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Friday, October 14, 2016

“Midsummer Night’s Mischief” A Wiccan Wheel Mystery By Jennifer David Hesse

by Sandra Murphy

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review.

Keli Milanni is an attorney by day and Wiccan always, not that many people know that about her. It’s Summer Solstice time and things should be running smoothly with a literary convention and the Renaissance Faire in town.

A favorite client comes to the office to update her will. It seems there were rumors about an old family treasure thought to have been burned years ago. Now Eleanor has found it in the attic. It’s a Shakespearian book, “Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies, Published according to the True Original Copies.” In other words, it’s worth millions. With her will updated, Keli urges Eleanor to take the book to the bank for safe deposit.

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Eleanor tells the family she’s got the book but keeps mum otherwise. Unfortunately, that same night, Eleanor dies in her sleep. Now the family is ready to sell or preserve the book, but it’s nowhere to be found. Eleanor had failed to take it to the bank and to insure it. Eleanor’s daughter blames Keli for not taking better care of her client’s needs, but other family members—that would be Wes—are willing to help her track it down.

Wes is pretty hot to look at, not that Keli gets a lot of chances to see him. Every time they get together to look for the book, one of them gets called away. Wes doesn’t seem to have a place of his own or a job. Keli can’t find out anything more which makes her suspicious—would he have taken the book to sell? The book disappeared while the family was at the funeral home, but it was hard to keep track of who was where all the time.

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At the office, Keli’s getting a hard time, once the lawsuit papers arrive from Eleanor’s daughter. She’s suing Keli and the firm for the millions the book would have brought. Jeremy, another lawyer, seems to be hanging around more often, probably hoping to take over Keli’s clients while seemingly interested in her. Threatened with termination, Keli talks the boss into a two week suspension to give herself enough time to find the missing book. Knowing who to trust is another matter.

The first book of A Wiccan Wheel mystery is full of twists and turns which brings about a satisfying ending and a good read. Keli is someone you’d like to know. The Wiccan aspect of the book is there, but doesn’t overtake the storyline although she relies on casting spells to help her find the right path. There’s a spark of romance between Keli and Wes, so readers will hope he returns in the next episode, “Bell, Book and Candlemas,” due out in December. Just in time for holiday giving or for your reading wish list.

To enter to win a copy of Midsummer Night’s Mischief, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “mischief,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen October 22, 2016. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please included your mailing address.

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the arch, in the land of blues, booze and shoes—St Louis, Missouri. While writing magazine articles to support her mystery book habit, she secretly polishes two mystery books of her own, hoping, someday, they will see the light of Barnes and Noble. You can also find several of Sandra’s short stories on UnTreed Reads including her newest, "Arthur", included in the anthology titled, Flash and Bang, available now.


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  2. Now I really want to read this book!!

  3. I really enjoyed this book. I would love to win a copy so I could re-read it again before the next one comes out in December.

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  5. I hadn't heard of this book before but now I am excited to read it!