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The Great Deceiver

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9781529409925

Price: £9.99

ON SALE: 11th April 2024

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

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The next gripping volume in The Brighton Mysteries series by 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 gripping book in the Brighton Mysteries series.

Magician Max Mephisto 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 Ted is 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 (Edgar’s wife) and Sam Collins to do some digging of their own.

When a second magician’s assistant is killed, Edgar persuades Max to perform one last time – with a female assistant as decoy. But who will he choose for the role.


*Praise for The Great Deceiver*

‘Full of period charm and fiendish plotting’ Mail on Sunday

‘Riveting’ Sunday Post

‘Gripping . . . magical . . . we loved it’ Woman’s Weekly

‘An engaging cosy mystery – with added bite’ Crime Monthly

‘Intriguing, multi-layered and full of rich period detail’ Lancashire Evening Press

*Readers are loving The Great Deceiver*

‘Wonderful storytelling’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘The background, the plot, the characters – just brilliant!’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘I was gripped from beginning to end’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Elly Griffiths at her best’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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