When Artemus Ackerman, retired magician and mayor ofCalendar, hears about the first fire on Sabbath Street, he sends his publicist,Maggie Wakeling, to the fire department to find out what caused it.
Artemus, who still performs conjuring tricks for hisconstituents, has his heart set on turning the shabbily elegant Baldwin Theaterinto a museum of magic. All he has to do is convince wealthy widow ClaudetteGoodwin to donate the Baldwin to his beloved town.
But the theater is located on Sabbath Street, where thatfirst disastrous fire occurred. Then there is a second fire on Street—anda third.
Certain Claudette will never invest money in such anincendiary location, Artemus orders Maggie to follow the trail of char, first toFire Marshal George Copeland, then to theBoys of Sabbath Street, who had so valiantly saved occupants from twofires. And finally to…?
Add to the mix Mayor Ackerman’s romantic attraction to Claudette,Maggie’s determination not to be attracted to Fire Marshal Copeland, andthe idiosyncratic residents of Calendar, and the result is a happy romp throughthe world of fire investigation and an introduction to people you will wishlived across the street instead of only in the pages of this enchanting book.