SNOW WHITE-RED HANDED
A Fairy Tale Fatal Mystery
First in a New Series
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…
- Series: A Fairy Tale Fatal Mystery (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (November 4, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425271625
- ISBN-13: 978-0425271629
A finalist for the 2004 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award, Maia Chance is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Washington. She is writing her dissertation on nineteenth-century American literature.
1867: Two out of work actresses, Ophelia Flaz and Prudence Bright are in need of employment on the S.S. Levathian. They sneek their way into the maid positions along with Mrs. Coop of Scholoss Grunewald, in the Black Forest where a castle is sitting. When they arrive at the castle, they feel they have entered a fairy tale world. The Seven Dwarfs, may live in the forests around the Grunewald. In the forrest is even a dwarf sized skeleton with bits of gold. Craziness has set in by everyone around about the relics. When Mr. Coop eats a poisoned apple and dies, Prue is locked in the castle's tower for the crime. Ophelia is bound to clear Prue's name, track the real murderer and even hope to find the final resting place of Snow White. The author gave the reader a little bit of everything. Fairy tale, mystery, murder and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. They possibly existed, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and finding their cottage is possible. We may not have true detectives with Ophelia and Prue but there is a lot of wit and capability of figuring out the crime. The author even put in some humor which made the story a light and easy read. I can't wait for the next book.
I was given a complimentary copy of SNOW WHITE RED-HANDED from the author Maia Chance and Night Owl Reviews for my view of the book. No other compensation took place.
I would give this book 5 STARS.
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