A Spell for Trouble
An Enchanted Bay Mystery
by Esme Addison
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Pub Date 07 Jul 2020 | Archive Date 28 Apr 2020
Aleksandra Daniels hasn’t set foot in the quiet seaside town of Bellamy Bay, North Carolina in over twenty years. Ever since her mother’s tragic death, her father has mysteriously forbidden her from visiting her aunt and cousins. But on a whim, Alex accepts an invitation to visit her estranged relatives and to help them in their family business: an herbal apothecary known for its remarkably potent teas, salves, and folk remedies.
Bellamy Bay doesn’t look like trouble, but this is a town that harbors dark secrets. Alex discovers that her own family is at the center of salacious town gossip, and that they are rumored to be magical healers descended from mermaids. She brushes this off as nonsense until a local is poisoned and her aunt Lidia is arrested for the crime. Alex is certain Lidia is being framed, and she resolves to find out why.
Alex’s investigation unearths stories that some have gone to desperate lengths to conceal: forbidden affairs, family rivalries, and the truth about Alex’s own ancestry. And when the case turns deadly, Alex learns that not only are these secrets worth hiding, but they may even be worth killing for.
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I really enjoyed this first book of a new cozy series. Aleksandra visits her aunt and cousins in Bellamy Bay for the first time since being a child. Here’s where her mother died and her father refused to have anything more to do with them, so her homecoming is sweet as she’s showered with love and affection from her family. Newly fired, Alex goes to work in their family shop where they make special soaps, teas and remedies for the townspeople who flock to their store, until her aunt is accused of murdering a customer and old enemy. Knowing her aunt couldn’t have done it, despite having a bad temper, Alex sets out to prove her innocence. Along the way she rediscovers a friend she happily played with as a child, Dylan, whom she’s very attracted to, as well as new detective Jack. And she finds out she’s a witch, along with the rest of her family, but her powers are not easily controlled.
A good mystery, a hard to spot the murderer, great characters, and a set up for future books in this series that should be as interesting. . I’m already looking forward to the next.
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