Elly Griffiths

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The Zig Zag Girl

Amazon

Review

'Enormously engaging ... Post-war Brighton and its Theatre Royal are beautifully captured in all their seedy glory ... subtle, charming and very good' Daily Mail.
'Instantly gripping. I can't remember when was the last time that I've stormed through a book so fast ... Griffiths captures the spirit of the age perfectly' Upcoming4Me.
'Elly Griffiths has created yet another terrific character ... It's this talent that shows Elly to be a leading voice in British crime writing' Crimesquad.  

From the Inside Flap

Brighton, 1950 - a post-war world of rationing, austerity, pea-souper fogs and seedy seaside resorts. When the body of a girl is found, cut into three, DI Edgar Stephens recalls a magic trick that he saw as a boy. The illusion is called the Zig Zag Girl and its inventor, Max Mephisto, is an old friend of his. They served together in the war as part of a shadowy unit called the Magic Men, formed to use stage trickery to confuse the enemy. Edgar tracks down Max and asks for his help. Max is still on the circuit, touring seaside towns in the company of ventriloquists, sword-swallowers and dancing girls. Max is reluctant to get involved but the changes his mind when the dead girl turns out to be his former stage assistant. Another death follows, again gruesomely staged to resemble a magic trick, the Sword Cabinet. Edgar and Max become convinced that the answer to the murders lies back in their army days and the antics of the Magic Men. When Edgar receives a letter warning of another 'trick', he knows that they are all in danger. The Wolf Trap is the deadliest illusion of all, but who will be the next victim?

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Goodreads

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 danger.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22838934-the-zig-zag-girl 

 

"I am very grateful to Mike Laslett for showing me the old police cells below Brighton Town Hall and the accompanying museum, contact : info@oldpolicecellsmuseum.org.uk. It's a wonderful tour and it's free!"

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