The Case of the Fickle Mermaid

The Case of the Fickle Mermaid

A Brothers Grimm Mystery

Book - 2016
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Working as a private investigator in eighteenth-century Bavaria, Gretel looks into the mysterious disappearance of sailors off the coast of Schleswig-Holstein and rumors of mermaids and sea creatures with the help of her brother, Hansel, and the captain of the ship Arabella.
Publisher: New York :, Pegasus Books,, 2016.
ISBN: 9781605989464
Characteristics: 254 pages ; 24 cm


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FindingJane Nov 02, 2016

As soon as one case is finished, another begins. And so our intrepid heroine finds herself in hot water (pun intended) as she tries to track down an elusive mermaid, enlists the aid of a sea sprite that no one else seems to see (people WILL ignore the strange and unusual) and find a murderer.

Ms. Brackston’s wit and abilities as a literary raconteur remain as keen as ever. While we can laud Ms. Gretel’s ingenuity, quick thinking, compassion and her phenomenal skills as a negotiator, we’re not meant to take her too seriously. She remains inordinately conscious about her personal appearance and focused to an extraordinary degree on her hair. (Her obsession with wigs remains a mystery; if she can get her hair looking ship-shape [heh], why such focus on perukes?) Yet, in spite of her constant attempts to look fabulous, she always winds up a right mess when the dashing General Ferdinand von Ferdinand stumbles upon her.

It’s great to see more about Gretel of Gesternstadt and I look forward to reading more of her adventures. She is a force to be reckoned with, an amusing and powerful heroine, whether dealing with cannibalistic witches or mischievous sprites. Climb aboard, mateys!


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