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Once Upon a Crime (#2 Brothers Grimm Mystery)

P. J. Brackston



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25 October 2016
Fiction & Literature; Crime & mystery; Fantasy; Epic Fantasy; Fairy Tale; Magic; Mythological Creatures, People & Places; Young Adult; Young Adult Fantasy
Gretel (yes, that Gretel) is now 35, very large, still living with her brother Hans, and working as a private investigator. The small, sleepy town of Gesternstadt is shaken to its pretty foundations when the workshop of the local cart maker is burnt to the ground, and a body is discovered in the ashes. It is Gretel who notices that the cadaver is missing a finger. At first she does not see this as significant, as her mind is fully focused on a new case. Not that she wouldn't far rather be investigating an intriguing murder, but her client is willing to pay over the odds, so she must content herself with trying to trace three missing cats. It is not until she is further into her investigations that she realizes the two events are inextricably and dangerously connected, and that the mystery of the missing cats will lead her into perilous situations and frightening company.

Very soon Gretel finds herself accused of kidnapping Princess Charlotte, twice locked up in the cells at the Summer Schloss, repelling the advances of an amorous troll, strapped to a rack in Herr Schmerz's torture chamber, and fleeing a murder charge. With dubious help from her brother (whose scant wits are habitually addled by drink), she must prove her innocence, solve the puzzle of the unidentified corpse, and find the stolen cats before they meet a grisly end.
By:   P. J. Brackston
Imprint:   Pegasus
Country of Publication:   United States
Volume:   2
Dimensions:   Height: 224mm,  Width: 147mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   268g
ISBN:   9781681772226
ISBN 10:   1681772221
Series:   Brothers Grimm Mysteries
Pages:   266
Publication Date:   25 October 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Once Upon a Crime (#2 Brothers Grimm Mystery)

Clever and cute. Delightfully witty vignettes matched with a solid plot. A real charmer. A wonderful mystery series, something truly different and enjoyable to read. P. J. Brackston has taken fairytale characters, fleshed them out with real life experiences and human frailties and foibles, dropped them into storybook-perfect towns, added a whole lot of humour and created a rollicking and entertaining novel. Thoroughly enjoyable. Brackston sets her fairy-tale sequels in the Bavaria of 1776, blending fantasy and whimsy with a touch of satire. Another entertaining outing for those readers who like the idea of mixing fractured fairy tales with a little mystery. This spoof of Brothers Grimm fairy tales will have readers laughing out loud. Thoroughly delightful--I'm interested in what case Gretel will work on next.

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