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We met Edgar Stephens and Max Mephisto during the murder investigation in which their past played an important role, told in the novel The Zig-zag girl.
We meet them again in this novel, Smoke and Mirrors, second installment of their own book series, while they are busy working around the case concerning the disappearance of two children. Edgar is investigating their disappearance, with the help of two subordinates, Emma and Bob, while Max is busy playing in the Aladdin pantomime, out in Brighton’s theatre..
Like the previous novel I think the crime element is well-built, engaging but hard to solve despite the hints. This time the thread under the story are not magician tricks but fairy tales, that show the dark tones the original versions have.
The investigation sees Edgar as main character, with Emma and Bob, both well characterized respect to the previous installment, while Max has a more secondary role, except for his main role as Edgar friend.
Various hints show that the series should increase by other novels, and I think I’ll read them..
Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.
* Smoke and mirrors by Elly Griffiths ★★★★☆
*I read this book in English