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Summary

On the eve of the Queen's coronation, DI Stephens and Max Mephisto uncover an anarchist plot and a ticking bomb at the same time as solving the murder of a man close to them - from the author of the best-selling Dr Ruth Galloway mysteries.

Elizabeth II's coronation is looming, but the murder of their wartime commander, Colonel Cartwright, spoils the happy mood for DI Edgar Stephens and magician Max Mephisto. A playbill featuring another deceased comrade is found in Colonel Cartwright's possession, and a playing card, the ace of hearts: the blood card. The wartime connection and the suggestion of magic are enough for him to put Stephens and Mephisto on the case.

Edgar's on-going investigation into the death of Brighton fortune-teller Madame Zabini is put on hold. Max is busy rehearsing for a spectacular Coronation Day variety show - and his television debut - so it's Edgar who is sent to New York, a land of plenty, worlds away from still-rationed England. He's on the trail of a small-town mesmerist who may provide the key, but someone else silences him first.

It's Edgar's colleague, DS Emma Holmes who finds the clue, buried in the files of the Zabini case, that leads them to an anarchist group intent on providing an explosive finale to Coronation Day.

Now it's up to Edgar, Max and Emma to foil the plot and find out who it is who's been dealing the cards....

©2016 Elly Griffiths (P)2016 Quercus Publishing Ltd

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Mephisto gets his 3rd outing

What did you like about this audiobook?

As this is the 3rd book it was finding out about what happened to the characters.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

The genre is one that I regularly read and I was encouraged to read it after Elly Griffiths was given the role of Chair at the Harrogate Crime Festival 2017. I would have read this anyway at some point.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

1. Question is not gender neutral and incorrectly describes it as a male.
2. The book is a work of fiction so the role of the author is to provide a world to escape to and not present knowledge in the way presumed.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Nothing overly wrong with it, just that it was a different narrator to the previous 2 books which spoilt it a bit.

Do you have any additional comments?

When setting these questions it would have been nice for the original questions to be saved or an option to save the review.

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Another good book by Elly

Storyline was good, well written and well narrated. Only down side was that the recording had 3 parts where the narrative jumped as if a CD had skipped.

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Brilliant but recording flawed

I can't recommend the story highly enough for its twists and turns as well as its denouement but unfortunately silence reigns in several places leaving you wondering what you are missing.

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Another highly entertaining Stephens and Mephistopheles story.

I loved the characters, the setting: the 1950s, Brighton and central London. Great plot tying into the past, both of the magic men, but also references to WW2 history.

The narrator was ok with everything except the female character voices which all sounded a bit silly. And there are a lot of women in this book. It didn't quite spoil it for me. But I would probably read the next book on Kindle

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not as good as the others..

if your looking for a sophisticated psychology murder mystery this isn't the book for you nor are any of Ellie's books what you get for your money is a jolly good romp though a average who dunnit with characters you can't help but like and want to know better... a grown up Enid Blyton..

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  • Bex
  • Burton-on-Trent, United Kingdom
  • 27-02-17

The curse of the phone effect

Another great story from Elly Griffiths but pleeeeease, whoever makes these decisions, STOP DOING THE 'ON THE PHONE' EFFECT. It's absolutely awful, it really grates and is so distracting.

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Excellent as ever

Character and plot developments are extremely well crafted .A first rate novel

Looking forward to more

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Finally...

... a narrator who does justice to Ms Griffiths's characters and plot! Takes this series from 4 to 5*

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Brilliant story

Both myself and my daughter really enjoy these stories

We know that area quite well and listening to them in Australia, keeps the memories alive

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  • Steven
  • Harrogate, United Kingdom
  • 01-09-17

Peril ahead of Coronation

Best of the three books featuring Edwards and Mephistopheles. Excellent atmospheric well told story by the Queen of thrillers.