The Stephens and Mephisto Mystery
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  • 1
    The Zig Zag Girl | Elly Griffiths

    The Zig Zag Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated By Daniel Philpott
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    (4)
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    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.

    Not Ruth Galloway

    For me it was not, since I found the story contrived and unappealing. Maybe I am unfair, since I really enjoy her Ruth Galloway series and expected to..Show More »

    Reviewed on January 05 2015 by PetraFZ (United States)
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    The Zig Zag Girl | Elly Griffiths

    The Zig Zag Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (92)

    Brighton, 1950. The body of a girl is found cut into three pieces. Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens is convinced the killer is mimicking a famous magic trick - the Zig Zag Girl. The inventor of the trick, Max Mephisto, is an old war friend of Edgar's. They served together in a shadowy unit called the Magic Men, a special ops troop that used stage tricks to confound the enemy. Max is on the traveling show circuit, touring seaside towns with ventriloquists, sword-swallowers, and dancing girls.

    Disappointing

    Because it was written by one of my favorite authors, I felt good about giving it a try. Now I'm sorry that I wasted a credit. It was fair at best. ..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 22 2015 by Cheryl (Petersburgh, NY, United States)
  • 2
    Smoke and Mirrors: A Stephens and Mephisto Mystery | Elly Griffiths

    Smoke and Mirrors: A Stephens and Mephisto Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated By Daniel Philpott
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    Brighton, 1951. Pantomime season is in full swing on the snowy pier, with Max Mephisto starring in Aladdin. But Max's headlines have been stolen by the disappearance ­­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'. DI Edgar Stephens has plenty of leads to investigate. The missing girl, Annie, used to write plays and perform them with her friends.

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    Smoke and Mirrors: The Stephens and Mephisto, Book 2 | Elly Griffiths

    Smoke and Mirrors: The Stephens and Mephisto, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    It's Christmastime in Brighton, and the city is abuzz about a local production of Aladdin, starring the marvelous Max Mephisto. But the holiday cheer is lost on DI Edgar Stephens. He's investigating the murder of two children, Annie and Mark, who were strangled to death in the woods, abandoned alongside a trail of candy - a horrifying scene eerily reminiscent of Hansel and Gretel.

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  • 3
    The Blood Card: Stephens and Mephisto Mystery, Book 3 | Elly Griffiths

    The Blood Card: Stephens and Mephisto Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated By Luke Thompson
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    Elizabeth II's coronation is looming, but the murder of their wartime commander, Colonel Cartwright, spoils the happy mood for DI Edgar Stephens and magician Max Mephisto. A playbill featuring another deceased comrade is found in Colonel Cartwright's possession, and a playing card, the ace of hearts: the blood card. The wartime connection and the suggestion of magic are enough for him to put Stephens and Mephisto on the case.

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    The Blood Card: The Magic Men Mysteries, Book 3 | Elly Griffiths

    The Blood Card: The Magic Men Mysteries, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated By James Langton
    Overall
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    (5)
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    Elizabeth II's coronation is looming, but DI Edgar Stephens is busy investigating the death of a local fortune-teller. Meanwhile, his old pal, the magician Max Mephisto, is rehearsing for his television debut, a Coronation Day variety show. But upon hearing that their wartime commander, Colonel Cartwright, has been found dead in his flat, the two men join forces to find out what happened. While Max is stuck in rehearsals, Edgar finds himself heading to New York, hot on the trail of a mesmerist he's sure has valuable information for them.

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    The Vanishing Box: Stephens and Mephisto Mystery 4 | Elly Griffiths

    The Vanishing Box: Stephens and Mephisto Mystery 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated By Luke Thompson
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    Christmas 1953. Max Mephisto and his daughter, Ruby, are headlining Brighton Hippodrome, an achievement only slightly marred by the less-than-savoury support act: a tableau show of naked 'living statues'. This might appear to have nothing in common with DI Edgar Stephens' investigation into the death of a quiet flower seller, but if there's one thing the old comrades have learned it's that in Brighton, the line between art and life - and death - is all too easily blurred....

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