Tuesday, July 11, 2017
PRAH, CONSTANTINE, BARYEH REVIEWS:SNOW WHITE RED-HANDED
I can't believe it's July 11th already! Are you reading any good books this summer? Do you have vacation plans with a book in tow? I hope you're enjoying the weather as I am, and reading some awesome books.
This month our team read SNOW WHITE RED-HANDED by Maia Chance. I'd like to thank Maia for generously gracing me with a paperback copy of her book. I love reading an actual book more so than my kindle.
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…
Snow White Red-Handed is a delightful book. What a unique twist. In fact, after reading Maia Chance's novel, she has me convinced in the authenticity of Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs. That fairytales and legends are based on true occurrences and people who lived through them.
Poor Ophelia Flax and her young friend, Prudence Bright get caught up in a murder mystery. As do the Professors that had traveled from London to rule out the possibility that a small cottage behind the castle might actually be where Snow White and the Dwarfs lived. If you've read the excellent blurb than I need not repeat it.
The novel is set in a time period I also enjoy, and I liked the tinges of awkward romantic gestures between Ophelia and Professor Gabriel Penrose. Of course, I was waiting with bated breath for their first kiss... Also, the lovely infatuation between Prue and Hansel was adorable. And what a twist when it came to him and.....I must stop because I never reveal spoilers.
I wouldn't say it was action-packed, but a nicely paced story. A bout of gun shooting and galloping horses set the scene and poor Penrose....Oops, you'll have to read Snow White Red-Handed to learn what happens.
I was enthralled with Ms. Chance's writing and I look forward to reading more of her books.
Head over to Nana Prah and Empi Baryeh to read their reviews!!