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“A combination of magic and mystery, “Murder In Devil’s Cove” by Melissa Bourbon is a deftly crafted and impressively original novel by an author with a genuine flair for originality. While certain to be an unusual, immediate and enduringly popular addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of anyone who enjoys Women’s Friendship Fiction, Cozy Animal Mysteries, or Supernatural Mysteries…” ~Midwest Book Review
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Hailed as “impressively original” by Midwest Book Review, the Book Magic Mysteries celebrate the magic in books. In this enchanting new story, Pippin Lane Hawthorne hopes her gift of bibliomancy will be enough to finally stop the curse that has plagued her family for two thousand years. But for every question Pippin answers about the past, a new one arises…
It’s fall on the Outer Banks island of Devil’s Cove and Sea Captain’s Inn has no vacancies. Pippin Lane Hawthorne practices bibliomancy in between caring for her guests. But the Venatores, an ancient group seeking to steal what doesn’t belong to them, is getting closer. Only Pippin and her twin brother can stop them.
Despite his sister’s warnings, Grey Hawthorne, is elbow deep in refinishing his old boat. He hasn’t told Pippin where it comes from—and its connection to Tuatha dé Danann. The boat can help them finally break the curse, but it may cost Grey his life in the process. It’s a risk he has to take.
When Grey disappears, Pippin fears the worst—that he’s taken his boat out to sea, and there he will meet his death. She turns to her West Coast cousins, bookshop owner Jamie McAdams, and the rest of her new community to help save her brother and stop the Venatores, but will she be too late?
Rising cozy mystery author Winnie Archer cooks up her latest installment in her delightful and delicious Bread Shop Mystery series.
Photographer Ivy Culpepper is soon to make a home with her husband-to-be in the California beach town of Santa Sofia—but the Yeast of Eden bakery remains her second home. It’s not just a place to work, but a community. And now one member of the community has been murdered . . .
A regular who used Yeast of Eden as a workspace, Josh Prentiss always turned heads with his startlingly good looks and thousand-watt smile. But Ivy can’t help noticing one morning that he seems distracted and off his game. Later, during a visit to the park where she and Miguel plan to hold their engagement party—with plenty of baked goods on the menu—her rescue pug, Agatha, sniffs out Josh lying in a bed of poppies…scone cold dead.
There’s no reason for Ivy to get involved. She’s busy enough holding down the fort as the shop’s owner, Olaya, cares for her recently orphaned niece, not to mention the stress when a new employee is fired and storms out in a rage. Then a band of rabble-rousers starts picketing the bakery, claiming that Olaya’s sourdough roll is what killed Josh—and Ivy hears some salacious gossip about her beloved boss. She doesn’t think there’s a grain of truth to the seedy rumors—but to prove it, she’ll have to start sleuthing . . .
Melissa Bourbon is the author of the Book Magic Mysteries, a traditional mystery series, the Lola Cruz Mysteries, which are PI capers, and two cozy series: A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series and the Bread Shop Mystery Series, written as Winnie Archer. She lives in North Carolina with her educator husband, and the youngest of their five children. Her dogs, Bean, the pug, Dobby, the chug keep her company while she writes.