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Magick & Mayhem (An Abracadabra Mystery #1)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  56 Ratings  ·  47 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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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 identi
Apr 22, 2017 Carrie 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
Mar 29, 2017 Karen 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. ...more
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. Se
Apr 13, 2017 Juli 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
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 Kelly 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!
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 Fred 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 Katreader 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
Apr 05, 2017 Steph added it
Shelves: 2017-reviewed
Thanks to NetGalley for their ARC in exchange for an honest review on completion of reading the book.

As a fan of cozy mysteries with a magickal twist, Magic and Mayhem did not disappoint. A grippingly good read, I couldn't stop until I finished reading the whole book. I love it when a book does this sort of thing to me, where a well thought out plot, characters that could jump off the page and into real life, and a storyline that will keep me hooked into a book like this. A great book from start
May 06, 2017 Kristina rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Magick and Mayhem by Sharon Pape is the first book in An Abracadabra Mystery series. Kailyn Wilde has recently inherited her families magic shop called Abracadabra after the unexpected deaths of her grandmother and mother. The two of them may be gone from the earthly plane, but they manage to pop in to chat regularly (and eavesdrop). Kailyn still has her Aunt Tilly who runs Tea and Empathy next to Abracadabra. Kailyn and her Aunt Tilly close their respective shops and head to a meeting with fami ...more
3.5 rounded up.

While this is definitely a decent start to this new series, Magick & Mayhem, almost didn't make the cut for me. I found it to be very disjointed and confusing at the beginning. However, I enjoyed the second half of the book much more than the first half, which redeemed it a bit.

The characters are definitely interesting. Kailyn's certainly fun and inquisitive. Aunt Tilly & Merlin add some extra spice to the group. They're fairly well-rounded characters, though it didn't rea
May 10, 2017 Maria rated it really liked it
Kailyn does not have only a magic shop, she knows how to make spells too! But this will not be her best week, she will have an unexpected visitor and she will be the first suspect in a murder investigation. Are you with me that she will need a little bit of magic to fix his luck? ;)

"How many cats did it take to make one a crazy, cat lady? I suspected I was already teetering on the brink. Maybe I would try for another species. Maybe a dog?"

This is the first book of the Abracadabra Mystery series,
Laura Thomas
May 24, 2017 Laura Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
She gets more than she bargained for when Kailyn Wilde and her Aunt Tilly arrive at the lawyer’s office. After losing her mother and grandmother to a terrible accident, Kailyn needs to finalize some legalities about inheriting the family business, but instead finds the lawyers dead body. The detective assigned to the case doesn’t rule them out as suspects but has his sights firmly set on the dead mans wife, Elise, who just happens to be Kailyn’s best friend. Not one to stand by and let her frien ...more
May 04, 2017 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
Dollycas’s Thoughts

This new series from Sharon Pape is off to a magickal start!

We meet Kailyn Wilde who has inherited the family business due to the unexpected passing of her mother and grandmother. Her Aunt Tilly operates the attached tea room and does readings by appointment. When they arrive at their lawyer’s office to tie up a few loose ends they are shocked to find the man has been murdered very recently. Kaitlyn and the attorney’s wife Elise are best friends and she can’t imagine what she
Brooke Banks
While the cover is gorgeous and I seriously want a poster of it, it's a tad misleading if you take it literally. There's no flying broomsticks as that's a real thing in this setting, apparently.

↣I love how the magic is understated and simplistic, that intent and belief play such a large role.
↣Drawn in quickly.
↣Easy to read.
↣Ow: The Treatment of Aunt Tilly.
She's a stereotype of fat women, even includes her running and causing a scene over seeing a mouse. She's comic relief. She's a burden and
May 13, 2017 Yvonne rated it really liked it
Kailyn Wilde has her work cut out for her. She inherits her mother and grandmother’s magic shop. Somehow she manages to conjure up a bumbling older magician named Merlin. She, also, has to keep tabs on her Aunt Tilly, a psychic with a shop right next to her magic shop.

Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time - Kailyn and Aunt Tilly find their lawyer’s dead body in his office. Their lawyer happens to be married to Kailyn’s best friend, Elise. All three women find themselves the prim
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Paranormal/witch/magic type books are usually hit or miss with me but this one was a hit! I loved the characters especially Merlin - yes that Merlin. He someone gets to modern time and is like a kid in a candy store sopping up the advances that have been made since his time. I think he really made the story and sometimes stole the spotlight. That isn't to say the rest of the characters aren't good because they do round out the cast and help make the story.

When it comes to the mystery portion - w
Teresa Kander
May 09, 2017 Teresa Kander rated it really liked it
This is going to be an amazing series if the first book is any indication. I fell in love with the characters, as well as Kailyn's shop, Abracadabra.

There is a lot of humor in this story, from conversations between Kailyn and Aunt Tilly, to the surprising visitor who arrives in the shop, to the descriptions of the behavior of Sashkatu (he's a HUGE diva!). But there is also action and suspense as Kailyn tries to prove her friend Elise didn't murder her husband, and to find the real murderer.

The s
May 18, 2017 Erika rated it really liked it
Kailyn runs Abracadabra, a shop she inherited from her mother and grandmother, who still show up occasionally to offer advice, welcome or not. Her slightly scatterbrained Aunt Tilly has the shop next door. When the two of them go to the lawyer's office to take care of some paperwork, they find him dead on the floor. Now, not only does Kailyn have to worry about the two of them being seen as suspects, the lawyer also happened to be her best friends husband. With Aunt Tilly and a black cat as back ...more
Arlene Arredondo
May 09, 2017 Arlene Arredondo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, cozy-mystery
A nice beginning to a new series.
If you like fantasy, fiction and a few laughs all tangled up in a cozy-mystery, this book will be perfect.
The location of the story is set in a small town called New Camel, where the main attraction is the witchcraft store filled with lotions, creams, potions and spells. The store is very old and it seams like the town evolved around it.
As a small town, nothing of importance happens to make the people fear for their safety, so when a murder occurs it is mayhem. S
Leith Devine
Magick & Mayhem was a really fun cozy mystery in the supernatural vein. Kailyn Wilde inherits Abracadbra from her mother and grandmother. It's a magick shop that sells lotions, balms and offers spells for sale for believers.

She and her aunt, who owns a fortune telling and tea shop next to Kailyn's, go to their lawyer to sign some papers and find him dead on the floor. His wife Elise is Kailyn's best friend, so suspicion falls on all three of them. Kailyn decides she has to get involved in s
May 09, 2017 Laura rated it it was amazing
This is a great book; this is the first book in the Abracadabra Mystery series written by Sharon Pape. This is a great book with a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night and you will not want to put this book down until you finish. This was such a great read and full of surprises. I am looking forward to reading the next book by this great author. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader’s copy of this book. The free book held no deter ...more
May 11, 2017 Jill rated it it was amazing
Merlin? (Spoiler alert)

Loved the story. How do you get an ancient warlock to your small town? Good question but when you do it happens to be in the middle of a murder investigation. Love how the characters fit and work together.

Cannot wait to read the next book.
May 07, 2017 Susan rated it really liked it
Magick & Mayhem is a promising start to a new series by Sharon Page. Fresh characters, a mystery that kept me guessing, and a little romance makes it well worth the read. Looking forward to more in this series.

*ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review.
May 11, 2017 Sherry rated it it was amazing
"Magically Delicious!"

Very enjoyable new paranormal mystery series. Ghosts, magick, a wizard, & murder, what could be better?!? Can't wait for the next adventure for Kailyn & her crew!
May 23, 2017 Kristin rated it really liked it
First in a new series. I'd say a solid 3 1/2 stars. I enjoyed it even if it's pretty implausible. Looking forward to the next one.
Mar 21, 2017 Karen rated it it was amazing
A really good first in a series.
I enjoyed the characters and the setting along with the premise.
The whodunit kept me guessing and I look forward to reading more in this series.
I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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