Magickal Mystery Lore
(An Abracadabra Mystery)
by Sharon Pape
About the Book
Magickal Mystery Lore (An Abracadabra Mystery)
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Lyrical Underground (April 16, 2019)
Pages: 317 (including a sneak peek into book 5)
This spells trouble . . .
The New Camel Day Fair is a fun-filled event for residents of this upstate New York town. Kailyn Wilde, a modern-day witch of ancient lineage, leaves her potion shop, Abracadabra—and her feline familiar, Sashkatu—to attend with her fortune-telling Aunt Tilly. Joining them is legendary wizard Merlin, who’s discovering new pleasures of time-traveling to the modern world, including curly fries and kettle corn—but the appeal of the Tilt-a-Wheel is beyond his mystical imagination.
The real wild ride begins later, when neighboring sweet shop owner Lolly rushes into Abracadabra with news about a dead body. The victim has one of Lolly’s fudge knives stuck in her back, but in spite of the sticky evidence, Lolly is only one of several suspects with ample motive and opportunity. Meanwhile, Merlin’s research into old family scrolls and electromagnetic ley lines is causing some unusual mix-ups. As the two investigations collide, Kailyn will have to do everything in her power to prevent disaster…
We all love reading mysteries, and as you know, some of us love writing them too. I think most of us have even encountered a mystery or two in our everyday lives. When I was a child, my best friend and I would often spend our play dates sitting and reading our mystery books together. The characters we read about had no trouble finding mysteries to solve, so we decided to look for mysteries to solve in our lives.
As it happened, one popped up almost immediately. Instead of the usual gray cardboard rolls at the end of the toilet paper, one of the rolls in my house turned out to be white with Asian characters written on it in black. My friend and I were certain we’d come upon a sinister plot and that the words were a message meant for a spy or other bad guys. Would they be coming to get it? Would they hold us hostage until we handed it over? Would we be battered and bludgeoned if we didn’t produce the roll? Should we ask for police protection? My parents couldn’t explain why that unique roll had come from our common brand of toilet paper, but they didn’t seem concerned.
My friend and I spent hours trying to figure out what the words could possibly mean. I remembered there was a Chinese laundry near my grandmother’s old apartment in New York City. Maybe the owner could tell us if the language was Chinese and if so, what the words said. My parents nixed the plan. They wouldn’t take us into the city to question a shopkeeper who might no longer be in business. My friend and I vowed to never give up in our quest for answers. But being kids, by the end of the week, we’d moved on to other things. To the best of my knowledge, neither of us ever found another strange toilet paper roll again.
I’ve come upon mysteries as an adult too, but not because I was looking for them. When my daughter was in middle school, she couldn’t find one of her favorite sneakers. She looked everywhere, I looked everywhere, my husband looked everywhere – no one could find it. My high school aged son swore he didn’t take it. I believed him. He was so busy with school work and sports, he didn’t have time to play practical jokes on his sister. More importantly, he’s never been able to lie without giggling.
The missing sneaker was driving me crazy – where could it be?! Weeks went by with no sign of it. One day when my mom was visiting, she called me upstairs to my daughter’s room. She was holding the elusive sneaker and wanted to know if it was the one we’d been looking for. It was! I asked where she found it. “Right in the middle of the floor,” she said, looking at me like I had two heads. No, my mom didn’t take it and then pretend to find it. It wasn’t the kind of thing she would ever do. She adored her granddaughter and would never choose to upset her for any reason. And yes, we had a golden retriever at the time, but he was well past the chew-everything puppy stage. Besides, he would have had no place to hide it.
We never did find out how that sneaker vanished or how it reappeared. In the end, we chalked it up to a playful spirit. Maybe one of our late dogs was watching over us and wanted to play fetch again.a Rafflecopter giveaway
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 had ever condensed. Around the same time, Redbook published her first short story.
Then life brought her an unexpected challenge that went by the name of breast cancer. When her treatment was over, she became a volunteer for the American Cancer Society’s Reach to Recovery Program and went on to be the program’s coordinator for Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island. Several years later, with the help of her surgical oncologist and two other survivors, she started her own not-for-profit organization to provide information and peer support to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.
Once the organization was running smoothly and didn’t require as much of her time, she returned to her first love – writing. During this second stage of her career, she’s been writing cozy mysteries with a paranormal twist and a splash of humor.
Website – http://sharonpape.com/
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