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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Black Arts, Tarts, and Gypsy Carts

Black Arts, Tarts & Gypsy Carts: A Cozy Witch Mystery (Spells & Caramels)
by Erin Johnson

Black Arts, Tarts & Gypsy Carts: A Cozy Witch Mystery (Spells & Caramels)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Self Published (October 29, 2017)
Paperback: 300 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1976537110
E-Book - ASIN: B076GW21DK

With the Summer Sea Carnival visiting the enchanted island of Bijou Mer, Imogen jumps at the chance to help run the royal bakery booth. It’ll get her out of the palace and allow her to continue avoiding her feelings for a certain engaged prince.

Imogen’s plans to lay low are shattered when the world-famous necromancer, Madame Zerna, is found dead, sawed in half on the dark magician’s table and Imogen’s friend Rhonda is caught red-handed. With incriminating evidence piling up against Rhonda, Zerna’s rival, Imogen promises to help clear her name by finding the real murderer.

But between running the booth, encouraging Maple as she struggles to lead as head baker, and taking spell lessons from the friendly strong man, Imogen’s got her hands full. And it’s no easier getting information from the evasive dark magician or Madame Zerna’s secretive assistant. Even Rhonda’s hiding something.

With the Night of the Dead fast approaching, and Rhonda headed for a maximum security witch prison, Imogen races to unearth the real killer in time to save her friend. But in a mysterious carnival where nothing’s as it seems, will Imogen have the magical powers to keep from being on the chopping block herself?

What I Thought:

This is not the type of book that I normally read, but it was a good break from reality for me.  I usually do not like fantasy type books, but this was a refreshing read that kept me entertained from the beginning.  I enjoyed the interaction of the characters in the book, those human and those not human.  It was well written which made it flow well.  I enjoyed the mystery in this one and was left guessing until the very end.  I may not pick up the next on this series soon, but eventually I will when I need a break from my normal reads.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

About the Author

A native of Tempe, Arizona, Erin spends her time crafting mysterious, magical, romance-filled stories that’ll hopefully make you laugh. In between, she’s traveling, napping with her dogs, eating with her friends and family, and teaching Pilates (to allow her to eat more).

Website: Facebook: Twitter: @EJohnsonWrites

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  1. Hi Melina ~ This is not the kind of book I usually read either, but after your review, I think I will give it a try. Thanks for featuring Black Arts, Tarts, and Gypsy Carts on your blog!

  2. Hi! Thanks so much for featuring my book on your blog! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it, even with not being a big fan of fantasy. Thanks again, and hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

  3. I've found I like a little "witchy" action in a cozy as long as the witches aren't too scary.