Now you see them / Elly Griffiths.

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      First U.S. edition.
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      Summary: "The fifth book in the Magic Men series, Now You See Them is a wild mystery with detective Edgar Stephens and the magician Max Mephisto, as they investigate a string of presumed kidnappings in the swinging 1960s"-- Provided by publisher.
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      Summary: Edgar Stephens is now a Superintendent and married to former DS Emma Holmes. Magician Max Mephisto is a movie star in Hollywood, while his daughter Ruby has her own TV show. When an investigation into a string of disappearing girls starts, Emma sees her chance to get back in the action and begins an independent investigation. Then two more girls go missing-- including Ruby-- and Max finds himself drawn into the search. -- adapted from jacket and info
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Booklist Reviews 2019 October #2

*Starred Review* In this fifth Magic Men mystery (after The Vanishing Box, 2018), Griffiths pulls off an amazing sleight of hand by moving her characters 11 years forward in time and planting them smack in the middle of the early 1960s. Brighton, England, police detective Edgar Stephens, now promoted to superintendent, is happily married with children to a sometimes frustrated Emma (née Holmes), who is missing her life as a brilliant detective. When a string of girls goes missing, Emma uses her connection with Sam Collins, a reporter for the local paper, to set herself up as a potential victim, unbeknownst to Edgar, and she gets in way over her head, putting herself and her [their?] daughter, Marianne, in danger. Magician Max Mephisto, also married with young children and now a movie star in America, gets involved when his grown daughter Ruby, a British TV personality, also disappears. The thrill of the chase makes Max ponder whether the fantasy life he created in Hollywood can compare to his earlier existence, which followed a best-of-times-worst-of-times pattern. As always, Griffiths creates an authentic sense of time and place—the Cold War still exerting its chill, and Britain besotted by the Beatles. Readers will eagerly await more to come. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2019 May

Several girls have disappeared, and Det. Edgar Stephens and magician friend Max Mephisto are on the case. But the real movers here are Edgar's wife, Emma, restless at home and eager to prove that she's still the best detective around, and an ambitious new woman on the force.

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LJ Reviews 2019 December

In 1960s Brighton, UK, Beatlemania and miniskirts are in full swing. DS Edgar Stephens and his pal, magician Max Mephisto, have their careers well in hand and Edgar's wife, the former DS Emma Holmes, is a stay-at-home mom. When a string of young girls goes missing, likely victims of kidnapping, Edgar and his team snap into best detecting mode, and Emma sinks into restless frustration, knowing she's the best detective for the job but unable to convince her husband to let her return to work—this is the 1960s, after all. But when Max's daughter Ruby and then Edgar's daughter Marianne become victims as well, Emma goes rogue to solve the case and find the girls. VERDICT The fifth in Griffiths's "Magic Men" series (The Vanishing Box) is written with a lighter touch and quirkier characters than her "Ruth Galloway" archaeological mysteries. Nevertheless, it's a highly entertaining read with a spot-on portrayal of the manners and mores of the 1960s. [See Prepub Alert, 3/25/19.]—Susan Clifford Braun, Bainbridge Island, WA

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PW Reviews 2019 October #2

Set in 1964, Mary Higgins Clark Award–winner Griffiths's fine fifth Magic Men mystery (after 2017's The Vanishing Box) finds Supt. Edgar Stephens and his colleague, Det. Insp. Bob Willis, looking into the disappearance of schoolgirl Rhonda Miles, an MP's daughter, who supposedly ran off to London to see 18-year-old matinee idol Bobby Hambro, but her father is certain that she has been abducted. Edgar and Bob are ably assisted by 19-year-old Woman Police Constable Meg Connolly, who goes undercover with Rhonda's friends. Edgar's wife, Emma, once a police detective sergeant but now a stay-at-home mother of three, makes some useful suggestions and investigates when she can with her female reporter friend, Sam Collins. Soon, it becomes apparent that disappearances of a local student nurse and a mod girl are connected. Griffiths mixes well-defined characters with a clever plot. Her examination of the place of women in 1960s British society should appeal to readers of procedurals and historical fiction fans. Agent: Rebecca Carter, Janklow & Nesbit (U.K.). (Dec.)

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