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    Paranormal Cozy

    As much as I love paranormal mysteries, sometimes i stumble across one that just doesn’t quite click for me. This seems to be the case here. Perhaps it was nit having read the previous books in the series that made some things feel like there was a missing link. Perhaps it was that I really didn’t get into the mystery until more than halfway through it. Not quite sure, but Perhaps going back and reading book one and seeing if that works for me, I can then go from there and see how I feel.
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    A little "dark," but still a great cozy!

    I’ve read the others in this series, and I dived right in to this, the fourth book in the series. I was tickled that this book was just a much fun as the other books. I adore Tilly and Merlin, probably more than I do Kailyn the main character. The book had the fun I expected, and a wonderful plot that kept me turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next. I do have to admit, though, that the subplot between Travis and Kailyn didn’t sit well with me for a couple of reasons. I really can’t say much, but I think most of it was out of character, and I didn’t like how the conflict was resolved because it made both of them lesser than they were before. Also, the end of mystery was a little more “heavy” than I expect from this series. However, I did enjoy the book. I do recommend this book! I was provided the e-book which I voluntarily reviewed.
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    Fun and Fast Paranormal Cozy Mystery

    Kailyn Wilde is a contemporary witch but her lineage goes way back. She owns an old family potion shop called Abracadabra (potions and creams of which she infuses with spells from time to time). Her aunt Tilly has a tea and fortune-telling business next door. Together, they've been invaded by Merlin, the magician of ancient times, who got stuck in one of Kailyn's spells gone awry and was pulled into the Wilde's world. He is still working on figuring out why, and at the same time discovering all the gleeful treats in today's world. This is the fourth in the series and it seems coming in to this author and series at this point I've missed a number of character-building threads. So no, I wouldn't say it could function as a standalone and you may wish to begin back at Book 1. Kailyn's sweetie is Travis, a news reporter. He tends to participate with her in the sleuthing activities and is aware of her paranormal capabilities. There is enough going on with this well-plotted, unique narrative, and support characters to keep the reader engaged and turning pages. New Camel (upstate New York) is holding their annual festival and both Kailyn and her aunt normally have a booth beside the other merchants in her small enclave of touristy shops. Unfortunately, one of their own, Lolly, a close friend and shop owner comes home to discover a body in her backyard. Of course, she'll be number one on the local police persons-of-interest and Kailyn and Travis will work to discover the whodunit. I thoroughly enjoyed the author's obvious sense of humor, writing style, and observations of things that can go wrong with magic and relationships including the appearances of her mother and grandmother who had passed on (crossed the veil). Nothing is ever simple and the murder mystery twists and turns in the wind with new discoveries. Most threads are pulled in to a rather convoluted conclusion and one that left me somewhat frustrated. Still, I enjoyed the storyline well enough to look for Book 5. I received this ebook download from the publisher and NetGalley and greatly appreciated the opportunity to read and review. Recommended to all who enjoy a different kind of cozy with a decidedly distinctive appeal.
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    a good fast read

    Sharon Pape is the author of a series of mysteries set in the tiny imaginary town of New Camel, in New York? The northeast corner of the US, in any case. Magickal Mystery Lore is the fourth in the Abracadabra Mystery Books series but is completely stand alone. Kailyn Wilde and her family have been having difficulties over the last year or two with casting their spells and it is Kailyn who now finds herself not only orphaned but the heir to her mother's cats, a clowder of 6 ruled over by the old fella Sashkatu. I will want to read previous novels, however as the back story for the Wilde Witches has me hooked. These cozy mysteries are a fine change-of-pace for a tired springtime allergy-drained brain. The residents of New Camel are many including the legendary Wizzard Merlin recently accidentally time-shifted from Camelot and a couple of recently passed witches. Witches who just happen to be mother Morgana and grandmother Bronwen of the main protagonist, Kailyn. Kailyn is a private investigator, and one of many independent shop owners in downtown New Camel - shops with such fanciful names as Tea and Empathy, Abracadabra, Busy Fingers, The Soda Jerk, etc. And it is Kailyn who with her newscaster boyfriend Travis endeavors to solve the mystery of the death of New Camel resident, Ava Duncan. Unfortunately, the further they delve into this mystery, the more the clues continue to point to the fudge shop owner, Lolly, and her daughter Danielle. Kailyn is sure Lolly would not be able to kill someone, but if not Lolly or Dani, then who killed Ava? And WHY? I received a free electronic copy of this cozy mystery from Netgalley, Sharon Pape, and Lyrical Underground. Thank you for sharing your hard work with me. I have voluntarily read and reviewed this novel. This is my honest opinion of this work.
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    I loved it!

    Book number four does not disappoint! I adore the characters of Kailyn, Aunt Tilly and Merlin. What a delightful trio! This series never lets me down. An engaging premise with a well written whodunit. I recommend you read the series in order. I cannot wait to read the next one! I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
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