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Moonshine & Magic (A Southern Charms Cozy Mystery) Paperback – January 29, 2018
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Charli Goodwin doesn't expect her homecoming to go without a hitch—after all, she skipped town, leaving her fiancé and family without a clue as to where she was going or why. Now that she's ready to return home, she plans to lay low and sip some of her Nana's sweet tea while the town gossips come out to play.
Unfortunately, on her first night back, Charli discovers the body of her crazy great-uncle, and suddenly finds herself at the center of a mystery that threatens the very foundations of Honeysuckle Hollow and the safety of every paranormal citizen in it—starting with Charli herself.
With the clock ticking, will Charli's special magical talents be enough to save not only the town but also her own life?
Grab some sweet tea and find out now in Moonshine & Magic: A Southern Charms Cozy Mystery Book 1!
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 29, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 310 pages
- ISBN-10 : 198431310X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1984313102
- Item Weight : 1.01 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.98 x 0.7 x 9.02 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #652,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Also, there is inconsistency in the pie-eating contest. Charli had her hands tied behind her back, but then "...scooping up bits of pie in my hand..."
Everything considered though, a very entertaining book!
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Characters: Possibly too many of them. I still know next to nothing about some of her friends except for which girl has a crush on which boy. This comes out in the naming too. The detective / warden is called Mason Clairmont. He shares a scene with Doc Mason at some point. Why give characters the same name in fiction?
Charli and her nan are likeable and following Charli is generally fun. Unless she talks about men.
Love triangle and petty behaviour ahead. She is not dating either of these guys in this book, but I am certain that’s what future books of the series have in store. The first time she meets contestant 1, his dark voice terrifies but fascinates her. Note: If a guy truly terrifies you, YOU ARE NOT ATTRACTED TO HIM. Those are mutually exclusive feelings.
Contestant 2 appears cold as first but melts towards Charli in no time. Both candidates act like children fighting over a toy in regards to Charli and it annoys the hell out of me.
Some of it ties to unreasonable expectations: Charli informs guy no. 1 that the wardens are aware of his illegal joint venture in moonshine production and he skips town. When he returns Charli is mad at him and tells him he should have stayed to support her. HE DOESN’T OWE YOU ANYTHING, WOMAN. They’ve known each other for about three days tops at that point. Same when she wants to know about his past. He clearly doesn’t want to talk about it and her take is “he still doesn’t trust me”. Well, he doesn’t know you at all, does he?
At some point she tries to convince guy no. 2 that she is capable and tells him that she managed to get by for a whole year by herself… That’s called adulting and we all do it.
Despite the fact that she was the one who left, she gets really miffed at her ex-fiancée, who given the circumstances, acts quite maturely and friendly. She even suspects him of the murder at some point but it’s obvious it’s not him. As a reader you can guess the murderer pretty much the first time they appear on the page.
Shoddy detective work. Did this detective not question anybody? Couple of things spellcheck won’t catch. “Hey, I resemble that remark.”
Charli returns to her magical home town, though we never found out just why she ran out on her
fiance'and her loving Nana and brother. When her great uncle is murdered on her first night home
Charli sets out to find his killer - especially as her uncle left a death curse on her by mistake.
However, there was very little magic involved in the story, other than 3 uses of a "Fairy pathway" and
Charli using her talents to find objects. Shifters and vampires and gnomes were characters in the book, but
didn't act any differently from humans.
I found it a bit repetitive with Nana and the two "love interests" in the book worried about Charli and
trying to keep her safe, despite herself. I would have liked a bit more action and more magic/paranormal.
I don't think I would read any more by this author though it would probably appeal more to Americans from
the southern states.