The Fairy-tale Detectives

The Fairy-tale Detectives

Infobox Book |
name = The Fairy-Tale Detectives
title_orig =
translator =

image_caption =
author = Michael Buckley
illustrator = Peter Ferguson
cover_artist = Peter Ferguson
country = United States
language = English
series = The Sisters Grimm series

genre = Fantasy Mystery novel
publisher = Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

release_date = October 2005
english_release_date =
media_type = Print (Hardback)
pages = 192 pp
isbn = ISBN 0-8109-5925-9
preceded_by = None
followed_by = The Unusual Suspects

The Fairy-Tale Detectives is the first book in The Sisters Grimm series written by Michael Buckley.


The story begins as orphans Sabrina and Daphne go to live with their grandmother (whom they thought was dead) in the small town of Ferryport Landing. They soon find out that their grandmother is a very strange and eccentric person who claims that the town is filled with fairy-tale beings. She also says that Sabrina and Daphne are the last living descendants of the Brothers Grimm. Although Daphne believes her, Sabrina does not and wishes to escape although when she and Daphne try to they are attacked by pixies in the woods. Later on their grandmother and Mr. Canis get kidnapped by a giant that is wreaking havoc in the town. Sabrina and Daphne, left alone in the wilderness, soon meet Puck (From A Midsummer's Night Dream) and he agrees to help them save their grandmother since she was kind to him and fed him sometimes. They also meet the Magic Mirror (From Snow White) who tells them who can stop the giant. While being pursued by the police, Sabrina, Daphne, and Puck escape the house on a magic carpet and fly to the Ferryport Landing jail where they rescue Jack (From Jack and the Beanstalk.) Jack helps them form a plan to sneak into the Mayor Charming's (originally Prince Charming) party and try to recover information about the giant. But the giant finds them instead and wrecks the furious mayor's mansion. Sabrina (disguised as Mama Bear) and Daphne (disguised as the Tinman) escape and find out that Jack tricked them. He was the one who set loose the giant hoping that by killing it in front of a crowd of news reporters he would come back into immense fame. They also discover he is part of a shady organization known as The Scarlet Hand. But just as things are looking their bleakest, he is stopped by Mr. Canis, who transforms into the Big Bad Wolf, and the giant is sent back to his kingdom. The book ends with Puck moving in with Granny Relda and the girls catching a glimpse of their parents in the Magic Mirror.


*Sabrina Grimm
*Daphne Grimm
*Granny Relda Grimm
*Mr. Canis
*Mayor Charming
*Mr. Seven
*Jack the Giant Killer
*Sheriff Hamstead


*The Unusual Suspects
*The Problem Child
*Once Upon a Crime (book)
*Magic and Other Misdemeanors
*Tales from the Hood (book)

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