Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Book Review: A Spell of Trouble by Leighann Dobbs and Traci Douglass

A Spell of Trouble
Author: Leighann Dobbs & Traci Douglass
Series: Silver Hollow Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series (Book 1)
Publication: Amazon Digital Services, August 23, 2016

Description: When town trouble maker, Louella Drummond, drops dead in front of Isolde Quinn's pet store just minutes after threatening both Issy and her cousin Graeme, the police in the small lakeside town of Silver Hollow assume it's from natural causes.

... Until it's discovered that Louella was murdered.

Not just any murder, though. Murder by paranormal means. Dark magic that could only have been performed by a powerful witch. And every law-abiding paranormal knows that dark magic is forbidden and carries strict punishment at the hands of "the committee" - the mysterious entity that provides law and order within the paranormal community.

Being witches, Issy and her three cousins fear they are at the top of the suspect list. To make matters worse, a secret division of the FBI has gotten wind of the happenings in Silver Hollow and sent two agents to ferret out paranormal activity. Even worse than that, Issy is annoyingly attracted to one of them!

Armed with their unconventional posse of familiars, Issy and her cousins dodge the efforts of the 'real" police and the special FBI agents while following a twisty path of clues that lead to a shocking betrayal.

My Thoughts: Issy and her cousins need to find out who used black magic to murder town troublemaker Louella Drummond before the FBPI comes to town and does their own investigation. The FBPI has been noted to take any paranormals they uncover to a secret location and they never return.

Issy and her cousins are all witches as are many of the people living in the small town. In fact, one the the sheriff's deputies is a werewolf. Issy runs a pet shop, her cousin Raine is a landscaper, her cousin Gray runs the local beauty shop, and another cousin runs the candy store. All are white witches who enhance their products for good results.

Issy isn't expecting to fall for FBPI Agent Dex Nolan but Dex is unusual. He doesn't believe that paranormals exist.

This was an interesting mystery that combined magic and the mundane since the crime could have been committed to prevent a piece of land from being rezoned for a strip mall. Issy discovers that there is a species of endangered lizards on the land too which would be enough even with the fact they the lizards have magical uses.

This was a cute story and a nice mystery which begins a series.

Favorite Quote:
Part of her wanted to tell him he could continue waiting until the stars burned away. The other part of her, traitor that it was, wanted to cuddle up against his side and nuzzle his strong jaw, now covered by a hint of dark stubble. This close, he smelled of soap and fresh air and a hint of manly sweat.
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

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