The Zig-Zag Girl

Elly Griffiths ( was born in London. The inpsiration for her books about forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway came from her husband who gave up a city job to train as an archaeologist. Elly Griffiths lives near Brighton but draws inspiration from the wild Norfolk coast. The summary of her latest detective story is as follows. It’s Brighton in 1950. When the body of a girl is found, cut into three, Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens is reminded of a magic trick: the Zig Zag Girl. The inventor of the trick, Max Mephisto, is an old friend of Edgar’s. They served together in the war as part of a shadowy unit called the Magic Men. Max is still on the circuit, touring seaside towns in the company of ventriloquists, sword-swallowers, and dancing girls. Changing times mean that Variety is not what it once was, yet Max is reluctant to leave this world to help Edgar investigate. But when the dead girl turns out to be known to him, Max changes his mind. Another death, another magic trick: Edgar and Max become convinced that the answer to the murders lies in their army days. When Edgar receives a letter warning of another “trick”, the ‘Wolf Trap’, he knows that they are all in the killer’s sights….Will you find out who survives and who does not before Christmas?


384 pages in Quercus

ISBN 978-1848669857


Elly Griffiths


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