Narrator James Langton and author Elly Griffiths team up winningly again in the fourth outing of magician Max Mephisto and DI Edgar Stephens in 1950s Brighton, England. Mephisto is an inveterate ladies man and Stephens a sincere, straight-arrow fellow, a difference that complicates their approach to the mystery--the murder of performers in the risqué "living statues" show at the Hippodrome. The plethora of characters gives Langton ample opportunity to demonstrate his skill with a variety of British accents, which enhance the story's color and strengthen Griffiths's commentary about social class in post-WWII England. In addition, Langton's narrative voice is light, relaxed, and easy on the ear. What a fun listen. A.C.S. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2020]
Trade Ed. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2019
DD ISBN 9780358379171 $15.99
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