Truly an intriguing novel from the start, Beauty, Beast and Belladonna is never dull! The plot just heats up with subplots within the plot. Maia Chance is mistress of murder in fairy tales and romance. This makes an excellent stand alone novel as much as part of a serial soap opera on TV. Whether this is your first novel in this series or your most current, you will feel right at home in this murderous love story gone wrong fairy tale series.
Ophelia Flax, actress extraordinaire, is back in play with her accepted marriage proposal to Comte de Griffe. Thus irking the dashing engaged Professor Penrose into showing up in the midst of the hunting party with his intended: Miss Stonewall and her father. Sadly, wherever Miss Flax turns up, so too does a murder victim.
But murder is not the only game going on in this backwater hellhole! There are all the people who aren't who they claim to be (i.e. Miss Flax), people who are living lies, about the only person without an axe to grind is the boy, Master Christy. There are various forces working through superstitions versus science and truth, but one way or another Ophelia and Penrose come together and solve the murder.
Ms. Chance presents a tale of murder, mayhem, love, confusion and mass tidings of woe abound in this story. Hysteria comes and goes throughout this novel. There are hidden surprises in each chapter from trap doors to trapped lives, and nothing is ever off limits in this serial novel. Already I am waiting for the next novel by Ms. Chance to arrive. Aren't you?
From the author of Cinderella Six Feet Under, a beauty must solve a beastly murder.
Variety hall actress Ophelia Flax knows how to win over an audience. That’s why she’s accepted the marriage proposal of the brutish Comte de Griffe to nettle her occasional investigative partner—and romantic sparring partner—the pompous if dashing Professor Penrose.
But with his boorish table manners, wild mane of hair, and habit of prowling away the wee hours, the comte has shredded Ophelia’s last nerve. She intends to disengage from her feral fiancé at his winter hunting party—until Penrose, his lovely new fiancée, and a stagecoach of stranded travelers arrive at the comte’s sprawling château. Soon she can’t tell the boars from the bores.
When one of the guests is found clawed and bloody in the orangerie, Ophelia is determined to solve the murder before everyone starts believing the local version of Beauty and the Beast. But until the snows melt, she can’t trust her eyes—or her heart—since even the most civilized people hold beastly secrets...