The Vanishing Box: Stephens and Mephisto Mystery 4 - Stephens and Mephisto (Hardback)
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The Vanishing Box: Stephens and Mephisto Mystery 4 - Stephens and Mephisto (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 02/11/2017
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'Vivid description, masterful sleight of hand and a lightness of touch add up to a terrific read for aficionados and newcomers alike' Guardian

Winter, 1953. A young flower seller is found dead in her room at a Brighton boarding-house, posed with chilling perfection into a recreation of the death of Lady Jane Grey. This is a killer unlike any DI Edgar Stephens has encountered before.

Across the city at the Hippodrome theatre, Max Mephisto is top of the bill in a double act with his daughter Ruby. Tarnishing the experience, though, is one of the other acts: a seedy 'living tableaux' show where barely-dressed women strike poses from famous historical scenes. Is the resemblance to the murder scene pure coincidence, or is life imitating art?

When another death occurs - this time within the troupe itself - Max once again finds himself involved in one of Edgar's cases, and a threat that will come closer to home than anything before. What should be just a job is about to become personal.

Publisher: Quercus Publishing
ISBN: 9781784297008
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 612 g
Dimensions: 239 x 164 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Vivid description, masterful sleight of hand and a lightness of touch add up to a terrific read for aficionados and newcomers alike * Guardian *
A piquant mixture of humour, period detail . . . and truly beguiling characterisation * Financial Times *
Griffiths manages to juggle humour, homicide and nostalgia in a delightful read * The Times *
This series is without fail engaging and entertaining and The Vanishing Box is no exception ... I could almost smell the greasepaint and see the flutter of feathers ... Loved it! * Crimewarp *
[Griffiths] weaves a fascinating tale. And, like all good mysteries, some surprising revelations along the way with a delicious twist at the end. Highly recommended * Promoting Crime Fiction *
Griffiths pulls a truly startling rabbit out of the hat, demonstrating that this is more than the cosy mystery it initially appears * Sunday Times on The Blood Card *
The lively beginning ... broadens out into an excellent whodunnit, matched by the terrific down-at-heel atmosphere of postwar Brighton * The Times on Smoke and Mirrors *
Mixes cosiness and sharpness in a way that recalls the best of Agatha Christie * Sunday Express on Smoke and Mirrors *
Enormously engaging ... Post-war Brighton and its Theatre Royal are beautifully captured in all their seedy glory ... subtle, charming and very good * Daily Mail on The Zig Zag Girl *
Original, lively and gripping * Independent on The Zig Zag Girl *
Atmospheric . . . a fine novel * Sunday Times *

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“Another sure winner; dark and sinister.”

Happy Publication Day Elly Griffiths.
The Vanishing Box, the fourth novel set in post 2nd world war Brighton, has been released upon the nation. Set just before Christmas 1953 the author has produced another crime... More

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2nd November 2017
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