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Magic, murder and a mystery rooted in a murky wartime past. Meet DI Stephens and Max Mephisto

Brighton, 1950.

When the body of a girl is found, cut into three, Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens is reminded of a magic trick, the Zig Zag Girl.

The inventor of the trick, Max Mephisto, is an old friend of Edgar's. They served together in the war as part of a shadowy unit called the Magic Men.

Max is still on the circuit, touring seaside towns in the company of ventriloquists, sword-swallowers and dancing girls. Changing times mean that variety is not what it once was, yet Max is reluctant to leave this world to help Edgar investigate. But when the dead girl turns out to be known to him, Max changes his mind.

Another death, another magic trick: Edgar and Max become convinced that the answer to the murders lies in their army days. When Edgar receives a letter warning of another 'trick', the Wolf Trap, he knows that they are all in the killer's sights...

Crime & Thrillers
November 6

Customer Reviews

lots8 ,

Great Read!

I really enjoyed this book - written in a slightly jaunty style, fitting the '50s seaside setting, which is nicely evoked without a word being wasted. Clear, memorable characters and a good plot that keeps you guessing and wondering. I'm moving straight on to the next one!

JosieJay ,

Love Elly’s other books but....

I really struggled with this book - couldn’t get into it at all. It got better about 3/4 of the way through and I’m glad I finished it but sadly I can’t recommend it (unlike all the Ruth G books and Stranger Diaries which are brilliant).

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