The Blood Card : Stephens and Mephisto Mystery 3
by Elly Griffiths
Editor: Quercus Publishing
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On the eve of the Queen’s coronation, DI Stephens and Max Mephisto discover an anarchist of the plot and a time bomb at the same time as solving the murder of a close man – the author of the best-seller of Dr. Ruth Galloway’s mysteriesElizabeth II crowning is imminent, but the assassination of their wartime commander, Colonel Cartwright, is ruining the 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 of the card.The time of the wartime connection and the suggestion of magic are for Stephens and Mephisto to be summoned to the case.Edgar of the ongoing investigation into the death of Brighton fortune teller Mrs. Zabini is put on holdMax is busy rehearsing for a spectacular Day of Variety Show Coronation and his debut on television – so it’s Edgar who is being sent to New York, a land of cocagne worlds far from yet rationed England.He is on the trail of a small town of mesmerist who can provide the key, but someone silences him firstIt is Edgar colleague Edgar, DS Emma Holmes, who finds the idea, buried in the files of the Zabini case, which leads them to an anarchist group of intent to provide a final explosion to Day of Coronation.Now it’s up to Edgar, Max and Emma to thwart the conspiracy, and find out who he is, who dealt the cards.
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