The Vanishing Box

The Vanishing Box

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It's the holiday season and Max Mephisto and his daughter Ruby have landed a headlining gig at the Brighton Hippodrome, the biggest theater in the city, an achievement only slightly marred by the less-than-savory supporting act: a tableau show of naked "living statues." But when one of the girls goes missing and turns up dead not long after, Max and Ruby realize there's something far more sinister than obscenity afoot in the theater DI Edgar Stephens is on the case. As he searches for the killer, he begins to suspect that her fatal vanishing act may very well be related to another case, the death of a quiet local florist. But just as he's narrowing in on the missing link, Ruby goes missing, and he and Max must team up once again to find her.
Publisher: Boston, Massachusetts : Mariner Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780358108467
Characteristics: 358 pages ;,21 cm.


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Jan 28, 2019

I love this Magic Men series even better than the author's other series about the archeologist (which has become too much of a soap opera). Can't you just see in the part of Max, the magician in a movie played by the actor Ian MacShane from Love Joy? Well, a young MacShane. I think I have his name right. Devilishly handsome.

Oct 04, 2018

This is my favorite Magic Men Mystery yet. Edgar and Max are both in Brighton and baffled by a string of murders which include eerily staged bodies and to which Max has a very personal connection. There are so many possible suspects and I was truly in the dark until the very end. It is a fascinating plot tool to include the backstage goings on of a variety show with a police procedural. There is continued growth in our main characters, especially Max,Edgar, Emma and Ruby. This installment has truly elevated the series for me.

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