This is the first book in the WINGS & CO series about a fairy detective agency, and Lilah and I both enjoyed it. Poor Emily Vole is abandoned as an infant and adopted by self-absorbed parents who turn her into a servant when they discover they can (and do) have children of their own. Fortunately, she has elderly neighbor Mrs. String and her extraordinary cat to pull her out of her Cinderella story and into a spirited adventure, inheriting a set of magic keys and a disused shop, the defunct Fairy Detective Agency she must reopens to save fairies and humans threatened by the evil Harpella.
This reminded me most of Roald Dahl’s MATILDA and Eva Ibbotsen’s younger-geared books. It’s pure magic. The title comes from Harpella’s magic lamp, which she uses to turn people into pink rabbits as she hurries to kill all the living fairies. Fortunately, the fairies and bunny-people have Emily Vole on their side, along with a fairy policeman and talking cat. The book promises many adventures to come in this charming series.
Source disclosure: I received an e-galley of this title courtesy of the publisher.