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The Great Deceiver

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781529409925

Price: £9.99

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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

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The gripping new novel from bestselling author Elly Griffiths.

It starts with a magician and a murder in a Brighton boarding house; throw in a show on Brighton pier, a sinister radio personality and a potential serial killer, and you’ve got the next twisty mystery from Elly Griffiths.

Magician Max Mephisto, now divorced and living in London, is on his way to visit daughter Ruby and her new-born baby when he is hailed by a voice from the past, fellow performer Ted English, aka the Great Deceiver. Ted’s assistant, Cherry, has been found dead in her Brighton boarding house and he’s convinced that he’ll be accused of her murder.

Max agrees to talk to his friend, Superintendent Edgar Stephens, who is investigating the case. What Max doesn’t know is that the girl’s family have hired private detective duo Emma Holmes (aka Mrs Stephens) and Sam Collins to do some digging of their own.

The inhabitants of the boarding house, most of whom are performing in an Old Time Music Hall show on Brighton pier, are a motley crew. The house is also connected to a sinister radio personality called Pal. When a second magician’s assistant is killed, Edgar suspects a serial killer. He persuades Max to come out of semi-retirement and take part in a summer show. But who can pose as his assistant? Edgar shocks the team by recommending someone close. . .


Praise for Elly Griffiths

‘Original, lively and gripping’ Independent

‘Full of period detail, smart plotting and likeable characters’ Mail on Sunday

‘Full of fun and expertly plotted’ Sunday Express

The Last Remains, the final instalment of the Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries, was a Sunday Times bestseller in August 2023.


Griffiths' affection for Brighton - with its grotty digs ruled by no-nonsense landladies - and her gentle wit ensure that the reader very much likes to be beside the seaside
The Times
Strong on period detail
Sunday Times
Once again Griffiths has created a lively crew of characters and woven a twisty plot around them
Mystery People
An engaging cosy mystery - with added bite
Crime Monthly Review
Riveting offering in Griffiths' Brighton Mysteries
Sunday Post
Intriguing, multi-layered and full of rich period detail with each character honed to perfection
Lancashire Evening Press
Elly has shot into the top ranks of British crime writers after building an impressive catalogue of bestsellers
Peterborough Telegraph
Gripping . . . magical . . . we loved it
Woman's Weekly
Full of period charm and fiendish plotting
Mail on Sunday
An engaging plot supported by sharp characterisation builds to high drama as the killer takes his final bow
Daily Mail