I just finished listening to the audio version of Snow White Red Handed by Maia Chance. She is a new writer that I think I am going to be watching. I am a huge fan of fairy tales from the Disney movies to the 10th Kingdom miniseries. Just ask me about The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. No don’t –you don’t have time to listen to all I have to say about it.
I did not think murder mysteries and fairy tales were compatible but Maia Chance has proved me wrong. Her delightful first novel brings together two American actresses posing as servants, a gardener who is more than what he seems and a cynical professor who believes in more than he lets on and pits them against a ruthless gambling hall kingpin, a lawman looking for a scapegoat or two, a dangerous huntsman and assorted goons and thugs in the Black Forest of Germany in 1867. Throw in a cottage that may have belonged to Snow White, a dwarf’s skeleton, a fairy tale ball, and a middle aged lady determined to transform herself into Snow White and you have quite a tale.
The second book in this series, Cinderella Six Feet Under, is due out in September. Besides this series from Berkeley, Chance has another new series from Minotaur, set to premiere in September: Come Hell or Highball, the first book in the Discreet Retrieval Agency Mysteries. Here’s the blurb: 31-year-old society matron Lola Woodby has survived her loveless marriage with an unholy mixture of highballs, detective novels, and chocolate layer cake, until, her husband dies suddenly, leaving her his fortune…or so Lola thought. As it turns out, all she inherits from Alfie is a big pile of debt. Pretty soon, Lola and her stalwart Swedish cook, Berta, are reduced to hiding out in the secret love nest Alfie kept in New York City. But when rent comes due, Lola and Berta have no choice but to accept an offer made by one of Alfie’s girls-on-the-side: in exchange for a handsome sum of money, the girl wants Lola to retrieve a mysterious reel of film for her. It sounds like an easy enough way to earn the rent money. But Lola and Berta realize they’re in way over their heads when, before they can retrieve it, the man currently in possession of the film reel is murdered, and the reel disappears.
Both Cinderella Six Feet Under and Come Hell or Highball are on my reading list and Maia Chance is definitely an author to watch!