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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

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

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Mixes cosiness 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)

  • “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)

  • “Captivating…Stephens and his team must sort through misdirection and vanishing acts before another child dies in this suspenseful outing.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “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

  • 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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