Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Midsummer Night's Mischief

Author:  Jennifer David Hesse
Series:  A Wiccan Wheel Mystery #1
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Kensington
Publication Date:  July 26, 2016

Description:  As the Summer Solstice approaches in idyllic Edindale, Illinois, attorney Keli Milanni isn't feeling the magic. She's about to land in a cauldron of hot water at work. Good thing she has her private practice to fall back on--as a Wiccan. She'll just have to summon her inner Goddess and set the world to rights. . .

Midsummer Eve is meant for gratitude and celebration, but Keli is not in her typically upbeat mood. The family of a recently deceased client is blaming her for the loss of a Shakespearean heirloom worth millions, and Keli's career may be on the line. With both a Renaissance Faire and a literary convention in town, Edindale is rife with suspicious characters, and the intrepid attorney decides to tap into her unique skills to crack the case. . .

But Keli weaves a tangled web when her investigation brings her up-close and personal with her suspects--including sexy Wes Callahan, her client's grandson. The tattooed bartender could be the man she's been looking for in more ways than one. As the sun sets on the mystical holiday, Keli will need just a touch of the divine to ferret out the real villain and return Edindale, and her heart, to a state of perfect harmony.

My Review

This author is new to me and the description sounded interesting so I decided to take the chance to read and review an ARC.  This book does have some Wiccan elements as the main character in the story is a practitioner.  While not an overwhelming part of the story, I know some reader are sensitive to these subjects.

I have to say, I was surprised when I started this book at how closely I identified with the main character.  While no where close in age to Keli, I share the same profession (although in the interest of fair disclosure I am no longer practicing so I consider myself to be a recovering estate planning attorney) along with the same birth date.   Keli is smart, fun and comes across as warm hearted.  She has a wonderful friend, Farrah, who proves to be a great side kick as Keli investigates the theft of the Shakespeare folio.  The rest of the cast rounds out the story nicely. 

The mystery is well plotted and unfolds over the course of the story.  Keli and Farrah find themselves in a couple of situations while investigating that provided some humor.  There are plenty of suspects with believable motives coupled with twists and turns that kept this reader guessing until the reveal at the end of the book.  I would say that the book has a steady pace and plays out nicely without any real lulls to the story.  There is still a mystery surrounding Keli's aunt Josephine, which I think will play out over the course of a few books.

I think this author has penned a delightful debut cozy mystery with a strong lead character, a great cast of secondary characters and a well plotted mystery that will keep you guessing until the end.  I will be back to see what adventure Keli finds herself in next.

I received an ARC from the publisher Kensington through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  This did not influence my opinion and the thoughts expressed are my own.

1 comment:

  1. I totally missed this one on NetGalley. thanks for sharing your review.