Down a quiet lane in town sits a little shop full of oddities you’d probably miss if you weren’t looking for it. This is Love’s Curiosities Inc., and its owner, Temerity Love, is sought by experts all over the world for her rare and magical gift: the ability to find lost things and learn their stories.
When Lost Maidens’ pretty local school teacher is found murdered by a poisoned cup of tea, a strange antique hand mirror is discovered nearby. Temerity – with the help of witchy sister Tilda, their cats Scylla and Charybdis and the lovingly eccentric local townspeople – is determined to divine the story behind the mirror and its part in Miss Molly Bayliss’ untimely death.
If only grumpy out-of-towner Angus Harley of Lost Maidens Police wasn’t on the scene. Temerity can’t solve the crime without him, but he’s distracting, and in more ways than one. Can this unconventional duo solve the most mysterious murder ever to blight Lost Maidens Loch before the killer strikes again.
|I have been hearing a buzz about cosy mysteries in the book community for quite some time now. But I never read any book in the genre because thrillers aren’t really my cup of tea. But when I saw the cover of A Spell of Murder I was so intrigued I just had to request a proof copy of it.
And now I keep on wondering why I waited this long to dive into the genre! I absolutely loved A Spell of Murder. It ticked all the boxes for me. It has the cosy scenery that I absolutely in my feel good books. The quint little village, a bustling café were are the villagers meet and this mysterious Loch. But it has that little extra with murder on the scene and quite some mystery going on. It gave the whole story a little extra panache. Like a nice, warm hot chocolate with a little pinch of cayenne pepper. And it is witchy. Followers of my blog might know that I am absolutely obsessed with witches and books about witches.
The main character Temerity Love runs the family shop, Love’s Curiosities Inc and is renewed in the antiques field, because she can touch objects and feel their backstory and date them correctly. She lives with her older sister Tilda in the little town of Lost Maidens Loch, a remote village in the Scottish Highlands. When a local school teacher is murdered in the school staff room local inspector Kim Hyland and new constable Angus Harley call in the help of Temerity to solve the mystery around the murder.
I loved Temerity as a main character. She is a strong woman with a sad past she is trying to overcome. She has a wicked sense of humor and while reading I kept thinking I would have loved to join her for a full Scottish breakfast anytime.
Apart from Temerity I must say that all the characters are very well develop. They all have a background story and personal little story-lines. While reading you really got the feeling that you got to know all the inhabitants of Lost Maidens Loch and the small village. I loved how nothing was rushed and some story-lines were left open, because it made me long for the second book in the series.
After some research on the internet I found that Kennedy Kerr is a pen-name of author Anna McKerrow. Not an unfamiliar name on my blog since I reviewed her two books in the Eternal Kingdom series. It is an understatement to say I didn’t really enjoy those two books, so I was positively surprised that she wrote A Spell for Murder. It really felt like I was reading a story written by a completely different author.
I absolutely loved this book and can’t wait for the next installment of the series! If you are looking for a cosy, funny read filled with mystery then this is without any doubt the story for you!