The Case of the Fickle Mermaid: A Brothers Grimm Mystery (Brothers Grimm Mysteries)

Brothers Grimm Mysteries

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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. Gretel—yes, that Gretel—is 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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About the author

P. J. Brackston is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Witch's Daughter; The Winter Witch; and Nutters. She is also the author of Gretel and the Case of the Missing Frog Prints, Once Upon a Crime and The Case of the Fickle Mermaid, which are all available from Pegasus Books. Brackston lives in Wales with her family.

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Pegasus Books
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Published on
Jan 15, 2016
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9781681770970
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Fantasy / Historical
Fiction / Fantasy / Humorous
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
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“Fresh, original, and engrossing . . . gorgeously realized.”—George R. R. Martin
 
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From the Hardcover edition.
Für alle Fans von Terry Pratchett! Gesternstadt, Bayern, 1776. Gretel (ja, DIE Gretel) muss nicht nur gegen Übergewicht, sondern auch gegen ständige Geldnot kämpfen, um sich und ihren alkoholkranken Bruder Hans zu versorgen (er leidet noch immer unter dem Hexentrauma). Und so nimmt sie die seltsamsten Aufträge als Detektivin an und schlägt sich mit magischen Katzenentführern, mordenden Zwergen, Froschbilder klauenden Verschwörern und so manch anderem märchenhaften Gesindel herum. Nicht ohne selbst in Gefahr zu geraten ... Enthält die beiden Romane Es war einmal ein Mord und Nürnberger Frösche. Es war einmal ein Mord: Katzendame Floribunda, Kater Luitpold und Katzenbaby Seppl, heiß geliebt von ihrer Besitzerin Frau Hapsburg, sind verschwunden. In ihrer Verzweiflung engagiert Frau Hapsburg eine Detektivin. Ihr Name: Gretel. Ja - DIE Gretel. Da Gretel nicht nur gegen ihr Übergewicht, sondern auch gegen ständige Geldnot kämpfen und ihren alkoholkranken Bruder Hänsel versorgen muss, nimmt sie den Auftrag an, obwohl sie Katzen hasst. Doch bei ihren Ermittlungen stößt sie bald auf eine großangelegte Verschwörung - und eine erste Leiche. Ein kratzbürstiger Krimi der besonderen Art - märchenhaft gut! Nürnberger Frösche: Nürnberg, 1777. Albrecht Dürer der Viel Viel Jüngere hat nach Gretel geschickt, da ihm einige seiner wertvollsten Bilder gestohlen wurden, die er von seinem fast gleichnamigen Vorfahr geerbt hat und die beide ein gar prächtiges Motiv zeigen: Frösche. Verdächtige gibt es viele: sein lottriger Sohn Leopold, ein zwielichtiger Hotelmanager, Albrechts auffallend freundliche Pflegerin sowie ein skrupelloser Kunstsammler. Und welche Rolle spielt die mysteriöse "Gesellschaft der Betenden Hände"? Bald geschieht ein Mord ...
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