Once Upon a Murder*

Grimm Time for the Charmings

It’s been a slow time for those at Grimm Investigations. Brother-and-sister team Michael and Monica just landed a new case. The teenage son of one of the wealthy families has just turned up murdered. The Charmings have hired Grimm Investigations, much to the chagrin of one of the police officers, Gutierrez, who never liked Michael. Castle Rock is a town of haves and have nots. Who would want to kill the Charming’s son? Will the PIs and police be able to work together?

The book had more than the common issues with grammar, punctuation, and usage. The typical comma issues were a problem; there were rarely commas between independent clauses in a compound sentence, and commas after an introductory phrase were often missing. The words who/that were used incorrectly. I don’t typically notice adverbs and adjectives, though the former are often decried these days, but the beginning of the book seems to have an excess amount of these modifiers, which slowed reading.

That said, the book has some funny moments that one looks for in a cozy mystery. I’m a sucker for a story with good family dynamics, and I loved the relationship between the Grimm siblings. There were fairytale in-jokes. I like that the brother and sister PIs were from the Grimm family. That definitely helps set up the concept of the series. After all, any manner of fairytales could be exploited under the Grimm name.

I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.