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Once Upon a Crime by Michael Buckley
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Once Upon a Crime (2007)

by Michael Buckley

Other authors: Peter Ferguson (Illustrator)

Series: The Sisters Grimm (4)

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This fantasy series is getting better and better as it goes on (just as I wrote about the previous book in the series). ( )
  piersanti | Sep 28, 2014 |
I loved the excitement and adventure in this book and I hope the grimms change their minds about not being the worlds saviors/ fairytale detectives. I cant wait to read their next adventure. ( )
  SRaval | Jul 5, 2013 |
Puck has been hurt so the Grimm's have to take him to NYC to "fairie land" for healing. Lots of juvenlie humour in this one but still fun. ( )
  carolvanbrocklin | Apr 29, 2013 |
Once Upon A Crime by Michael Buckley is another book in the Sisters Grimm series. This adventure is about the Grimms and their friends who are trying to get Puck to Farie, but run into a mystery. When they go visit Puck's family, they find out that someone poisoned the king who was Puck's father. Now it is the time for the detectives to come out and figure out this mystery. With the more clues and information they collect the closer they are to figure out who the murderer is. Theya are sure it is Cobweb until they capture him. The Grimms get into trouble and many adventures where they almost get killed! In the end Moth is the one who poisoned the king and almost kills Sabrina.
This book had a kind of twist to its story. There were many adventures and it was tricky to find out who was the murderer. I really like Daphne and how she always says it is their duty to be detectives and that they were Grimms. It is also kind of funny how she makes up her own workds like jerkazoid and then uses them on the other people. I am also glad that Veronica's speech that Sabrina read made the Everafters happy and I hope they will change their ways and how things work in the following books. I also like Puck and how great he is at saving people. It would have been sad if he didn't stay with the Grimms because he was kind of like part of their family. ( )
  Melissa.mhan3754 | Jan 5, 2012 |
Due to Puck's injuries from the Jabberwocky, the family decides he needs to go to Faerie. Imaging their surprise when they discover the "city"/haven is in New York City. Sabrina is shocked at this, realizing that Everafters are everywhere. They make their way into the Faerie "kingdom" and meet Puck's family, finding out that Puck is the heir to the throne. The sisters also learn that their mild, mannered mom is nothing of what she seemed to them. She has been entwined in the affairs of the Everafters and was regarded in high esteem. But then Puck's father is murdered and the family is on the case. Sabrina makes her plans known that she is going to retire after this case and have nothing more to do with the Grimm family's legacy. She wants Daphne to join her, but Daphne tells her that she doesn't want any part of Sabrina's plans. So now Sabrina must figure a way to get Daphne to join her in quitting the Grimm family while helping find a murderer.

So by now most readers may want to hit Sabrina over the head. She hates the Everafters just like they hate her and shows a sort of racism against them; though this is mostly due to her not trusting anyone, especially since one of them could work for the Scarlet Hand. She hates the whole fairy-tale detective aspect of the Grimm family and wants out, but is seen almost forcing her sister to quit as well. Personally I think it all stems from feeling like she is not in control of things. But finally Daphne is able to speak out for herself. This is a story where Sabrina realizes that being a Grimm is not all about being a fairy-detective, but about helping people. She also learns more about her mother and realizes how much of a person her mother is. She also has to deal with her feelings about Puck. Especially when she learns that he might not come back after all. ( )
  deepikasd | Oct 12, 2011 |
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"GET OFF THE STREETS!" SABRINA CRIED. "There's a monster coming!"

"Do you people want to get squashed?" Daphne shouted, but the pedestrians were used to ignoring screaming lunatics. Daphne turned to Granny Relda with a panicked face. "They won't listen!"

Granny Relda took the girls by the hand. "They will. Run, children!"

The girls shared a nervous glance as they raced down the sidewalk, pushing through the crowd and calling out warnings to anyone who would listen. As far as Sabrina knew, her grandmother had never run from anything. She was the bravest woman Sabrina and her sister had ever met. Soon, the family came to an intersection and stopped in their tracks. They weren't on the quaint streets of Ferryport Landing anymore; this was the big city. If they tried to cross against the light, a truck or a speeding taxi would flatten them. While they waited anxiously, Sabrina took a quick look back, in time to see the entire front of the building they had just been standing in collapse. A huge leg stepped through the rubble. The people around them paused, then let out a collective scream.

"They're paying attention now," Sabrina muttered.

With a dreadful pounding, the gigantic creature freed itself of the store. Its lantern eye scanned the streets far below and fixed on Sabrina.

"I'll get you, my pretty," the monster cried, then lifted one of its enormous, pointed shoes and kicked a taxicab out of the way, sending it slamming into a light pole and then skidding into the intersection, where it crashed into a newspaper delivery truck.

A wave of terror rolled through the crowded street; pedestrians turned as one mass and rushed toward Sabrina and her family. Many people were looking back as they ran; a young woman knocked Daphne to the ground in her panic. If the monster didn't kill the Grimms, Sabrina realized, they would be trampled to death by the mob.
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The explosion shook Sabrina Grimm so hard she swore she felt her brain do a somersault inside her skull.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0810995492, Paperback)

The Grimms take Manhattan in the fourth book in the New York Times bestselling series!

When fairy-tale detectives Sabrina and Daphne Grimm venture back to the big city to help a friend, they land in the middle of a big mystery. Puck’s father, King Oberon, has been murdered, and the Grimms suspect one of the many famous (and infamous) fairy-tale folk who call the city home. Can they find the culprit while coming to terms with their mother’s secret life? And will Sabrina ever accept her family’s destiny?

Funny and fast-paced, this series puts a fresh spin on girl-detective stories and has won an everexpanding number of fans.

F&P level: U

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When the fairy-tale detectives rush to New York City hoping to find an Everafter who can cure Puck, they trigger a chain of events that includes a murder mystery, and learn many new things about their mother who, along with their father, is still in an enchanted sleep.… (more)

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