The Zig Zag Girl : The Stephens and Mephisto Mystery

  • by Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by Daniel Philpott
  • Series: The Stephens and Mephisto Mystery
  • 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Brighton, 1950: When the body of a girl is found, cut into three, Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens is reminded of a magic trick: the Zig Zag Girl. The inventor of the trick, Max Mephisto, is an old friend of Edgar's. They served together in the war as part of a shadowy unit called the Magic Men. Max is still on the circuit, touring seaside towns in the company of ventriloquists, sword-swallowers, and dancing girls.
Changing times mean that variety is not what it once was, yet Max is reluctant to leave this world to help Edgar investigate. But when the dead girl turns out to be known to him, Max changes his mind.
Another death, another magic trick: Edgar and Max become convinced that the answer to the murders lies in their army days. When Edgar receives a letter warning of another "trick", the Wolf Trap, he knows that they are all in the killer's sights....


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What did you like most about The Zig Zag Girl?

It was nice to have a book set in the world of magic, however indirectly. Not something you read about very often. The time period is interesting too, with the world a little bit dark and a little bit in flux.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator unfortunately was not good. Very much on one tone all the way through, and no real characterisation, making it quite difficult to differentiate between the characters. He is a big negative, and I will make a point of avoiding him in the future, I'm afraid.

Any additional comments?

I thoroughly enjoy the Ruth Galloway books so I did approach this with a certain amount of trepidation, but narration aside, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is imbued with the warm humour that characterises Ms Griffiths' other books, and is certainly well worth a go. But do be prepared for that narrator which made listening to it a good deal more of a task than was necessary.

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- Alison


If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

So poor in plot structure and reading; I cant think of anyone who would enjoy this after earlier Elly Grifith's books.

Has The Zig Zag Girl put you off other books in this genre?


Would you be willing to try another one of Daniel Philpott’s performances?


You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Sadly none

Any additional comments?

Doubly disappointing

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- CraigP

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-10-2014
  • Publisher: Quercus