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

  • Magdalena
    Nov 03, 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...

  • Richard
    Nov 23, 2016

    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...

  • 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...

  • Paul
    Nov 08, 2016

    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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Kath
    Nov 03, 2016

    This series just keeps getting better. Now three books in, the characters and storylines just keep getting better. Obviously usual series rules apply, although the main story is self-contained within ...

  • Gordon Mcghie
    Jan 08, 2017

    A third outing for DI Edgar Stephens and his friend, magician, Max Mephisto and I am delighted to see them back. Previous books have been centred around Brighton where Stephens is based, however, The ...

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.