The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths audiobook

The Zig Zag Girl

By Elly Griffiths
Read by James Langton

Blackstone Publishing 9780544527942

The Magic Men Mysteries: Book 1

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781504640275

  • ISBN: 9781504640251

  • ISBN: 9781504640268

  • ISBN: 9781504658843

Runtime: 8.07 Hours
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

An Amazon Best Book of the Month in Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense

A BookPage Top Pick for September 2015

A BookPage Book of the Day

An Entertainment Weekly “Must Read” for 10 Great Fall Thrillers

In the first installment of a compelling new series by Elly Griffiths, a band of magicians who served together in World War II track a killer who’s performing their deadly tricks.

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. He’s reluctant to leave this world to help Edgar investigate but advises him to identify the victim quickly—it takes a special sidekick to do the Zig Zag Girl. Those words come back to haunt Max when the dead girl turns out to be Ethel, one of his best assistants to date. He’s soon at Edgar’s side, hunting for Ethel’s killer.

Another death, another magic trick: Edgar and Max are sure the answer to the murders lies in their army days. And when Edgar receives a letter warning of another “trick” on the way—the Wolf Trap—he knows they’re all in the killer’s sights.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Captivating…The Zig Zag Girl is old-fashioned in the best ways.” Wall Street Journal
“Some killers get inspiration from the police blotter; others copy … magicians? A troupe of magicians who served in WWII (using trickery to blindside the enemy) must figure out who is performing these fatal imitations—and why.” Entertainment Weekly
“Enormously engaging…Postwar Brighton and its Theatre Royal are beautifully captured in all their seedy glory…Subtle, charming, and very good.” Daily Mail (London)
“With a labyrinthine plot, a splendid reveal, and superb evocation of the wafer-thin veneer of glamour at the bottom end of show business, this is thoroughly enjoyable.” Guardian
“[A] captivating reimagining.” BookPage
“The portrayal of the backstage life and the onstage performances of illusionists forms a fascinating backdrop to the main action. Brief flashbacks to the Magic Men’s wartime missions provide an equally gripping backstory. As the plot deepens, Griffiths’ tone darkens, leading to a series of surprise twists. Readers will look forward to seeing a lot more of Max and company.” Publishers Weekly
“Griffiths’ ability to imbue atmosphere and create fascinating characters continues to make her an author every mystery lover should be reading.” Library Journal
“The setting of the shabby, postwar beach town during the 1950s adds a rich dimension to the novel, both in terms of atmosphere and in giving the story a classic mystery feel—crime in a pre-electronic age, before cell phones and DNA, when crimes were solved by face-to-face investigation and inspired deduction. An original plot and appealingly quirky characters round out the appeal of this thoroughly entertaining tale.” Booklist
“Griffiths weaves a compelling tale rich with historical detail and a cast of eccentric characters.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Elly Griffiths

Author Bio: Elly Griffiths

Elly Griffiths, winner of the 2011 Mary Higgins Clark Award and the 2016 CWA Dagger in the Library Award, is the author of three series of mysteries for adults and one series for children.

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Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD, Playaway
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 8.07
Audience: Adult
Language: English