The chilling debut mystery in the Brighton Mysteries series from Edgar Allen Poe Award-winner Elly Griffiths--author of the Ruth Galloway Mysteries--about a band of magicians who served together in World War II tracking a killer who's performing their deadly tricks.
"Captivating."--Wall Street Journal
"An absorbing read, the debut of another great series."--San Jose Mercury News
"A labyrinthine plot, a splendid reveal, and superb evocation of the wafer-thin veneer of glamour at the bottom end of showbusiness . . . Thoroughly enjoyable." --Guardian
Brighton, 1950. A girl is found cut into three sections, and Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens is convinced the killer is mimicking a famous magic trick--the Zig Zag Girl. The inventor of the trick, Max Mephisto, served with Edgar in a special ops group called the Magic Men that used stage illusions to confound the enemy. Max still performs, touring with ventriloquists, sword-swallowers, and dancing girls.
When Edgar asks for his help with the case, Max tells him to identify the victim, for it takes a special sidekick to do the Zig Zag Girl. Those words haunt Max when he learns the victim was a favorite former assistant of his own. And when Edgar receives a letter warning of another "trick" on the way, he realizes that it is the Magic Men themselves who are in the killer's sights.
"Enormously engaging . . . Griffiths's plot is satisfyingly serpentine."--Daily Mail
"Readers will finish looking forward to the next trick up Griffiths's] sleeve."--Mystery Scene
- ISBN-13: 9780544811874
- ISBN-10: 0544811879
- Publisher: Mariner Books
- Publish Date: September 2016
- Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds
- Page Count: 336