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The Grimms take Manhattan in the fourth book in the New York Times bestselling series!

When fairy-tale detectives Sabrina and Daphne Grimm venture back to the big city to help a friend, they land in the middle of a big mystery. Puck’s father, King Oberon, has been murdered, and the Grimms suspect one of the many famous (and infamous) fairy-tale folk who call the city home. Can they find the culprit while coming to terms with their mother’s secret life? And will Sabrina ever accept her family’s destiny?

Funny and fast-paced, this series puts a fresh spin on girl-detective stories and has won an everexpanding number of fans.

F&P level: U

Editorial Reviews

KLIATT - Deirdre Root
Sabrina and Daphne Grimm aren't just little girls: they are part of THOSE Grimms, and their family doesn't write fairy tales but chronicles their adventures as detectives for fairy-tale characters. In this fourth book in the series, the two girls (along with Granny Relda and some strange companions) head for their hometown of New York to find their friend Puck's family. When Puck's father is killed, Faerie is in an uproar, and the girls are on the case. Wall Street pirates, dwarves in the subway and the kindly Wizard of Oz both help and hinder them along the way to solving the murder as well as the mystery of their mother's secret life. A quick, fun read, recommended for school and public libraries. Reviewer: Deirdre Root

Product Details

Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
Sisters Grimm Series , #4
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Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.13(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Buckley’s previous books include a New York Times bestseller, a Kirkus Reviews Best Fantasy Book, and two Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award winners. He has written and developed television shows for several networks. He lives with his wife, Alison, in New York City.

Peter Ferguson is a comic book and editorial artist living in Argentina.

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Once upon a Crime (Sisters Grimm Series #4) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 173 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I REALLY loved this book!!! It was the best one yet. Especially how puck and Sabrina romance grows!. I can't wait for the next one!!! READ THIS BOOK!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books i have ever read and trust me i have read lots of books lots.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great! What happens is is once the girls get to Faery,they have another mystery to solve! They must find out who killed Oberon(pucks dad) and also they travel with Puck's so-called girlfriend Moth. They meet Scrooge, six outta seven dwarves, and Pucks family. They discover Cobweb as the suspect. Unfortunately, they are tangled up with Ms. Mirvena Smirt. Luckily, they escape. Once they get back to Faery, they're about to see Scrooge again. But Moth holds Sabrina back, and has a toast since Puck is gonna break outta his healing vessel in five minutes. But Sabrina is severly poisoned and no ones there to save her. Will she be saved? when she's about to die, Will Puck break outta his healing vessel in time to save her?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love all of the Sisters Grimm books, but this was by far the best, because it actually takes place in a real and well- known area of the world, and although none of the Sisters Grimm books are at all realistic, this one was the most realistic because it actually takes place in a real city and it mentions many very real places in Manhattan. I HIGHLY recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well i just finished reading the third book and i must say the sisters grimm books are simply hard to put down! Every chapter leaves you wanting to know more every time great series (strongly reccomend them)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books should be movies! Their so good.I give them ********.0
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book in the series! I love the puck sabrina moments! And how it makes moth so mad!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All sister grimm books are amazing read this book now
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best one yet
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book and it's really funny! Igive it five stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best!!!!!!! I have a huge crush on puck
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this entire series its just so good this one is specialy good i love not knowing who the master of the scarlet hand is. I promise myself to take a break of the book but after the book i just by the next one i recomend a wrinkle in time by madeleine l'engle, also savvy by ingrid law, also the boxcar children by gretude chandler warner. Sincerly, The big bad wolf A.k.A J.D.G
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! It is so suspesful! I LOVE PUCK!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very nice! I love it! Espesily the romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is about two sisters whose parents disappear one night. They survive almost a year until their grandma adopts them. It turns out that the family are from the brothers grimm and fairy tales are real! As they join their grandma in her fairytale dective assignments, the girls try to locate their parents. This book is a great mix of humor & adventure that all ages will love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVE this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havr read books 1,2,3 they are amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the seires !!!!!:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Sisters Grimm books. Read them like 100 times!!!! Anyone reading this should read all of the books!!
Mallory Wood More than 1 year ago
Great, amazing book. And puck came back *just for sabrina* aw...
J42699 More than 1 year ago
The Sisters Grimm is one of the best books I have ever read. It is filled with adventure, danger , love and excitement. I really felt like I was watching a movie and instead of watching TV or listening to my Mp3 I would read it. I once almost read the whole book in one day! It makes you want to read more and more. I was so sad when it ended but then heard there was going to be a seventh on May 1,2010!!! But I dont know. They are my all time favorite books!!!! Read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book sooooooo much!! I LOVE the romance between Puck and Sabrina. I LOVE how Puck can be so sensitive about his father. IT'S SOOO SWEET!!This one in the series is the best I've read so far!!! Mr. Buckley please keep writing these great books!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are at it again, following in their relatives, (Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm¿s) footsteps. The sisters, Granny Relda, Mr. Canis (Big Bad Wolf), and Sheriff Hamstead (one of the little pigs) are on their way to New York. Taking along with them, injured Puck, the fairy boy, to an underground town in New York City to heal him. Little do they know that Puck¿s father is king of Faerie and that he is engaged!! They soon will discover the secrets that their missing mother had with the citizens of Faerie. The adventure all begins when Puck¿s father is killed. The girls must find the killer while on the way meeting Cinderella¿s godmother, the six dwarves, Sinbad, Scrooge, and another member of Scarlet Hand, the secret group that kidnapped their parents. Find out who killed the king and if the girls make it back to Ferryport Landing¿.alive. This book will make your imagination run wild!! It is full of adventures, and made me truly realize my love for fairytales. It also taught that not all people are trustworthy. This is a book any kid would love!!