Title: A Spell of Murder by Kennedy Kerr
Date Published: 3rd October 2019
Genre: Cozy mystery
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 magical and unputdownable whodunnit, perfect for fans of Adele Abbott, Amanda M. Lee and Leighann Dobbs.
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It’s been a while since I’ve read a book featuring a witch, so when I read the blurb for this, not only does it have witches in it but it’s a cosy mystery too, well I just had to read it!
This is the first in the witchy cosy mystery series set in the small Scottish town of Lost Maidens Loch. Temerity Love is a psychic antique verifier who runs an antique shop called Love Curiosities Inc, along with her older sister Tilda. She’s lived there her whole life, a trauma in her past tying her to the place.
A tragedy comes to the small town when a young teacher is found dead in the local school.
Using her powers Temerity, having helped out with cases in the past, is asked to see if she can find any clues at the scene of the crime, much to new policeman Angus Harley’s disgust. Temerity is drawn further into this puzzling mystery but can she solve the case?
A Spell of Murder is an intriguing cosy mystery, with a hint of magic and a dash of romance, the perfect introduction to this series.
Temerity is one of those characters that you root for. Outwardly she’s confident with unusual dress sense but she’s still holding on to hurt from her past. Her sister Tilda does steal the show occasionally throughout the novel, with her sarcastic humour and doesn’t care what anyone thinks attitude. I also loved her loyal parrot Hebrides.
The witchy powers throughout the novel are more understated than I was expecting, there’s no nose twitching or broom flying, but there is still plenty of magic weaved throughout the story.
I loved the setting of Lost Maidens Loch. On one hand it’s a small town where gossip is rife and everyone seems to know everyone but what makes it stand out is the bit of spooky folklore about the Loch weaved in there.
The pace of the book felt a little slower than I’m used to with a cosy mystery, probably because this is the first in the series and we’re getting to know fairly large cast of characters but I feel like it will pick up as the series goes along.
A Spell of Murder is a definite must if you love a supernatural cosy mystery.
About The Author:
Kennedy Kerr is the author of the Lost Maidens Loch witch-themed cozy mystery series. She is from a Scottish family and adores the magic and mystery of Scotland and all the Celtic lands: cairns, misty mountains, stone circles and misty lochs are her particular favourite things. She is the proud owner of a cuddly black cat called Twinkle, who evidently believes she is a princess.
Kennedy also loves cooking and baking all types of food, which is almost as much fun as eating it.
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