Now You See Them
The fifth gripping Brighton-based mystery from the bestselling author of the Dr Ruth Galloway series – a must-read for fans of Agatha Christie, cosy crime and TV series such as Grantchester and Midsomer Murders. One after another, young women go missing in Brighton, but who’s to say they didn’t leave of their own free choice?Ten years have passed since the events described in The Vanishing Box. Edgar Stephens is now a Superintendent and married to former DS Emma Holmes. Edgar’s wartime partner in arms, magician Max Mephisto, is a movie star in Hollywood, while his daughter Ruby has her own TV show, Ruby Magic.The funeral of Stan Parks, aka Diablo, actor and wartime comrade to Edgar and Max, throws the gang back together. The reunion sparks all sorts of feelings. Bob Willis, now a DI, is dealing with the disappearance of local schoolgirl Rhonda Miles. Emma, frustrated by living the life of a housewife and mother, keeps thinking how much better she would run the case. She is helped by Sam Collins, a woman reporter also hampered by sexism at work. Sam notices a pattern with other missing girls. Edgar listens to the theory but doesn’t give it much credence. He is preoccupied with the threatened invasion of Brighton by Mods and Rockers on the May Bank Holiday.The case takes a more sinister turn when one of the missing girls is found dead. Then Ruby fails to turn up for a rendezvous and it becomes clear that she too has disappeared. Emma takes risks to track down the killer herself while Edgar is working flat out dealing with violent clashes between rival gangs on Brighton’s seafront. With tension and anger hitting him on all sides, Edgar must keep the coolest of heads to track down the killer.

Now You See Them Details

TitleNow You See Them
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 3rd, 2019
PublisherQuercus
ISBN-139781786487346
Rating
GenreMystery, Crime, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Now You See Them Review

  • Paromjit
    January 1, 1970
    It has taken this latest addition to Elly Griffiths's historical Stephens and Mephisto series set in Brighton for me to become aware of just how much I love this series. It picks up more than a decade later from events in The Vanishing Box, in the interim fundamental shifts have taken place in the lives of the major characters. It is 1964, Max is now a bona fide movie star living in LA, married to the famous actress, Lydia Lamont, and has two young children, Rocco and Elena. He is now Lord Massi It has taken this latest addition to Elly Griffiths's historical Stephens and Mephisto series set in Brighton for me to become aware of just how much I love this series. It picks up more than a decade later from events in The Vanishing Box, in the interim fundamental shifts have taken place in the lives of the major characters. It is 1964, Max is now a bona fide movie star living in LA, married to the famous actress, Lydia Lamont, and has two young children, Rocco and Elena. He is now Lord Massingham after the death of his father, although he makes no use of the title to his American wife's dismay. His daughter, the 34 year old Ruby is now the fashionable darling of the nation with her popular TV show, Ruby Magic. Edgar is now Superintendent, whilst Bob has been promoted to DI, and there is a new WPC, the 19 year old Meg Connolly, on the police team. Emma Holmes left the police force on marrying Edgar, and is mother to 3 children, Marianne, Sophie, and 10 month old Jonathan. The paths of this close knit group connect once again at the funeral of Stan Parks, The Great Diablo, along with Max and Edgar, was part of The Magic Men, wartime comrades running vital missions in WW2. Being a housewife and mother is not enough for Emma, she sorely misses her previous life as a DS, her dissatisfaction is something Edgar is aware of, correctly intuiting she hankers a return to her previous role in the police, which is just not a realistic possibility. Max too is feeling his own strain of unhappiness, he hankers for his old variety music hall shows, the itinerant lifestyle as a magician, but that has all but disappeared from British cultural life. Now it all about pop stars, like The Beatles, and film stars, attracting huge young crowds of screaming fans. There are violent running battles on the Brighton seafront between the Mods and the Rockers, with the police caught in the middle. Max is ruminating over the loss of the murdered Florence, who he believes he loved, and wondering about the nature of his marriage to Lydia, but his children keep him tethered to his current life. A 16 year old Rhonda Miles, a Roedean school girl, has gone missing, a fanatical follower of the American film star, Bobby Hambro. 2 other women have previously gone missing, with matters coming to a head when the dead body of a woman is discovered on the beach.Danger comes much too close to Max, as Ruby disappears and Emma just cannot stop herself getting involved, resentful, aware that she is much the better detective than both Edgar and Bob. She is joined by her only friends, Sam Collins, local reporter and medium, Astarte Zabini. It is the women, along with WPC Meg, that make the key breaks on the case. The sixties is an era where rampant sexism, racism and anti-gay sentiment make life considerably more challenging. Emma has to forge a path in another direction with a police force unwilling to accommodate married women. Griffiths has a real gift in creating complex characters that you cannot help but care about, getting caught up in their lives and relationships, which hold centre stage as much as the core murder mystery in the novels. A brilliant historical series, capturing the class distinctions and spirit of Britain and Brighton in the 1960s in this addition, dripping with the social and cultural norms and attitudes of the time, amidst a background of the popular culture. Looking forward with great anticipation to the next in the series. Many thanks to Quercus for an ARC.
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  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    Where the first four books in this series were set in 1950s Brighton, this fifth episode has leapt ahead 10 years to the 1960s. Mini skirt wearing teenage girls are swooning over the Beatles and Mods and Rockers are ganging up on each other. The Magic Men who were part of a special squad in WWII have all gone their separate ways. Max Mephisto is no longer a variety show magician but a movie star, married to a Hollywood actress in LA and father of two young children and Edgar Stephens is now a po Where the first four books in this series were set in 1950s Brighton, this fifth episode has leapt ahead 10 years to the 1960s. Mini skirt wearing teenage girls are swooning over the Beatles and Mods and Rockers are ganging up on each other. The Magic Men who were part of a special squad in WWII have all gone their separate ways. Max Mephisto is no longer a variety show magician but a movie star, married to a Hollywood actress in LA and father of two young children and Edgar Stephens is now a police Superintendent in Brighton, married to former Detective Emma Holmes with three children. Max is back in Brighton briefly for the funeral of another member of their wartime squad, the Great Diablo, aka Stan Parks, and to look into a possible role in a new movie starring a teenage heart throb. Also he plans to catch up with his adult daughter Ruby, also a magician and now star of her own TV series. This is a case of missing girls, initially three girls from different walks of life who are first thought to have run away. It's more of a cosy mystery than a thriller, despite the involvement of the Brighton police with Max, Emma and a journalist all involved in looking for the girls. The plot is somewhat slow to develop with the police making little headway until a sudden breakthrough at the end. The 1960s setting of this novel in the popular seaside town of Brighton is very atmospheric, particularly with regard to the social and cultural changes underway, such as the rise of pop stars and movie stars, the changing fashions worn by the Mods and the Rockers and more generally adopted by teenagers. The changing role of women is also highlighted with ex DS Emma Holmes unfulfilled as a full-time wife and mother and yearning for the excitement of her old life. This series will appeal to those who enjoy a murder mystery with an authentic historical setting.With many thanks to Netgalley and Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt for a digital ARC to read.
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  • Richard
    January 1, 1970
    It is always an event when a new Elly Griffiths book is due out. The chance to receive an advanced reader’s copy (ARC) should not be passed up.This is now the 5th in this series that began with her main characters caught up in making a go of things after World War II. Life in Post War England was a struggle and the charm of these books were the end of the pier shows, variety and where magicians were often topping the bill in theatres. Two wartime colleagues were reunited in what became ini It is always an event when a new Elly Griffiths book is due out. The chance to receive an advanced reader’s copy (ARC) should not be passed up.This is now the 5th in this series that began with her main characters caught up in making a go of things after World War II. Life in Post War England was a struggle and the charm of these books were the end of the pier shows, variety and where magicians were often topping the bill in theatres. Two wartime colleagues were reunited in what became initially known as the Stephens and Mephisto mysteries centred on Brighton, where Edgar Stephens became a detective inspector and Max Mephisto star and travelling magician assisted, whenever he was in town in solving the crimes presented.They have now been rebranded the Brighton Mysteries but Max remains a central character and Edgar, now Superintendent makes this still really a police procedural (but with a magic twist).This compelling addition to this engaging series is set some 11 years after the last one. Consequently, much has changed in the intervening years for these characters. The author manages this with the expertise of the successful novelist she is and integrates the backstory without deviation, hesitation or reputation. It can be read as a stand-alone and would be a get in to anyone new to the series or Ely’s diverse work.Perhaps more challenging to the author was the jump into the 60’s and presenting details some of her reader’s may have memories of and could have lived through themselves. Here Brighton comes into its own. While not like a Graham Greene novel but real and black. This series has always had an edgy feel to it even a decade earlier. No cosy mysteries here. The murders have always been macabre and dark, reflecting the stage magic and mystery of a bygone theatrical day.This is a story of a missing girl where the abduction does not seem initially for ransom. As the investigation expands we see this might not be the first young woman taken but the facts surrounding each disappearance seem confused as each missing person left a note.I loved the grasp of the teenage world; the crush young girls had for film stars and growing music scene like The Beatles. I also appreciated the social commentary that is bound up in the story regarding other social changes. Youth culture, gangs, women’s roles, radio to TV and issue based awareness around sexuality, environment and class.Elly weaves this all into her story which brings colour and depth. In addition she brings a rich love of literature and historical nods to her writing that adds layers and gives substance to this novel.At times you think you’re reading a separate soap, it’s all about Emma, as the writing exposes the struggle a woman has being married, raising the kids and losing her identity without a role outside the home. But Elly repeats this in Max’s character too regarding his marriage and his memories of a precious love returning to Brighton after 11 years.It also works on another level that of the relationships of fathers with their daughters. Here the author shows great insights and a variety of interactions between the various examples in the book. Not deep but a social commentary fully integrated into the story. All the more striking compared to the love or endowment given to sons.This is what made Jane Austin such a great writer and why Elly Griffiths is a quality author as demonstrated here.It is a novel set in 1960s England but it is a story very much for today.
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  • Linden
    January 1, 1970
    Ten years have passed since the last Magic Men mystery. Emma is no longer a police officer; she’s married to Edgar, who is now Superintendent, and a mother of 3. Max is back--he married an American, and is just visiting Brighton. An important man’s daughter is missing, and the police start to connect the case with some other disappearances of young women in the area. Then the kidnapping gets very personal, and everyone’s help is needed to before it is too late.
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  • Susan Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Diablo would have preferred applause at his funeral just as he liked it in life but all he got was tears. The WWII special ops gang have gathered 10 years after the last book (now 1964) was concluded to pay their last respects to the old vaudevillian. And how things have changed. Edgar and Emma are married and have three children. He is now Police Superintendent in Brighton. Max has become a movie star in Hollywood and lives there with his movie star wife and two children. Ruby is the star of h Diablo would have preferred applause at his funeral just as he liked it in life but all he got was tears. The WWII special ops gang have gathered 10 years after the last book (now 1964) was concluded to pay their last respects to the old vaudevillian. And how things have changed. Edgar and Emma are married and have three children. He is now Police Superintendent in Brighton. Max has become a movie star in Hollywood and lives there with his movie star wife and two children. Ruby is the star of her successful TV show. They are all thriving. As good as it seems on the surface, there is tension underneath. Emma is discovering being a wife and mother is not completely satisfying and she misses her police detective job. Both Max and Ruby are restless in their careers and looking for more challenges. As they all gather, girls start disappearing. When the daughter of a rich man goes missing, the search intensifies until someone famous is gone too and then a member of one of their own families is taken. With nerves stretched thin, a minor riot between the mods and the rockers breaks out. I had never heard of this so I looked it up on Wikipedia. There were two groups in England. The mods were a scooter riding group who liked nice fashion and softer music. The rockers liked motorcycles and the Beatles. This made me smile but it was apparently a real problem. The characters have really grown and evolved and this is, by far, my favorite book of the series. It can be read as a stand alone as the author does an excellent job of catching everybody up to date. Griffiths real strength, in my opinion, is her character development and she does not disappoint in this book. There is a delightful new, young female detective who makes her first appearance. All in all, this is a delightful book and well worth the time spent reading it. When it was over I was slightly disappointed. I wanted to find out what was going to happen next and can't wait for the next book.
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  • Clare
    January 1, 1970
    With thanks to Netgalley and Quercus for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.Now You See Them had moved to 1960s Brighton when the word teenagers were invented. The Beatles were the original UK boy band, and battles between mods and rockers on the promenade.Times had changed for Edgar and Max. Edgar became a superintendent and married his former sergeant Emma Holmes and had three children. Max went to America where he appeared in a successful film. Max marr With thanks to Netgalley and Quercus for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.Now You See Them had moved to 1960s Brighton when the word teenagers were invented. The Beatles were the original UK boy band, and battles between mods and rockers on the promenade.Times had changed for Edgar and Max. Edgar became a superintendent and married his former sergeant Emma Holmes and had three children. Max went to America where he appeared in a successful film. Max married a film star and they live in Beverley Hills with their two children. Max`s firstborn Ruby became an actress and got on her series playing a magician. Edgar and Max met again at the funeral of fellow Magic Men Diablo. Max was. back in England to star in a film with heartthrob Bobby Hambro.Shortly afterwards a girl disappears from Roedean School. The girl had been kidnapped years earlier but was released. Edgar soon discovers that other teenage girls have gone missing. Edgar along with newly promoted Bob Willis and WPC Meg Connolly try to track the girls down.After releasing The Stranger Diaries last year, I thought Elly Griffiths had stopped writing the Stephens and Mephisto mysteries. I was so excited when I heard there would be a fifth book. I was pleased that the series had moved to the swinging sixties and away from the shadow of the second world war.The mystery of the missing girls was interesting and I enjoyed reading about Meg going undercover in London as a Bobby Dazzler groupie. I was more interested in the lives of Emma and Max. I was rather annoyed that Emma used herself as bait to lure the kidnapper. I couldn't believe she put herself at risk so she could play detective again. Emma had a surprise at the book which i think may lead to further books. I look forward to reading what happens next.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    It's so good to spend time with Max, Edgar and Emma again. Time has moved on and things have changed for them all but now they must work together again to stop a killer. This is a lovingly developed story in which character and setting matter more than the plot and, as usual, Elly Griffiths writes beautifully. This will always be one of my very favourite series. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights.
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  • Elaine Tomasso
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Quercus Books for an advance copy of Now You See Them, the fifth novel to feature Superintendent Edgar Stephens of the Brighton police and magician turned film star Max Mephisto.Time has moved on for the characters and it’s now 1964. Max is back in Brighton, having spent the last 11 years in Los Angeles, and Edgar has been promoted to Superintendent. Life has changed for them but crime still exists so Edgar is soon busy investigating the disappeara I would like to thank Netgalley and Quercus Books for an advance copy of Now You See Them, the fifth novel to feature Superintendent Edgar Stephens of the Brighton police and magician turned film star Max Mephisto.Time has moved on for the characters and it’s now 1964. Max is back in Brighton, having spent the last 11 years in Los Angeles, and Edgar has been promoted to Superintendent. Life has changed for them but crime still exists so Edgar is soon busy investigating the disappearance of schoolgirl Rhonda Miles. Things take a more serious turn when it appears that Rhonda is not the first young woman to disappear from Brighton and may not be the last.I thoroughly enjoyed Now You See Them which held my attention from start to finish, not just with the crime element but with the interplay between the characters and their developing lives. Despite magic, which has always been an integral part of the series, not playing a large part in this novel I feel that this is the best novel in the series so far with Ms Griffiths’ playing to her strengths and concentrating on her characterisation. Edgar has achieved promotion and is relatively content in his marriage to the former DS Emma Holmes but Emma is unhappy in her role as housewife and mother of three. Max, forever restless, is wondering about his choices, did he do the right thing moving to Los Angeles and marrying film star Lydia Lamont? Then there’s his troubled relationship with grown up daughter, Ruby, who has a successful career of her own as an actress. I loved the 1960s setting with its offer of hope and change as it just seems so apt for the characters. I also loved Emma’s solution to her unrest - now I can’t wait for the next novel to see how it plays out.Ms Griffiths does a sterling job with the period detail and it’s in the detail, most people don’t have a phone or a television because they were expensive. This is the childhood I remember, not the usual fictional assumption that they were readily available and affordable. There are some nice vignettes of teenage fandom with the object of their desire being American film star Bobby Hambro rather than the Beatles and no novel about Brighton in the 60s could be authentic without mention of the Mods and Rockers fights in the town.The crime element takes a bit of a back seat to the personal with various characters involved in the investigation and there being no coherent strategy, nonetheless it works and is the glue that holds the novel together. Some of the twists are quite unexpected and it gets quite exciting towards the end.Now You See Them is a good read which I have no hesitation in recommending.
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  • Bebe (Sarah) Brechner
    January 1, 1970
    The Magic Men series is fabulous fun! Griffiths brings the fifth story into a setting many years after the last one. This is a bit disconcerting at first, but quickly steps into the rich, suspenseful story readers have come to expect. All the favorite characters of the past stories are unexpectedly together again. Griffiths also brings a focus on former detective Emma Holmes, who is bored with her life as wife to Edgar, of the original Magic Men and now head of the detective unit. Emma featured The Magic Men series is fabulous fun! Griffiths brings the fifth story into a setting many years after the last one. This is a bit disconcerting at first, but quickly steps into the rich, suspenseful story readers have come to expect. All the favorite characters of the past stories are unexpectedly together again. Griffiths also brings a focus on former detective Emma Holmes, who is bored with her life as wife to Edgar, of the original Magic Men and now head of the detective unit. Emma featured in earlier stories, but now she has three children and is chafing at her stay-at-home role. This new perspective is a fascinating element to the series. There's plenty of excitement and great research into the time period's controversial culture wars between the Mods and the Rockers.
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  • David Gilchrist
    January 1, 1970
    My 5* review of 'Now you see Them" by Elly Griffiths.Another story set in Brighton with Max and Edgar back in harness working to resolve the mystery of girls going missing, along with a host of other supporting characters. This author writes and develops characters better than most. Though set in Brighton not too cosy touching on racism, sexism, homophobia along with misogyny the issues of the day in the 1960,s.
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  • Lizzie Hayes
    January 1, 1970
    Brighton May 1964 and Edgar Stephens is attending the funeral of an old friend a magician known as the Great Diablo, aka Stan Parks. Lost in his memories a door banging at the back of the church brings Edgar back to the present and there is Max Mephisto, looking unchanged by the last eleven years. Much has changed for the friends who served in the war together as part of a group called the Magic Men. Edgar is now a Police Superintendent and has married his former sergeant Emma Holmes. Max is now Brighton May 1964 and Edgar Stephens is attending the funeral of an old friend a magician known as the Great Diablo, aka Stan Parks. Lost in his memories a door banging at the back of the church brings Edgar back to the present and there is Max Mephisto, looking unchanged by the last eleven years. Much has changed for the friends who served in the war together as part of a group called the Magic Men. Edgar is now a Police Superintendent and has married his former sergeant Emma Holmes. Max is now a Hollywood movie star and is married to the film star Lydia Lamont, and they have two children. And Max’s daughter Ruby, by a former liaison with a snake charmer, has her own TV show – Ruby Magic. Catching up after the funeral the friends’ reminiscences are interrupted when Bob Willis, now DI Willis takes a call that a schoolgirl has gone missing from the boarding school Roedean, situated on the coast just outside Brighton.The missing girl Rhonda is the daughter of the MP Sir Crispian Miles, the latter having had to wait while Edgar is fetched from the funeral is kicking up a fuss with words such as ‘It’s a disgrace. What do I pay my taxes for?’ It transpires that delay in the school reporting the absence was occasioned by Rhonda having left a note saying she was going to London. Interviewing her friends reveal that she was besotted by the young film star Bobby Hambro and having heard he was in London had gone to see him.As Edgar gets the investigation underway two other instance of missing girls come to light, and the investigation ‘opens up in several directions. WPC Connolly is certainly proving her worth, as Edgar says to Emma ‘she’s a bright girl’ and Emma grinds her teeth,This is the fifth book in the series, and it was a clever move by the author to take the characters on eleven years and for the reader to learn how they had all developed. Not only is it interesting how she has moved their lives on but gives great scope for future books.Like all good stories, on the surface things look good but underneath maybe not so perfect. Emma and Edgar now have three children, Marianne 8, Sophie 8 and Jonathan just 10 months. She has a husband she loves and lives in a large comfortable house in Brighton but is that enough for a bright woman with a taste for detection. In 1953 when a policewoman married, she had to give up her job in the police force and Emma misses it. But her longing to be involved may impair her judgement.Max has been offered another film, but he is at heart a magician used to his audience been amazed by his act, is Hollywood right for him? And Brighton holds memories, that he hasn’t ever let go As the investigation takes a dramatic turn, the police have to contend with a threat posed by a battle between the mods and rockers who are causing chaos, and a rumour that another thousand are coming down from London. A terrific entry in this excellent series. Several tantalising hooks at the end leave me wanting to read the next one now! Highly recommended. ------Reviewer: Lizzie Sirett
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  • L.
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I did not know that this was the fifth book in a series and, although everything made sense without reading the previous books, I just thought like it was something I should mention. Also, I recieved this as an Arc on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review! Well. I'm pretty sure you shouldn't finish a book feeling like you've just ran a marathon but that's what I did. It was quite difficult to read just because it struggled to hold my interest. I'm not entirely sure if the proble Disclaimer: I did not know that this was the fifth book in a series and, although everything made sense without reading the previous books, I just thought like it was something I should mention. Also, I recieved this as an Arc on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review! Well. I'm pretty sure you shouldn't finish a book feeling like you've just ran a marathon but that's what I did. It was quite difficult to read just because it struggled to hold my interest. I'm not entirely sure if the problem was me or the book, to be quite honest, but the second half was much better than the first half and I found the ending to be pretty anti-climatic (although this is true for a majority of thrillers I read, so maybe I set my expectations too high). Okay, so;Things I didn't like: - I'm aware that this was set in the 60's and therefore had pretty backward language and ideals, and it was when being gay was still illegal/extremely frowned upon, but I still feel like the use of the words "coloured" and "gypsy" didn't need to be used, at least not without SOMEONE pointing out they're racist - use of things like "model", "movie star", etc. I don't know why I don't like it, I guess it just felt like I was reading a Jacqueline Wilson book because it feels so juvenileThings I Did Like: - the narration was really comforting, in a way, if a bit confusing at times because I didn't really know who was who - it was ridiculous but still really fun to go along with them, and I liked how the group seemed close knit. it makes me want to read the previous books in the series so I can read more about Emma and the gang - the writing was quite suspenseful and there were many twists and turns I think, overall, this book was just a bit of a dissapointment, especially since the Ruth Galloway books are some of my favourite thrillers and I was expecting the same level of quality here and it just...wasn't. Maybe if I had read the other books in the series, I might have felt different due to being closer to the characters, knowing their histories, etc. As such, that was not the case. So an enjoyable read, but not the best thriller I've read this year.
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  • Diane Dickson
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book. It was great to meet old friends again and especially as their lives had moved on and developed. Having lived through the sixties and remember the Brighton battles I did enjoy the cultural references and in particular the beginning of the feminist awakening. The plot was perhaps not quite as convoluted as some of Ms Griffiths' other work but it was satisfying enough and came to a complete and tidy conclusion. Though I really enjoyed the scene setting I would not rest easy if I enjoyed this book. It was great to meet old friends again and especially as their lives had moved on and developed. Having lived through the sixties and remember the Brighton battles I did enjoy the cultural references and in particular the beginning of the feminist awakening. The plot was perhaps not quite as convoluted as some of Ms Griffiths' other work but it was satisfying enough and came to a complete and tidy conclusion. Though I really enjoyed the scene setting I would not rest easy if I didn't mention that - in my experience of the time - a moped and a scooter are not interchangeable. A moped was something your dad had (mine certainly did) the only way you could be a rear 'seat' passenger was by sitting - totally illegally - on the luggage carrier with the resultant pattern on the back of your thighs. A scooter, on the other hand, had smaller wheels and was indeed beloved by the mods of the time, trimmed and tarted and pimped. They used to fall over on roundabouts if one leaned over too far due to having teeny wheels. A Moped had wheels like a bicycle. Of course, the best thing to ride was a beautiful BSA Super Rocket!!! Yup that was us.
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  • Hannelore Cheney
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the eARC.We're back in Brighton, 11 years after the previous in the series - it's now 1964 and the mods and rockers are expected to clash on the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend. A young girl is missing as well, so Edgar Stephens, now a Detective Superintendent, has his hands full. He and his team soon find out other girls have gone missing as well. Then one of them is found murdered.It was so good to be back in the company of Edgar, Thank you NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the eARC.We're back in Brighton, 11 years after the previous in the series - it's now 1964 and the mods and rockers are expected to clash on the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend. A young girl is missing as well, so Edgar Stephens, now a Detective Superintendent, has his hands full. He and his team soon find out other girls have gone missing as well. Then one of them is found murdered.It was so good to be back in the company of Edgar, Emma, Ruby and Max Mephisto. Max has spent the last 10 years in the States acting, having married a beautiful actress and now the father of 2 young children. Ruby, his grown daughter, is now the most popular tv actress in the UK. Emma and Edgar have 3 children and the antics of little Johnny gave me a few chuckles while I felt sympathetic towards Emma's missing her police job. Bobby Hambro is a Hollywood heartthrob who is in Brighton planning a movie, trying to get Max as his co-star and maybe a thread connecting the murder and disappearance of the girls?WPC Meg Connolly was my favorite character, I hope we get to know her even better in the next book. The 1960's atmosphere was great. I visited England in the 60's and felt quite nostalgic reading this story. Definitely recommended!
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  • Laurie
    January 1, 1970
    Edgar Stephens, now a Detective Superintendent, and his team are investigating the possible kidnapping of a young girl when they realize that there are other girls going missing around Brighton. Soon the disappearances begin hitting too close to home. I enjoyed reading all of the previous books, but was wondering if the series would really continue after The Vanishing Box. Very glad it did! As with the previous books, the story is compelling, the characters engaging, and the mystery entertaining Edgar Stephens, now a Detective Superintendent, and his team are investigating the possible kidnapping of a young girl when they realize that there are other girls going missing around Brighton. Soon the disappearances begin hitting too close to home. I enjoyed reading all of the previous books, but was wondering if the series would really continue after The Vanishing Box. Very glad it did! As with the previous books, the story is compelling, the characters engaging, and the mystery entertaining.Ten years have passed (in the series) and a lot has changed with Brighton and the characters. The passage of time has allowed the characters to change and grow. Circumstances and relationships have altered, which made the read very interesting. The plot is complex and had several pretty good red-herrings. This is one that I wasn’t sure I had figured out until the end.My thanks to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the advanced reader copy made available for my review.
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    #NowYouSeeThem #NetGalley"The fifth gripping Stephens & Mephisto mystery from the bestselling author of the Dr Ruth Galloway series - a must-read for fans of Agatha Christie and Robert Galbraith. DCI Edgar Stephens, Detective Sergeants Emma Holmes and Bob Willis, and of course magician Max Mephisto, are facing a brave new world: the 1960s. Max is a huge TV star in the USA, and life in Brighton has settled down for the three police officers."I just loved this one and have be #NowYouSeeThem #NetGalley"The fifth gripping Stephens & Mephisto mystery from the bestselling author of the Dr Ruth Galloway series - a must-read for fans of Agatha Christie and Robert Galbraith. DCI Edgar Stephens, Detective Sergeants Emma Holmes and Bob Willis, and of course magician Max Mephisto, are facing a brave new world: the 1960s. Max is a huge TV star in the USA, and life in Brighton has settled down for the three police officers."I just loved this one and have been waiting for it.. I gobbled it down, actually and hated for it to end.Review will be published in the Fall. Thanks NetGalley HMH for the ARC!
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  • Jae
    January 1, 1970
    I very much enjoyed books 1-4 of this mystery series set in Brighton in the 1950s/60s, but this one took too long to get going. It wasn't until about half way through that the story really picked up, and although this second half was interesting and kept me reading, it was just too slow in coming. Overall though, a good series.
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  • Kaijsa
    January 1, 1970
    I just devoured the ARC of this book. It was delicious.
  • The Library Lady
    January 1, 1970
    I am not sure why Griffiths needed to jump about 10 years since the last book in that series, but I guess that she feels that her characters are all settled into new lives, time to bring them back together again. I guessed a lot of the twists in this mystery, but still enjoyed it, but after the last awful Ruth Galloway book, and this less than fabulous one for the magic men, I can't help thinking about how good the standalone The Stranger Diaries was, and wishing that she could be that strong a writer I am not sure why Griffiths needed to jump about 10 years since the last book in that series, but I guess that she feels that her characters are all settled into new lives, time to bring them back together again. I guessed a lot of the twists in this mystery, but still enjoyed it, but after the last awful Ruth Galloway book, and this less than fabulous one for the magic men, I can't help thinking about how good the standalone The Stranger Diaries was, and wishing that she could be that strong a writer with her series.
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  • Eadie
    January 1, 1970
    The fifth book in the Magic Men series, Now You See Them, takes place in the 60's, 10 years later than the last book. Superintendent Edgar Stephens and the magician Max Mephisto are involved in a case of missing girls in Brighton UK. DS Emma Holmes is now married to Edgar and is a frustrated wife and mother who misses being out there solving crime along with Edgar. She begins her own hunt along with Sam Collins, a woman reporter. When two more girls go missing, both with ties to the group, the s The fifth book in the Magic Men series, Now You See Them, takes place in the 60's, 10 years later than the last book. Superintendent Edgar Stephens and the magician Max Mephisto are involved in a case of missing girls in Brighton UK. DS Emma Holmes is now married to Edgar and is a frustrated wife and mother who misses being out there solving crime along with Edgar. She begins her own hunt along with Sam Collins, a woman reporter. When two more girls go missing, both with ties to the group, the stakes climb ever higher, and Max finds himself drawn into his own search. Who will find the girls first? And will they get there in time?I think this is the best book of the series so far. There is less magic and more detective work going on. I like the 60's timeframe of the book, as I think is was a very interesting period. The characters are well-developed and the plot is fast-paced and makes the book hard to put down. I can't wait to read the next book in the series and watch how these relationships move forward. I would recommend this series to those who love historical fiction and British police procedurals.I would like to thank NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for a free copy for an honest review.
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  • Karolyn
    January 1, 1970
    This is the fifth book in the Stephens and Mephisto series which is set in Brighton. Edgar Stephens has now been promoted to Superintendent and married to former DS Emma Holmes, they have three children. Meanwhile, Max Mephisto is a movie star in Hollywood, he is married, with two children. His daughter Ruby is doing well in her tv programme too.Max is back in England for the funeral of Stan Parks, aka Diablo, actor and wartime comrade to him and Edgar. DI Bob Willis is trying to fin This is the fifth book in the Stephens and Mephisto series which is set in Brighton. Edgar Stephens has now been promoted to Superintendent and married to former DS Emma Holmes, they have three children. Meanwhile, Max Mephisto is a movie star in Hollywood, he is married, with two children. His daughter Ruby is doing well in her tv programme too.Max is back in England for the funeral of Stan Parks, aka Diablo, actor and wartime comrade to him and Edgar. DI Bob Willis is trying to find local schoolgirl Rhonda Miles, daughter of an MP. Emma is very frustrated at being just a housewife and gets together with Sam Collins, a local woman reporter who has noticed a pattern with other missing girls, Louise Dawkins and Sara Henratty. Edgar listens to the theory and looks at the cuttings from the papers left by Sam. Also, Emma went to the same school as Rhonda so mentions the tunnel that runs from the school grounds down to the sea. Emma wants to go and check the tunnel immediately but Edgar says ‘who would look after the children?’. Then Jonathon starts crying. In the morning, he gets his team to do some enquiries into the other missing girls and the tunnel. He sends WPC Meg Connolly and PC Danny Black back Roedean School to check about the tunnel. Miss Browning is surprised about the return visit to check the tunnel as it’s only open two or three times a year other than that it’s locked. She takes them to the caretaker for the keys which are just inside the door so would be accessible to anyone if he wasn’t there. They take the key and walk towards the main gate where the tunnel entrance is. When nearing it, they can see the padlock in position but it’s not locked and the door is propped ajar by a stone. They push the door open, switch their torches on as the tunnel is dark and there is s salty taste of the sea in the air. There was a rope handrail to hold onto as they descended down towards the beach, The door was propped open too when they reached the bottom of the stairs. Meg spotted a broad-brimmed blue school hat. The name on the hat was Rhonda’s. Had she left this way then gone to London but when?Edgar’s main priority is the May Bank Holiday invasion by Mods and Rockers at Brighton beach so he has passed the missing girls case onto DI Bob Willis. The case takes a turn for the worst when one of the missing girls is found dead and then Ruby Magic goes missing. Max gettings worried after she misses seeing him one evening, not turning up to the studio for work and not seeing Emma on the Saturday. He does some digging then takes it to Edgar for some help as it’s out of character for Ruby.Emma goes off to track the kidnapper of her child whilst Edgar is dealing with violent fights between Mods and Rockers on Brighton’s seafront. Meg Connolly, Sam and Max come to her aid whilst also trying to find Edgar and Bob on their police issue radio’s amidst the melee that’s going on.I really enjoyed reading this book, got into it straight away and it’s so easy to read, read it in a day. The story line flows well and is interesting with references to some parts of Brighton which makes it more interesting I think. The research has been done for this book and it’s shown in the detail which is very good. 5 out of 5 stars from me.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    It has been ten years since the events in The Vanishing Box and things have certainly moved on! Edgar Stephens, now a superintendent, has finally got his act together and is married to his former DS, Emma Holmes, and is the father of three children. Edgar’s friend, Max Mephisto, has made the move to America where he is now a film star, married with children, while his daughter, Ruby, is now the star of her own television show, Ruby Magic.Now something has brought them all back togeth It has been ten years since the events in The Vanishing Box and things have certainly moved on! Edgar Stephens, now a superintendent, has finally got his act together and is married to his former DS, Emma Holmes, and is the father of three children. Edgar’s friend, Max Mephisto, has made the move to America where he is now a film star, married with children, while his daughter, Ruby, is now the star of her own television show, Ruby Magic.Now something has brought them all back together in Brighton, stirring up memories of the past. Meanwhile, Edgar is investigating the disappearance of a local schoolgirl, Rhonda Miles, and there are concerns that there could be a connection to two other missing women. With the culprit seemingly close to home, will disaster be averted or will their reunion bring heartache?For me, Elly Griffiths is one of those authors who automatically moves up your TBR list, no matter how many books you already have to read! Ever since attending a talk she did with William Shaw at Waterstones, I have been excited to see what had happened to Stephens and Mephisto, especially as there is such a gap in time between the setting of this book and its predecessor. I had so many questions at the start of the book, all of which were answered really quickly, leaving me to enjoy the latest installment of the Brighton Mysteries.In Now You See Them, we see the characters move away from the theatre, the setting of much of the previous books. As a result, we see a lot more police work, with a new officer, Meg Connolly, being added to the team. I really liked Meg who, as a woman, is finding it frustrating that she is forbidden from doing the same tasks as the male officers. She has the potential to be a great character, and, although she is still young, I don’t think it will be too long before she is climbing up the promotion ladder. We also see a different side of Emma who, after years of bringing up her children, is desperate to get back to work. It will be interesting to see what will happen in the future as a result of her revelation at the end of the book.There are several other events in the book placing it firmly in the 1960s. A well-known film star is in the area, scouting out locations, giving the local teenage girls the opportunity to get up-close. With this, and references to The Beatles and Top of the Pops, we see a time when teenagers were beginning to become more prominent in society. Perhaps, the most iconic event in the book, however, is the clash between the Mods and the Rockers which took place on Brighton beach in 1964. This provided a great backdrop to the crime, highlighting how difficult it was for Edgar and his team, as they battle to keep order whilst trying to find the missing women.I really enjoyed meeting up with Stephens and Mephisto again and particularly loved how we see the women starting to want to follow their own career paths. I do hope that book 6 is in the pipeline as I can’t wait to see how Emma’s plans affect her life with Edgar!With thanks to Quercus Books and Net Galley for my copy of Now You See Them, which can be pre-ordered now and will be published on 3rd October 2019.
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  • Louise Marley
    January 1, 1970
    I've just read the first four books in this series, back-to-back, so to get my hands on this one was an absolute treat! I love Elly's books but I can't decide whether I love her Dr Ruth Galloway series best or this one. Do I have to choose?!!The first four books in the Brighton Mysteries were set in the 1950s and many of the ongoing plot strands were resolved in the fourth book. Now You See Them is almost a reboot, in that we rejoin the characters nine years later. Some of them are n I've just read the first four books in this series, back-to-back, so to get my hands on this one was an absolute treat! I love Elly's books but I can't decide whether I love her Dr Ruth Galloway series best or this one. Do I have to choose?!!The first four books in the Brighton Mysteries were set in the 1950s and many of the ongoing plot strands were resolved in the fourth book. Now You See Them is almost a reboot, in that we rejoin the characters nine years later. Some of them are no longer with us (I won't say who, but noooo!) but there are several new characters introduced. If you haven't read the others in the series, you could start with this one.Now You See Them is set in Brighton in 1963. Edgar Stephens has been promoted to Superintendent and is married to Detective Sergeant Emma Holmes. They have three children and Emma has given up her career. Ed's wartime 'Magic Men' colleague Max Mephisto, a music hall magician, is a Hollywood film star but returns to Britain for the funeral of one of their old friends. Edgar, Emma and Max swiftly become involved in the case of a missing schoolgirl, which ends up being a little too close to home.At first I was grumpy that the series had skipped nine years (and that my favourite character had been killed off!) but I was immediately caught up in the story about three young women who go missing, one after the other, with apparently nothing to connect them. I loved the new characters, WPC Meg Connolly, who is frustrated that she gets all the boring jobs because she's a woman, and female reporter Sam (who we originally met in The Vanishing Box; she has a bigger part to play here) who is similarly frustrated. Female empowerment is an ongoing theme, because Emma has realised that living happily ever after with the man she loves is starting to feel a bit...dull...and longs for the excitement that she once had working for the police.As well as writing a entertaining mystery (I am never able to work out the villain!) Elly's particular skill is to create brilliant, totally believable characters. She writes with humour and her stories are well-researched with lots of amazing detail. The way Now You See Them ended makes me hope there might be another one coming along soon?One of my favourite reads this year, Now You See Them, is recommended for anyone who loves historical mysteries and the kind of murder mystery that has a puzzle to solve but isn't too violent.Thank you to Elly Griffiths and Quercus for my copy of this book, which I requested via NetGalley and reviewed voluntarily.
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  • Kath
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not sure whether I prefer this or Ms Griffiths' other series featuring Ruth Galloway. Luckily, I don't have to choose! As with all series books it's best to start from the beginning and read in order. A lot has happened with regard to character backstory and development along the way that you would really gain from doing so.This latest Stephens & Mephisto episode starts a decade after the last ended and lots has happened to each of the main cast. Max is now a movie star, married wi I'm not sure whether I prefer this or Ms Griffiths' other series featuring Ruth Galloway. Luckily, I don't have to choose! As with all series books it's best to start from the beginning and read in order. A lot has happened with regard to character backstory and development along the way that you would really gain from doing so.This latest Stephens & Mephisto episode starts a decade after the last ended and lots has happened to each of the main cast. Max is now a movie star, married with two children and living in LA. Edgar has been promoted and is married to Emma who has had to resign from the police and is now running the house and bringing up their children. Ruby is now a big TV star with her own show. They all come together at the start of the book when they attend the funeral of Stan Parks who was another member of the war-time Magic Men. A new policewoman is introduced in this book and she is struggling to live up to the reputation of Emma whose job she now does. Emma herself is a bit bored and misses the work she used to do so when Rhonda, a 16 year old schoolgirl, goes missing she inveigles herself into the investigation, able assisted by reporter friend Sam. It turns out that Rhonda is a big fan of Bobby Hambro, an up and coming American film star, who, coincidentally, is wanting to include Max in his latest film. Investigations show that Rhonda is not the first fan of Hambro's to disappear and the stake get higher when Ruby also goes missing. Could Hambro be involved?There are many reasons I love this series. The characters are all brilliant and so well described and have all developed nicely through the series thus far. We do have a bit of an eclectic mix of them, thrown together through various circumstances but they work. We also have a bit of a cultural and historical trip down memory lane - specifically in this book, the clash between the mods and rockers on Brighton beach. Pacing is good and the story gets on with itself very well with little superfluous waffle to distract. The story builds nicely, adding layer upon layer, until it all becomes a bit of a race to the end. All culminating in a very satisfying conclusion. All in all, another cracking addition to an already well loved series. I wonder what's next for the crew, looking forward to finding out. My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
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  • Kidlitter
    January 1, 1970
    A DRC was provided by Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.Ah, another one of the Magic Men books, the fifth in the series, all of them going down to the thirsty reader like a Pimm's Cup on a dry summer day. Griffiths coolly opens Now You See Them more than a decade after the last book's conclusion, with huge changes having come to all of our beloved characters. Max has moved to America to become a movie star and a married father of two, Edgar and Emma are married with A DRC was provided by Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.Ah, another one of the Magic Men books, the fifth in the series, all of them going down to the thirsty reader like a Pimm's Cup on a dry summer day. Griffiths coolly opens Now You See Them more than a decade after the last book's conclusion, with huge changes having come to all of our beloved characters. Max has moved to America to become a movie star and a married father of two, Edgar and Emma are married with three children, and Ruby has become Britain's most popular TV star. Emma struggles with boredom and frustration after giving up her promising detective career to for housewifery while Edgar is an overwhelmed Superintendent who misses her help at work. Most of all, Brighton is changing fast with the advent of the 60s, and none of the characters are sure if they feel the same about their beloved, seedy, shabby seaside town. Brighton becomes a metaphor for the way Max, Emily, Edgar and Ruby have had to accept that change brings loss as well as gain. The days of magicians and music halls have faded, only to be replaced by a new celebrity culture that even that old smoothie Max finds disturging. Seismic social changes are coming, foreshadowed in the clashes between the Mods and Rockers, class and racial divisions are breaking down, and women like Emma are deciding they want more than the conventional happy ending. In the meantime, there's a fresh mystery to solve and no surprise, Emma, her journalist friend Sam and a new WPC, Meg, take center stage leading the investigation. Kudos to Griffiths for her usual nifty set up of plotline, her careful stage settings, her command of period detail without ever seeming fusty, and most of all, for creating complex characters who we can't wait to visit again.
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  • MISS AMO KORVING
    January 1, 1970
    Elly Griffith is best known for her Ruth Galloway series, but I have a great fondness for her books about Max Mephisto (a famous magician – and also a movie star by the time this book opens) and Detective Inspector (now Superintendent) Edgar Stephens. Set in Brighton in the 1950s, the series opened with The Zig-Zag Girl, and her latest, Now You See Them, moves forward ten years or so to the time of mods and rockers.Much has happened in between Now You See Them and the previous novel, Elly Griffith is best known for her Ruth Galloway series, but I have a great fondness for her books about Max Mephisto (a famous magician – and also a movie star by the time this book opens) and Detective Inspector (now Superintendent) Edgar Stephens. Set in Brighton in the 1950s, the series opened with The Zig-Zag Girl, and her latest, Now You See Them, moves forward ten years or so to the time of mods and rockers.Much has happened in between Now You See Them and the previous novel, to the point where you don’t necessarily have to be familiar with the earlier books in the series. It’s almost, but not quite, a reboot. One of Griffiths’ great strengths is her ability to write an ensemble cast of characters, so that you care about each and every one of them. Indeed, each face personal and life choices as well as becoming involved in the disappearance of three young women. It was great to see modern dilemmas, such as Emma (Edgar Stephens’ wife and a former detective herself) becoming dissatisfied with her role as a housewife, portrayed with sensitivity, whilst the mystery itself was absorbing enough to drive the story along.The descriptions of Brighton are vivid, and the interweaving of historical details of the period work well. I’ve learned a lot about smugglers tunnels that I never knew, and I felt the story ended with a setup for a future spin-off that would work well. Her books are so cinematic in the way they’re written I find it extraordinary that none appear to have been optioned for broadcast. Elly Griffith is one of those few authors I would pre-order books by in advance of publication, so it was a real treat to have been able to read an early copy via Netgalley in exchange for an unbiased review.
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  • Abi
    January 1, 1970
    Ten years have passed since the grizzly murders took place during the Christmas Variety at the Brighton Hippodrome. Edgar is now a Superintendent and formidable DS Emma Holmes is his housewife and mother to three children, a job she can’t say she enjoys all that much. Max is now a famed Hollywood movie star and Ruby is taking British television by storm!When a sad departure throws the gang back together, the reunion sparks some unexpected feelings for the friends. Like old times the Ten years have passed since the grizzly murders took place during the Christmas Variety at the Brighton Hippodrome. Edgar is now a Superintendent and formidable DS Emma Holmes is his housewife and mother to three children, a job she can’t say she enjoys all that much. Max is now a famed Hollywood movie star and Ruby is taking British television by storm!When a sad departure throws the gang back together, the reunion sparks some unexpected feelings for the friends. Like old times the group are linked to an ongoing investigation, one that soon takes a sinister turn when a body is found on a nearby beach, but it is when the suspect strikes a little closer to home that tensions begin to show.Well, we’ve arrived in 1964 and the Mods and Rockers are in full swing, but Griffiths latest instalment for this series left me yearning for the 50s. Although all of this author’s usual brilliance was here; the wonderful writing and suspenseful storyline, the new dynamic amongst the group left me feeling a loss for the characters. I had, of course, expected the relationships to be different after an interlude of ten years. Especially as keeping in touch was not as easy in this time as it is nowadays. However, I felt they had become disjointed and far removed from one another. Whilst I really enjoyed the story and Griffiths had be guessing until the last minute as always, I found I couldn’t quite overcome the feeling of sadness at the lack of rapport I’ve become used to from this gang.Perhaps, now that they have been brought back together, going forward the group will gel a little better and more like the old days. I still highly recommend this book as it is a brilliant series, and I will still keenly keep an eye on NetGalley for the release of book number 6!!** Thanks to Quercus Books, via NetGalley, for this ARC ** For more reviews, please visit: https://twiabblog.wixsite.com/theworl...
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  • Laura Hill
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The book will be published on December 3rd, 2019.The 5th book in Griffith’s Magic Men series, this episode takes place in Brighton in 1964. The Mods and the Rockers are coming into the public eye, getting into brawls and leading to moral panic amongst the British. DI Edgar Stephens (newly promoted to Superintendent) is investigating a string of missing girls thoug Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The book will be published on December 3rd, 2019.The 5th book in Griffith’s Magic Men series, this episode takes place in Brighton in 1964. The Mods and the Rockers are coming into the public eye, getting into brawls and leading to moral panic amongst the British. DI Edgar Stephens (newly promoted to Superintendent) is investigating a string of missing girls though all the best ideas seem to come from his wife (previously his star sergeant and now frustrated mother of three), her equally frustrated journalist friend Sam, and the very tall, 19-year old, WPC Meg Connolly, a promising new policewoman. For those not in the know (like me), WPC stands for ‘Woman Police Constable” (the term was discontinued in 1999).I’m a big Elly Griffiths fan, but haven’t read any books in this series. In comparison with the Ruth Galloway series and her standalone novel, I found this book to be a little more disjointed — particularly in the beginning where much of the text seemed extraneous to either the plot or the characters. However, the plot was gripping and I found the focus on intelligent women in constrained circumstances managing to accomplish a great deal fascinating. The sixties seem not that long ago (to some of us), but cultural expectations for women were vastly different than they are now. Reading the descriptions of the earlier four books, they seem to focus much more on DI Stephens and Max Mephisto (the variety magician), while this one seems to relegate them to a secondary role in solving the mystery. Interesting!
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  • Gill
    January 1, 1970
    Girls begin to go missing in Brighton. It’s 1964 and Superintendent Edgar Stephens is under even more pressure to solve the crime when a prominent (and pompous) MP’s daughter vanishes from Roedean, the famous private school. It’s the time of Mods and Rockers on the beach, the recognition of ‘the teenager’- a new idea from the USA, the Beatles, Bobby Hambro - a young American heartthrob actor who is in the UK, miniskirts, ‘housewives’ – when women were expected to give up the career for ‘family’, Girls begin to go missing in Brighton. It’s 1964 and Superintendent Edgar Stephens is under even more pressure to solve the crime when a prominent (and pompous) MP’s daughter vanishes from Roedean, the famous private school. It’s the time of Mods and Rockers on the beach, the recognition of ‘the teenager’- a new idea from the USA, the Beatles, Bobby Hambro - a young American heartthrob actor who is in the UK, miniskirts, ‘housewives’ – when women were expected to give up the career for ‘family’, and institutional sexism(!) with female police officers being entrusted only lowly tasks, not allowed to drive police cars or use a radio (it’s full of fascinating, infuriating snippets such as these).We meet the main characters at the funeral of Stan Parks the ‘Great Diablo’, a famed magician. Max Mephisto (who has worked previously with Sup. Stephens but since left to live in the USA for 11 years) returns to England to attend and his estranged daughter Ruby is also there. Many of the attenders have been in previous books of this series (unread) but this book is a read alone - albeit alluding to fascinating-sounding cases in the past, which I have yet to discover!)The pace is fast and flowing, the subject is dealt with gently - perhaps reflecting another era a bit too softly; but it all adds to the charm and style in which the book is written. With all the hardcore crime novels which abound nowadays, it’s rather nice to read a good, old fashioned tale. It has a cast of endearing characters - coping with post war social changes, and an exciting plot - a 'comfy' read.
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  • Marion
    January 1, 1970
    In this fifth episode in the Stephens and Mephisto mystery series we find ourselves transported to the 1960`s.All the characters Emma Ruby Edgar and Max are brought back together for the funeral of Stan Parks aka the Great Diablo, war time friend of Max and Edgar.Edgar is now married to Emma and they have three children, Max is a hollywood movie star and married to famous actress Lydia Lamont. Ruby, Max`s daughter from an earlier relationship has her own TV show in the UK called Ruby In this fifth episode in the Stephens and Mephisto mystery series we find ourselves transported to the 1960`s.All the characters Emma Ruby Edgar and Max are brought back together for the funeral of Stan Parks aka the Great Diablo, war time friend of Max and Edgar.Edgar is now married to Emma and they have three children, Max is a hollywood movie star and married to famous actress Lydia Lamont. Ruby, Max`s daughter from an earlier relationship has her own TV show in the UK called Ruby Magic.Catching up after the funeral gets cut short when Bob Willis now Edgars DI gets a call that a young girl has gone missing from Roedean, the exclusive Brighton boarding school.The investigation has only just got underway when they discover links to two more missing girls.Emma finds herself frustrated in her current role of housewife and mother and dreams of once again being a detective.When Ruby herself goes missing Emma is unable to resist the urge to be involved, wise move or not there is no stopping her.An exciting and cleverly thought out plot that is definitely a great addition to the series.Hints of whats instore in the future certainly have left me hoping number 6 wont be too long in coming.Thanks to Quercus books and Netgalley for the chance to read this as an ARC.
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