The Blood Card

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 . . .

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  • 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...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • The Blood Card – A Proper WhodunitThe third in the Stephens and Mephisto series, The Blood Card from Elly Griffiths, is a good old fashioned whodunit and such a brilliant read. The prose just draws ...

  • The Blood Card by Elly Griffiths is the third book in the new Stephens and Mephisto or Magic Men series. As an ardent fan of Griffiths' first series, Ruth Galloway Mysteries, I didn't know if I could ...

  • The suspicious death of their wartime commander brings DI Edgar Stephens and his old friend, the magician Max Mephisto, into another joint investigation in the third of this new Elly Griffiths mystery...

  • The Blood Card is the third in Griffiths newer series. I'm enjoying this mid-century stories but not as much as her original characters including Ruth Galloway, Nelson, and Cadfael etc also though the...

  • DNFIt's hard for any historical fiction to really tickle my fancy. Unfortunately, this one didn't tickle anything for me. I felt like it was getting nowhere and the characters fell flat for me. It's a...

  • 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...

  • It is always with great pleasure when I pick up an Elly Griffiths book and this one does not disappoint. She deservedly was awarded the Dagger in the Library 2016 in recognition to her work across two...

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