1950’s London, Brighton and the USA sparkle to evocative life in this arresting crime mystery. This is the third in the ‘Stephens and Mephisto Mystery’ series, although my first and I felt immediately at home with the characters. I now want to know more and step back to the beginning with ‘The Zig Zag Girl’. Stephens and Mephisto, former WWII ‘Magic Men’ veterans find themselves on a murder case with hints of magic, and as the deaths start to mount up, a sinister plot is revealed. Sergeant Emma Holmes is ahead of her time in terms of policing history, and Stephens and Mephisto are lucky to have her, she is a necessary addition to the team and the story. Elly Griffiths sets in place unexpected links and twists which ensures ‘The Blood Card’ is not only a fabulous hit of escapism, it’s also a thrilling and entertaining read. ~ Liz Robinson
November 2016 eBook of the Month.
Elizabeth II's coronation is looming, but the murder of their wartime commander, Colonel Cartwright, spoils the happy mood for DI Edgar Stephens and magician Max Mephisto. A playbill featuring another deceased comrade is found in Colonel Cartwright's possession, and a playing card, the ace of hearts: the blood card. The wartime connection and the suggestion of magic are enough for him to put Stephens and Mephisto on the case. Edgar's investigation into the death of Brighton fortune-teller Madame Zabini is put on hold. Max is busy rehearsing for a spectacular Coronation Day variety show - and his television debut - so it's Edgar who is sent to New York, a land of plenty worlds away from still-rationed England. He's on the trail of a small-town mesmerist who may provide the key, but someone else silences him first. It's Sergeant Emma Holmes who finds the clue, buried in the files of the Zabini case, that leads them to an anarchist group intent on providing an explosive finale to Coronation Day. Now it's up to Edgar, Max and Emma to foil the plot, and find out who it is who's been dealing the cards ...
|Publication date:||3rd November 2016|
|Primary Genre||Crime and Mystery|
Closing date: 07/11/2021
'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)
Elly Griffiths was born in London. She read English at King's College, London, and worked in publishing for many years. Her bestselling series of Ruth Galloway novels, featuring a forensic archaeologist, are set in Norfolk, while her new series of Magic Men novels are based in 1950s Brighton. She lives near Brighton with her husband, an archaeologist, and their two children. In 2016 Elly Griffiths was awarded the CWA Dagger in the Library Award. Unlike most other literary prizes, the Dagger in the Library is awarded not for an individual book but for an author’s entire body of work. ...More About Elly Griffiths