This Cinderella goes from ashes to ashes in the new Victorian-era Fairy Tale Fatal Mystery by the author of "Snow White Red-Handed . . ." Variety hall actress Ophelia Flax's plan to reunite her friend Prue with her estranged and allegedly wealthy mother, Henrietta, is met with a grim surprise. Not only is the marquise's Paris mansion a mouse-infested ruin, but Henrietta has inexplicably vanished, leaving behind an evasive husband, two sinister stepsisters, and a bullet-riddled corpse in the pumpkin patch decked out in a ball gown and one glass slipper a corpse that also happens to be a dead ringer for Prue. Strangely, no one at 15 rue Garenne seems concerned about who plugged this luckless Cinderella or why, so the investigation is left to Ophelia and Prue. It takes them through the labyrinthine maze of the Paris Opera, down the trail of a legendary fairy tale relic, into the confidence of a wily prince charmless, and makes them vulnerable to the secrets of a mysterious "couturiere" with designs of her own on Prue's ever-twisting family history.
About the Author
The author of the Fairy Tale Fatal Mysteries, including "Snow White Red-Handed," and finalist for the 2004 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award, Maia Chanceis a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Washington. She is writing her dissertation on nineteenth-century American literature."