Magickal Mystery Lore (An Abracadabra Mystery)

by Sharon Pape


About the Book

Paranormal Cozy Mystery 4th in Series 
Lyrical Underground (April 16, 2019) 
Pages: 317 (including a sneak peek into book 5)

This spells trouble . . .
The New Camel Day Fair is a fun-filled event for residents of this upstate New York town. Kailyn Wilde, a modern-day witch of ancient lineage, leaves her potion shop, Abracadabra—and her feline familiar, Sashkatu—to attend with her fortune-telling Aunt Tilly. Joining them is legendary wizard Merlin, who’s discovering new pleasures of time-traveling to the modern world, including curly fries and kettle corn—but the appeal of the Tilt-a-Wheel is beyond his mystical imagination.
The real wild ride begins later, when neighboring sweet shop owner Lolly rushes into Abracadabra with news about a dead body. The victim has one of Lolly’s fudge knives stuck in her back, but in spite of the sticky evidence, Lolly is only one of several suspects with ample motive and opportunity. Meanwhile, Merlin’s research into old family scrolls and electromagnetic ley lines is causing some unusual mix-ups. As the two investigations collide, Kailyn will have to do everything in her power to prevent disaster…

 You can read this as a stand alone, but part of the fun was in how Merlin came to live with Tilly and her niece, Kailyn Wilde, both members of a magical family whose magick doesn't always result in desired effects. Part of this book deals with Merlin's research into what is making their magic go awry.
Another major factor to this book is dysfunctional family relationships, as well as romantic struggles. Kailyn is dating a news reporter, who knows about her magical abilities, and he feels it is time she meets his parents. Her own mother and grandmother have crossed the veil, but still "pop in" for visits. 
A woman is discovered dead behind one of the New Camel shops on the day of a town festival, when many of the shops closed for the day. Kailyn knows the shop owner is innocent, but evidence piles up against her and her daughter.
Furry family, aka familiars, also play a fun role as the book unfolds. It seems many animals love to be near Merlin, including an invisible dog summoned from another time and place.

Parts of the story are a bit heavier or darker than many other cozy mysteries, but so much is going on that keeps the action fast paced and entwined with lighter moments.
With Merlin around, life will never be boring.

About the Author

Sharon Pape describes her writing career as having two stages. Back in the dark ages, before computers were in every household, she had three paranormal books published. The first one was condensed by Redbook Magazine, the first paperback original they had ever condensed. Around the same time, Redbook published her first short story.
Then life brought her an unexpected challenge that went by the name of breast cancer. When her treatment was over, she became a volunteer for the American Cancer Society's Reach to Recovery Program and went on to be the program's coordinator for Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island. Several years later, with the help of her surgical oncologist and two other survivors, she started her own not-for-profit organization to provide information and peer support to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.
Once the organization was running smoothly and didn't require as much of her time, she returned to her first love - writing. During this second stage of her career, she's been writing cozy mysteries with a paranormal twist and a splash of humor.

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