Title: This Magick Marmot
Author: Sharon Pape
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Publication Date: April 7, 2020
Page Count: 202
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
A fatal case of school spirit . . .
Kailyn Wilde, owner of the Abracadabra potion shop, feels some dread anticipating her ten-year high school reunion at the new hotel in New Camel—but it turns out even worse than she feared. Running into her very first boyfriend is pleasant enough. Chatting with Ashley—who still can’t let go of a tragedy that happened on prom night—is a bit more uncomfortable. But the worst part comes when one of Kailyn’s oldest friends is found dead in the ladies’ room.
Soon this upstate New York town is in an uproar. And with some help from time-traveling wizard Merlin—who has adopted an unusual and alluring creature as his familiar—it’s up to Kailyn to identify the alumnus most likely to commit murder . . .
This Magick Marmot by Sharon Pape is the fifth installment of the paranormal cozy An Abracadabra Mystery series. As with most cozy mystery series each book in this series has it’s own mystery that is fully solved with the books so each can be read as a standalone if choosing to do so. However, there is character development that carries over from book to book for those that read from the beginning.
In the first book readers were introduced to Kailyn Wilde who had inherited her mother and grandmother’s centuries old shop, Abracadabra, when they were unfortunately involved in an accident. Coming from a long line of those with magical abilities in the small town of New Camel Kailyn does her best to keep the magic flowing in the shop while keeping her witchcraft under wraps.
Kailyn has her hands full between her eccentric Aunt Tilly and Merlin, yes that Merlin the wizard, who was accidentally summoned to Kailyn. Then there’s her mother and grandmother “popping’ in upon occasion to still visit her from the other side. Despite all of it though Kailyn has her ten year high school reunion to think about. Not really overjoyed Kailyn decides to go ahead and attend but before the night is over Kailyn finds herself with another murder to solve when an old friend is murdered.
The An Abracadabra Mystery series is another case of my finding a series that blurs the lines between genres and absolutely falling in love with it. Not normally finding witches, ghosts and a famous wizard in a cozy I wasn’t sure what to expect but these are hilarious and quirky fun which I’m always searching out. Merlin is a character that keeps me laughing anytime he’s involved and between all the fun there is always an entertaining mystery to be solved so of course I keep coming back to this one.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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