I am one of those girls that while I do like a good chiller deep in my heart, I will always love a fairy tale. Which makes me wonder how I missed the first part in the Fairy Tale Fatal Mystery series. I was drawn in by the title and cover of the second part, Cinderella Six Feet Under by Maia Chance.
From the back of the book:
This Cinderella goes from ashes to ashes in the new Victorian-era Fairy Tale Fatal Mystery by the author of Snow White Red-Handed . . .
Variety hall actress Ophelia Flax’s plan to reunite her friend Prue with her estranged—and allegedly wealthy—mother, Henrietta, is met with a grim surprise. Not only is the marquise’s Paris mansion a mouse-infested ruin, but Henrietta has inexplicably vanished, leaving behind an evasive husband, two sinister stepsisters, and a bullet-riddled corpse in the pumpkin patch decked out in a ball gown and one glass slipper—a corpse that also happens to be a dead ringer for Prue.
Strangely, no one at 15 rue Garenne seems concerned about who plugged this luckless Cinderella or why, so the investigation is left to Ophelia and Prue. It takes them through the labyrinthine maze of the Paris Opera, down the trail of a legendary fairy tale relic, into the confidence of a wily prince charmless, and makes them vulnerable to the secrets of a mysterious couturière with designs of her own on Prue’s ever-twisting family history.
I may just be partial to all things fairy tale, but seriously, what is not to love here? The characters are awesome and the dynamic between Ophelia and Penrose is wonderful. I can not wait to explore that more in the future. I love how the author manages to tell a new story while dressing it up with nods to an old one.
They mystery was well written, with good pacing and even better suspects. There was a lot to sink into and think about. I was fully engaged and turning pages long into the night seeking the answer. I am going to be hunting down the first part, as I suggest you do, because I just know this is going to win your heart. Plus, there is a teaser from the next part.. joy!
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