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May Day Murder

(A Wiccan Wheel Mystery #5)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Spring is in the air, but for Edindale, Illinois, attorney Keli Milanni, murder is the only thing blooming . . .

Keli’s looking forward to Beltane, the time-honored Wiccan holiday that celebrates life with feasting, ceremonial dancing, and ancient Celtic rituals. But since recently leaving her law firm and opening her own practice, Keli has more on her plate than simple ab
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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May Day Murder by Jennifer David Hesse was a breath of fresh air at this time of year.

Ms. Hesse's characters are slowly developing now so that we get more and more insights into Keli, Wes and Farrah. I like Keli but this time she she seemed to be just a little too trusting which surprised me as she has not shown that side of herself before. Wes and Kelli's relationship seemed to be going through some growing pains in this book. Although that's a natural part of relationship growth, it still seem
Peggy R
I look forward to each new book in this series. I have enjoyed everyone and this is another terrific read. I've been drawn to the main character in the series since the very beginning. We have a bit in common (same birth date and profession). The story just grabbed my attention from the start and like always, I just kept reading to see how this one was going to end. I think the author has done a wonderful job with the character development. Keli is a very likable characters and continues to disc ...more
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Spring is in air and Edindale, Illinois attorney, Keli Milanni is feeling great as she is looking forward to the Beltrane, a long-standing Wiccan holiday in the fifth book of the Wiccan Wheel mysteries. She has left the law firm and open her long office. She meets Erick, a Druid and offered him a ride as he was stranded. Arriving at his destination they find his ex-girlfriend, Denise dead. Strange events are happening and Keli finds herself a person of interest. I found the description of Keli's ...more
The Cozy Review
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Cozy Book - Keli’s looking forward to Beltane, the time-honored Wiccan holiday that celebrates life with feasting, ceremonial dancing, and ancient Celtic rituals. But since recently leaving her law firm and opening her own practice, Keli has more on her plate than simple abundance. Still, she always has time for a friend. Erik, a Druid from a neighboring town, has had a run of bad luck he blames on a curse cast by his ex-girlfriend Denise, a practicing witch whose expertise in the dark arts ca ...more
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book. A wonderful installment in the Wiccan Wheel mysteries. The whodunit kept me guessing. I enjoy these characters (would love to see some more excitement between Keli and Wes though 😉). I am definitely looking forward to Autumn Alibi.
Marie McNary
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
The mystery is fast paced and has a good flow. This book had more Wiccan / pagan tradition in it than Samhain Secrets did and I found some of it difficult to follow since I know so little about those practices. But I enjoyed the story – Keli is a fun and feisty protagonist with loads of charm.
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Cozy Cat Reviews
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the 5th book in this wonderful favorite series. I have read and recommend the entire series for your reading enjoyment. The writing is well crafted, the sleuth is always challenging and the charcters are likable and add to each book. This was a ARC from Net Galley. Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley. My opinions are my own.
In this next in series our protagonist Keli Milanni is continuing her studies as a practicing wiccan. Her spiritual practice is slowly being revealed to those
Janine Smith
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review.

Keli is an attorney building her own practice, she’s also a semi closeted Wiccan. When an ill-fated favour for a friend lands her not only in the middle of a murder investigation, but also a person of interest in the investigation, Keli attempts to clear her name, find the real killer, and save her reputation. Whilst also struggling with her now public identity as a practising Wiccan.
I loved this book!! It was a nice qu
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Keli is back for another installment of the Wiccan Wheel mysteries this time investigating the death of a witch. A simple good deed of giving a stranger a ride brings her face to face with a dead young woman. Who killed her, the ex-boyfriend Keli drove to her house? or one of her high school friends? Is the fact that she was a practicing witch involved with her death? This story not only gets Keli wrapped up in the victim's world but also brings her further out of the broom closet, revealing her ...more
Penny Noble
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve missed a couple books in this series, but I honestly didn’t feel like it when I dived right in to this fifth addition to the Wiccan Wheel series. Keli has her own firm and is doing OK when she is drawn into the murder of a new acquaintance’s ex-girlfriend. Keli can’t help herself and uses her spare time to investigate the murder, especially because she’s considered a suspect as she and this new acquaintance discovered the body. Along the way, she realizes she may have been hexed because not ...more
Kendrea Parsons
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
May Day Murder is probably the best book in the Wiccan Wheel mystery series so far. Not only is there a murder mystery, but there's also another mystery going on with Keli at her new law office. I don't like posting spoilers in my reviews, so that's all I'll say about that. I'll admit that I was actually surprised by who the killer ended up being. But I like how the author crafted the mystery to where, once you do find out who it is, it makes perfect sense and you wonder how you missed it the wh ...more
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the 5th installment in the Wiccan mystery series. This was my first introduction to the series and I feel that I missed too much to pick this up as a stand alone. Perhaps that is just me as I also like to read a series in order. This was a good solid mystery and I did find all the wiccan information fascinating and interesting. Keli Milanni is a practicing wiccan and attorney. She is getting ready for Beltane and is approached by Erik who feels he has been cursed by his ex-girlfriend. Th ...more
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozies-mysteries
Book 5 in the series.

This book was ok. I like the characters, I like that Keli has her own law practice now. The story was interesting and quick moving. But I felt like Keli acted a bit out of character with Erik.

My biggest complaint about this book was the secondary mystery that was slyly slipped in and left unsolved at the end. I feel like that's the new version of a cliffhanger, done to make sure the reader comes back to read the next book and it really annoys me. As a result, I dinged it a
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for an advanced copy of this book

Spring is ushering in a multitude of changes in Keli's life. Now operating her own legal practice, and finally coming into her own as a practicing Wiccan, Keli is ready to just enjoy the changes in her life, Her relationship with her wonderful boyfriend Wes is going well, they even live together! And although business is slow, Keli is really enjoying working independently.

All of that changes when she is introduced to E
Kathleen Gray
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Who poisoned Denise? Keli is sure it wasn't Erik, the dead woman's ex who happens to be a Druid. Keli, an attorney, has just opened her own law office AND come out as a Wiccan. That's a lot of stress for anyone, and it's been tough for her relationship with Wes, but she's also gotta solve a murder. This is set at Beltrane, an important Wiccan holiday about which I knew nothing before reading this well written cozy. Keli's a good character, the plot moves briskly, and frankly, this was educationa ...more
Nancy Baker
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story is definitely a unique twist in cozies. The protagonist, Keli Milanni, is a wiccan lawyer that finds herself involved with "witchy people" in trying to solve a murder entangled with hexes and curses. However, she soon finds herself a victim of harassment or maybe even a curse or two.

This is an intriguing and sometimes suspenseful story. It moves along at a good pace giving readers lots of information but yet keeps the murderer unknown until the end.

Thanks to Kensington books and NetGa
Barb Foerst
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, paranormal
Keli has opened her new solo law practice. And no surprise it’s a bit of a struggle. However, the problems aren’t quite what she expected. Keli finds herself involved in a murder meeting Erik. Somehow everything seems to point to Keli and she has no idea why. In addition, everyone starts to identify her as a witch. Erik always seems to be in the picture, but why?

I enjoyed this book. It is the first Wiccan Wheel Mystery for me but I’m sure it won’t be the last.
Lucy Heitzenrater
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm a fan of this series so by now I know what to expect. I liked the story although I felt the ending was a little too far fetched. I won't give away any spoilers. I did like that she set up some previews of continuing story lines. I gotta be honest though, I'm tired of Wes. I would love to see Keli end up with Crenshaw. I just think they would challenge each other and make a much better team.
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
May Day should be one of the most joyous holidays of the Wiccan calendar, but NOT when you kick off the season with a dead body! Keli finds herself right in the middle of a murder, one of the prime suspects, and possibly on the wrong end of a curse! With the every-faithful and heroically understanding Wes in tow, she sets out to find whodunit, and to right some very, very wrongs!
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy the premise of this series and look forward to reading the Wiccan rituals interspersed with the mystery.
However I found this latest whodunit fell a bit flat.
This will not stop me from reading the next book in the series.
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
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Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I thought it was a first book in the series,I tried reading a few chapters just felt like I was missing something.It wasn't necessary bad book I just couldn't connect with any characters in it.I will have to come back at a later date.
Rima Aiello
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When you read just a bit about this series, you think you know what it could be about. What really grabs me the most is how the author doesn't make it full of magic, but pulls from reality without flights of fancy. Keli's internal struggle is really trying to resolve itself in this story. I feel like I have grown with her throughout everything. The relationships between the characters, old and new, are written so perfectly you feel as if you are right there with them. This book just is so full o ...more
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Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had read the previous book in this series on NetGalley, so when I saw this I was keen to see what happened next.

What was particularly interesting about this one was how it had two mysteries, one that was solved and one that was ongoing. But the author makes the clues so subtle, the ongoing mystery provides red herrings for the mystery that is solved.

In terms of character development, it was nice to see Keli settling into her own law practice and amusing to see her being identified as the witch
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Jennifer David Hesse is the author of the Wiccan Wheel Mysteries , a cozy mystery series published by Kensington Books.

Born and raised in Central Illinois, Jennifer earned her undergraduate degree as an English major from Eastern Illinois University and her law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

After an eight-year stint in New York, she now makes her home in Chicago with her husband

Other books in the series

A Wiccan Wheel Mystery (6 books)
  • Midsummer Night's Mischief (A Wiccan Wheel Mystery, #1)
  • Bell, Book & Candlemas (A Wiccan Wheel Mystery, #2)
  • Yuletide Homicide (A Wiccan Wheel Mystery, #3)
  • Samhain Secrets (A Wiccan Wheel Mystery, #4)
  • Autumn Alibi (A Wiccan Wheel Mystery #6)