In the captivating sequel to the "enormously engaging" (Daily Mail) Zig Zag Girl, Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens and the magician Max Mephisto hunt for a killer who stages his victims in horrific tableaux of very grim fairy tales.
“Another great series.” — San Jose Mercury News
“A dazzlingly tricky mystery.” — Kirkus Reviews
“A tremendous skein of red herrings, sharp and thorough police work, [and] mysterious connections.” — Bookgasm
It’s Christmastime in Brighton, and the city is abuzz about magician Max Mephisto’s star turn in Aladdin. But the holiday cheer is lost on DI Edgar Stephens. He’s investigating the murder of two children, Annie and Mark, who were found in the woods alongside a trail of candy—a horrifying scene eerily reminiscent of “Hansel and Gretel.”
Edgar has plenty of leads. Annie, a dark child, wrote gruesome plays based on the Grimms’ fairy tales. Does the key to the case lie in her final script? Or does the macabre staging of the bodies point to the theater and the capricious cast of Aladdin? Edgar enlists Max’s help in penetrating the shadowy world of the theater. But is this all just classic misdirection?
“Excellent . . . Evoking both the St. Mary Mead of Agatha Christie and the theater world of Ngaio Marsh.” — Booklist
PRAISE FOR THE MAGIC MEN MYSTERIES:
“Absorbing…Another great series.” —San Jose Mercury News
“Thoroughly enjoyable.” —The Guardian
“Clever, immensely likeable.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Enormously engaging.” —The Daily Mail
“Original, lively, and gripping.” —The Independent
“A wild ride full of mayhem, magic and murder.” —The Absolute
“Excellent…Evoking both the St. Mary Mead of Agatha Christie and the theater world Ngaio Marsh.” —Booklist
“Suspenseful.” —Publishers Weekly
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