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A Hex for Danger

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The second book in the Enchanted Bay mystery series finds the town hosting a mermaid festival. Alex is very excited to make a signature candle for the event and learn more about her mermaid heritage. The sponsors have even commissioned an artist to paint a mural of the historic Mermaid of Warsaw said to have founded the town and possibly Alex’s ancestor. Strange little accidents start occurring and the artist is discovered murdered. Celeste, Alex’s new found distant cousin and friend is arrested. Alex believes her to be innocent and sets out to prove it.
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This is a great cozy mystery series! It’s got magic and mystery and fantastic characters. While I did enjoy the first book more this one did not disappoint. If you are new to cozies I highly suggest grabbing this book! 

Thank you to NetGalley for this free book in exchange for my review.
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I really liked A Hex for Danger, however, I did like the first book in the series more. This one expanded on the magical world in a huge way.  The protagonist, Alex, is still just getting used to the magical world existing and herself having magical abilities. Now that world has been busted open and she has a lot more to deal with and think about. It's a reveal that probably should've waited until the third book or later. Let the character adjust to being magical before springing all this other stuff on her. Other than that, the mysteries in this book were well plotted and kept me guessing. I love a mystery that stumps me and this book certainly did. Even though I thought the author revealed too much of the magical world too soon in this book, I will definitely still read the next one in the series. I'm looking forward to seeing how Alex deals with everything she's learned.
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I really liked the Bellamy Bay setting and its' mysterious past. Alex has settled in with her newly found maternal relatives. Instead of witches (think the hiding in plain sight type of shows like Charmed or Bewitched), Bellamy Bay is home to descendants of real mermaids. A muralist who seemed to be on the cusp of the truth about the town is murdered and Alex dives in like the heroine in any good cozy to discover the truth.
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This cozy series had a strong opening. And the follow-up did not disappoint. Alex and her cousins are charming, and this series is fun and a quick read.
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This book is the second in the Bellamy Bay series, and this is a series that definitely should be read in order because this book discusses important plot points from the first book. Esme Addison does a great job of explaining the magical world that overlays the North Carolina coastal setting and brings both real NC and magic NC to life.
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I found this mystery well put together, with enough clues that it fitted together and enough red herrings to keep me guessing. The solution was clever and well written! Unfortunately, the ongoing story arc totally spoiled the first book (victim, murderer, motive), so heads up for that, this series should not be read out of order. The paranormal added an interesting twist but some of it felt a little confused; it’s definitely building up an ongoing story arc. 

The lead character really frustrated me - mostly on how her detective boyfriend sets down clear and sensible boundaries (both for her safety and his job) and she steps all over them, along with violating her family’s ethics, and doesn’t face any consequences in this book. It also annoyed me that everyone assumed Celeste's guilt over what seemed like very circumstantial evidence - which is fine for the town gossips, but I'd expect the police to look for actual evidence, especially with an incorrect arrest in recent memory.

Overall this was a good read and a well written mystery but there were a few things that bothered me and I'd suggest starting at the first book.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book via NetGalley, all opinions are my own
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I absolutely love cozy mysteries and this one was a great one, great read. Can't wait for more by Esme Addison.
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As much as I loved the first book of the series, this one fell a little flat. There were so many subplots going on that would eventually come together, but it felt less connected than I hoped. It was hard to see where everything was going and how we got there once it did.
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My apologies to the author and publisher on the delay of this review. I contracted Covid and the resulting health issues made reading impossible for months this year and I’m doing my best to catch up on my promised reviews. 

Mermaids, dragons and rare ozite. Bellamy Bay isn’t your normal beach town in this delightful cozy mystery. When a visiting artist is murdered all of the clues point to a magical nightmare for our heroine Alex as she tries to prove her friend Celeste innocent of the crime. When her investigation leads her to militarizing magical artifacts for nefarious purposes will she find herself in over her head? More detail oriented in a lot of the genre it’s a magical place Esme Addison has created and I can’t wait to see what the brewing war between the mermaids and dragon brings.
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Release Date: May 12, 2020. 


Bellamy Bay is such a great series! @esmeaddison did a wonderful job explaining and explore the magical world in a way that made logical sense. Alex is helping Celeste plan the Mermaid Festival in town! When a body shows up and Celeste is arrested Alex needs to find the true murder before she becomes the next target!

This is a strong second book in the enchanted bay mystery series. I loved the first one and the second one is just as good! I highly recommend this book and this series! 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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I love this series and this installment was very interesting with plenty of twists.I loved the theme of water witches.  The cast of characters kept me engaged and turning pages to see what would happen to them next. 
Many thanks to Crooked Lane Books and to NetGalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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I love this series. The author has a gift of creating characters that you instantly like and enjoy. The setting of a Mermaid Festival made this a fun summer read. Enjoyed the mystery and couldn't put it down.
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This was a great follow-up to A Spell for Trouble.  I like how the story flowed and the characters are growing.  I love the town of Bellamy Bay and the descriptions paint a picture for me as I'm reading.  The story was very creative and I enjoyed all of the information about the Mermaid of Warsaw and the other mythological references.  There were several suspects that kept me guessing as to who was guilty.  I can't wait to see what happens next in Bellamy Bay!

I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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The is the second installment of this series.  I read several cozy mystery series that take place in the North Carolina coast and love the setting.  I am fan of paranormal and ghosts as well but sadly, this one falls just a little short for me.  The characters are interesting but the concept seems just a bit far fetched.  I think it's well written and I love the cover art.  It's what drew me to the series initially besides the setting.  It might not be for everybody but definitely give it try!
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I was a little skeptical when I began reading and discovered some interesting things about some of the characters in this book.  But my daughter had told me that I'd been stuck in a rut in my reading -- to expand my horizons!  So I read on.  And, darn it, the story intrigued me!  I completely enjoyed both the plot and the characters.  

Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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I enjoyed the first book in this series but didn't care for this book and didn't finish it unfortunately.
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This is an interesting cozy mystery with a magical twist. I had never heard of the Mermaid of Warsaw before and the myth surrounding it. It was interesting to see how Addison wove a good murder plot around the mythology, including people descended from the mermaid. The characters were good but I did have a little trouble liking Alex.

While magic is a bit out of my preferred reading style, I did find this mystery informative and interesting. I liked that the magical people of Bellamy Bay were reluctant to use their powers and when they did, generally it was either for the welfare of others or for protection. I liked the sort of back and forth about whether the mythology and the magic associated with it was real. There was also a battle of good and evil in this magical world as there are bad guys descended from a dragon. Which magic will win?

This is the second in a series but I felt it read well on its own. It is a fun cozy mystery for readers who like a little magic  and mythology with their murder.

I received a complimentary egally of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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Alex is back again in Bellamy Bay with another mystery to solve. This time, the victim is an artist brought in to do a mural for the upcoming Mermaid Festival. She is found dead after finishing the mural. Jack is not at all happy about Alex trying to solve the mystery. However Alex is not about to stop when her friend Celeste is the presumed killer. Enlisting the help of her friends and family, Alex puts herself in danger to try to free Celeste from accusation.
This is yet another winner from Esme Addison. Addison has crafted an awesome mystery. Ms. Addison has such a flair for creating new and fun characters. The story was epic. It is the perfect summer read, intriguing and stimulating without being gory.
Perhaps my favorite part was the addition of local (to NC) foods. Being a NC resident, I enjoyed the mention of some of my favorites you can't get anywhere else. I will have to say that the Carolina hot dog style is also good on a hamburger and if you are at the right Wendy's, you can get it off the menu.
I find myself fortunate that I read the first book as it came out and was able to get an ARC of this second book. I know that I have a favorite series with Alex and Esme Addison.
Many thanks to Net Galley for providing me with an ARC of this book.
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4.5 Stars

This is the second book in the Enchanted Bay Mystery series by Esme Addison.

This story really sucks you in fast. Alex has her challengers all throughout the story with the men in her life. And it is hard to know who to trust with her heart. I felt bad for the gal since she is just trying to help out and her current boyfriend takes her help the wrong way. I am sensing book three might see a relationship change.

She has an interesting job at Botanica where she mixes tea blends and the mermaid festival is in town so they all are a bit more on the busy side than they normally are. The town’s mermaid history is about to be exposed and the paranormals of the town are a bit up in arms. Then a woman who painted a mermaid mural gets murdered and the story just gets more complex from there.

Definitely loving all the paranormal elements in this. It really keeps your interest. Plus it is fun to read and flows just like all those mermaids. There is a cool reveal near the end that you don’t want to miss. I am sure book three will bring up a more complex paranormal threat that I am really looking forward to. Definitely a must read book for sure!

If you love a cozy mystery, definitely check this one out. Great series too!

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title. Opinions are completely my own.
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