The Blood Card by Elly Griffiths

The Blood Card is the third in the series featuring DI Edgar Stephens and the magician Max Mephisto. This is a wonderful historical thriller located in the world of theatre variety shows and the gypsy community. It is the third in the series but the first I have read and …

Smoke and Mirrors by Elly Griffiths

Smoke and Mirrors, the second book in Elly Griffiths series featuring DI Stephens, and actor/magician Max Mephisto, is set in Brighton about a year after the events in the Zig Zag Girl, during the winter of 1951. Max and the Great Diablo are performing in a pantomime in town. These …

The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths

I’ve read a couple of Griffiths’ other books and enjoyed them well enough. Honestly though, I picked up this series because of the magic connection. I love a good magician and here we have one helping solve crimes. When the head and legs of a young woman are discovered in …

Murder Lo Mein by Vivien Chien

This is the third installment in the Noodle Shop Mystery series. Lana Lee is now managing her family’s restaurant in the Asia Village plaza, but of course nothing’s ever quiet in her life. There’s a noodle competition taking place and Peter, the chef at Ho-Lee Noodle House is one of …

Dim Sum of All Fears by Vivien Chien

First off, I love the covers of the Noodle Shop Mysteries. I’m not usually much of a cover person, but these just look delicious, are bright, have a bit of humor, I think, with the soy sauce (?) pouring into the skull shape. Dim Sum of All Fears is the …

Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien

Death by Dumpling has been sitting on my Kindle for longer than I’d like to admit. I know why I picked it up originally. The cover is great, it’s set in Cleveland, and it sounds like a fun mystery. I am so happy I finally got around to reading it. …