Beauty, Beast, and Belladonna


With: Maia Chance

**Congratulations to “Bn100”, the winner in Maia’s giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!**

Variety hall actress Ophelia Flax has 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 the Comte’s boorish table manners, wild mane of hair, and habit of prowling away the wee hours 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.
mchance_photoMAIA CHANCE writes historical mystery novels that are rife with absurd predicaments and romantic adventure. She is the author of the Fairy Tale Fatal series, The Discreet Retrieval Agency series and the Prohibition-era caper, Come Hell or Highball. Her first mystery, Snow White Red-Handed, was a national bestseller. Maia lives in Seattle, where she shakes a killer martini, grows a mean radish, and bakes mocha bundts to die for. She is a Ph.D. candidate for English at the University of Washington.



Praise for Maia Chance

Readers who enjoy their mysteries with a humorous flair need to take a chance with this author.”
–RT Book Reviews

“National bestselling author Maia Chance, who is famous for her cozy mysteries, dazzles with humor and folklore.”
–What Is That Book About

“Chance is a clever writer, and much of the fun of this book is in the snappy, snarky dialogue, including frequent digs at the European class system and notions of women’s sexuality.”  –The Book Stop

“Author Maia Chance is breathing new life not only into cozies, but into fairy tales as well.” – Lisa K’s Book Thoughts

“My favorite aspect of this story, one which will keep me reading the series, is Ms. Chance’s ability to conjoin the fairy tale with her characters’ human history. It’s quite original and deliciously clever!”
–Amazon Reviewer


A copy of Beauty, Beast, and Belladonna will be awarded to one person leaving a comment or email entry.



by Maia Chance

Berkley; February 2, 2016

320 pages; $7.99 U.S.

ISBN: 978-0-425271643


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  1. This looks like a really cute concept. I checked out your books out on amazon and bookmarked them all!

  2. sounds interesting

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  3. This series is one on my TBR list. I love cozies with a paranormal element.

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