Friday, September 25, 2020

Murder in Devil's Cove by Melissa Bourbon: Review & Giveaway!


Murder in Devil's Cove

A Book Magic Mystery

 by Melissa Bourbon


About Murder In Devil's Cove


Murder in Devil's Cove: (A Book Magic Mystery) 


Two best-selling authors, one magical universe.

In the Book Magic Mystery Series, best-selling authors Melissa Bourbon and Wendy Lyn Watson bring you the story of cousins Pippin Lane Hawthorne and Cora Lane. The cousins live on opposite coasts (Pippin in Devil’s Cove, North Carolina, and Cora in Laurel Point, Oregon), but they share the family gift of bibliomancy: the ability to foresee the future and unravel the past with the help of the books we love. Join Pippin and Cora as they use their otherworldly power to solve mysteries in their respective worlds. 

Every book tells two stories—one written on the pages with pen and ink, and one woven into the paper, a story of the soul. The Lane women have the gift of bibliomancy. They can read both.

But Cassie Lane doesn’t see this as a gift. For her, it is a curse because the book magic comes with a price--the Lane women die young and the men are lost to the sea. As soon as she’s able, she leaves Laurel Point, Oregon, running from her past and her fate, ending up in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. There she meets Leo Hawthorne and lives a perfect life with him in an old Sea Captain’s house.

Perfect, that is, until an old book foretells the future, and the curse that has plagued the Lane women comes true for Cassie.

Twenty years later, Cassie and Leo's children, twins Pippin and Grey, are back in Devil's Cove. Long forgotten secrets surface and an old crime comes to light. Now Pippin must learn how to be a bibliomancer if she is to discover the truth about her father and continue his effort to stop the curse.

About Melissa Bourbon

Melissa Bourbon is the national bestselling author of nineteen mystery books, including the brand new collaborative Book Magic mysteries, the Lola Cruz Mysteries, A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series, and the Bread Shop Mysteries, written as Winnie Archer. She is a former middle school English teacher who gave up the classroom in order to live in her imagination full time. Melissa, a California native who has lived in Texas and Colorado, now calls the southeast home. She hikes, practices yoga, cooks, and is slowly but surely discovering all the great restaurants in the Carolinas. Since four of her five amazing kids are living their lives, scattered throughout the country, her dogs, Bean, the pug, Dobby, the chug, and Jasper, a cattle dog/lab keep her company while she writes. Melissa lives in North Carolina with her educator husband, Carlos, and their youngest son. She is beyond fortunate to be living the life of her dreams.

Author Links

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My Thoughts

Murder in Devil’s Cove by Melissa Bourbon takes us to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  Pippin and Grey Hawthorne have returned to Devil’s Cove, North Carolina.  They discovered that after their grandmother’s death that they are the owners of the home they lived in as children.  The twins decide to keep the home and begin renovations to turn it into a bed and breakfast.  When they explore their father’s boat, they find a skeleton.  It turns out that their father did not walk away from them twenty years ago.  Pippin wants to know what happened to Leo Hawthorne and begins her own investigation.  Pippin soon discovers that she is special powers.  It turns out that she is a bibliomancer.  She makes new friends who help her with her newfound powers which will allow her to unravel the mystery surrounding her father’s death.  Then a local man is killed, and Pippin is positive it relates to her father’s murder.  Pippin needs to be careful or she could end up the next victim.

Murder in Devil’s Cove by Melissa Bourbon is the debut of A Magic Book Mystery series.  I thought the story was well-written and absorbing.  I liked the characters, especially the elder Mr. McAdams.  The author took the time to establish the main characters and well as the town.  I enjoyed the descriptions of Devil’s Cove and the house the twins inherited. It was fun following Pippin as she explored the town and made friends.  The mysteries were fascinating.  Two murders that occur two decades apart.  The second half of the book had me quickly flipping the pages of my ereader.   The suspense increased as we got closer to the end and the identity of the killer.  I could not wait to see if I had guessed correctly (I love solving whodunits).  The paranormal aspect was interesting.  Pippin discovers her special ability and must figure out how to use it.  Magic and books are a wonderful combination (bibliomancy).  I look forward to learning more about the families magic and the lore.  I thought the author beautifully intertwined magic and mystery.  The one thing I did not enjoy was the foul language.   Murder in Devil’s Cove is an intriguing tale with forbidden books, a departed dad, family folklore, mysterious magic, renovation revelations, and one bewildered bibliomancer.  

Murder in Devil's Cove is available from Amazon*.  It is available through Kindle Unlimited.  You can read the first chapter by clicking here.  The next novel in A Magic Book Mystery series is Death at Cape Misery which publishes on December 1.  Murder at the Sea Captain's Inn is the 3rd installment and it will release July 20, 2021.  As part of the tour, the author is giving away two (2) $10 Amazon Gift Cards!  You can enter by clicking here or use the Rafflecopter form below.  Good Luck!  I appreciate you joining me today.  I will return tomorrow with Turning Home by Janice Kay Johnson.  It is the first A Tompkin's Mill Novel.  I hope you have an enchanting day.  Take care, be kind, and Happy Reading!


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  1. Murder in Devils Cove --- looks good!

  2. Thank you for your review on "Murder in Devil's Cove" by Melissa Bourbon and for being part of the book tour.

    Lovely cover on a book I can't wait to read. Definitely on my TBR list.
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