Title: Midsummer Night’s Mischief
Series: A Wiccan Wheel Mystery, #1
Author: Jennifer David Hesse
Published Date: July 26, 2016
Genre: Mystery- Cozy Mystery, Fantasy, Romance
Rating: 4 Stars
I would like to thank Kensington Books and Netgalley for providing me a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis (From Goodreads)
As the Summer Solstice approaches in idyllic Edindale, Illinois, attorney Keli Milanni isn’t feeling the magic. She’s about to land in a cauldron of hot water at work. Good thing she has her private practice to fall back on–as a Wiccan. She’ll just have to summon her inner Goddess and set the world to rights. . .
Midsummer Eve is meant for gratitude and celebration, but Keli is not in her typically upbeat mood. The family of a recently deceased client is blaming her for the loss of a Shakespearean heirloom worth millions, and Keli’s career may be on the line. With both a Renaissance Faire and a literary convention in town, Edindale is rife with suspicious characters, and the intrepid attorney decides to tap into her unique skills to crack the case. . .
But Keli weaves a tangled web when her investigation brings her up-close and personal with her suspects–including sexy Wes Callahan, her client’s grandson. The tattooed bartender could be the man she’s been looking for in more ways than one. As the sun sets on the mystical holiday, Keli will need just a touch of the divine to ferret out the real villain and return Edindale, and her heart, to a state of perfect harmony. . ..
Midsummer Night’s Mischief was an excellent and pretty straight forward cozy mystery. It had every element of the cozies and really didn’t stray at all from that framework. Which was good. I always say, don’t fix what isn’t broken. There is a reason why cozies are fantastic. A little mystery without the blood and gore, or the complicated police procedurals. It really gives you a chance to just sit back, relax, and enjoy the flow of the story.
The premise of this book follows the MC, Kelli, as she tries to locate a stolen Shakespeare First Folio that was owned by a client that had suddenly died while also trying to keep her job as a lawyer after getting into hot water with the family of her said client. She is also trying to find love while also keeping her Wiccan lifestyle very much a secret! To say Kelli has a lot on her plate is an understatement.
The mystery was classic cozy, with all the natural red herrings, and I really had no idea who the culprit was at the end, but it wasn’t all that much of a surprise either.
The characters were all well developed, and really believable. I really loved how Jennifer incorporates the Wiccan lifestyle believably. I am not at all and expert, or practitioner, but I know many people who are. I felt that the aspects of magic that were in the book were great. I also liked that the magic wasn’t a large focus in the story, yet could definitely be huge problem later in the series.
Great start, and I am absolutely looking forward to book 2!