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The zig zag girl

The zig zag girl

Griffiths, Elly, author

Brighton, 1950. When the body of a girl is found, cut into three, Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens is reminded of a magic trick, the Zig Zag Girl. The inventor of the trick, Max Mephisto, is an old friend of Edgar's. They served together in the war as part of a shadowy unit called the Magic Men. Max is still on the circuit, touring seaside towns in the company of ventriloquists, sword-swallowers and dancing girls. Changing times mean that variety is not what it once was, yet Max is reluctant to leave this world to help Edgar investigate. But when the dead girl turns out to be known to him, Max changes his mind. Another death, another magic trick: Edgar and Max become convinced that the answer to the murders lies in their army days

Large print, Book. English. Large type books. Crime. Detective and mystery stories.
Published Oxford: ISIS, 2015
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Statement of responsibility: Elly Griffiths
ISBN: 1785410644, 9781785410642
Note: Standard format edition originally published: London: Quercus, 2014.
Physical Description: 336 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
Subject: Brighton (England) History 20th century Fiction.

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Brighton, 1950: When the body of a girl is found, cut into three, DI Edgar Stephens recalls a magic trick that he saw as a boy. The illusion is called the Zig Zag Girl and its inventor, Max Mephisto, is an old friend of his. They served together in the war as part of a shadowy unit called the Magic Men, formed to use stage trickery to confuse the enemy. Max is reluctant to get involved when Edgar tracks him down, but the revelation that the dead girl is his former stage assistant changes his mind. A similar death follows, based on a trick called the Sword Cabinet. Then Edgar receives a letter warning of another "trick" called the Wolf Trap - the deadliest illusion of all. But who will be the next victim?