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A Hive of Secrets and Spells

(Cupcakes and Sorcery #2)

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Cupcakes, romance, and lovable canines abound in Heather and Sinead’s next adventure, but it isn’t all fun and games. The girlfriends are investigating a very personal kidnapping, and the threatening notes left behind accuse Sinéad and her punk-rocker twin brother of hiding something.

But after solving their first mystery together last Christmas, this one should
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Published October 25th 2019

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Jude
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Hive of Secrets and Spells is very different from the other crime books I’ve been reading lately, and it’s nice to change from time to time. There’s nothing creepy about it but it still takes the reader on unexpected paths and I thought the plot was quite well written. It’s exactly as a cozy mystery should be, with an atmosphere reminiscent of Murder, She Wrote or, more recently, My Life Is Murder (yeah, I had to mention Lucy Lawless at some point) but with magic and lesbians.

Heath
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Ashley
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a very cute series. I normally love a bit of action and maybe some explosions in my books, but this is a break from that. There's a suitable bit of mystery as the story unfolds, but it feels a little sweeter and softer than my normal fare. I really loved the development of the relationship between the two main character's in this book, as well as the growth we got to see in their personalities. I loved the introduction of Cian as well. I'm definitely going to keep my eyes out for the nex ...more
Alu
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt, urban-fantasy
Full disclosure, I have not read the first book in this series. That being said though, it isn't required but it would increase appreciation of certain references and character relationships. I didn't feel like I was missing or not understanding things as I read.

This was a fun mystery read. I genuinely had no guess about "who-dun-it" the whole way through.

The main character heather was interesting and I enjoyed following her through the story. I don't feel like I got to k
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L. L.
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Romance grows, family’s found, dirty laundry is aired

After reading Book 1 of Cupcakes and Sorcery, I was hungry for more. And Book 2 did not disappoint! In fact, I liked it even more! Far from feeling like we’d got everything out of the characters in Book 1, Jane uses the second book in the series to explore her characters in depth, showing off the a host of complex, conflicting, human relationships and the emotions they engender with unbelievable tenderness that is well balanced thr
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Phoebe
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Secret letters, stolen jewels, storm clouds, and your girlfriend pops the question! Thank goodness her family has been kidnapped before you have to answer.

It has been a few months since you have seen Heather and Sinéad. Heather is visiting Sinéad and they are enjoying their time together, when mysterious events start to happen. At first the ladies do not absorb the impact of the happenings as they are just experiencing life together. Sinéad likes it so much she asks Heather to move i
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Meg
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in this series, and it does follow up from the events of the first. However, I don't know that I would say that it absolutely couldn't be read as a standalone, but I wouldn't really want to.

Once again, Heather and Sinéad are back to being investigators. Only this time, it's personal, and complications abound. Heather is being investigated for working above her certification back at Christmas, Sinéad is pressuring her to move in with her in the city, and she st
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Geralynn
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Ashley
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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If you are a fan of cozy mysteries then  A Hive of Secrets and Spells, the second novel in the Cupcakes and Sorcery series by Ellen Jane, will be right up your alley. 

 Being in Starford with Sinéad was supposed to be a vacation for Heather. They are still getting to know each other's quirks and enjoying the newness of their relationship when crime strikes again in the form of a jewel thief and a murderer. This should be easy after the case they handled last Christmas. Right? Toss Cia
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What I Think: Being a sequel, we are dropped in the middle of the budding relationship been Sinead and Heather but it looks like things aren’t smooth as either of them would like. Only for unknown family to come crawling out of the woodwork and leading them to another dangerous investigation. Heather keeps noticing things that aren’t there, as though older images are superimposed on recent images but can’t figure out what’s going on. As is the case with most smart people, she doesn’t think she’s ...more
Xochitl
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As the second book in this wonderful series, I expected a light reading about mystery, magic and some mischief. But what I didn’t count on was the amazing way in which the author managed the evolution of characters. Now I found a strength couple that loved each other, and that reached the familiarity of being together for some time. Heather and Sinéad kept amazing me as a couple and even after some light conflict they finished as close as ever. Loved the story, the plot and the characters. A won ...more
Belinda Zamora
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a new to me author and the second in the series.
While it might be necessary for some to read the fist book, I was able to get enough information to understand the previous story.
That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
There was magic and a mystery to solve that was interwoven with familial issues and trying to navigate a growing relationship.
I was blown away away with the author's ability to imbue such realism into her characters.
All through my readi
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Mary A Walters
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love these cozy mystery books! What a great story and lovely characters. I haven’t read the first book but I will. You will not be disappointed reading!
Kendra T
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Heather and Sinéad have now been together for a few months and they are still getting to know each other. They have gotten much closer, but they still need to learn to share their burdens/stresses with each other. A new mystery gets dumped on their doorstep and Sinéad has to come to terms with the family that abandoned her as a baby. She meets her twin brother, and I loved him as a character. The mystery was interesting and I like the girls working together. They really compliment each other wel ...more
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Ellen Jane (also known as E.J. Phillips) is an Australian indie author of wlw romance. She loves writing about LGBTQ women who experience complex lives, emotions, needs, and desires. Her books are written for people who crave love stories where friendship is just as important as romance, and who want to experience cosy warmth with a hint of mystery, magic, and emotion.

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