Murder in Devil's Cove



Murder in Devil’s Cove: (A Book Magic Mystery)
by Melissa Bourbon


About Murder In Devil’s Cove

Murder in Devil’s Cove: (A Book Magic Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Lake House Press (September 22, 2020)
Number of Pages: Approx 300
Digital ASIN: B088J48JY8

Two best-selling authors, one magical universe.

 In the Book Magic Mystery Series, best-selling authors Melissa Bourbon and Wendy Lyn Watson bring you the story of cousins Pippin Lane Hawthorne and Cora Lane. The cousins live on opposite coasts (Pippin in Devil’s Cove, North Carolina, and Cora in Laurel Point, Oregon), but they share the family gift of bibliomancy: the ability to foresee the future and unravel the past with the help of the books we love. Join Pippin and Cora as they use their otherworldly power to solve mysteries in their respective worlds.


Every book tells two stories—one written on the pages with pen and ink, and one woven into the paper, a story of the soul. The Lane women have the gift of bibliomancy. They can read both.

But Cassie Lane doesn’t see this as a gift. For her, it is a curse because the book magic comes with a price–the Lane women die young and the men are lost to the sea. As soon as she’s able, she leaves Laurel Point, Oregon, running from her past and her fate, ending up in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. There she meets Leo Hawthorne and lives a perfect life with him in an old Sea Captain’s house.

Perfect, that is, until an old book foretells the future, and the curse that has plagued the Lane women comes true for Cassie.

Twenty years later, Cassie and Leo’s children, twins Pippin and Grey, are back in Devil’s Cove. Long forgotten secrets surface and an old crime comes to light. Now Pippin must learn how to be a bibliomancer if she is to discover the truth about her father and continue his effort to stop the curse.


A word from Pippin


Pippin Lane Hawthorne 

Names are a big deal to a kid. Imagine the first day of school, every single year, when the teacher takes roll for the first time. “Peregrin Hawthorne?”

I remember sinking down in my chair and covering my face with my hand. Why, oh why had my parents named me Peregrin?

Well, actually, I know why. It’s because my dad, Leo, was a major Tolkien fan. He named my twin brother Grey, after Gandalf. My brother and I thanked our lucky stars over and over that our dad hadn’t named us Frodo or Bilbo, Arwen or Galadriel. My dad started calling me Pippin, which is what Peregrin Took goes by in the Tolkien books. Why he didn’t just name me Pippin is a question I have, but one that will never be answered.

Because, you see, Leo Hawthorne, my dad, walked out on Grey and me 20 years ago.

Imagine our surprise, then, when our grandparents both died and we found out that my parents’ house in Devil’s Cove—the one where we’d spent our first 9 years—still belonged to us.

Now that we’re back there, it seems that everyone knows my name. Everywhere I go, someone says, “Pippin, you’re the spitting image of your mother!” or “Pippin, we’re keeping tabs on what you and Grey are doing with your folks’ old house,” or “Good to see you here, Pippin.”

Maybe Grey and I are meant to be back in Devil’s Cove. People certainly seem to want us here. So, we’ll renovate the old house and see what unfolds for us there.

Come visit me in Devil’s Cove, North Carolina, won’t you?


About Melissa Bourbon

Melissa Bourbon is the national bestselling author of nineteen mystery books, including the brand new collaborative Book Magic mysteries, the Lola Cruz Mysteries, A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series, and the Bread Shop Mysteries, written as Winnie Archer. She is a former middle school English teacher who gave up the classroom in order to live in her imagination full time. Melissa, a California native who has lived in Texas and Colorado, now calls the southeast home. She hikes, practices yoga, cooks, and is slowly but surely discovering all the great restaurants in the Carolinas. Since four of her five amazing kids are living their lives, scattered throughout the country, her dogs, Bean, the pug, Dobby, the chug, and Jasper, a cattle dog/lab keep her company while she writes. Melissa lives in North Carolina with her educator husband, Carlos, and their youngest son. She is beyond fortunate to be living the life of her dreams.


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  1. This sounds so good and I am so excited that you are on tour with this book as I hope that you get new followers and readers. Good Luck. peggy clayton


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