• The Case of the Fickle Mermaid

  • A Brothers Grimm Mystery, Book 3
  • By: P. J. Brackston
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (406 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Witch's Daughter comes the story of Gretel, all grown up and investigating a series of mysterious disappearances off the coast of Bavaria. 

Gretel - yes, that Gretel - is now all grown up and working as a private investigator in 18th-century Bavaria. Her professional interest is piqued when she begins to hear whispers of of mysterious goings-on off the coast of Schleswig-Holstein: sailors are disappearing, and there are rumors of mermaids and sea creatures and all manner of slippery, sea-based happenings. 

Ordinarily, Gretel's interest in sea life does not extend beyond that which is edible and already on the plate before her. However, funds are low, and the captain of the ship Arabella makes a tempting offer of good pay and a free cruise in return for her detective services. With a splendid new wig packed, Hans as her bodyguard on the journey north, and the promise of two weeks of fine dining and erudite company while sailing around the picturesque Frisian Islands, what could possibly go wrong?

©2019 P. J. Brackston (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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FUN MYSTERY

I love the Gretel Detective Agency mysteries! They are such fun and clean stories. (REFRESHING!) Kate Reading is probably the best narrator I've listened to.

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I really enjoyed the characters!

I love this book I've listened to it multiple times at bed time and the early morning. It was really easy to finish this book because it was easy to follow and fun. I laughed often and was delighted at the wit and humor, sprinkled with a bit of action.There's also nothing better than a good British narrator and comfort food and a cozy spot to relax.

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Easy listening.

The characters in the story were developed well, as was the storyline. It was a pleasant listen and I appreciated the humour. It’s nice to listen to something written well and a rather silly and frivolous. Kate Reading has a great narrative voice. She is expressive, has great pace and voice, and her accent suits the story.

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Authentic for the time period

This book is written just as if I imagine it would have been written in the late 18th century. It takes a reader/listener who has been exposed through literature to the vocabulary of the time, otherwise you could be without understanding.

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Of mermaids, mystery and glorious wigs

Gretel and Hans take to the sea in this installment of the Brothers Grimm mystery series. There’s a murder mystery, surrounded by several mini mysteries, all delivered with colorful dialogue and fun characters. I love how Gretel is not the usual young, thin girl who relies more on charm than smarts; Gretel is instead a mid-thirty year old, solid and sharp force to be reckoned with (I picture her as Melissa McCarthy and would so pay to see this as a movie with her in the lead role). I do feel a bit bad for Hans, who seems to be perpetually oblivious and often exists merely to highlight his sister’s smarts. Further, this book pits him against a former crush and he spends a great deal of time in misery.

This book features a reformed pirate, a sneaky sea sprite and synchronized spitting (ptui, ptui!). General Ferdinand makes an appearance, with a recurrence of the spark between him and Gretel. Any romance, however, is withheld for possible appearance in later books. All told, a great mystery with humor and fairy tale whimsy.

The feel of this one is definitely more YA than Once Upon A Crime, which had more sexual innuendo and commentary on Hans’ drinking or Gretel’s size. I think that’s a good thing, placing this solidly into the recommended category for my kids. Free of profanity, politics, and religion, other than a tiny plot line about the environmental impact of tourism on wildlife and the occasional use of “hell’s teeth.” And, it was free in Audible Plus. From here, the other books in the series must be bought. I liked this enough to place wishlist the rest, although at under ten hours, I will probably wait for a sale instead of expending a credit.

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Already great!

I’m 1/3 of the way through and loving it! I mean, laugh out loud loving it! The story is told so well and I can almost hear the side-eye from Fräulein Gretel! Can’t wait to listen to the others in this collection!

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excellent Read

great fun. I have been going through the series.narration is spectacular. a great escape from the every day

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Fascinating

Loved it! Everything about it was entertaining. I enjoyed the narrator she was exquisite. Wow!

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Got to chapter 5 and couldn't continue

I seldom quit a book. But couldn't continue. The main character was not interesting and was way too much about herself. Droned on too long without much of interest.

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Such Fun!

Such a fun book and Kate Reading is a masterful at the narration. Full of whimsy but also a robust storyline.