Book Spotlight-Review | A Spell for Trouble by Esme Addison

Monday, July 20, 2020

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Published: July 7, 2020
Crooked Lane Books
Series: Enchanted Bay Mystery #1
Genre: Mystery (Cozy)
Available: BN | Amazon | Others
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Aleksandra Daniels hasn't set foot in the quiet seaside town of Bellamy Bay, North Carolina in over twenty years. Ever since her mother's tragic death, her father has mysteriously forbidden her from visiting her aunt and cousins. But on a whim, Alex accepts an invitation to visit her estranged relatives and to help them in their family business: an herbal apothecary known for its remarkably potent teas, salves, and folk remedies.

Bellamy Bay doesn't look like trouble, but this is a town that harbors dark secrets. Alex discovers that her own family is at the center of salacious town gossip, and that they are rumored to be magical healers descended from mermaids. She brushes this off as nonsense until a local is poisoned and her aunt Lidia is arrested for the crime. Alex is certain Lidia is being framed, and she resolves to find out why.

Alex's investigation unearths stories that some have gone to desperate lengths to conceal: forbidden affairs, family rivalries, and the truth about Alex's own ancestry. And when the case turns deadly, Alex learns that not only are these secrets worth hiding, but they may even be worth killing for.


My ReviewFirst in the series, A Spell for Trouble starts off with Aleksandra Daniels finding out she is a witch...a water witch whom is a decedent of mermaids to be exact. 

After the death of her father and leaving her annoyingly draining job, Alexandra decides to pay her mother’s side of the family a visit in Bellamy Bay. There she gets caught up in murder and family secrets after her Aunt Lidia is accused of murdering someone in town. 

Aleksandra truly was the beginner sleuth. Attempting to find who the true murderer is while learning that you're a witch can be something... different but then there's a little flirtatious romance in the mix as well.

For the most part, I enjoyed this mystery. However, this story does fall in the tropey and predictable aisle. Things I did like a lot were the descriptions (or rather history) of the small sleepy town of Bellamy Bay. Also, the eccentrics of the characters were a good thing as well.

Still, at the end of it all...if you are fan of magical cozy mysteries, you may want to check this series out. 

*Thank you to the publisher/author for the opportunity to read/review.

Three stars via Goodreads


Ever since Esme discovered Nancy Drew, she’s wanted to solve mysteries. As a mystery author, she’s finally found a way to make that dream come true. A former military spouse, Esme lives in Raleigh, NC with her family. When she’s not writing or dreaming up new mysteries for her sleuths to stumble upon, you can find her dancing her calories away in Zumba, patronizing her local bookstores or visiting the beach, the mountains and all historical sites in between.

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