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Smoke and mirrors

Smoke and mirrors

Griffiths, Elly, author

Brighton, winter 1951. Pantomime season is in full swing on the pier with Max Mephisto starring in Aladdin, but Max's headlines have been stolen by the disappearance of two local children. When they are found dead in the snow, surrounded by sweets, it's not long before the press nickname them 'Hansel and Gretel'. DI Edgar Stephens has plenty of leads to investigate. The girl, Annie, used to write gruesome plays based on the Grimms' fairy tales. Does the clue lie in Annie's unfinished - and rather disturbing - last script? Or might it lie with the eccentric theatricals who have assembled for the pantomime?

Book. English. Crime. Detective and mystery stories.
Published London: Quercus, 2016
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    Barcode Shelfmark Loan type Status
    C190042660 Adult Fiction Available


Statement of responsibility: Elly Griffiths
ISBN: 1784290289, 9781784290283
Note: Originally published: 2015.
Physical Description: 400 pages ; 20 cm.
Series: The Stephens and Mephisto series ; 2
Subject: Brighton (England) History 20th century Fiction.
Series Title: Stephens and Mephisto series ; 2.


An excellent whodunnit, matched by the terrific down-at-heel atmosphere of postwar Brighton
The Times||Griffiths evokes with skill the seedy allure of the provincial theatre and the drabness of a Britain that is still rationed
Sunday Times||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||Original, lively and gripping
Independent (on The Zig Zag Girl)