Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Book Review: "The Case of the Fickle Mermaid: A Brothers Grimm Mystery," by P.J. Brackston
About the book:
New York Times bestselling author P.J. Brackston sends Gretel off on another adventure, all grown up and investigating a series of mysterious disappearances off the coast of Germany.
Gretel -- yes, that Gretel -- is now working as a private investigator in 18th century Bavaria. Her professional interest is piqued when she begins to hear whispers of mysterious goings-on off the coast of Schleswig-Holstein: Sailors are disappearing, and there are rumors of mermaids and sea creatures and all manner of slippery, sea-based happenings.
Ordinarily, Gretel's interest in sea life does not extend beyond that which is edible, doused in butter and garlic, and already on the plate before her. However, funds are low, and the captain of the ship Arabella makes a tempting offer of good pay and a free cruise in return for her detective services.
With a splendid new wig packed, Hans as her bodyguard on the journey north, and the promise of two weeks of fine dining and erudite company whilst sailing around the picturesque Friesian islands, what could possibly go wrong?
Brackston's Brothers Grimm Mystery Series is so much fun! I was first introduced to it when I read the previous book in the series, Once Upon a Crime. (See my review here.) I enjoyed it so much that I was thrilled to hear that Brackston had produced another mystery for her heroine, Gretel, who has the personality of Miss Piggy from the Muppets. In short, she's a riot! Gretel's obsession with her looks and her finances, her bumbling brother Hans, and the miserable accommodations aboard the ship do not deter her from solving the mysteries that have plagued the Arabella. Since Gretel is from a fairy-tale land, you can expect to find real mythical creatures in this novel, along with a lot of laughter. The Case of the Fickle Mermaid is highly entertaining, with mystery, humor and action aplenty.
P.S. If you prefer more serious fare, I highly recommend the books in Brackston's Witch series, too!
About the author:
P.J. Brackston is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Witch's Daughter; The Winter Witch; and Nutters. She is also the author of Gretel and the Case of the Missing Frog Prints and Once Upon a Crime. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University and is a Visiting Lecturer for the University of Wales, Newport. Brackston lives in Wales with her partner, Simon, and their two children.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary ARC of this book to facilitate my honest review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.