Happy Sunday! I am reviewing Midnight Magic by Jo-Ann Carson* today. It is a book that I was unable to feature when it was released. The other three novels in A Ghost & Abby Mystery series are I Messed Up Christmas, Death by Seance and Death by Tarot Card. The Perfect Brew is Jo-Ann Carson's newest novel. It is the debut novel in Perfect Brew Cozy Mystery series.
Midnight Magic by Jo-Ann Carson has us traveling to the Pacific northwest to the town of Sunset Cove. Abby Jenkins is a widow with three children under the age of six. Abby obtains the position as a night janitor at the haunted Sunset Cove Teahouse owned by Azalea. With Abby’s contacts among the living and her ability to talk to the dead, she has decided to supplement her income by hanging out her shingle as a private investigator. Charisma Dubois hires Abby to find diamonds that are somewhere on the haunted estate of Graystone Manor. Abby soon learns that locating the jewels will be a challenging task. She will certainly earn her fee on this case.
Midnight Magic by Jo-Ann Carson is the first tale in A Ghost & Abby Mystery series. I thought Midnight Magic was a lighthearted magical story with a cast of unique characters. Abby Jenkins is thirty two years old, a widow and has three young children. Abby can speak with ghosts, but she does not want others to know about her gift. If Abby wants to keep her secret, she should really be more discreet since Sunset Cove is a small town. I wish the author had provided more details on the characters (like last names). I wanted them to be fleshed out a bit more as well. I liked the author’s conversational writing style which made Midnight Magic easy to read. It is a short story that contains under 190 pages (the rest is excerpts from other books). The story is written in the first person point-of-view which allows us to be privy to Abby’s thoughts. I was not a fan of the foul language and the amount of time devoted to intimate relations (too explicit). I did not feel that Midnight Magic needed either of these elements. I did enjoy the sarcastic banter, but the story felt incomplete to me. To get the necessary answers, I would need to pick up the next book in the series which I was not compelled to do. Midnight Magic is an upbeat paranormal mystery with a haunted hall, a vintage Viking, potent potions, and magical mayhem.
Midnight Magic is currently available for free on Amazon (US)* (Amazon UK). Thank you for stopping by today. I am reviewing Stamped Out by Tonya Kappes on Monday. It is the first novel in A Mail Carrier Cozy Mystery series. I am off to relax with a book. I hope you have a peaceful day. Take care and Happy Reading!
The Avid Reader
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