Magick Run Amok (An Abracadabra Mystery)
by Sharon Pape
About the Book
Magick Run Amok (An Abracadabra Mystery)
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Lyrical Underground (May 1, 2018)
Print Length: 337 pages
Digital ASIN: B074LTNV8H
The answer to whodunit may lie beyond the veil . . .
November in upstate New York can be chilly, but Kailyn Wilde’s shop, Abracadabra, is a cozy respite where you can find lotions, potions, and plenty of warm, feline company. But what customers don’t know is that the proprietor has some unusual powers—and unusual friends, including the renowned magician Merlin, who’s been transported into the modern world. All of which comes in handy when there’s a murder to be solved . . .
Investigative journalist Ryan Cutler has perished in a car accident in New Camel, and his friend, Travis, suspects foul play—especially when the reporter’s notes reveal a mysterious list of dead men’s names. Kailyn wants to help, but she’s also got her hands full with the curmudgeonly Merlin, who’s not exactly maintaining a low profile. Between keeping the wizard under wraps and mixing up cold remedies that work like magic, she’ll have to tap into her many talents to figure out a killer’s fatal formula . . .
When Characters Mutiny
I had a bit of a tussle with Travis last night. Kailyn’s been smitten with him for the better part of three books now, but as we near the end of the fourth book things are going from bad to worse between them. I looked back at my notes and plot outline to make sure the fault wasn’t mine. I had penciled in a relationship problem for them to work through, because life is not without its ups and downs. However, they were supposed to have kissed and made up by now. Travis has been dragging his heels about it. What’s an author to do? I can’t deny him dessert, or use of the car and I can’t make him sit in a corner (of my mind.) I feel awful for Kailyn, who did nothing to deserve the difficult situation in which she’s found herself.
I had a talk with her aunt Tilly, but she wasn’t much help. Her advice was “don’t worry.” Telling a worrier not to worry is pointless. She should know that, since she’s quite the worrier herself. I asked if she could use some magick to move things along in the right direction. “I’m not all that good at weaving spells,” she reminded me. “The one to speak to is Kailyn.”
“She’s too close to the situation to act with any objectivity,” I pointed out.
“To be honest,” Tilly said, “any spell meant to change Travis’s mind or heart would be black magick. We Wildes have no truck with black magick. You of all people should know that. Youcreated us. You laid out the rules. And youapparently gave that man too much freedom of thought. Would you care for an apricot tart before you go?”
I was getting desperate – desperate enough to seek out Merlin. I recited the problem for the second time. “As I’m quite sure you didn’t come to me first,” he said, “I’d like to know what my dear Tilly told you.” After I summarized our conversation for him, he thought about it long enough to eat an éclair he’d pilfered from her next high tea reading. “In my opinion, these Wilde women are far too stuck on the black and white of magick, when there are any number of subtle shades of gray that might get the job done. As their creator, you may have missed the mark on this one.” Although the criticism may have been deserved, it wasn’t at all helpful. If people think their children are ungrateful and difficult, they should spend a day in my head with my characters. On second thought, forget I said that. My head is already too full.
Bronwen popped into my head. She was Kailyn’s grandmother. I killed her and Kailyn’s mother off before the first book. They never seemed to hold a grudge about it. And it never stopped them from popping into Kailyn’s life whenever they pleased. Come to think of it, I’d started losing control of my characters way back at the beginning with them! In any case, Bronwen’s advice was to let Travis and Kailyn find their own way back to each other, and to de-stress with a three scoop ice cream cone. Turned out to be the best advice I’ve ever been given.
About the Author
Sharon Pape describes her writing career as having two stages. Back in the dark ages, before computers were in every household, she had three paranormal books published. The first one was condensed by Redbook Magazine, the first paperback original they ever condensed. Then life brought her an unexpected challenge, by the name of breast cancer. After treatment, she and her oncologist started a not-for-profit to provide information and peer support to breast cancer patients. With the organization up and running, she returned to her first love – writing. This time around she’s been writing cozy mysteries with a paranormal twist. That Olde White Magick is the second book in her Abracadabra Mysteries.
Website – http://sharonpape.com/
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