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Magick & Mayhem

(An Abracadabra Mystery #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  406 ratings  ·  105 reviews
What’s in a murderer’s bag of tricks?

Twenty-something Kailyn Wilde has learned to embrace her unpredictable life as a descendant of small-town New Camel’s most magickal family. She just didn’t expect to inherit her mother and grandmother’s centuries-old shop, Abracadabra, so suddenly. The surprises keep coming when Kailyn goes to finalize the estate at the local attorney’s
Kindle Edition, 358 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Lyrical Underground
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Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Kailyn Wilde inherited her mother and grandmother’s centuries old shop, Abracadabra, when they were unfortunately involved in an accident. Coming from a long line of those with magical abilities in the small town of New Camel Kailyn does her best to keep the magic flowing in the shop while keeping the witchcraft under wraps.

When Kailyn and her aunt head to the attorney's office to finalize the estate they end up finding of their lawyer who happens to be the husband of a good friend of Kailyn. T

What a delightful read this was!
"In this family, we are not in the business of subverting hopes or beliefs. We practice white magick, or no magick at all."

Kailyn Wilde, last in the line of a family of powerful sorcerers and owner of Abracadabra, a Magick Shop in her tiny home town, finds herself in a bit of a pickle when she discovers the body of her best friend's husband in his office. With Elise and herself on the police's list of main suspects, she makes it her mission to uncover the iden
Janet Robel
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Loved it right away! A real magical shop plus a murder mystery is a hit with the first book in the series. All the characters are awesome, even the dead ones. Kailyn and her Aunt Tilly seem to be up for plenty of mischief, but when Merlin enters the scene, look out! I'm so delighted to have had the chance to read this. Can't wait to see what happens next with this trio.
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This May you will have to put Sharon Pape's Magick & Mayhem on your to be read list! I loved this Paranormal cozy mystery so much that I can tell you it is in my top 5 paranormal cozy series to watch for this 2017 season! There is so much to love in this story. A befuddled wizard, struggling psychic, and a witch with store to run. When main character Kaylin and her aunt stubble upon the body of her best friends husband she quickly learns she will need more then magic to find the real killer. Not ...more
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun reading!
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A magical mystery delight that will have you under its spell.

When I started reading cozy mysteries I had no desire to read any with a paranormal aspect to them. However, with authors like Sharon Pape, and a handful of others conjuring up stories like this, even cozy reader purists will surely find themselves with shelves full of “para-cozies”.

MAGICK & MAYHEM, the first installment in the Abracadabra Mysteries was a wonderful escape from everyday life. Ms. Pape made the pages of this book come
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Kailyn has inherited her mother and grandmother’s old shop, Abracadabra. As she is taking that in she finds Elise’s husband dead. Elise happens to be her best friend.
With Elise being accused of the murder she has to summon all the power she has to find out what really happened.

Kailyn gets visits from her dead grandmother. Her friend Tilly helps her. The story is full of fun, mystery, twists that make the reader turn the pages to see what happened.

I love the story and will be reading more by the
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was somewhat entertaining but it was also pretty silly. The magic is too easy and there seem to be a lot of things that were mentioned and left hanging. There's an unexplained problem with the magic failing that presumably will be solved in a later book (or why bring it up..) but other than that, it's all hocus pocus, think about what you want. That doesn't work for me, in a novel, because there needs to be balance. The only balance appears to be that the magic is useless. You have thr ...more
Jessica Robbins
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-kindle
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Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Things in Kailyn Wilde's life seem to be going awry lately. When you own a centuries-old magick shop, daily life isn't quite normal anyway....but Kailyn senses that there is something more to her current problems than meets the eye. Any magick around her is going wrong. She tries to summon a familiar and ends up calling forth a famous wizard from antiquity. Potions and spells from her shop start having unexpected results, and even her Aunt Tilly's Magick seems to be fizzling lately. Then Kailyn ...more
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MAGICK & MAYHEM is a nice little cozy mystery with a sight supernatural twist. This was a fairly quick read with a pretty basic murder mystery and while I enjoyed reading it, there were a few smallish issues I had. The magic aspect didn't seem to connect to the mystery. Magic wasn't needed to do the investigation really; the victim wasn't killed by magic, and the killer wasn't magical in any way.

On the character front, Kailyn is a witch who owns a magic shop a
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I mean, I think this was fine? I have vague memories of what happened.

Unfortunately, although I mostly enjoyed this at the time, my strongest memory of this is that decided to randomly have Merlin time-travel to the present, and he's seriously annoying. And not gone by the next book. So.
Abracadabra is a magick shop in New Carmel. The store
has been owned by a family of powerful sorcerers for many
generations. The owner currently is Kailyn Wilde.
The magick shop has a wide selection of balms, topical relief
creams, lotions plus magic spells that are available to those
that believe in the power of magick.
Kailyn's eccentric Aunt Tilly has an adjoining shop where
she does fortune telling, sells and serves teas plus always
has bake goods available for her customers.
Kailyn has a house f
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**I voluntarily reviewed this ARC**

A magickal start to a new series! The characters were quirky, the setting was wonderful, and the mystery was shocking. My favorite part had to be Merlin appearing. He was so awesome!
May 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
There are some moderately charming elements here, reminiscent of Practical Magic (for the small town feel) or Dealing with Dragons (for the spells that go awry). The characters are reasonably well-drawn and memorable, and the cadence of their daily lives has a sweetness to it. This is where Pape excels.

That's unfortunately the extent of the positive with this book. The plot is mediocre (I literally can't quite remember who the murderer was, or the motive -- which tells you that the reveal was b
Keri (BooksWithKeri)
Interesting idea with a decent, easy to read writing style. I liked the nature of the small town murder needing to be investigated and how tied up everyone is in each other's lives. I even liked how the main character just happened to have magic, that wasn't essential to the stories progress. It just was.

However, really struggled with motivation. Why does Kailyn think she's the one that can solve the case? It's not magic related. The detective isn't shown to be incompetent and when his authentic
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it
This book didn't really grab me. So this review won't be fantastic.

I was disappointed that the main character didn't use her powers to help with the investigation in any significant way. The only time she used it was to go invisible to sneak into an area but she screwed if up and got caught, it wasn't even funny to read. I just felt that was a waste and the Magic angle was gimmicky.

The killer was an idiot and revealed them self even though Kailyn had NO IDEA who the killer was. She may have be
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
I have read a few cozy mysteries and enjoyed them but this one was bland. I had the hardest time staying interested in the story despite the fact that I had been excited about the magical aspect of it. Unlike some other cozy mystery protagonist who blunder into murder investigations for no reason, Kailyn at least admits she’s curious and has always loved Nancy Drew. The police don’t involve her either, which always annoys me when it happens — why on earth would the police involve a completely un ...more
Kailyn Wilde inherited her family's centuries-old magick shop, Abracadabra after the untimely death of her mother and grandmother (though being on the other side doesn't prevent them from popping in occasionally, to offer advice and mild bickering). The shop isn't doing too well: business isn't what it used to be, and the balms and lotions – and Kailyn's magick – aren't working reliably anymore.

Kailyn and her aunt Tilly (a talented psychic) are visiting her attorney to finalize her family's esta
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Magick And Mayhem is the first book in the An Abracadabra Mystery series.

Kailyn Wilde has recently taken over the family business of magical products, lotions, spells, etc., with the sudden death of her mother and grandmother. The shop is connected to her Aunt Tilly’s shop, Tea and Empathy.

They have an appointment with their lawyer to sign the papers turning Abracadabra over Kailyn. Instead, they body of the lawyer, Jim Hastings, dead from a gunshot wound. When Detective Max Duggan to investiga
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
The First Abracadabra Mystery

Life had always been a bit different for Kailyn Wilde. The family's magickal store, Abracadabra, sees loyal customers travel for miles to purchase health and beauty products with a magickal touch. Lately, however, the magick has been acting up and not always working right. Kailyn's mother and grandmother, recently deceased, but certainly not gone, pop in to offer advice between bickering between themselves, but have no answers. Kailyn
May 26, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 rounded up. The magic was far more interesting than the mystery, but there really seemed to be no reason to include both in this book since her magic played almost no role in solving the mystery. A lot of the side characters--i.e. Merlin and the cat--seemed to have no real purpose. I won't be reading the rest of the series. ...more
Kendra Marie
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it
A good and entertaining story.
SA Krishnan
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
A lovely mystery with magic. The ghosts - the mother and the aunt are especially hilarious.
And with a dead body right in the first scene it is a perfect murder mystery. Lovely reading.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Started a little slowly, but as the story went along it definitely picked up. Lots of room for the characters to continue and I am interested to see where the story line goes. Certainly will read book two.
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
* 3.5
For me this was a solid read. I did enjoy it but it wasn't takeing me away like ohter books have done.
I'm sure goin to continue with this series :)
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a great and easy read. A bit of mystery with a magical twist to it.
Nada Sobhi

Magic, Merlin and lots of humour and mayhem, that's the first thing that came to mind when I started reading Sharon Pape's Magic & Mayhem.

A paranormal, fast-paced, hilarious cozy mystery, Magic & Mayhem opens with Kailyn Wilde adjusting to the passing of her mother and grandmother, both witches, and to becoming the only person in charge of their magick shop "Abracadabra".

Narrated from Kailyn's first person perspective, the novel is full of humourous comments, descriptions and events. Set in the
ML Downie
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Easy read but it features witches, magic, a surprise visitor, cats, cakes, pizzas and plenty of ice cream as well as a murder, so strangely satisfying.
Anne Kelly
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Magick and Mayhem is one of those book that I call ‘comfort’ books. That is, it’s a book you can pick up and read without having to think too much or pay close attention to for fear of missing something… and I mean this as a compliment. Sometimes all you want is a light-hearted you can lose yourself in and enjoy the characters and the story, and this really delivers.

Kaylin finds herself in charge of the shop she prematurely inherited and isn’t totally prepared for, as she hasn’t quite learnt all
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