Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Case of the Fickle Mermaid: A Brothers Grimm Mystery by P. J. Brackston

Gretel has been hired to find a mermaid.  She's pretty enthused because it means she gets to do a sea cruise.  What fun!  It's also all paid for by the Captain of the ship.  What could be better?  A bigger ship, maybe?

Pegasus and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be on sale January 25th.

This whole series is a hoot.  Gretel always has Hansel along, mostly because it's not safe to leave him alone.  He has a love affair with food and is embarrassing.  There are times in these stories that the author makes me laugh out loud.  They're a touch silly but they are a great joy to read.

In this case, Gretel knows the Captain looks familiar but can't figure out why.  She's ready to begin investigating but before she even gets started she finds out her nemesis on board.  She doesn't need the widowed lady in her life again.  She's after Hansel and trying to keep the two apart is a full time job.  She's already got a job; Hansel will have to deal with it himself.

She has her suspects.  She also finds a murdered chef.  (Good thing Hans can cook; he fills in.)  And, before she's done, she finds the mermaid.

This is another romp through the absurd and a good read.  I'll be watching for the next one. 

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