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- DescriptionBrighton, 1950. When a girl's body 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 t 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 kwn to him, Max changes his mind. Ather death, ather 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 ather 'trick', the Wolf Trap, he kws that they are all in the killer's sights...
- Author BiographyElly Griffiths was born in London. She worked in publishing for many years. Her bestselling series of Dr Ruth Galloway novels, featuring a forensic archaeologist, are set in Norfolk. The series has won the CWA Dagger in the library, and has been shortlisted three times for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Her Stephens and Mephisto series is based in 1950s Brighton. She lives near Brighton with her husband, an archaeologist, and their two children.
- Author(s)Elly Griffiths
- PublisherQuercus Publishing
- Date of Publication16/07/2015
- SubjectCrime, Thriller & Adventure
- Series TitleStephens and Mephisto
- Series Part/Volume Number1
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintQuercus Publishing
- Weight242 g
- Width132 mm
- Height197 mm
- Spine26 mm
- Format DetailsB-format paperback
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- judith786713 Apr, 2017by
"The Zig Zag Girl" is the first in a new series by English writer Elly Griffith.
Set in immediate post war Brighton the background involves a part of show business which has now almost disappeared - the magic show. The main protagonists are a sensitive policeman and his magician friend who work together to solve the mystery of the murder of the latter's one time assistant. Worth reading because Griffith calls on family experiences to create her characters and therefore they seem accurately drawn and for the picture of Brighton as it was in the early fifties.
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