Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Review: Alice in Murderland

Alice in Murderland Alice in Murderland by Samantha Silver
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Moving from Miami to small-town Oregon was supposed to be boring... 

When Alice Calliope takes over her recently deceased aunt's bookshop in Sapphire Village, Oregon, she's not expecting her world to be flipped upside down, but that's exactly what happens when her cousin Cat reveals to Alice that she's actually a witch. Add in the fact that the two of them stumble upon a dead body, and Alice's first day in town ends up being a lot more eventful than she could have possibly imagined! 

What was supposed to be a simple cross-country move winds up with Alice having to learn how to navigate a whole new magical world while at the same time trying to clear Cat's name as she emerges as the main suspect in the murder. Add in the eccentric Grandma Cee, witchcraft lessons, a whiny old ghost and the laziest cat ever, and Alice definitely has her hands full. 

With pressure mounting for the super-hot local sheriff to arrest her cousin, will Alice be able to hunt down the real killer before it's too late? 

Alice in Murderland is a full-length novel and the first book in the Magical Bookshop Mystery series of paranormal cozy mysteries. 

My Thoughts:

Cover/Title:I like the cover. It seems perfect for this book. The title is what drew me in. I love titles like this.

Characters: I really enjoyed the characters. Alice, Cat and Peaches are great. I love the personality of their family. I also liked Archie. I love how grumpy he is without his Agatha Christie books.

Plot: Alice is meeting her biological mother's family for the first time. She inherits her aunt's bookstore and so much more. Her family is unique to say the least and she stumbles across a dead body as soon as she hits town. She is determined to find the killer so she can move on with her new life.

Overall: I really enjoyed this book but it needs some editing. I had to re-read a few parts because of some issues. At one point, the girls are interviewing a woman and her name and the dead woman's are mixed up. Another time, the cat is called Biscuit when it is called Muffin throughout the entire book before and after that point. These errors are glaringly obvious so I took one star off my review. With some editing, this would be a 4 star read. Once you get past these, the books is worth a read.

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