In the book Gretel is grown up and she is a private detective who lives with her brother Hans. The characters themselves are quite interesting and different then I would have imagined. I think that's part of the fun. We all have ideas about the old fairy tales. Along the way they meet another character or two from the old stories which I thought was pretty neat too.
The story took a couple totally different turns that I wasn't expecting but I did enjoy them. Gretel was one of those characters that you may not love, but you become invested in what happens to her and it makes you keep reading. I really loved a lot of the different elements of the story and I was hooked to reading it till I finished it. I do think I will keep my eyes out for any more by this author.
As far as mysteries go, it wasn't one of the greatest I've read, but the overall story and the characters made it a good read.
Recommendation: For those who enjoy a good story, especially fans of the Brother Grimm stories.