From the New York Times bestselling author of The Witch's Daughter comes the story of Gretel, all grown up and investigating a series of mysterious disappearances off the coast of Bavaria.
Gretelyes, that Gretelis now all grown up and working as a private investigator in 18th century Bavaria. Her professional interest is piqued when she begins to hear whispers of of mysterious goings-on off the coast of Schleswig-Holstein: sailors are disappearing, and there are rumors of mermaids and sea creatures and all manner of slippery, sea-based happenings. Ordinarily, Gretel’s interest in sea-life does not extend beyond that which is edible, doused in butter and garlic, and already on the plate before her. However, funds are low, and the captain of the ship Arabella makes a tempting offer of good pay and a free cruise in return for her detective services. With a splendid new wig packed, Hans as her bodyguard on the journey north, and the promise of two weeks of fine dining and erudite company whilst sailing around the picturesque Friesian islands, what could possibly go wrong?
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Gretel does it again! The Case of the Fickle Mermaid by PJ Brackston My thanks to Katie McGuire and Iris Blasi, my contacts at Pegasus Books for my hardcover review copy of this book! Gretel, (yes, THAT Gretel!) who now runs a private detective agency with the help (and often hindrance!) of her brother Hans. Let’s just say that Gretel definitely got the brains in the family! Gretel has been hired by Captain Tobias Ziegler of the good ship Arabella to track down a mermaid that is causing him to lose superstitious crewmen. The mermaid is heard singing in the evenings and has occasionally been sighted. Ziegler is suspicious of his rival (and better outfitted) Captain Thorston Sommer of the good ship Fair Fortune and also the good ship Pretty Penny. But it is soon obvious that Captain Sommer is also a victim of the mermaid’s haunting songs. When the cook is murdered aboard the Arabella and then discovered aboard the Fair Fortune, the Captain demands quick results from Gretel before he loses anymore men. Gretel and Hans take off in a lifeboat to explore two nearby islands. The story moves at breakneck speed, on sea, on land, and even in the air at times. The riddling clues of a Sea Sprite (which everyone knows does not exist!), the discovery of the real mermaid, smugglers, a man running from his past, an expert on seabirds, and a man whose present is all a sham all come together to make an exciting fantasy mystery! And of course there is Hans’ Merhund, which he buys with his winnings at cards! Lighthearted at times and sometimes dark, the story makes for an excellent read! I encourage readers to check out the other Brothers Grimm Mysteries by this same author! They are worth the time! I give this novel five glowing stars Quoth the Raven…