Miss Ophelia Flax is a Victorian actress who knows all about making quick changes and even quicker exits. But to solve a fairy-tale crime in the haunted Black Forest, she'll need more than a bit of charm... 1867: After being fired from her latest variety hall engagement, Ophelia acts her way into a lady's maid position for a crass American millionaire. But when her new job whisks her off to a foreboding castle straight out of a Grimm tale, she begins to wonder if her fast-talking ways might have been too hasty. The vast grounds contain the suspected remains of Snow White's cottage, along with a disturbing dwarf skeleton. And when her millionaire boss turns up dead - poisoned by an apple - the fantastic setting turns into a once upon a crime scene. To keep from rising to the top of the suspect list, Ophelia fights through a bramble of elegant lies, sinister folklore, and priceless treasure, with only a dashing but mysterious scholar as her ally. And as the clock ticks towards midnight, she'll have to break a cunning killer's spell before her own time runs out...
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Once Upon a Crime
This is the first time I"ve heard Tanya Eby narrate a book. She is a good reader but I felt her "American" accent was too nasal and as the two main characters were American, it became tiresome.
Snow White Red Handed started a bit slowly for me but it built momentum until I had a hard time turning it off. I loved the Fairy Tale Ball and the final scenes in the forest.
I'd would try another book by Tanya Eby. I think she is a good reader. I just didn't agree with her choice of voice for these characters.
I loved how Prue slowly came to realize that her appearance was not what Hansel liked about her. The moment when they stood together in the hallway of the inn and he just held her after she admitted she didn't understand how her appearance was not bothering him.
I love fairy tales and mysteries. I'm very happy to see them together in one series!
- Loralee Petersen "Cuppa Cozy Mystery Blog"