“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…”
“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.”
"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
"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."
- 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
- A 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
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
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.
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…