Smoke and Mirrors

Smoke and Mirrors : Stephens and Mephisto Mystery 2

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Brighton, 1950s, mid-winter. Two missing children are found buried under snow in this chilling new case for DI Stephens and Max Mephisto. Max's star turn in Aladdin has been overshadowed by the murder --of two local children. With fairy tales in the air, it's not long before the press have found a nickname for the case: 'Hansel and Gretel'.

'An excellent whodunnit, matched by the terrific down-at-heel atmosphere of postwar Brighton' - The Times

DI Edgar Stephens has plenty of leads to investigate. The missing girl, Annie, used to write plays and perform them with her friends. Does the clue lie in Annie's unfinished - and rather disturbing - last script? Or might it lie with the eccentric actor types who have assembled for the pantomime?

Once again Edgar enlists Max's help in penetrating the shadowy theatrical world that seems to hold the key. But is this all just classic misdirection?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 28mm | 240g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1784290289
  • 9781784290283
  • 50,146

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An excellent whodunnit, matched by the terrific down-at-heel atmosphere of postwar Brighton The Times
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Original, lively and gripping * Independent (on The Zig Zag Girl) * Mixes cosiness and sharpness in a way that recalls the best of Agatha Christie and has a feel for showfolk worthy of Ngaio Marsh * Sunday Express * Griffiths evokes with skill the seedy allure of the provincial theatre and the drabness of a Britain that is still rationed * Sunday Times * An excellent whodunnit, matched by the terrific down-at-heel atmosphere of postwar Brighton * The Times *
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About Elly Griffiths

WINNER OF THE 2016 CWA DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY. Elly Griffiths was born in London. She worked in publishing before becoming a full-time writer. 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.
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2,029 ratings
3.85 out of 5 stars
5 21% (428)
4 48% (974)
3 27% (552)
2 3% (61)
1 1% (14)
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