The Fairyland Murders - J.A. Kazimer

I love to categorize my mysteries into subgenres and I guess this would be the fairytale subgenre but I don't think I'll be adding too many of this subgenre into my library.  There will be a group of people who will love this book but I don't fall into that category.  It's the story of Blue Reynolds, a human dynamo who shocks anyone he touches and is the equivalent of the fairyland's Sam Spade.  He's been hired to find a missing person who is supposed to be the next Tooth Fairy.  The last several Tooth Fairys have been murdered so it's important for him to find her and keep her safe.  Blue has to deal with all kinds of fairytale creatures and misadventures in pursuit of this goal.  Let me just say that this is not a fairy tale for kids.  The language would be too strong for that.

All the characters from fairy tales and nursery rhymes are here and most of them are not very nice.  Bo Peep is a jerk.  Again, some people will really find this entertaining and funny.  Just not me.  The mystery was ok.  I didn't really figure it out until Blue did so that part was fine.  I think it was aiming for a noir atmosphere but I didn't feel it.

I think I might have enjoyed it more if the parody of hard-boiled crime stories had been a bit more subtle.  It was very in-your-face.  Things such as New Never City and Slightly Off Central Park just feel forced rather than clever to me.  Try this one of you enjoy fairy private eyes and parody.  Don't try it if that all sounds a bit weird to you.

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.