Review: The Midnight Hour by Elly Griffiths


Title: The Midnight Hour {The Brighton Mysteries #6}

Author: Elly Griffiths

Published: 7th December 2021, Mariner Books

Status: Read December 2021 courtesy Mariner Books/Netgalley


My Thoughts:


In this sixth instalment of The Brighton Mysteries (previously the Magic Men/Stephens & Mephisto series), The Midnight Hour, former showgirl Verity Malone engages former WDS Emma Stephens and journalist Sam Collins, whom have launched a private investigation firm, when she is implicated in the poisoning death of her husband, theater impresario, Bert Billington.

As it happens, Verity isn’t the only one who had reason to dislike Bert. A notorious narcissist and philanderer, he had a number of enemies, and Emma is excited by the opportunity to investigate, even though the situation may make things awkward for her husband, Superintendent Edgar Stephens.

Griffiths offers several red herrings as suspicion swirls around Verity, her long term housekeeper, Alma, the women’s adult children, a nosy neighbour and a mystery woman (or man) in a long brown coat. Max Mephisto, coincidently filming a movie co-starring Verity’s middle son, also becomes entangled in the case when it’s revealed he once had an affair with Verity.

WPC Meg Connolly, introduced in Now You See Them, plays a large role this novel, proving to be an eager, intuitive police officer, just as Emma was before being forced to retire upon her marriage. Griffiths continues to explore the lot of women in society during the era through the fates of Billingham’s carnal victims, the limits placed on Meg’s career, and Emma’s desire to be more than just a mother.

With its satisfying resolution to an interesting mystery, and engaging characters I enjoyed The Midnight Hour as much as previous instalments, and I look forward to the next.


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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lindsi
    Dec 10, 2021 @ 06:16:53

    I love it when a series has a satisfying resolution! So happy this was an enjoyable read for you. Thinking about adding it to my TBR. 🙂

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

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  2. Northwoman
    Dec 10, 2021 @ 07:52:28

    Wonderful review! I enjoy this author.

    Anne – Books of My Heart

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  3. WendyW
    Dec 10, 2021 @ 13:08:16

    Terrific review! Sounds like a great book and series! So glad you enjoyed it.

    Liked by 1 person


  4. Carla
    Dec 11, 2021 @ 02:01:08

    Great review Shelleyrae. I read the first two in this series, before the name changed, and enjoyed them. Not sure how or why it fell off my radar. I will have to see if my library has them.

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  5. Trin Carl
    Dec 13, 2021 @ 02:05:51

    People could tell me over and over what a red herring is but I keep forgetting. I just learned the term “spearheading” and one other film term which alludes me presently.



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  7. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Dec 14, 2021 @ 01:39:23

    I have enjoyed three books in the Gamache series…and want to read more! The review is pulling me in.

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