Miss Ophelia Flax is a Victorian actress who knows all about making quick changes and even quicker exits. But to solve a fairy-tale crime in the haunted Black Forest, she’ll need more than a bit of charm…
1867: After being fired from her latest variety hall engagement, Ophelia acts her way into a lady’s maid position for a crass American millionaire. But when her new job whisks her off to a foreboding castle straight out of a Grimm tale, she begins to wonder if her fast-talking ways might have been too hasty. The vast grounds contain the suspected remains of Snow White’s cottage, along with a disturbing dwarf skeleton. And when her millionaire boss turns up dead—poisoned by an apple—the fantastic setting turns into a once upon a crime scene.
To keep from rising to the top of the suspect list, Ophelia fights through a bramble of elegant lies, sinister folklore, and priceless treasure, with only a dashing but mysterious scholar as her ally. And as the clock ticks towards midnight, she’ll have to break a cunning killer’s spell before her own time runs out…
I could not figure out who the murderer was in this one..wait, who was it now again? Oh right. See, I am so bad at this, but that is good cos else it would get boring. I need to wonder.
Ophelia and Prue are actresses, and now they are not. Now they are maids and going to Germany. To a castle where in the woods Snow White's cottage has been found. Alas murder! The owner of the castle is killed and Ophelia sets out to solve the murder. Now she is not a stupid girl who just wants to solve a crime. No, she has to. Lives are a stake and fingers are pointing at everyone. Also there is the fact that they both totally lied about being maids. Suspicious.
I did like the whole Snow white thing the best. There is nothing magical about this mystery. But then the story (if we take a way a few things), is just about a girl with a wicked stepmother who meets dwarves and falls for a prince. In the middle of all of this is the who killed him? There is also the hunt for the truth behind Snow White.
I saw that the next book takes place in France and will have something with Cinderella in it, cool.
A cozy mystery with a fairy-tale twist.
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by Berkley
Fairy Tale Fatal Mystery #1
Historical cozy mystery