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. Read more...
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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 "
- ISBN-13: 9780425271629
- ISBN-10: 0425271625
- Publisher: Berkley Books
- Publish Date: November 2014
- Page Count: 336
- Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
Series: Fairy Tale Fatal Mystery #1
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-09-29
- Reviewer: Staff
Set in 1867, Maia’s lively debut, the first in a new cozy series, introduces actresses Ophelia Flax and Prudence Bright. The pair, finding themselves unemployed aboard a ship bound for Europe from New York, use their guile to persuade a fellow passenger, wealthy Mrs. Pearl Coop, to hire them as maids. Ophelia and Prue wind up working at the castle Mr. and Mrs. Coop own in Germany’s Black Forest. On the estate is a cottage that may have been the home of the original Snow White, the object of interest of two professors, Winkler and Penrose. Winkler dismisses all things fairy tale, while Penrose secretly hopes to demonstrate that such stories are rooted in fact. When Mr. Coop takes a fatal bite out of a poisoned apple, Prue is accused of murder. Determined to prove Prue innocent, Ophelia joins forces with Penrose, and each agrees to aid the other’s mission. The conclusion will whet the reader’s appetite for Ophelia and Prue’s next misadventure. Agent: Stephany Evans, FinePrint Literary Management. (Nov.)