The Blood Card
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The Blood Card


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 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 Sergeant 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 . . .

Title:The Blood Card
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:384 pages

    The Blood Card Reviews

  • Paromjit
    Oct 25, 2016

    This is a wonderful historical thriller located in the world of theatre variety shows and the gypsy community. It is the third in the series but the first I have read and it works very well as a stand...

  • Magdalena
    Oct 07, 2016

    I was quite thrilled to get the chance to read the latest DI Stephens & Max Mephisto book. I have become quite fond of this series and I love the combination of a DI and a magician "working" together....

  • Damaskcat
    Oct 06, 2016

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for review.The Coronation of Elizabeth II is the background to this interesting and unconventional mystery story. DI Edgar Stephens is involved in an...

  • Leah
    Nov 28, 2016

    Long live the Queen!It's 1953, and Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens is investigating the death of a fortune-teller who drowned off the Brighton pier. It looks like an accident, but the possibilities...

  • Clare
    Jan 29, 2017

    With thanks to Netgalley and Quercus for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.This is the third book in the Edgar Stephens and Max Mephisto mysteries. I love Elly Griffiths long running ...

  • Cleo Bannister
    Nov 02, 2016

    When Colonel Peter Cartwright, their commander from the war, is found dead with the ace of hearts, the blood card, next to him Max Mephisto and DI Edgar Stephens are summoned to London and put in char...

  • Linda Grenfell
    Feb 11, 2017

    Disappointed with this book as I love the Ruth Galloway series and could hardly wait to read another Elly Griffiths book. But I found it slow and ponderous with a bit of a "damp squib" conclusion....

  • Elaine Tomasso
    Oct 20, 2016

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Quercus Books for an advance copy of The Blood Card, the third novel to feature DI Edgar Stephens and magician Max Mephisto.It is May 1953 and England is excited ab...

  • Cressida McLaughlin
    Nov 25, 2016

    I am starting to love the Stephens and Mephisto books as much as Ruth and Nelson. So good and pacy and cosy and funny all at the same time. I love Edgar. I have very strong views about who I want him ...

  • Tracey
    Nov 20, 2016

    Very enjoyable read. I think it's the best of the magic men books. ...

About Elly Griffiths

Elly Griffiths

Elly Griffiths' Ruth Galloway novels take for their inspiration Elly's husband, who gave up a city job to train as an archaeologist, and her aunt who lives on the Norfolk coast and who filled her niece's head with the myths and legends of that area. Elly has two children and lives near Brighton. Though not her first novel, The Crossing Places is her first crime novel.