Tales from the Hood (Sisters Grimm #6), by Michael Buckley
I know what this book is about and can kind of remember how it ends, but cannot for the life of me remember how to get from one to the other. So I guess this is going to be a fun, or at least enlightening, reread.
Since Canis has been slowly being consumed by the Big Bad Wolf, the "Hood" in the title should give you a hint where we go in this book: back to the beginning -- the tale of Little Red Riding Hood. "Tales from the Hood" begins with the arrest of Mr. Canis. Granny Relda hires some local attorneys (who actually did attend law school over the Internet, as opposed to the "town dentist" who did not go to dental school). The attorneys? Robin Hood and his Merry Men.
Robin demands that Canis be given a trial and his request is granted. Unfortunately, the Mad Hatter is named as the judge and the jury consists entirely of members of the Scarlet Hand, so it doesn't seem apparent whether giving the Wolf a trial is a good thing or not. The trial, and the fact that "Judge" Hatter doesn't give the defense any chance to, well, defend Canis means that the good guys have to finally get off their butts and find out what really happened 600 years ago.
There are two subplots here. At the end of "Magic and Other Misdemeanors" we find out that the secret to waking up Henry and Veronica is Henry's ex-girlfriend, Goldilocks. The major subplot is Jake and the girls' attempts to track down Goldilocks, who is traveling the world seemingly at random. They watch Goldilocks visit several locations and finally get an address that they can use to reach her in Venice, Italy. The other subplot grows out of future-Daphne telling Daphne that she would have to do some growing up pretty soon. Daphne decides to grow up all at once.
We find out what the weapon was that the Three Little Pigs put in the safe deposit box at the bank. In the process, Sabrina manages to, once again, alienate those who love her.
There's really not much more I can say about the plot without spoiling something important. I do find it ironic that Relda is a detective and she has known Canis for decades and considers him her best friend and yet she has never bothered to use her detective skills to find out what, exactly, happened in Red and Canis's past. .Maybe she was afraid of what she'd find out, but it seems kind of sloppy on Relda's part that she waited until the eleventh hour to even start to look.
In other news, remember back in my review of "The Fairy-Tale Detectives" when I said that one of the things that happened in that book would end up being a plot-hole? Something happens at the very end of "Tales from the Hood" that tells me that we'll be seeing that plot-hole in the next book, "The Everafter War."
I am also confused about my sub-subplots. There is a character development thing relating to Sabrina that happens in this book that I could have sworn happened earlier in the series, and the character development moment that I thought came right after "Magic and Other Misdemeanors" that hasn't happened yet. Maybe that will happen in the next book.
Overall, this was an important book for storyline development purposes, but I am not as enthusiastic about this book as I am about others in the series.