The Blood Card

The Blood Card

Elizabeth II's coronation is looming, but the murder of their wartime commander, Colonel Cartwright, spoils the happy 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 card. The wartime connection and the suggestion of magic are enough for him to put Stephens and Mephisto on the case.

Edgar's investigation into the death of Brighton fortune-teller Madame Zabini is put on hold. Max is busy rehearsing for a spectacular Coronation Day variety show - and his television debut - so it's Edgar who is sent to New York, a land of plenty worlds away from still-rationed England. He's on the trail of a small-town mesmerist who may provide the key, but someone else silences him first. It's Sergeant Emma Holmes who finds the clue, buried in the files of the Zabini case, that leads them to an anarchist group intent on providing an explosive finale to Coronation Day.

Now it's up to Edgar, Max and Emma to foil the plot, and find out who it is who's been dealing the cards . . .

Title:The Blood Card
Edition Language:English
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    The Blood Card Reviews

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: London, 15 May 1953It was raining when Max came out of the news cinema, but even this could not dent his good spirits. He simply adjusted his trilby and kept his head down as he crossed Picca...

  • Diane S ?

    This is the third installment in this series by the creator of The Ruth Galloway series, which I love. The more I read of this series, the more I am liking this one too. Taking place in post war Brita...

  • Paromjit

    This is a wonderful historical thriller located in the world of theatre variety shows and the gypsy community. It is the third in the series but the first I have read and it works very well as a stand...

  • Dale Harcombe

    The year is 1953, just a few days before the coronation of Queen Elizabeth 2nd. Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens along with his old friend and former comrade in arms the magician, Max Mephisto are c...

  • Ken

    The third in the Stephens & Mephisto series might not be as strong as it’s predecessor, but theirs still so much to enjoy.This series is slowly becoming one of my favourites!I was first drawn to it ...

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    I was quite thrilled to get the chance to read the latest DI Stephens & Max Mephisto book. I have become quite fond of this series and I love the combination of a DI and a magician "working" together....

  • Alex Cantone

    Ruby was definitely the star of Il Teatro…waiters scurried to take her coat, pull out her chair. Offer her wine and olives on the house. Edgar felt invisible, dazzled by the light of the main attrac...

  • Lisa

    I am very much enjoying this cosy mystery series set in Brighton/London England in 1953.It's a police procedural of sorts; one of the main characters is a police officer and the other is a professiona...

  • Lee

    I wasn’t that keen on the second book in Griffiths’ Stephens & Mephisto series but I was still interested enough to keep reading on. So, did I think Griffiths redeemed herself with number three? W...

  • Kathy

    The Blood Card by Elly Griffiths is the third book in the new Stephens and Mephisto or Magic Men series. As an ardent fan of Griffiths' first series, Ruth Galloway Mysteries, I didn't know if I could ...