|Johann and Wilhelm Grimm|
|The original Cinderella|
|Gretel shoving the witch into the oven|
In Craig Russell's Brother Grimm, someone is committing a series of murders based on a modern novel in which the writer casts Johann Grimm as a madman and serial killer who acted out the stories he published in Children's and Household Tales. I don't usually read violent serial killer stories––they disturb me more than scare me––but this story line was different and the tie-back to the fairy tales creepily irresistible.
The shabbily dressed girl was found carefully posed on a beach, blue eyes open to the sky. A note folded into her hand read "Now I am found. My name is Paula Ehlers. I live at Buschwager Weg, Harkesheide, Norderstedt. I have been underground and now it is time for me to return home." She had been strangled, but not otherwise molested. Paula Ehlers had been missing from her ordinary, loving, middle-class family for over three years. When her parents did not recognize the body as that of their daughter, Kriminalhauptcommissar Jan Fabel of the crack Hamburg Murder Squad feared that he was up against another cruel psychotic killer, like the one who had butchered a member of his team the previous year. He was right.
|Infinity Mirror Room by Yayoi Kusama at the Tate Gallery|
|Lenny Henry as Chef|
His books have won several international awards, and he is the only non-German to have won an honorary Police Star from the Hamburg Police for his books. Brother Grimm was nominated for a Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger Award in 2007.