Murder At Magic Cakes Cafe
Murder At Magic Cakes Cafe (English Village Witch Cozy)
by Rosie Reed
About Murder At Magic Cakes Cafe
Murder At Magic Cakes Cafe (English Village Witch Cozy)
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher : Independently published (March 1, 2021)
Paperback : 307 pages
ISBN-13 : 979-8713750473
Digital ASIN : B08XKM51D1
In a flash, she had magic. Can she use it to solve a mysterious death in her family?
Climbing a tree in a thunderstorm was always going to be a stupid idea, but when Evelyn Eldritch is struck by lightning, her magical powers are switched on. And she didn’t even know she was a witch!
When Evelyn learns that her biological mother has died under suspicious circumstances, she makes a journey to the quaint village of Maiden-Upon-Avon, where the residents consist of werewolves, witches, vampires and one annoyingly handsome-yet-gruff policeman. But who should she suspect? Who can she trust?
And if juggling her magical training, her mother’s café, and the town’s eccentric residents wasn’t enough, another body turning up at the local cricket match shows she’s definitely in well over her pointed hat…
Murder at Magic Cakes Café is the first book in the adorable English Village Witch Cozy series, set in the beautiful English countryside. If you love plucky heroines, small-town whodunits, and a touch of retro nostalgia, then you’ll love Rosie Reed’s fun and flirty tale.
It started with a murder, as you would expect.
But before that, some magic. Pick a card, any card…
Senior witch Marilyn Eldritch sat at her favourite table in Magic Cakes Café, and drew a tarot card from her ancient deck. She laid down Death.
Oh no! Someone was going to die tonight! An ominous thunderclap rumbled overhead. Trying to still her nerves, Marilyn poured her favourite tipple into her coffee. As her mother Joanie always said: For a long life and a body frisky, forget the milk and add the whisky.
Marilyn sipped her Irish coffee, steeled herself, then laid down the next two tarot cards.
The Empress and the Page of Cups. Motherhood and children…
She stared at the tarot cards. Perhaps this was an oblique reference to Leia, her young apprentice. Leia had left Marilyn’s sacred spell book lying around on the counter in front of a human customer earlier, and Marilyn planned to have a word with her about it tomorrow. But obviously she didn’t plan to kill her over it.
She added another dash of whisky to her coffee and took a gulp.
What were these tarot cards trying to tell her? With dread, she realised that this might be a reference to her daughter Evelyn. It had broken Marilyn’s heart to give Evelyn up for adoption twenty-seven years ago, but she’d needed to hide her from Them.
What if they’d found her?
Marilyn grabbed her magic mirror and gasped as she was shown a premonition of Evelyn up a tree in a lightning storm, rescuing a cat. Would Evelyn fall to her death? Was that what the tarot cards meant?
Even though they’d never met (apart from that one time, of course) Marilyn decided she must try to warn Evelyn. The Death card could not be ignored, and it clearly involved Evelyn somehow. Not that Evelyn would surely be so stupid to climb up a tree in a lightning storm – cat or no cat. Only an idiot would do that.
Marilyn finished her coffee, rigid with dread about the Death card. But as a wave of nausea swept through her and her temperature zoomed to boiling, she finally understood the tarot’s dreadful prediction.
She glanced at the whisky bottle. “Oh butterbeans…”
As she slumped forward and slipped away, Marilyn’s thoughts were full of Evelyn, willing her daughter to come to Maiden-Upon-Avon. Because, weak and dying as she was, Marilyn Eldritch wasn’t the sort of witch to let a simple thing like death spoil her life.
Buy Murder at Magic Cakes Café today. It’s simply electrifying!
Note from the author: Writing this series kept me sane during the very strange year of 2020. I do hope you’ll enjoy escaping into the beautiful surroundings of Maiden-Upon-Avon and having some fun with Evelyn and all the other magical beings who live there! Each book is set in a different season of the magical year – beginning with spring in Book One. You can enjoy a gentle journey around the village, whilst Evelyn tries to solve the murder. So, treat yourself now by taking the phone off the hook of life, and soaking awhile in the bathtub of the English countryside!
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About Rosie Reed
A Little About Me
I love writing, daydreaming, and creating stories. I often write for fun, even when I’m not planning on publishing. But it’s also wonderful to share my stories with you!
I’m a massive Agatha Christie and Terry Pratchett fan, so writing paranormal mystery comes instinctively! I love the understated gentle charm of cozies, and it’s always such a pleasure to spend time in the company of the wonderful sleuths and magical characters that my fellow authors create.
Writing the English Village Witch Cozy series helped to keep me sane during the very strange year of 2020. Evelyn and Alex have done a tremendous job of protecting my mental health, and it’s my pleasure to share this comfort with you.
I do hope you’ll enjoy escaping into the beautiful surroundings of Maiden-Upon-Avon, and having some fun with Evelyn and all the other magical beings who live there! So treat yourself now by taking the phone off the hook of life, and soaking in the bathtub of the English countryside for a while!
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