Sunday, November 3, 2019

Review of Magic, Mayhem, and Murder (Manitoba Tea & Tarot Mysteries #1) by January Bain


Magic, Mayhem, and Murder

FROM POPULAR ROMANCE AUTHOR JANUARY BAIN

Book one in the Manitoba Tea and Tarot Mysteries series


Charm McCall, armed with a library full of Agatha Christie stories and her unique witchy gifts, knows how to solve a small-town murder…

Charm McCall, the oldest of the McCall triplets by a whole day—or one minute before midnight if one’s being picky—is the designated driver for her whole town. Why, if it wasn’t for her Snowy Lake would incinerate or fall into Hudson’s Bay. Now add her Salem Witch heritage that’s gifted her with some unique abilities and she’s all set to keep her family and town safe and on its proper course.

That is, until a hot Mountie moves into town, a busload of strippers breaks down on Main Street and Mrs. Hurst goes and gets herself murdered with poisoned jam. Jam crafted by Charm’s family at the Tea & Tarot caf├ę. Now it’s up to her to solve the murders—yes, plural, when another local business owner ends up dead.

Charm knows just what to do. What’s breaking a few laws if she can sleuth out the culprit? She knows the people of Snowy Lake better than any new lawman possibly could. So why can’t he just leave her be to get on with things?

And why does he have to be so darn hot?


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**My thoughts**
Tulip, Star, and Charm are triplets who own the Tea & Tarot Cafe. Charm;s powers help her to help people find things. She is the one who tells the stories. Tulip is really excited about the upcoming marijuana legalization and wants to prepare for making laced goodies for their cafe. And Star is a singer. You can't help but like them and feel for them and Granny Toogood who raised them.

Charm meets a man named Ace early on in the story, when they run into a bear. It's almost symbolic of their relationship that you know is coming. I admit that I read the second book in this series before this one, so I have a bit of advance knowledge of what's to come. But I loved reading the story of how this threesome got started and the background of their lives.

In this one, a client is murdered and Charm's apricot jam is to blame. Her powers are just starting to appear, so she stars using them to help solve this murder to clear her own name. In some ways, it helps that she is also a big Agatha Christie fan, so she really feels like an amateur sleuth. 

This book, and the second one, are both fun and amusing reads. I love the antics of the sisters and all of the banter between them and the other characters. I look forward to continuing this series.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Andi, thanks so much for the great review!!! It does my heart a lot of good to know that you enjoyed the story of the three sisters, Granny Toogood, and all the people who populate Snowy Lake. Wishing you a great day! Hugs, January

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