Title: A Charming Crime
Author: Tonya Kappes
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Release Date: June 8, 2012
Pages: 321
Book Source: eBook


Bubble… Bubble…

June Heal has nothing to lose when she relocates her homeopathic cure shop, A Dose of Darla, from the flea market booth in her hometown, to a quaint shop in the cozy but unusual little town of Whispering Falls, Kentucky. Or so it seems.

Cures and trouble…

Whispering Falls has a lot of secrets. From talking snow globes to whispering animals not to mention a few sprinkles of fairy dust, June realizes Whispering Falls is more magical than she thought. . .literally.

Magic stirs…

June discovers she was born into a family of psychics, and her homeopathic cures truly are magical. Unfortunately, they are not magical enough to save her from being the number one murder suspect when a member of the community that she had just had a disagreement with shows up face down in the lake with June’s lucky charm in the victim’s grasp.

And troubles double…

My Review:

I feel like I’ve typed this a thousand times, but I am a sucker for books about witches, especially ones just coming into their power. This was a fast read, perfect for vacation when I wanted an easy-breezy story.

The characters are starting to get developed, and I’m hoping the future books in the Magical Cures Mystery, they will see them come into their full being. Tonya Kappes mainly focused on Jane, Oscar and Mr. Prince Charming. The side characters were not delved as deeply into, but once again, the series is just starting. I would love to read more scenes with the snarky crystal ball.

I did like the premise of a magical tourist town, with the residents having different psychic and magical abilities. I hope in future books that the powers are explored more.

You definitely need to suspend all belief for this book. Oscar finds a wonderful town, and Jane just up and moves. She doesn’t even question it later on when she finds out that the town bought her old house, so she could live in Whispering Falls.

And when she finds her mom’s old shop, she barely bats an eye. Lucky for her all she needs to do is a bit of dusting and she is able to open the shop. All the ingredients magically refill when she passes by them at the end of the shift, and there were a bunch of potions already mixed up.

The two parts that made me give this book three stars instead of more, are all the grammatical errors, and I found myself having to stop quit a few times and figure out was happening since the jumps were so abrupt. The first one, I thought I had just missed something, but by the third time I came to the conclusion that this book could use some more editing.

I did enjoy the story so I will be reading A Charming Cure to see how the Magical Cures Mystery series continues.

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