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    Really enjoyed this mystery

    This was the first book I've read by this author, and I look forward to more books in this series! The characters are wonderful, and the story kept me engrossed. A fun read!
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    Charming paranormal mystery!

    A Hiss-Tory of Magic by Harper Lin is the first book in A Wonder Cats Mystery series. Cath Greenstone is thirty-three and a witch. So is her cousin, Bea (and soul sister) and her Aunt Astrid. Together they run the Brew-Ha-Ha in town. Cath has the power to speak with animals. She seems to have a special affinity for cats. Cath “owns” (as much as you can own a cat) named Treacle. Treacle was a street cat who stills likes to roam about the town (he can open the cat door). They live in Wonder Falls, Ontario (Canada). Cath wakes up with the image of a fire in her head (thanks to the cat) and immediately checks in with her Aunt Astrid (via her cat). When they arrive at the Brew-Ha-Ha, they discover that their baker, Ted Lanier is dead. When they can get back inside the café, they immediately go down into the secret space. This is where they kept the family spell book. While the book is gone, they only got a fake. Aunt Astrid takes the real book home with her to keep it safe. Detective Blake Samberg is the newest member of the Wonder Falls Police Department. They cannot, of course, tell him about the spell book. Bea’s husband, Jake Williams is Blake’s partner (he does not know about their magic either). Who wants their spell book? Who even knew that they are witches? Bea, Cath, and Aunt Astrid set out to find the culprit before their secret gets out. Cath discovers a pendant at the fire. Blake seems to recognize the symbol, but he is keeping the information to himself. Cath is happy to discover that her old friend, Min Park is back in town. They were good friends growing up but lost touch when he went away to college and work. Is it a coincidence that Min returned to town the day before the fire? Cath hopes Min is innocent and what could Blake be hiding. A Hiss-Tory of Magic is an interesting book. The magic is complicated and confusing (I prefer simple magic). The characters are intriguing and I look forward to learning more about them in the next book. I give A Hiss-Tory of Magic 3.5 out of 5 stars. It is an easy book to read (there are some rambling sentences) and can easily be finished in a couple of hours.
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    Breathe-able, like-able characters and story line

    First book in the series. A good vs evil plot and a murder mystery to boot. I did not know I would enjoy this genre as much as I did. Thank you Harper Lin. I am now a follower. :) Breathe-able, like-able characters and story line. A fun easy read I would recommend for young teens to adult. This story basically had it all, a mystery, a murder, a good vs evil plot, a budding romance and a sense of family amoung the Greenstone witches and the Lady of the Mist. I look forward to finding other books from this author.
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