The Fairy-tale Detectives

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The Fairy-Tale Detectives
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.
Publication date
October 2005
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 284 pp
ISBN 0-8109-5925-9
OCLC 60375598
LC Class PZ7.B882323 Sis 2005
Followed by The Unusual Suspects

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


Be careful who you trust.

Plot summary[edit]

Eleven-year-old Sabrina and seven-year-old Daphne are orphans that go to live with their grandmother (who they thought was dead) in the town of Ferryport Landing, New York. After the disappearance of their parents and going through numerous foster homes, they soon find out that their grandmother is a very strange person who says that the town is filled with fairy-tale beings, also known as Everafters. Daphne believes her, Sabrina does not and wants to escape but when she and Daphne try to, they are attacked by pixies in the woods who are controlled by Puck. Later, their grandmother and Mr. Canis get kidnapped by a Giant that is causing destruction in the town. Sabrina and Daphne, alone in the woods, soon meet (Shakespeare's) Puck (From A Midsummer's Night Dream), and mistake him for Peter Pan, enraging him. He agrees to help them save their grandmother just because she was kind to him and fed him since he was little. They also meet the Magic Mirror from Snow White that is in their home. While being pursued by the police(the three little pigs). 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 forms a plan to sneak into the Mayor's Mansion and try to get information about the giant. But the giant finds them instead and wrecks the rich mayor's mansion. Sabrina (disguised as Momma Bear from Goldilocks) and Daphne (disguised as the Tinman) escape from Charming's office 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 turns out to be the Big Bad Wolf and the giant is sent back to his kingdom with Jack to meet its queen.


  • Sabrina Grimm
  • Daphne Grimm
  • Granny Relda Grimm
  • Mr. Canis
  • Puck
  • Mayor Charming
  • Mr. Seven
  • Jack the Giant Killer
  • Sheriff Hamstead and his deputies
  • Elvis (Dog)
  • Mirror
  • Icabod Crane