This time the parking lot wasn’t full when Tilly and I arrived at the elementary school for the board meeting. We’d left Merlin home on his own recognizance with strict orders not to use any appliance in the kitchen. He was so delighted to skip the meeting that we dared to think he’d stay out of trouble.
As soon as we walked into the school, we both felt the difference. The air was tense and somber. The last time the town gathered here, Amanda was murdered. From the snippets of conversation I overheard on our way to the gym, I could tell that the tension was due, in no small part, to the mayor’s move to stack the deck in favor of the rezoning. Human nature being what it is, the people in favor of the hotel were silent about his conniving, but those opposed were making their displeasure known. Unfortunately they were all bluster and no action. And I was as guilty in that respect. If no one was willing to challenge Patrick’s appointment and throw their hat in the ring, we had no one to blame but ourselves.
Praise for Magick & Mayhem, the first Abracadabra mystery
“Spellbinding, with magical prose, a wizardly plot, and a charming sleuth.”
—Janet Bolin, Agatha-nominated author of the national bestselling Threadville Mysteries
“Magic, Merlin, and murder are a great mix for this fun debut cozy.”
—Lynn Cahoon, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
“A charming, must-read mystery with enchanting characters. A fun and entertaining page turner.”—Rose Pressey, USA Today bestselling author
It’s time to work her crime-solving magic again . . .
Kailyn Wilde enjoys running her shop, Abracadabra, in the quaint New York hamlet of New Camel, where she lives with her six cats. Her family’s been here for centuries, and she’d like to keep up the tradition. But the place may never be the same if a big hotel gets built, so she does her civic duty and attends a town meeting along with her aunt Tilly . . . and Merlin. Yes, that Merlin—though he gets introduced to folks as her “distant English cousin.” The wizard is pretty grumpy about being transported here, but there are things about the modern world he doesn’t mind—like pizza.
Kailyn was prepared for a heated debate about the hotel, but she wasn’t expecting murder. When Tilly finds the body of a board member outside the schoolhouse, Kailyn doesn’t want any suspicion cast on the wrong person. She plans to crack this case, even if she has to talk to every living soul in town—plus a few departed ones . . .
“Pape has a sure handed balance of humor and action.”
—Julie Hyzy, New York Times bestselling author