Monday, May 22, 2017

The Zig Zag Girl

Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens and magician extraordinaire Max Mephisto met during World War II when they served together in a secret military unit known as the Magic Men. Now, five years later, two murders committed in Brighton, England, have brought them back together. Not only are the murders based on two of Max's magic tricks, but they are also linked to the Magic Men. And the killer has just sent a warning to Stephens that another "trick" is on the way.


The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths is a well-plotted and entertaining mystery with an unlikely and unforgettable duo in Stephens and Mephisto--Edgar is sincere and idealistic while the more cynical Max is the consummate show man. I liked them both. And while this is not one of those page-turning thrillers that'll keep you up all night, Griffiths does a nice job of building tension and creating a few fun twists along the way. She's written at least 3 more books with these same characters and I'm looking forward to reading all of them. (Her Ruth Galloway series is also really good.)

Happy Reading!

12 comments:

  1. Love the sound of this one!

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    1. It's a fun mystery. I'm excited to read her other books about these two characters. :)

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  2. Sounds like a fun read! Do the protagonists actually use magic to get information or catch the criminal?

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    1. I wish they did! That would've made the book even more fun. But while Max's magic tricks are in the story, they aren't the main focus.

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  3. Sounds like a fun read. I haven't heard of this author.

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    1. She writes mysteries set in England; her other series is about a forensic archaeologist who helps solve cases, ancient and recent. I like those books, too.

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  4. I don't think I've read anything by this author but this one sounds like fun and a good one to begin with. :)

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    1. This is a fun read....and Griffiths is a good writer; I enjoy her mysteries a lot. :)

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  5. I've been meaning to read this one for awhile now. I love the Ruth Galloway series, so I'm sure I'll like this one too. I just need to find the time to read it! Glad you enjoyed it :)

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    1. Finding the time to read all the books we want to read is always tricky, isn't it? :)

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  6. Definitely sounds like a fun book--I like the setting and the premise. I'm always up for a good mystery series and these characters do sound promising. Good review.

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    1. Thanks, Jane! I'm hoping the second book is even better than the first. :)

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