I like Elly Griffiths’ Ruth Galloway series. Will I like her Magic Men Mysteries as much?
Not quite as much, but still, I enjoyed Elly Griffiths’ The Zig Zag Girl.
In 1950, two Army friends Brighton, England Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens and magician Max Mephisto set out to solve a series of murders based on magic tricks.
More than that, the murders seem to be tied into their special unit in WWII. The Magic Men tried to deceive the Germans, make them think the allies were more prepared to fend off an invasion than they were. The Magic Men were into deception and illusion.
So when DI Stephens finds a woman murdered and cut into three parts, a replication of the famous Zig Zag Girl magic trick, he enlists his friend Max Mephisto to help him solve the murders.
The murders are personal. One part of the murdered woman ends up being shipped to Stephens in a suitcase sent to the police station. The murdered woman has performed variations of the Zig Zag Girl trick as one of Max’s assistants.
Something terrible is happening. It ties back to their WWII unit. As things progress, someone murders two more people in similarly gruesome ways.
Stephens and Max delve into the old group. They wonder what is happening.
What they find is that the motive for the murders goes back to the nature of The Magic Men Group itself.
The Zig Zag Girl was more plot heavy and less character heavy that the Ruth Galloway books. That is both its strength and its weakness.
I enjoy Ruth’s personal involvements and the way her stories always delve into the characters’ histories. The Zig Zag Girl does some of that, but it is more based on plot than people.
So, now I have another good series to follow, a series by a favorite author. Maybe instead of carping, I should count my blessings.--------
I ran across this book as a Kindle offering from our local library.