Brighton, winter 1951. Pantomime season is in full swing on the pier with Max Mephisto starring in Aladdin, but Max's headlines have been stolen by the disappearance of two local children.
When they are found dead in the snow, surrounded by sweets, it's not long before the press nickname them 'Hansel and Gretel'.
DI Edgar Stephens has plenty of leads to investigate.
The girl, Annie, used to write gruesome plays based on the Grimms' fairy tales.
Does the clue lie in Annie's unfinished - and rather disturbing - last script? Or might it lie with the eccentric theatricals who have assembled for the pantomime?
Once again Edgar enlists Max's help in penetrating the shadowy theatrical world that seems to hold the key.
But is this all just classic misdirection?
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 352 pages
- Publisher: Quercus Publishing
- Publication Date: 05/11/2015
- Category: Historical mysteries
- ISBN: 9781784290269