Praise for the Book Magic Mystery Series

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


“The unraveling of the mystery involves Pippin’s family history (it goes all the way back to Roman times in Ireland), hidden clues, a long-lost keepsake, and a secret room. For mystery fans who enjoy amateur detectives who rely on mystical insights rather than Holmesian deductions, Murder in Devil’s Cove will provide an entertaining read.”

Seattle Book Review



“…Close reading as a super power[!] MURDER IN DEVIL’S COVE ha[s] all the makings of an original, unique story with a lovely tilt in advocacy towards literature fanatics. The heroine nature from Cassie’s perspective was strong, and the female power got even better as Pippin grows up. Also, as a big fan of the Odyssey myself, I absolutely loved the role the epic played in guiding the narrative…Overall, I think this is a rewarding day read. The pages turn easily, and the characters are gripping enough for the reader to latch onto their motives and goals.”

-29th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Ellery Adams, NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author

"A magical blend of books, mystery, and smart sleuthing. Melissa Bourbon's Murder in Devil's Cove offers mystery readers everything they crave and stands out in the crowded cozy genre. This captivating new series will leave readers spellbound." ~NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author, Ellery Adams

~Dru Ann Love, Dru's Book Musings

"This tightly woven mystery spins a web of intrigue where magic simmers, waiting for the perfect time to surface. I can't wait to read more about Pippin and what awaits her in the next Book Magic adventure."

Media Coverage and Reviews for Murder in Devil’s Cove
  • This amazing Midwest Book Review: “…a deftly crafted and impressively original novel by an author with a genuine flair for originality…for the personal reading lists of anyone who enjoys Women’s Friendship Fiction, Cozy Animal Mysteries, or Supernatural Mysteries…”
  • And one from Seattle Book Review: “…an entertaining read.” 
  • A Kings River Life Magazine article and review 
  • review in Fresh Fiction 
  • A mention in the Noted section of Chapel Hill Magazine
  • A mention in Outer Banks This Week
  • Write up in the Heart of Hillsborough, a print-only Magazine

Reviewer Praise for Murder in Devil’s Cove

This book had me at ‘book magic’ and wrapped me up in its unique plot from start to finish! . . . I really enjoyed the set-up, the plot, the characters and the setting; they all added intriguing layers to the story. . .
~Reading Is My SuperPower

I thought the author beautifully intertwined magic and mystery…Murder in Devil’s Cove is an intriguing tale with forbidden books, a departed dad, family folklore, mysterious magic, renovation revelations, and one bewildered bibliomancer. ~The Avid Reader

This book totally sucked me in as the story tells the past as well as the present . . . a truly magical read for fans of cozies with a slight magical flair. 

I totally loved it so I give it 5/5 stars.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Filled with quirky characters and atmospheric descriptions of the quaint town of Devil’s Cove, Bourbon hits all the right notes for a cozy: amateur sleuthing, several possible suspects, bookstores, and a touch of romance.
~Elena Taylor, Author

Blending a family curse and a hint of the paranormal with an intriguing mystery MURDER IN DEVIL’S COVE is a fantastic start to a new series. ~Cozy Up With Kathy

Reviewer Praise for Murder at Sea Captain’s Inn

A born storyteller, with a compelling and heart-warming style of writing which put me right at ease, author Melissa Bourbon has effortlessly and confidently developed Pippin into a tenacious and largely intuitive amateur sleuth, alongside her many other attributes, which include teaching sign language to a loyal and handsome ‘Sailor’ of the four-legged variety! -Yvonne at Fiction Books

Murder at Sea Captain’s Inn by Melissa Bourbon is an intriguing and well-written installment in what has quickly become one of my fave series. The elements of magical realism are what makes this series stand out from the rest, and this latest novel whets your appetite for even more. -Reading is My Superpower

MURDER AT SEA CAPTAIN’S INN provides an intriguing multilayered mystery. The Lost Colony, the Lane family curse, family relationships, and mysterious connections converge creating an intensely captivating story. Readers’ minds must be alert and nimble, sorting through the clues divined by literary classics and those craftily left by the author. -Cozy Up With Kathy

There are several layers to this mystery and the magical power of bibliomancy became one of the best parts of the story . . . This is the first book I’ve read in the series and really loved it!
~Books To The Ceiling

Full of plenty of clues while still keeping you guessing until the end. The use of bibliomancy is a nice touch as well as the adorable deaf dog Sailor.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Ms. Bourbon writes in a way that makes the reader captivated and completely part of the story. I love this story and the characters.
~Baroness’ Book Trove

Reader Praise for Murder at Sea Captain’s Inn

“Melissa Bourbon has deftly waved her magic wand and spun this original entertaining Book Magic Mystery series which will take you on a fascinating and magical ride!”

“I am in love with this series…I didn’t want the story to end.”

“Murder at Sea Captain’s Inn is a well-woven tale of mystery, history, murder, and myth…This book is a unique cozy mystery.”

“A spellbinding mystery with a tightly woven plot that kept me reading long into the night.”

“The small town atmosphere makes the reader want to hop on their bicycle and take in all the sites.”

“Pippin is a fantastically well-written character.”

“I couldn’t put it down for fear of missing what was around each twist and turn.”

“Not only does this book contain a well-planned mystery but the characters are engaging and the mix of history and magic lead the reader on a twisty-turny ride that will keep you guessing until the very end.”

“I loved how Melissa Bourbon started each chapter with quotations from different books as they hinted about the essence of the current chapter: a mystery in itself.“

“It’s such a wonderful book.”

“If you love history , a mystery and a great read this cozy is for you.”

“This is an excellent mystery with history, magic and contradictions.

Praise for The Secret on Rum Runner’s Lane

The Secret on Rum Runner’s Lane by Melissa Bourbon is a fantastical book that I loved diving into. It was great from the first chapter to the ending.
~Baroness’ Book Trove

This is the prequel to this new series and it had me hooked on the concept, the setting. and the characters.
~Storeybook Reviews

It may be a short story but it gives a thorough introduction of the characters as well as a picturesque view of Devil’s Cove. Sure to pique the interest of cozy lovers looking for a mini-mystery to draw them into a new series.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

. . . this was a quick read about characters that you immediately care about in a picturesque setting (two, actually).
~I Read What You Write!

THE SECRET ON RUM RUNNER’S LANE captures the uncertainty and underlying strength of women searching for their place in the world. It allows readers to get a glimpse of the past while seeing the glimmer of what’s to come.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

The Secret on Rum Runner’s Lane is a layered story with a well-developed backstory for a character whose decisions in that time period set the path for generations to come.
~Reading Is My SuperPower

The setting is enchanting with realistic characters you can root for. The mystery is perfectly solvable based on the clues hidden within the text. The paranormal aspect is an original idea.
~Diane Reviews Books

The author brings the story to life with her character development and vivid setting. I could feel Cassie’s pain dealing with her family curse. I was totally transported into her world.
~Socrates’ Book Reviews…