Murder in Downfell Manor (Bird & Snow Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07MVLBKDV
- Publication date : January 15, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 5009 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 242 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,457,731 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I was given an ARC for the purpose of giving a voluntary review. I might read the next book in the series.
I am reviewing this after receiving a free copy.
This book has a really good murder plot that leaves you constantly guessing. There are really good details in combining the magical and non magical characters together. I liked the budding romance between the Vicki and Max. My other favorite detail in the book was Bella the cat who could talk to Vicki. This cat was smart and had a lot of personality. I would love to learn why she was put under a spell. I would like to read a continuing saga on these characters.
Murder in Downfell Manor (Bird & Snow #1) is a very cute story, what I would consider cozy mystery with a little witchcraft thrown in. I really like the main character, Eleanor/Violet and her unwitting partner Artemis/Max. The cast of characters runs from evil elves to ordinary humans and everything in between. The plot was interesting and different and the story kept me engaged throughout. Eleanor’s ineptitude at magic and Bella’s sarcastic and witty commentary was hilarious. This is the first in a series and I would definitely look for future books.
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Unfortunately, she has no magic to bring the floating patients down to enable their safe transfer and has to quietly ask the doctor for assistance. Shortly after coming to the bed of a young wizard, with no name or history, the doctor aids her in bringing the comatose like wizard down, just before an elf official comes to approve the transfer. The wizard has had no visitors and no-one accompanied him on his sudden magical chalk circle arrival, which was unusual. The doctor tells the elf he can fill out his paperwork by the window for better light and then a gunshot rings out. One is killed and the other caught in a death curse, leaving Eleanor to escape with this unknown wizard.
Before the doctor dies, he tells her the real identity of the wizard, one Artemis York, and that she needs to keep him safe, but not let him use any magic at all. Her escape is hindered as she isn’t great at magic, having failed school without graduating and isn’t supposed to use any magic without being caught out by the law for using what would be called ‘feral magic’. She manages to draw a chalk circle and has to think of where to go. Her own home and her parents will soon be overrun by the elves, so she travels to Earth to visit her grandmother, who she hasn’t seen since she was a child.
Her grandmother, Lucinda, runs an estate, the main house which takes in travellers and those magical beings down on their luck. Some have stayed for years in a row of cottages on the grounds. She changes their identities and appearances to those of a couple who left years ago to travel and left their land to Lucinda. Eleanor and Artemis are now to be known as Max (Maximus) Snow and Violet Bird. Lucinda breaks the news they can stay there, but that she has a trip already planned in about a week.
On the night she is due to leave, she has a dinner party for the residents and other friends. An accident, or was it a deliberate murder, occurs and now the hunt is on for who may be responsible. Meanwhile, an elf from the Imporium’s Department of Magical Regulations visits the estate, using a fake identity, calling himself Elon, and asks questions about their old identities. He wants to use magic spells on the humans and magical beings, which have been known to kill people. An overly, enthusiastic elf, going all out to solve his missing dangerous villains case. Willing to kill humans to get to the truth. Lucinda’s cat familiar, Bella, can communicate with Eleanor/Violet and warns her to stay away from Elon and his kind.
A local, non-magical wizard, is the detective Finley Quiveridge in charge of the accidental death, which has now been ruled a murder. He interviews Violet and Max and all the other dinner guests and residents of the estate. Some are a little odd, reclusive or seem out to get them. It seems that lots of what Eleanor remembers from her childhood visits as a child, has now changed as did Eleanor and her behaviour to others. Many of the residents are beholding to her, but not from a voluntary wish to be. Eleanor/Violet finds out her grandmother had been using hexcraft for many years. Not good magic and why would she use it, Violet will get no answers now.
Most of the book is really about the magical murder that occurs once Eleanor and Artemis get to the estate. The beginning of the story gives you some background on Eleanor’s life before she travels to Earth with an escaped (supposed) villain. The murder case gets you to see what Eleanor and Artemis are really about and begin to learn a bit more. The elves have taken over power in the Old World and that isn’t going down well with many. The behaviour of the elf from the Imporium is a classic case of this. Lots of suspects for the detective and also an elf to avoid and even keep Violet and Max safe from. Others with ideas of their own for the estate and many with ideas of revenge. A good touch of magic to a mostly mystery murder case. This was a really enjoyable read. I received an ARC copy of this book from Hidden Gems and I have freely given my own opinion of the book above.