The Brighton Mysteries 5 Books Collection Set by Elly Griffiths - Adult - Paperback
“With a labyrinthine plot, a splendid reveal and superb evocation of the wafer-thin veneer of glamour at the bottom end of showbusiness, this is thoroughly enjoyable.” The Guardian on The Zig Zag Girl
Elly Griffiths is the pen name of Domenica de Rosa. The Brighton Mysteries, set in her hometown, stars DI Stephens and magician Max Mephisto. She's most famous for The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries, writes the Girl Called Justice series for children, and has published several books of contemporary fiction set in Italy under her own name.
Griffiths has sold over 3 million books, and has made the Sunday Times Bestsellers chart nineteen times and counting. She has won many awards for her work, including the Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Mary Higgins Clark Award, the 2016 CWA Dagger in the Library, and several Dead Good Reader awards. She has been shortlisted three times for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year and for the CWA Gold Dagger 2021. She was appointed Booksellers Champion by the Crime Writers’ Association in June 2021.
The Brighton Mysteries Series Books 1 -5 Collection Set by Elly Griffiths:
Titles in this set:
- The Zig Zag Girl
- Smoke and Mirrors
- The Blood Card
- The Vanishing Box
- Now You See Them
The Zig Zag Girl:
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.
Smoke and Mirrors:
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?
The Blood Card:
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 Vanishing Box:
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' current case of the death of a quiet flowerseller.
Now You See Them:
Three young women have gone missing. A girl called Rhonda has vanished from her boarding school. Maybe she ran away, but there are disturbing similarities to the disappearance of two other young women - those too thought not to be suspicious.But where are they?