When I think about St. Patrick's Day, I think about fun, so I decided to give away two books that are loaded with humor and entertainment. Part of P.J. Brackston's Brothers Grimm Mystery series, they combine fairy tales, mystery and plenty of humor for a rollicking fun read! Here are the two books I will send to one lucky winner:
Once Upon a Crime (Hardcover)
by P.J. Brackston
Crime in eighteenth-century Bavaria can be dark indeed, but there is one dauntless woman who will stop at nothing to shine a light on evil doings, so long as there is time for lunch, and a nap, and money enough for a decent pair of kitten heels.
Gretel (yes, that Gretel) has come a long way since her encounter with the witch in the woods. Now, as Bavaria's most renowned private detective, she has a home, an income, and a professional reputation. Sadly for her, that home is in a slumbering Bavarian backwater, that income is all too quickly evaporating, and that reputation is only as good as her last case. Which is why she cannot afford to be picky, as her brother Hans is rather too fond of pointing out. So it is that she agrees to take Frau Hapsburg's case (and, more critically, her money) to recover her beloved cats, who have mysteriously vanished.
That very same week, the small, sleepy town of Gesternstadt is shaken to its floriferous foundations when the workshop of the local cart maker is burnt to the ground -- and a body is discovered in the ashes. When Gretel finds that fire is tied to the missing cats, her case takes a surprising turn, and she soon finds herself accused of kidnapping a princess, twice locked up in the cells at the Summer Schloss, repelling the advances of an amorous troll, strapped to a rack in a torture chamber, and fleeing a murder charge.
With the dubious help from her brother Hans (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 she has been hired to recover before they meet a grisly end.
The Case of the Fickle Mermaid (paperback ARC)
by P.J. Brackston
Gretel (yes, that Gretel) is now all grown up and working as a private investigator in eighteenth-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 doesn't 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?
One lucky winner will receive both books shown above. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on March 22, 2016.
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Disclosure: These books were provided to me by the publisher to facilitate my honest reviews. I am now donating them for this giveaway. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.