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—and his trusty sergeant, Emma, investigates some important leads at home. As the clock ticks down to coronation day, the team must scramble to keep Max’s small-screen debut from ending in a dangerously explosive finale.
ELLY GRIFFITHS is the author of the Ruth Galloway and Magic Men mystery series. She is the recipient of the Mary Higgins Clark Award and the CWA Dagger in the Library Award.
“Griffiths excels at depicting the post–World War II transition from variety shows to television. A love triangle involving Holmes, Stephens, and aspiring magician Ruby French, the detective’s fiancée and Mephisto’s daughter, adds a human-interest angle likely to engage both series fans and new readers.”—Publishers Weekly
“Amusing, atmospheric, and thoroughly engaging, providing an insightful look at vaudeville and the art of legerdemain. Perfect for fans of the eccentric (and often endearing) characters created by Simon Brett and Christopher Fowler.”—Booklist
“In the third case for the Magic Men (Smoke and Mirrors, 2016, etc.), half the fun is the journey through postwar England to the surprising denouement.”—Kirkus Reviews
PRAISE FOR THE MAGIC MEN MYSTERIES:
“Absorbing…Another great series.”—San Jose Mercury News
“Clever, immensely likeable.”—Wall Street Journal
“Enormously engaging.”— Daily Mail
“Original, lively, and gripping.”—Independent
“A wild ride full of mayhem, magic and murder.”—Absolute
“Excellent…Evoking both the St. Mary Mead of Agatha Christie and the theater world of Ngaio Marsh.”—Booklist