The Midnight Hour

Paperback edition released 14/04/2022

by Elly Griffiths

Part of the The Brighton Mysteries Series

Historical fiction Crime and Mystery Thriller and Suspense

The Midnight Hour Synopsis

A twisty new murder story from the bestselling author of the Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries. An old man lies dead and it looks like poison, but his wife isn't the only one who had reason to kill him.

Brighton, 1965

When theatrical impresario Bert Billington is found dead in his retirement home, no one suspects foul play. But when the postmortem reveals that he was poisoned, suspicion falls on his wife, eccentric ex-Music Hall star Verity Malone.

Frustrated by the police response to Bert's death and determined to prove her innocence, Verity calls in private detective duo Emma Holmes and Sam Collins. This is their first real case, but as luck would have it they have a friend on the inside: Max Mephisto is filming a remake of Dracula, starring Seth Billington, Bert's son. But when they question Max, they feel he isn't telling them the whole story.

Emma and Sam must vie with the police to untangle the case and bring the killer to justice. They're sure the answers must lie in Bert's dark past and in the glamorous, occasionally deadly, days of Music Hall. But the closer they get to the truth, the more danger they find themselves in...

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781787477605
Publication date: 14th April 2022
Author: Elly Griffiths
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
Primary Genre Historical fiction
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Elly Griffiths Press Reviews

Beneath the smooth, swan-like progression of Elly Griffith's sentences there is a lot going on. She is utterly in control of her material, and the machinations of the plot are never allowed to swamp character development, sense of place or the creation of atmosphere. She is a witty writer: the sturdy legs of a toddler on a swing, for example, are said to be kicking the sky. If only all history mysteries could be as good as The Midnight Hour. - The Times

Griffiths writes with verve and wit, and has an unflaggingly keen eye . . . deliriously entertaining - Irish Times

An entertaining period murder mystery full of delightfully eccentric - and one decidedly deadly - luvvies - Irish Independent

Layered with a gripping plot ... very, very enjoyable' - Belfast Telegraph

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About Elly Griffiths

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. ...

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