Smoke and Mirrors

Smoke and Mirrors

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"In the sequel to the "captivating"* Zig Zag Girl, DI Edgar Stephens and the magician Max Mephisto hunt for a killer after two children are murdered in a tragic tableau of a very grim fairy tale. *Wall Street Journal It's Christmastime in Brighton, and the city is abuzz about a local production of Aladdin, starring the marvelous Max Mephisto. But the holiday cheer is lost on DI Edgar Stephens. He's investigating the murder of two children, Annie and Mark, who were strangled to death in the woods, abandoned alongside a trail of candy a horrifying scene eerily reminiscent of Hansel and Gretel. Edgar has plenty of leads to investigate. Annie, a surprisingly dark child, used to write gruesome plays based on the Grimms' fairy tales. Does the key to the case lie in her unfinished final script? Or does the macabre staging of Annie and Mark's deaths point to the theater and the capricious cast of characters performing in Aladdin? Once again Edgar enlists Max's help in penetrating the shadowy world of the theater. But is this all just classic misdirection?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780544527959
054452795X
Branch Call Number: FICTION Gri
Characteristics: 338 pages ; 22 cm

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LauraSteinert
Jul 31, 2017

The Magic Men are back and solving another complicated case. Better than the first book in the series, this one moves back into the cozy mystery genre with less gory detail and more character insight. In case you forget you are reading a book called Smoke and Mirrors, the phrase smoke and mirrors is repeated (repeatedly) throughout the book.

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Roundcat
Nov 02, 2016

The snippets of Christmas pantomime in this book sound so much like the British comedies on TV, that I was enchanted. The mystery, however, was heart rending--two children killed, then their teacher, followed by yet another child's disappearance. All the searching through snow and cold to try to find the children contrasted with the gaudiness of the theatre was well done. The relationships between the characters make me wonder what the next book in this series will bring.

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