Other Sellers on Amazon
+ Free Shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
A Spell for Trouble: An Enchanted Bay Mystery Hardcover – July 7, 2020
|New from||Used from|
Books with Buzz
Discover the latest buzz-worthy books, from mysteries and romance to humor and nonfiction. Explore more
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
"This cozy, with its well-developed characters and charming seaside setting, and framed by plant and mermaid lore, will appeal to those who enjoy stories with a touch of magic."
"[A] sparkling debut...For those who love cozies, romance with an edge, and magical adventures."
"A crafty plot, distinctive characters, and a quirky small-town setting...Cozy fans will be more than satisfied."
“A smashing start to an enchanting new series that has humor, heart, and magic in a tale of self-discovery, new beginnings, and family.”
—Manhattan Book Review
"Murder and magic blend to form an intriguing tale in Esme Addison's charming, A Spell for Trouble. Fans of both cozy mysteries and paranormal fantasies will fall in love with the enchanting town of Bellamy Bay, where life is anything but mundane."
—Alexia Gordon, award-winning author of the Gethsemane Brown mysteries
"Esme Addison has penned a compelling cozy mystery with A SPELL FOR TROUBLE that will leave readers counting the days for the release of future books in the series. A SPELL FOR TROUBLE combines mermaids, magic, murder, and a heaping helping of charm. The story had me cheering for the Alexandra and her family in Bellamy Bay. What a delight!"
—Dorothy St. James, author of the Southern Chocolate Shop Mysteries
"Mermaids, witches, and murder, all in a quaint town, with fun characters. What more could you want? A delightful new series from a fresh voice."
—Agatha Award nominee Mollie Cox Bryan
“Addison will charm cozy readers with this delightful start to an enchanting new series."
—Bree Baker, author of the Seaside Cafe mysteries
"Esme Addison’s A Spell for Trouble, the first in a new cozy series, is a sure-fire hit! Water witches and magic potions, copious cups of tea, generations of rumors, and a close-knit loving family. I can’t think of anything I want more in a mystery novel. A delight all the way through."
—Eva Gates, national bestselling author of the Lighthouse Library Mysteries
“With a cache of family secrets, a score of small-town rivalries, and a bevy of botanically-inclined magical women, readers will fall under the spell of charming Bellamy Bay.”
—Julie Blackwell, New York Times bestselling author of the Witchcraft mysteries
"A refreshing paranormal mystery featuring water witchery, mermaids, and family secrets, A Spell for Trouble is the perfect blend of thrill, whimsy, magic, and romance. Expertly plotted and filled to the brim with enchantment, this debut features a main character that has you cheering for her from start to finish. I can’t wait to see what Alex Daniels gets up to next.”
—Bailey Cates, New York Times bestselling author of the Magical Bakery mysteries
About the Author
a mystery author, she's finally found a way to make that dream come true. A former
military spouse, Esme lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband and three boys. When she's
not writing, you can find her visiting B&Bs, breweries, wineries, and historical sites.
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Characters in this book are somewhat eccentric and unique. Alex seems to be a bit on the distrustful side, and she takes some warming up too in order to truly be likable. After the first half of the story, readers will begin to enjoy Alex and get to know her. The fact that her personality evolves throughout this book is an excellent indicator of what she will become as other volumes are added to the series. Lidia is a beautiful character; she has depth and substance already and is easily understood. Alex's cousins are complete opposites from each other, and from Alex, this works in the author's favor. The characters will grow over time, but for now, they will hold the reader's interest.
The setting of Bellamy Bay is enchanting. I hope we get to learn more about the town and the secret witch world that plays such an intricate part in this first book. The mermaid aspect of this story was a bit hard for me to enjoy. It seems a bit outdated and runs the risk of being too unbelievable. Hopefully, the author will give us more detail and bring the mermaid myth out of the stone age and into the 21st century.
The victim was common and ordinary in so far as not deserving what befell him. All of the suspects and there are enough to keep the mystery alive; even the witch ones are intriguing; all are easily believable with motives that can and should be interesting to most readers. The resolution of the crime is fraught with twists and turns and takes readers on a journey worth their time. I knew who the killer was almost as soon as the character was introduced, which made it difficult to continue reading to the end.
I found some aspects of A Spell For Trouble a bit too common, and other elements too far fetched. I found having a love interest and possibly a triangle this early in the series distasteful and not within the personality the author established at the beginning of the book for Alex's character. The witchcraft aspects could have been done better, it seemed a bit hokey. I want to read the next installment if for no other reason than to find out more about Alex's cat, Athenia. Overall this was a good beginning in a new witch based cozy series that has potential and room to improve.
I met this gorgeous woman at the coffee shop. I'm new to Bellamy Bay, moved here from Manhattan and left the New York City Police Department. Moved to be closer to family. Don't know why I was instantly attracted to Aleksandra Daniels, but I was. Too bad I had to arrest her aunt for murder and our dinner date for Saturday night is off. She keeps trying to convince me her aunt is innocent and to look at these other possible suspects. She insists she is going to do the job I am not doing and find the real killer. This is not good. Not good at all. And, oh yes, this is no way to start a relationship in case you readers were wondering. I wonder if Aleksandra has a sign or something that says, "Detective Jack Frazier is an idiot." Sigh.
A Spell for Trouble by Esme Addington is a super beginning to her Enchanted Bay series. Ms. Addington does a great job with this murder mystery. Aleksandra Daniels has lots of suspects to investigate and she sure gets into lots of trouble in the process. She and Jack are interesting characters. All the secondary characters help round out the story. The storyline is solid and I enjoyed following along with Aleksandra's investigation. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.