REVIEW: Magick & Mayhem by Sharon Pape
What’s in a murderer’s bag of tricks?
Twenty-something Kailyn Wilde has learned to embrace her unpredictable life as a descendant of small-town New Camel’s most magickal family. She just didn’t expect to inherit her mother and grandmother’s centuries-old shop, Abracadabra, so suddenly. The surprises keep coming when Kailyn goes to finalize the estate at the local attorney’s office—and stumbles over the body of her best friend Elise’s husband . . .
As a brash detective casts the blame on Elise, Kailyn summons her deepest powers to find answers and start an investigation of her own. What with running a business, perfecting ancient spells, and keeping up with an uninvited guest of fabled origins, Kailyn has her hands full. But with the help of her uncanny black cat Sashkatu and her muumuu-clad Aunt Tilly, she’s closing in on a killer—who will do anything to make sure she never tests her supernatural skills again!
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation (2 May 2017)
Buy it: Amazon
Magick and Mayhem is one of those book that I call ‘comfort’ books. That is, it’s a book you can pick up and read without having to think too much or pay close attention to for fear of missing something… and I mean this as a compliment. Sometimes all you want is a light-hearted you can lose yourself in and enjoy the characters and the story, and this really delivers.
Kaylin finds herself in charge of the shop she prematurely inherited and isn’t totally prepared for, as she hasn’t quite learnt all the tricks of her magickal trade. As if that wasn’t enough to deal with; her family’s magick is a little out of sorts and her best friend’s husband is murdered, so she decides to do some amateur sleuthing.
What you have here are all the ingredients for a very enjoyable read and the only thing holding it back from the full five stars, in my opinion, is the fact that the murder thread didn’t feel quite as polished as I would have liked. Definitely a book to add to your reading list if you prefer your crime fiction to be ‘cosy’, and it’s the first in a series, so if you love it as much as I did, there’s more to come.