That Olde White Magick
An Abracadabra Mystery, Book #2
It’s time to work her crime-solving magic again . . .
Kailyn Wilde enjoys running her shop, Abracadabra, in the quaint New York hamlet of New Camel, where she lives with her six cats. Her family’s been here for centuries, and she’d like to keep up the tradition. But the place may never be the same if a big hotel gets built, so she does her civic duty and attends a town meeting along with her aunt Tilly . . . and Merlin. Yes, that Merlin—though he gets introduced to folks as her “distant English cousin.” The wizard is pretty grumpy about being transported here, but there are things about the modern world he doesn’t mind—like pizza.
Kailyn was prepared for a heated debate about the hotel, but she wasn’t expecting murder. When Tilly finds the body of a board member outside the schoolhouse, Kailyn doesn’t want any suspicion cast on the wrong person. She plans to crack this case, even if she has to talk to every living soul in town—plus a few departed ones . . (Goodreads)
The characters are well developed and well rounded. Kailyn is a good witch and tries not to use her magick in her everyday life. But sometimes it cannot be helped. Aunt Tilly is still a quirky lady and you never know what Merlin will do. They both keep Kailyn on her toes but she knows that she is lucky to still have Aunt Tilly in her life.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of the book I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place. I was afraid to read the spells that Kailyn sold to her customers because I was scared I would cast them on myself. Although this book is about a witch, that theme was never overwhelming and most of the time I forgot that Kailyn and Aunt Tilly were witches. It is just a good cozy mystery with a great mystery and great characters that drew me in and pulled me along until the end.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted (witch crafted) cozy. I am already looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.