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Gripping historical mystery from the best-selling author of The Stranger Diaries.  

Three girls have left. None has come back. 

Brighton, 1963. Edgar Stephens has been promoted to Superintendent and is married to his former sergeant, Emma Holmes. Edgar's wartime partner in arms, magician Max Mephisto, is a movie star in Hollywood while his daughter Ruby has her own TV show.  

The funeral of an old friend highlights just how much the gang's lives have changed in the last nine years. Edgar is struggling with fresh responsibilities and the new swinging Brighton of rioting mods and rockers; Emma is chafing against the restrictions of life as a housewife.  

Bob Willis, meanwhile, is tackling his biggest case since his promotion to DI: a schoolgirl missing from high-class boarding school Roedean. It looks like she's run away; but there are disturbing similarities to the disappearances of a young local nurse and a tearaway Modette, neither of who has been seen or heard from since.... 

A new world is dawning in Brighton, but the city's dark side is as dangerous as ever. 

©2019 Elly Griffiths (P)2019 Quercus Editions Limited

Critic Reviews

"Griffiths writes with a smart, sharp eye and great elegance." (Peter James)

"A piquant mixture of humour, period detail...and truly beguiling characterisation." (Financial Times)

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  • Claire Kendall-Price
  • 06-12-2019

Total Disappointment. Nothing Like the Others.

Set in 60s. Emma is married to Edgar, has 3 children, and is bored. (Note: after 10 mins, so was I.) This is a book about Emma being bored and frustrated. It has none if the fun and wonderful characters of the Variety Landladies, the back stage and on stage trickery of the magicians. Editing of writing was patchy as it kept reminding us of the same things, which was totally unnecessary. Yes, this book does have Max in (and Ruby), but he is no longer a magician, but is rather boring and middle aged. It has a murder, but it is not about The Magic Men at all. I feel very disappointed and misled about the book. I want Elly Griffiths to go back to the 50s, to seaside landladies, Max romancing all sorts of women, the Magic Men using tricks and misdirection to solve mysteries. If Emma does become a private detective, the original premise for the series has vanished. And along with it a number of readers.

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  • Kirstine
  • 25-02-2020

Worth a listen if you've followed the series

I enjoyed hearing about Mephisto and Stevens again: both now married with children and brought together again by a funeral of an old friend. Like the Ruth Galloway novels, by the same author, this series is less about detection and more about the interactions among the familiar characters. For that reason I don't think this fifth book in the series works as a stand-alone novel as it relies on knowing the back-stories of the characters. It's not an outstanding book but well-wroth a listen if you've enjoyed the earlier books.

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  • kitty67
  • 05-10-2019

Another wonder story by ELLY

I’ve been waiting for another instalment of the magic men. I actually guessed whom the killer was 3/4 of the way through but I still enjoyed the whole story. I would recommend this book and the rest of the magic men series.

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  • Diane Walmsley
  • 28-10-2020

Brilliant

I have thoroughly enjoyed this series I didn't think it would meet elly Griffiths other books but it did I loved the social story as well as the crime plenty of twists and Turns and I never once worked out the baddie the narrator and his sometimes voices come accent didn't quite make it but I could forgive that for the book

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  • Dazler
  • 27-06-2020

Very disappointing!

This series has been one of my favourites but sadly this book was a real disappointment! We jump to 1963 and find that our two central characters are now just supporting characters in what has become The Brighton Mystery’s. Such a shame!

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  • E. Matthews
  • 13-04-2020

Just as good as ever.

Finished listening back to back, to all the Edgar, Max etc books. It's jumped on by a good number of years but that doesn't spoil anything. Eagerly looking forward to the next.

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  • Mrs Maureen Cate
  • 09-12-2019

Great series...

There doesn’t seem to be a great deal to dislike about this series, although I was a tad unsettled by describing this book as an ‘Historical Novel’ when I was 21 in that year and wearing similar white, knee length boots and mini-skirt as one of the characters! Superb narration and a ripping yarn with excellent characters - who could ask for more - but DO read the series in order.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 30-11-2019

A fresh start for old friends

I enjoyed the 4 Stephens and Mephisto books, but agreed that the series had run its course. By moving things on 10 years or so, Elly Griffiths has breathed new life into some old friends - and the lack of 'how will we fit the theatre into this plot?' problems meant that this was probably a stronger book overall. The 60s in Brighton are well captured and there are plenty of potential avenues for books 6, 7, 8 and so on. Very enjoyable.

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  • R J Moore
  • 14-11-2019

More Please

If you're an Elly fan you won't be disappointed by this 5th volume in the series. The series name change hasn't detracted from the excellent story telling. Elly has moved on the characters since the 4th book but keeps the reader wrapped up in the new plot and in the life of the characters. More please!

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  • Mellonclan
  • 04-11-2019

as usual an excellent story

thoroughly enjoyed this book. Dont want to give the ending but I can see this series continuing or a spin off series being written. Either way future books should be even better.

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