The fifth installment in the Magic Men series is neatly handled by narrator James Langton. Magician Max Mephisto returns from the U.S. to his home in England for a funeral. There he reconnects with many old friends and his estranged daughter, Ruby, now a British TV personality. It's the '60s, complete with mini skirts, Beatlemania, and celebrity-crazed teenagers, and DS Edgar Stephens, DI Bob Willis, and PC Meg Connolly are investigating the disappearance of three young women. Langton's thoughtful performance offers credible accents that cross social classes, and his women's voices are completely believable, especially that of Edgar's wife, former policewoman Emma Holmes. Emma finds marriage and motherhood a challenge, and misses police work. Langton adds gravitas as well as wit and sparkle to Elly Griffiths's first-rate mystery. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2020]
Trade Ed. HMH Books 2019
DD ISBN 9780358172147 $15.99
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