A gripping Brighton-based mystery from the bestselling author of the Dr Ruth Galloway series - a must-read for fans of Agatha Christie, cosy crime and TV series such as Grantchester and Midsomer Murders.
'Griffiths writes with a smart, sharp eye' Peter James
'Recalls the best of Agatha Christie' Sunday Express
Three young women have gone missing.
A girl called Rhonda has vanished from her boarding school. Maybe she ran away, but there are disturbing similarities to the disappearance of two other young women - those too thought not to be suspicious.
But where are they?
Detective Edgar Stephens is under pressure to solve Rhonda's disappearance, but it is his wife Emma, herself a former detective now frustrated at being just a housewife, who concludes there might be a connection between the three cases.
Then the danger comes nearer home.
Edgar's friend, magician Max Mephisto, is reinventing himself as a movie star and trying not to envy his daughter Ruby's television fame. Little do either of them know how close they are to being drawn into the deadly web of abduction and murder about to trap them all.
'A piquant mixture of humour, period detail . . . and truly beguiling characterisation' Financial Times
Set in 1964, Mary Higgins Clark Award winner Griffiths's fine fifth Magic Men mystery (after 2017's The Vanishing Box) finds Supt. Edgar Stephens and his colleague, Det. Insp. Bob Willis, looking into the disappearance of schoolgirl Rhonda Miles, an MP's daughter, who supposedly ran off to London to see 18-year-old matinee idol Bobby Hambro, but her father is certain that she has been abducted. Edgar and Bob are ably assisted by 19-year-old Woman Police Constable Meg Connolly, who goes undercover with Rhonda's friends. Edgar's wife, Emma, once a police detective sergeant but now a stay-at-home mother of three, makes some useful suggestions and investigates when she can with her female reporter friend, Sam Collins. Soon, it becomes apparent that disappearances of a local student nurse and a mod girl are connected. Griffiths mixes well-defined characters with a clever plot. Her examination of the place of women in 1960s British society should appeal to readers of procedurals and historical fiction fans.