretty.

Episode 5: The Luminous Lady

The ghost of a pirate’s wife has information on the murder. Why was one of the killers wearing the pirate’s signet ring?

Episode 4: The Clash of the Ladies Who Lunch

Mrs. Hulatossits threatens to take Mrs. Parchaesti’s house off the House and Garden Tour. Dead bodies in the garden Are Not Done in the upscale Atraxia district of Legerdemain.

Episode 3: Interview with Lord Fuster

Lord Fuster found the body in Mrs. Parchaesti’s garden. Lord Fuster is a small, yappy dog. Interviewing him should be interesting.

Episode 2: Corpse Talker Follies Ren Foster is the best corpse talker in Legerdemain. Shelley gets him to the crime scene, but he’d rather be the corpse than the corpse talker.

Episode 1: Dead With the Daisies

Sheriff Shelley Magnus-Grantone and her team investigate the death of a young man garroted, stabbed, and exsanguinated. He’s got a tattoo of the Order of Seismic Alchemy on his wrist. But that order’s been disbanded for 800 years.

About the Author

Devon Ellington is a full-time writer, publishing under multiple names in fiction and nonfiction. She is an internationally-produced playwright and radio writer. She spent the bulk of her professional life working backstage on Broadway and in film and television production. She currently lives in the Berkshires.

Among the series she writes are the Coventina Circle Paranormal Romantic Suspense novels, the not-quite-cozy Nautical Namaste Mysteries (as Ava Dunne), The Gwen Finnegan Mysteries, and the Jain Lazarus Adventures (currently out of print).

She has a myriad of shorts, called Delectable Digital Delights, and a series of Topic Workbooks, built around the workshops and seminars she teaches online and in-person all over the world.

In the early 2000’s, she wrote four serials in four genres under two names for 18 months (which meant writing 8000 words a week).

Her main website is DevonElllingtonWork, and her almost daily blog about the intersection of art and life is Ink in My Coffee.

You can follow her on social media via Facebook, Instagram, Bluesky, Tumblr, and Mastodon.