Happy Monday all and welcome to a new week! Today I have a review for you on the blog tour for A Spell of Murder by Kennedy Kerr…..
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.
I love this! After a murder in the quiet town of Lost Maiden’s Loch, Temerity Love is asked by the local Police Inspector to get involved, having helped out on a number of different cases before. But her way of helping is….unusual! She can touch objects and see their story….and into the lives of the owners…..
With the help of her sister, Tilda – the local witch, and the residents of Lost Maiden’s Loch – Temerity sets out discover who the murderer is. But instead of working with her usual police contact, she gets partnered with Angus Harley – the new, grumpy and hot(!) addition to the towns police force. There are so many unknowns that Temerity has to uncover – what is the significance of the stag? Why do so many people have feathers on their shoulders? And ultimately, who and where is the murderer? Will Temerity be able to solve the case? And will Angus ever stop be a proper grumpy so and so?!
This is so brilliant! A proper cozy, snuggle up with a blanket in the cold, with a hot chocolate sort of whodunnit! The characters are brilliant. Temerity is unusual but kind and thoughtful and has some of the funniest thoughts in her own head (wolf man!)…. Angus is a proper grump, but is there a reason why? The local townsfolk are fantastic and hilarious – the narrative is written with a Scottish twang which definitely helps you to imagine them and hear their voices!
I also love that this is so witchy! I’m fascinated with witchy stuff and have done lots of my own personal reading into the craft so mixing that with my love of a good fiction novel made this one I couldn’t not love. I’m also the proud mum to a black cat called Sirius!
The story line is easy to follow, sucks you in and you just want to keep turning the pages to find out who did it! As well as being sucked in to the mystery, I was 100% willing Temerity and Angus to sort out their lives and get together……but will they?!
I would honestly love to see this as a TV show – I’m thinking Midsommer Murders but with a witchy and magical twist….I think it would be fantastic! The author does a fabulous job with the descriptions, and I genuinely felt like I was there, listening to the gossips and seeing it all play out in front of me.
This is an absolutely fantastic book, and I’m so glad this is only book 1! I can’t wait to see what else happens in Lost Maiden’s Loch and catch up with Temerity and the wonderful characters again soon!!! (Lost Maiden’s Loch is definitely going to be the new Midsommer…..I don’t think I’d personally move there!).
100% recommended by me!
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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Massive thanks to Noelle for inviting me on to the tour, and to Kennedy and Bookouture for providing me with a copy of the book in return for an honest review.
Hope you’ve had an amazing day all!