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Author: Elly Griffiths Narrator: James Langton Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Magic Men Mysteries Release Date: October 2016 ISBN: 9781504712392
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In the sequel to Zig Zag Girl, DI Edgar Stephens and the magician Max Mephisto hunt for a killer after two children are murdered in a tragic tableau of a very grim fairy tale.

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. Edgar has plenty of leads to investigate. Annie, a surprisingly dark child, used to write gruesome plays based on the Grimms’ fairy tales. Does the key to the case lie in her unfinished final script? Or does the macabre staging of Annie and Mark’s deaths point to the theater and the capricious cast of characters performing in Aladdin? Once again Edgar enlists Max’s help in penetrating the shadowy world of the theater. But is this all just classic misdirection?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator James Langton finds unique voices and accents for the many characters in this story…Langton successfully differentiates the voices of the principal characters, Max Mephisto, a great magician, and Edgar Stephens, the detective in charge of the case, Without resorting to caricature, Langon does a wonderful job with minor characters as well, creating easily identifiable voices and edgy tones that capture the fear of the townsfolk as events escalate. Overall, Langton reads this suspenseful story with a touch of humor and plenty of sincerity. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “The lively beginning broadens out into an excellent whodunit, matched by the terrific down-at-heel atmosphere of postwar Brighton.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Mixes coziness and sharpness in a way that recalls the best of Agatha Christie and has a feeling for showfolk worthy of Ngaio Marsh.”

    Sunday Express (London)

  • “An entertaining read and could be followed up with some of the author’s other novels.”

    Historical Novel Society

  • “This fascinating sequel to The Zig-Zag Girl further develops the two protagonists…Their admiration for each other lays a strong foundation for their partnership in future cases.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “While the British colloquialisms about the ‘panto’ will be new to American readers, the focus on child victims; the dark, fairy-tale aspects; and the engaging characters will draw students in.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Excellent…evoking both the St. Mary Mead of Agatha Christie and the theater world of Ngaio Marsh.”


  • “A dazzlingly tricky mystery, oddball characters, and an authentic feel for life in post–World War II England.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Captivating…[a] suspenseful outing.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A Library Journal Editor’s Pick for Essential Mysteries of 2016
  • An October 2016 LibraryReads Pick
  • A School Library Journal Top Pick of Adult Books for Teens
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Elly Griffiths, winner of the 2011 Mary Higgins Clark Award and the 2016 CWA Dagger in the Library Award, is the author of two mystery series, one taking place in Norfolk and the other in Brighton. Her Ruth Galloway novels take for their inspiration Elly’s husband, who gave up a city job to train as an archaeologist, and her aunt who lives on the Norfolk coast and filled her head with the myths and legends of that area. The second series takes place in the fifties and features Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens and illusionist Max Mephisto.

About the Narrator

James Langton, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and later as a musician at the Guildhall School in London. He has worked in radio, film, and television, also appearing in theater in England and on Broadway. He is also a professional musician who led the internationally renowned Pasadena Roof Orchestra from 1996 to 2002.