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- Print Length: 242 pages
- Publisher: Lyrical Underground (November 7, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 7, 2017
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06X3TLCLH
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #641,293 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kailyn Wilde runs Abracadabra, a shop in the small town of New Carmel, where she lives with her six cats. When the town meets to discuss the building of a large hotel, all the residents come out to voice their opinion, but no one expected to end up discussing a murder.
Before I start, I'd like to point out that this is #2 in the series and really isn't something to be read as a standalone. I was lost from the get-go because not much was explained about the relationships of the people in the book and how they came to be part of Kailyn's life. What was explained was so vague that it was pretty clear you should just read the first installment. So unless you want to be totally confused like I was, I highly recommend starting with book one.
Ok. Now with that out of the way, this is a cute cozy mystery that is well written with likable characters and a pretty good plot, even though predictable at times. It's not as engaging as other stories I have read in this genre, but I chalk that up to not having read the first book. Riddled with humor, mayhem and mischief, it's a fun story that makes you want to find out more about the characters and their lives. The addition of Merlin and the like is an interesting twist and makes for some very amusing moments. The whodunit aspect was effective in the sense that I wasn't sure who the killer was so I wasn't able to guess before the big reveal. There were a few moments where I had to pause. Mostly when it came to Kailyn and her relationship with Travis. I really didn't see why they were together...or better yet, why she was waiting for him to decide if they should be. But aside from that, I enjoyed the story enough that I would definitely go back to read the first one so I can get a better understanding of the characters.
It's a good solid little book, with an intriguing murder mystery to solve. The main character, Kailyn Wilde, comes from a long line of witches (who prefer to be called sorcerers) and she's stumbled upon a second death in her small town and she's itching to solve it. This book is the second in the Abracadabra Mystery series and while some books can be read as stand alones, this one, cannot. There were so many references to what must have happened in the previous installment, that it knocked my rating down. Other than that, I'm absolutely looking forward to the next one. The characters are quaint, but develop well and I'm curious to see where they head next. Sharon Pape is clearly a good author.
Now in That Olde White Magick Kailyn and Tilly have found themselves yet again dealing with the police when they are attending a special town meeting that was called to deal with a new hotel that may be built. Kailyn was worried about the proposal so she and her aunt had brought their magician friend, Merlin, along to the meeting to see how the council voted and raise their concerns but Tilly happened upon the body of a council member which again puts them in the middle of yet another murder investigation.
An Abracadabra Mystery series first caught my attention last year when the first book was being released and since I’m always a fan of a good cozy mystery with a unique setting or characters I immediately knew I had to try this one out. The mixing of the genres and brining magic and mayhem into the cozy world works so well in these books and is such a fun addition to the normal murder mystery solving by the characters.
And speaking of the characters, this series certainly has some likable ones. I think for me the moments we get with Merlin absolutely steal the show in these books but I”m also a fan of Tilly and Kailyn too of course. The town the story is set in also has that nice small town vibe making it to where everyone seems to know everyone which is great for a setting with the character off questioning people and trying to beat the law to solving a murder. After two books in this series I’d definitely still recommend these both and while best to read in order they do each feature their own case so it is possible to read as a standalone if necessary.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.