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Paperback 352 Pages
Published: 11/04/2024
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Waterstones Says

Griffiths' post-war Brighton-set mystery series continues apace, with the compelling case of a murdered magician's assistant and a boarding house with its own dark secrets.

Shortlisted for the CrimeFest Last Laugh Award 2024

It starts with a magician and a murder in a Brighton boarding house; throw in a show on Brighton pier, a sinister radio personality and a potential serial killer, and you've got the next twisty mystery from Elly Griffiths.

Magician Max Mephisto, now divorced and living in London, is on his way to visit daughter Ruby and her new-born baby when he is hailed by a voice from the past, fellow performer Ted English, aka the Great Deceiver. Ted's assistant, Cherry, has been found dead in her Brighton boarding house and he's convinced that he'll be accused of her murder.

Max agrees to talk to his friend, Superintendent Edgar Stephens, who is investigating the case. What Max doesn't know is that the girl's family have hired private detective duo Emma Holmes (aka Mrs Stephens) and Sam Collins to do some digging of their own.

The inhabitants of the boarding house, most of whom are performing in an Old Time Music Hall show on Brighton pier, are a motley crew. The house is also connected to a sinister radio personality called Pal. When a second magician's assistant is killed, Edgar suspects a serial killer. He persuades Max to come out of semi-retirement and take part in a summer show. But who can pose as his assistant? Edgar shocks the team by recommending someone close.

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9781529409925
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 249 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 40 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Griffiths' affection for Brighton - with its grotty digs ruled by no-nonsense landladies - and her gentle wit ensure that the reader very much likes to be beside the seaside - The Times

Strong on period detail - Sunday Times

Once again Griffiths has created a lively crew of characters and woven a twisty plot around them - Mystery People

An engaging cosy mystery - with added bite - Crime Monthly Review

Riveting offering in Griffiths' Brighton Mysteries - Sunday Post

Intriguing, multi-layered and full of rich period detail with each character honed to perfection - Lancashire Evening Press

Elly has shot into the top ranks of British crime writers after building an impressive catalogue of bestsellers - Peterborough Telegraph

Gripping . . . magical . . . we loved it - Woman's Weekly

Full of period charm and fiendish plotting - Mail on Sunday

An engaging plot supported by sharp characterisation builds to high drama as the killer takes his final bow - Daily Mail

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“Wow. What a read!!”

I love murder mysteries Elly Griffiths is a wonderful writer. As you read the pages, you are drawn in to the life of each character without even knowing. You are enthralled by their ordinary lives, and the subtle... More

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