Kennedy Kerr comes to the blog today with the first in her Lost Maidens Loch Mystery series, a fun start to a witchy mystery series with
A Spell of Murder
Firstly: this review is horribly late and that is all my fault. I’d read it closer to release date and the failing is all mine. This is a fun and more than slightly irreverent story, set in a small town on a Scottish Loch, with one particular resident who has a shop in a Diagon Ally sort of street. Temerity has a knack for finding lost things, she and her sister run the family business, Love’s Curiosities, Inc.. Her sister Tilda is more ‘traditional’ with her skill as an herbalist, where Temerity can simply touch an object and glean information. With two cats (how could there be anything else), a macaw with a particular personality, and a host of neighbors who are unique unto themselves. A nearly perfect setting for a quirky mystery that blends clever twists, a victim and magic to come to fruition.
Angus Harley is an ‘out of towner’ and rather difficult for everyone to manage. As the local police working with Inspector Kim Hyland, he’s got the murder of a local schoolteacher to solve, although knowing it was a poisoned cup of tea has pointed him in the direction of the Love sisters. The scene, and the fact that the teacher was found at the school with a previously unseen antique hand mirror leave plenty of questions and few answers.
Kennedy Kerr has built a lovely community and populated it with characters that are unique, clever and distinct. Angus won’t be able to solve the murder without Temerity’s assistance with the mirror – but the two clash and spark off one another with Temerity’s habit of “imagining’ conversations with Angus that have her holding the upper hand: a situation that doesn’t always happen in real time. Twists, turns and a reveal that was as clever as it was surprising considering all of the new people who come forward in the story, this was hard to put down and a sure winner for readers who like their cozies with something ‘different’. A nice mix of place, people and personalities that helped to build the intrigues of the story and set us up for wanting the next one.
Title: A Spell of Murder
Author: Kennedy Kerr
Series: Lost Maidens Loch Mystery #1
Genre: British, Contemporary Cozy Mystery, Contemporary Paranormal Mystery, Humor elements, Magic, Paranormal, Scottish, Setting: Scotland, Small Town, Witches
Published by: Bookouture
Published on: 3 October, 2019
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 37 minutes
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In the sleepy town of Lost Maidens Loch, people sometimes disappear…
Down a quiet lane in town sits a little shop full of oddities you’d probably miss if you weren’t looking for it. This is Love’s Curiosities Inc., and its owner, Temerity Love, is sought by experts all over the world for her rare and magical gift: the ability to find lost things and learn their stories.
When Lost Maidens’ pretty local school teacher is found murdered by a poisoned cup of tea, a strange antique hand mirror is discovered nearby. Temerity – with the help of witchy sister Tilda, their cats Scylla and Charybdis and the lovingly eccentric local townspeople – is determined to divine the story behind the mirror and its part in Miss Molly Bayliss’ untimely death.
If only grumpy out-of-towner Angus Harley of Lost Maidens Police wasn’t on the scene. Temerity can’t solve the crime without him, but he’s distracting, and in more ways than one. Can this unconventional duo solve the most mysterious murder ever to blight Lost Maidens Loch before the killer strikes again?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.