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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Witch's Daughter comes the story of Gretel, all grown up and investigating the disappearance of Albrecht Durer's treasured Frog Prints
Bavaria, 1776. When Albrecht Durer the Much Much Younger's Frog Prints go missing, he knows exactly where to turn for help. Gretel (yes, that Gretel), now 35 and still living with her gluttonous brother Hans, is the country's most famous private investigator, and she leaps at the opportunity to travel to cosmopolitan Nuremberg to take on the case. But amid the hubbub of the city’s annual sausage festival, Gretel struggles to find any clues that point toward the elusive thief. Even with the aid of the chatty mice living under her bed, the absent prints remain stubbornly out of view, and Gretel is forced to get creative in her search for the truth.
P. J. Brackston is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Witch's Daughter; The Winter Witch; and Nutters. She is also the author of Gretel and the Case of the Frog Prints, available from Pegasus Books. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University and is a Visiting Lecturer for the University of Wales, Newport. Brackston lives in Wales with her partner, Simon, and their two children.
“A truly original work that blends the best of fantasy and mystery and adds more than a healthy dose of tongue-in-cheek humor to the mix. Highly recommended.” Midwest Book Review
“Bestseller Brackston (The Witch’s Daughter) melds folktale whimsy with a sardonic adult voice in the rollicking first of a new series set in 1776 Bavaria.” Publishers Weekly
“A tongue-in-cheek fantasy crime cozy, with tartness from Gretel herself to counter its sweetness, hints of romance provided by Uber General Ferdinand von Ferdinand, and the suggestion of a seagoing adventure ahead. For those immersed too long in the world of noir, this is an apt palette-cleanser.” Booklist
“Dances a fine line between spoof and satire, with a hearty mix of fairy-tale lore thrown in. Larger-than-life characters are balanced with a smart plot that is sure to appeal to fans of Jasper Fforde’s ''Nursery Crime'' series.” Library Journal
“Thoroughly delightful—I’m interested in what case Gretel will work on next.” KidsReads.com