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Cinderella Six Feet Under by Maia Chance
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Cinderella Six Feet Under

by Maia Chance

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Series: A Fairy Tale Fatal Mystery (2)

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It was a strange twist to the Cinderella story... Not really my cup of tea
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  Emmie217 | Jun 27, 2018 |
took a loooong time to get into this book and there were too many characters to follow. the idea was a bit convoluted as well--trying to retell the Cinderella tale. finally interesting towards the end of the book as it was an unexpected ending and I would like to see how the next book goes. ( )
  lhaines56 | Apr 23, 2016 |
Cinderella Six Feet Under was not quite as exciting or enchanting as Snow White Red-Handed, for me.

BUT, I very much liked how, once again, Chance built the entire mystery around the "true story" behind a well-known fairy tale. This time, it was Perrault's "Cendrillon, ou la petite pantoufle de verre."

Recommended to cozy mystery enthusiasts who are looking for something different, something centered around a fairy tale.

3.5 stars

(and I'll be starting Beauty, Beast, and Belladonna very soon) ( )
  flying_monkeys | Mar 13, 2016 |
Ophelia Flax plans to reunite her friend Prue with her estranged and allegedly wealthy mother, Henrietta. Not only is the marquises'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 who happens to be a dead ringer for Prue. Strangely no one at the house seems concerned about who the corpse is or why the body was left in their backyard. So it's up to Ophelia and Prue to investigate.
This is book two in the Fairy Tale Fatal Mystery. I would suggest you read book one first.
If you're a fan of forlklore or fairy tales you'll like this book. ( )
  bah195 | Jan 15, 2016 |
Cinderella Six Feet Under by Maia Chance is the second book in A Fairy Tale Fatal Mystery series. It takes place in late 1867 in Paris, France. Gabriel Augustus Penrose (Lord Harrington) is a professor at St. Remigius’s College in Oxford (and has an obsession with fairy tales). He notices an article while reading the paper during tea time. The article is about a woman who was murdered in France. The picture looks like Miss Prudence (Prue) Bright who Gabriel met in the Black Forest (Germany). Gabriel might be a little bit smitten with Miss Ophelia Flax who was traveling with Prue. Gabriel decides to head to Paris immediately.

Prue (she is nineteen) and Ophelia (she is twenty-five) are finally at their destination. Ophelia is taking Prue to her mother’s house. Prue’s mother is Henrietta Bright-Malbert (wife of Renouart Malbert, Marquis de la Roque-Fabliau—what a mouthful). Henrietta was an actress at the Howard DeLuxe’s Varieties in New York, but she left everything behind to marry (including Prue). Ophelia is an actress and she is in disguise to act as chaperone to Prue (a lady would not travel alone). When they arrive Henrietta is not in residence and Mademoiselle Eglantine (Prue’s new step-sister) will not let her in the house. They await nearby to watch for Henrietta when they discover the body of a woman. The woman looks just like Prue!

Renouart, upon meeting Prue, invites her to stay at the house. He explains that his wife, Henrietta, is missing (and the police do not seem to be doing anything). They also believe Prue’s look-a-like was a woman of the streets and murdered by a vagabond (sounds fishy to me). After a few days of staying in the house and being bored to death (they believe that Prue might be in danger), Ophelia takes matters into her own hands (she is frustrated with the police). Ophelia along with Gabriel start investigating. As they gather more clues everything points to Cinderella, the original, very old version. Turns out that there is a special artifact that is desired by many people. Can they solve the crime before anyone else is hurt?

I give Cinderella Six Feet Under 3.75 out of 5 stars. The book is interesting with a different take on the story of Cinderella. I think Ophelia Flax is an interesting character (determined, stubborn, and the ability to jump to conclusions). Gabriel and Ophelia make a great team (though Gabriel needs to learn to speak up and grow a stronger back bone). However, there are just too many people and so many different things going on. The mystery was complex and clever (I liked that part). I just found the book to be very confusing. Too many elements jammed into one book. It made it a difficult book to read. This is the second book in the series, and I highly recommend that you would read the first book before reading Cinderella Six Feet Under. It will make things a little bit clearer. I did find Prudence Bright to be portrayed as nitwit (and a twit) which was unfortunate (I do not like woman being portrayed in this manner). She was also not essential to the story except for one of the final scenes in the book.

I received a complimentary copy of Cinderella Six Feet Under from the author in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own. ( )
  Kris_Anderson | Sep 3, 2015 |
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Shams and delusions are esteemed for soundest truths, while reality is fabulous. If men would steadily observe realities only, and would not allow themselves to be delude, life . . . would be like a fairy tale . . .

-- Henry Dsvid Thoreau (1854)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425271633, Mass Market Paperback)

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 couturière with designs of her own on Prue’s ever-twisting family history.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:18:07 -0400)

November 1867. 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.… (more)

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