Sunday, December 21, 2014

2014 book 308

Maia Chance's Snow White Red-Handed
This book should have been right up my alley-- it's the 1800s and the main characters are a pair of actresses who are posing as maids to make a living after leaving their troupe, and they've come to Europe with their rich employer, where a couple of folklore professors are hanging out because they've just discovered a house that may have belonged to Snow White and the Seven Dwarves! And then the rich husband is murdered! But then things start to slide into ever-increasing ridiculousness, with disguises, secret identities, more murders, ten million suspects, a gambling ring, a secret society of dissolute college students, treasure hunters, fortune hunters, multiple romances, etc. It's honestly farcical. I could hear the Benny Hill music playing during some of the scenes. The editor really needed to simplify things and it would have been a much stronger story. B/B-.

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