[ARC] The Zig Zag Girl (DI Stephens & Max Mephisto #1) by Elly Griffiths

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The Zig-zag girl is a magic trick: a girl enter in a cabinet and the magician inserts some blades, cutting the girl in three pieces and then, et voilà, it’s easy enough to put her back and she comes out of the cabinet. Round of applause.

Unfortunately one day the detective inspector Edgar Stephens receives three boxes that contains three-part of a girl, and a series of hints bring him remember about the Magic Men group where he belonged during the WWII.  The magic men where a group of illusionist instituted by the MI6 to craft illusion for the sake of german pilots.

Edgar gets back in touch with Max Mephisto, who invented the zig zag girl trick, to try getting back in touch with the other magic men and find a solution for the girl’s murder. This will force him to remember painful memories from the past that he tried to forget for his whole life.

The Zig Zag Girl is a crime novel where different elements fit well together: illusions, memories of war and a general melancholy of the main characters that are well described during the story along with their dreams, regrets and desires.

It’s a nice novel with a well-structured solution that is not evident (despite some hints put the reader on the correct path) and it seems to be the first of a series about Edgar and Max.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

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* The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths ★★★★

*I read this book in English

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