We have updated our Privacy Policy Please take a moment to review it. By continuing to use this site, you agree to the terms of our updated Privacy Policy.

The Great Deceiver

On sale

24th October 2023

Price: £29.99

Select a format

Selected: Audiobook Downloadable / ISBN-13: 9781529409949

Disclosure: If you buy products using the retailer buttons above, we may earn a commission from the retailers you visit.

The next gripping volume in The Brighton Mysteries series by bestselling author Elly Griffiths.

‘Recalls the best of Agatha Christie’ Sunday Express

Brighton, 1966.

Max, now divorced and living in London, is on the way to visit Ruby and her new-born daughter when he is hailed by an old magician friend Ted English, aka The Great Deceiver. Ted is terrified because his assistant, Cherry, has been found dead in her Brighton boarding house and he’s convinced that he’ll be accused of her murder. Max agrees to talk to Edgar, who is investigating the case. But what Max doesn’t know is that the girl’s family have hired private detective duo Emma Holmes and Sam Collins to do some digging of their own.

The inhabitants of the boarding house, most of whom are performing in an Old Time Music Hall show on Brighton pier, are a motley crew. The house is also connected to a sinister radio personality called Pal. Ruby, along with every woman in showbusiness, has heard some disturbing rumours about him.

When a second magician’s assistant is killed, Edgar suspects a serial killer. He has the wild idea of persuading Max to come out of semi-retirement and take part in a summer show. But who can pose as his assistant? Step forward WDC Meg Connelly . . .


Praise for The Brighton Mysteries

‘Recalls the best of Agatha ChristieSunday Express

‘Subtle, charming and very good’
Daily Mail

‘Original, lively and gripping’ Independent

‘Wry, emotionally intelligent…satisfying’
Sunday Times

‘Full of period detail, smart plotting and likeable characters’ Mail on Sunday

‘Full of fun and expertly plotted’ Sunday Express

‘Beguiling characterisation’ Financial Times


The Times
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
Sunday Times
Strong on period detail
Mystery People
Once again Griffiths has created a lively crew of characters and woven a twisty plot around them
Crime Monthly Review
An engaging cosy mystery - with added bite
Sunday Post
Riveting offering in Griffiths' Brighton Mysteries
Lancashire Evening Press
Intriguing, multi-layered and full of rich period detail with each character honed to perfection
Peterborough Telegraph
Elly has shot into the top ranks of British crime writers after building an impressive catalogue of bestsellers
Woman's Weekly
Gripping . . . magical . . . we loved it
Mail on Sunday
Full of period charm and fiendish plotting