The vanishing box / Elly Griffiths.

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      First U.S. edition.
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      Summary: "In a nail-biting hunt for a missing loved one, DI Edgar Stephens and the magician Max Mephisto discover once again that the line between art, life, and death is all too easily blurred"-- Provided by publisher.
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      GRIFFITHS, E. The vanishing box. [s. l.]: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. ISBN 9780544750296. Disponível em: Acesso em: 15 dez. 2019.
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      Griffiths E. The Vanishing Box. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 2018. Accessed December 15, 2019.
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      Griffiths, E. (2018). The vanishing box. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Retrieved from
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      Griffiths, Elly. 2018. The Vanishing Box. Magic Men Mystery. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
    • Harvard:
      Griffiths, E. (2018) The vanishing box. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Magic men mystery). Available at: (Accessed: 15 December 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Griffiths, E 2018, The vanishing box, Magic men mystery, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, viewed 15 December 2019, .
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      Griffiths, Elly. The Vanishing Box. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. EBSCOhost,
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      Griffiths, Elly. The Vanishing Box. Magic Men Mystery. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Griffiths E. The vanishing box [Internet]. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 2018 [cited 2019 Dec 15]. (Magic men mystery). Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2018 September #1

This is the fourth Magic Men mystery (after The Blood Card, 2017) from the award-winning Griffiths, and the magic is stronger than ever when the brilliant cast of characters comes together again. It's the holiday season in 1950s Brighton, England, and DI Edgar Stevens and his team are huddled around a two-bar heater for warmth in their basement office. Word comes in that a young florist has been found dead in her lodgings, strangled and left posed in a tableau mirroring the execution of Lady Jane Grey. Max Mephisto and his daughter, Ruby, have been headlining at the Hippodrome, supported by the usual vaudeville acts, one of which involves naked women posed as "living statues." When one of them turns up dead soon after, posed as Cleopatra, Max and Ruby join in the hunt for the killer. Suspects abound, and the misdirection is worthy of the legendary magician himself. New relationships are kindled, old ones fail, and the conclusion may leave fans wondering if this is the final curtain for what has consistently been a thoroughly entertaining series. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2018 October #1

As the holiday season approaches, magician Max Mephisto and daughter Ruby are bringing their dazzling magic act to the impressive Brighton Hippodrome. They're happy to be headlining and honing their act for a TV show, but are less thrilled about one of the opening gigs—a tableau show of naked girls. Then a housemate of one of the showgirls is murdered, and soon more people associated with the production turn up dead. The cases fall to DI Edgar Stephens, Max's longtime friend and Ruby's fiancé, and Max becomes embroiled in another mystery. As Sergeants Emma and Bob help investigate, Emma tries to contain her feelings for Edgar, Bob is quite taken with Betty from the tableau, and a love interest of Max's creates more complications for the case. Despite the murders, the show must go on. VERDICT The fourth entry in the "Magic Men" series (The Blood Card) presents a fascinating look behind the curtain of 1950s showbiz as well as an engaging mystery, especially when DI Stephens and his sergeants are involved. [See Prepub Alert, 4/19/18.]—Melissa DeWild, Spring Lake Dist. Lib., MI

Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2018 August #3

At the start of Mary Higgins Clark Award–winner Griffiths's solid fourth Magic Men mystery (after 2017's The Blood Card), stage magician Max Mephisto and his daughter, Ruby French, are headlining a variety show in Brighton, England, during the 1953 holiday season. Meanwhile, Det. Insp. Edgar Stephens—Max's friend and former military colleague, and Ruby's fiancé—investigates the murder of a young woman with ties to a female troupe performing in the same show. As more deaths follow, a ruthless killer threatens Max's new love interest, Sgt. Emma Holmes, who's Edgar's colleague. Series fans will appreciate the developments in the various relationships, but they and new readers might wish for more insight into characters' personalities and motives. That said, Griffiths nicely evokes the post-WWII zeitgeist in Britain, incorporating details about hypocritical censorship laws and the theatrical lifestyle. Those who favor human intrigues over crime solving should find this a charming holiday read. Agent: Rebecca Carter, Janklow & Nesbit (U.K.). (Oct.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.