Published: September 16th 2019
Publisher: JRT Publications
Length: 162 Pages
My Rating: 3.5 stars
An unexpected inheritance turns Cassie Black’s world upside-down, and she finds herself the owner of a sentient coffee-house that comes with an inter-dimensional portal and a side of ancient curse. When Cassie is summoned to attend the funeral of her great-aunt, Ophelia, she finds the picturesque village on the edge of the ocean is not at all what it seems. Her benefactor’s death is suspicious, and to make matters worse, after Ophelia’s lawyer explains her will to Cassie, he drops dead in a plate of cookie crumbs. That makes two unexplained deaths, which is two too many for a good witch to swallow.
Up to her neck in mysteries, and weighed down with a curse, Cassie canvases the town to find the murderer. Of course, there are many unusual suspects, a tall, dark and annoying human detective keeps getting in her way, and a seductive warlock offers his assistance.
Will Cassie catch the villain before he kills again? Will she be able to free herself from the curse? Will Sid, her beloved cat familiar with a naughty mind, convince her to play dirty with the boys?
The author has some fascinating ideas, a town with a hidden portal, residents who have magical abilities, a dark presence, a murder mystery. This is the start of a series, and this book focuses on the set up for a larger plot. There are limited character development and the introduction of a series of plot points that have no resolution in this book.
As a standalone, this book is weak with limited growth, but the premise is exciting, and its definitely got potential as a series. I’m going to stick with it as I’m intrigued by the concept.
I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
*Blurb and cover image via Goodreads.