Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are two orphan sisters who have been passed from one terrible foster family to another after their parents’ disappearance. But suddenly, they a being sent to live with a woman who claims to be their grandmother, Relda Grimm, a woman that they were told was dead by their parents.
Sabrina and Daphne are sent to live in Ferrysport Landing, New York, a quaint and relatively sleepy little town with an interesting history and even more interesting inhabitants, who are not all who or what they seem at first glance. Here, Sabrina and Daphne learn that they are the descendants of the famous fairy tale authors the Brothers Grimm, whose tales are really a collection of case files and histories of actual magical occurrences. No sooner have Sabrina and Daphne landed in Ferrysport when they are on their first case, saving their new town from a giant.
The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley is a charming little tale filled with charming characters drawn from the rich history of German (and other culture’s) folklore. We meet Jack, the Giant Killer, Prince Charming, the big Bad Wolf, and a variety of other characters. Buckley’s first installment of The Sisters Grimm series is a quick and pleasant read that does a good job of building the world of Ferrysport Landing. Granny Relda’s character is wonderfully sketched; she embodies the eccentric grandmother who is nurturing, but, as far as the sisters are concerned more than a little crazy. Buckley’s strongest character creations, however, are Sabrina and Daphne. Buckley does a great job of sketching their relationship and drawing Sabrina as the protective older sister who believes she should be the strong and responsible one in the sisterly relationship.
In addition to two well crafted young sisters, Buckley did a fantastic job with my favorite character, by far, was Puck. I don’t want to give too much away about how Puck, a character from Shakespeare, is integrated into the tale, but let’s just say that he is both cantankerous and charming; he’s both troublemaker and problem-solver, in his own unusual way. He’s everything we would expect Puck to be.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and may pick up a few more in the series to read.
3.5 of 4 stars