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Now You See Them: The Brighton Mysteries 5…

Now You See Them: The Brighton Mysteries 5 (udgave 2020)

af Elly Griffiths (Forfatter)

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"The fifth book in the Magic Men series, Now You See Them is a wild mystery with detective Edgar Stephens and the magician Max Mephisto, as they investigate a string of presumed kidnappings in the swinging 1960s"--
Titel:Now You See Them: The Brighton Mysteries 5
Forfattere:Elly Griffiths (Forfatter)
Info:Quercus (2020), 384 pages
Samlinger:Fiction/literature, Dit bibliotek, Skal læses

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Viser 1-5 af 6 (næste | vis alle)
One of my favourite series. Kudos to Griffiths who has researched the era well. This one is set in Brighton in 1964, one of the years when rival groups of Mods and Rockers faced off in that city. Throw in the abductions of young women and excellent characters to get a page-turner mystery novel. The "Magic Men" served together in the war building phony ships and planes to fool the enemy. After the war one became a police officer and two others performed as magicians in variety shows, using their skills to help solve crimes. ( )
  VivienneR | Jan 21, 2020 |
I started reading this series because I loved her Ruth Galloway mysteries. This is already number five in the Magic men series, and in both series she engines time and place perfectly, though both are markedly different. These characters have grown on me and once again I'm back catching up with old friends. Eleven years have passed snd much has changed in the lives of our main characters. We now find ourselves in the 1960's, mods against bikers, the young girls screaming for a young film star and of course the Beatles.

Now too the case surriunds Edgar and Max, young girls are missing and there are few beginning clues. Before it is over the case will become even more personal, markedly do. There will again be a big change in their lives, as Griffiths presents a new angle to upcoming series entries.

This series has broad appeal. Lovers of procedurals and historical fiction fans will both enjoy this blending of elements. Those who just love wonderful characters will also find much to enjoy.

ARC from Edelweiss. ( )
  Beamis12 | Dec 14, 2019 |
When a girl disappears from Roedean School DI Edgar Stephens is brought in to investigate. Now happily married to his former colleague Emma, Stephens is comfortable but misses the old days. At a funeral he meets up with old flame Ruby, now a TV star, and her father Max Mephisto, based in Hollywood. Their lives have diverged but when Ruby also disappears the team are brought together again.
It's a rather complex story to put into a précised but for fans of the Magic Men stories this will all make sense. I loved the way that times have moved on and the strong core of nascent feminism running through the book is great. Griffiths just knows how to tell a great story and her love of Brighton and its environs is at the heart. ( )
  pluckedhighbrow | Dec 3, 2019 |
was delighted for the opportunity to continue with Elly Griffiths’s mystery series featuring police detective Edgar Stephens and magician Max Mephisto In Now You See Them, the fifth book of the Magic Men (or Stephens & Mephisto) series.

Unexpectedly, eleven years have passed since the events of The Vanishing Box. In the interim, Edgar Stephens has been promoted to Superintendent, and is happily married to (former Sergeant) Emma, with three young children, while Max Mephisto has become an American movie star and married a Hollywood starlet, with whom he has two young children. The pair are reunited in Brighton at the funeral of Stan Parks, aka The Great Diablo, but the separation has put some strain on their friendship, and both are too busy with their own interests to properly reconnect. Max is negotiating a role in a movie to be filmed in England with the country’s hottest teen idol, Bobby Hambro, while attempting to spend time with his grown daughter, Ruby, who is now the star of a popular television series, and Edgar is overseeing a search for the runaway teenage daughter of a local MP, and preparing for the May Bank Holiday, during which large groups of warring Mods and Rockers are expected to clash on the Brighton foreshore.

Suspecting that the missing teen is simply skiving to stalk Bobby Hambro at his London hotel with all the other young ‘Bobby Soxers’, DI Bob Willis, and WPC Meg Connolly are tasked with making inquiries, but Samantha Collins, a reporter at the local paper, thinks otherwise. She believes that Rhonda Miles is the third of three teenage girls who may have been abducted, and approaches Emma with her suspicions.

Emma, who has become increasingly restless in her role as only a housewife and mother, sees merit in the theory, and eagerly presents it to her husband, hoping she can perhaps be of help in the investigation. She’s hurt when Edgar barely acknowledges it, and so with the support of Sam, somewhat naively does some investigating of her own, children in tow.

The questions surrounding the fate of the missing girls is the core mystery in Now You See Them. The police have few leads and no real evidence of the connection, and Griffiths makes the most of the uncertainty, but it’s not until Ruby goes missing that any real urgency is introduced into the plot.

Now You See Them is far more about the characters than the plot though, Max and Emma in particular are at a crossroads of a type. I felt that Edgar was sidelined somewhat, but as a Superintendent he is no longer a hands on detective, so that makes sense. I enjoyed the time leap in character growth much more than I expected, and I also liked the introduction of the new WPC.

One of the strengths of this series remains its sense of time and place, the jump from the mid 50’s to the mid 60’s is deftly accomplished with Griffiths illustrating the cultural shifts in various ways.

Now You See Them can probably be read as a stand-alone but the experience will be much richer if the reader is familiar with the series. I enjoyed both the story, and reconnecting with the characters. Interestingly Griffiths seems to have ended with a hint of a new direction for this series that may see Emma and Sam in the forefront. ( )
  shelleyraec | Nov 29, 2019 |
Now You See Them – A Trip back into the swinging sixties

It is Brighton 1963, Edgar Stephens is now married and been promoted to the position of Superintendent and is happily married to Emma, his former detective sergeant. Emma is now a stay at home parent to their children, even though she still hankers for her days back on the job.

At a funeral of an old friend, and stage magician in Brighton, and brings back together the friends who knew him so well. Edgar Stephens and Emma are in attendance, along with many others when his war time colleague and now international Hollywood star, Max Mephisto is also there, as is his daughter.

When the daughter of a Surry Member of Parliament goes missing from Roedean school Stephens and his team are on the case. As more people start going missing, of all ages but female of various ages, and the pressure becomes heavy upon their shoulders. Emma at the same time wishes to know more about what happened and how she can investigate the matter with her children in tow.

While in the background, Edgar Stephens also has a bank holiday invasion of mods and rockers congregating on the sea front. Both sets of young people wish to cause mayhem, drink and fight, unfortunately against each other. It is during this chaos that Stephens’ daughter is taken, possibly by the kidnapper.

As always Elly Griffiths has written an exciting and well researched thriller that will keep you on edge from beginning to end. The Brighton Mysteries are always a fun read and make a change from the usual crime novel and is very much to be welcomed. I do not know how as an author can juggle humour, murder with a mixture of nostalgia into an exciting read.

You really will enjoy this book. ( )
  atticusfinch1048 | Nov 29, 2019 |
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Griffiths mixes well-defined characters with a clever plot.
tilføjet af rretzler | RedigerPublishers Weekly (pay site) (Sep 26, 2019)
A character-driven tale of troubled relationships in a rapidly changing 1960s England that’s wrapped in an excellent mystery.
tilføjet af rretzler | RedigerKirkus Reviews (Sep 15, 2019)

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