Sunday, December 13, 2020

Review: The Secret on Rum Runner's Lane: A Book Magic Mini Mystery by Melissa Bourbon (Blog Tour/Tour-Wide Giveaway)


The Secret on Rum Runner's Lane: A Book Magic Mini Mystery by Melissa Bourbon

About The Secret on Rum Runner's Lane


The Secret on Rum Runner's Lane: A Book Magic Mini Mystery 

Cozy Mystery Mini Mystery #1 

Publisher: Lake House Press (November 10, 2020) 

Print length: 104 pages 


The Lane women are bibliomancers, but Cassie sees her divination not as a gift, but as a curse--one from which she desperately wants to escape. It turns out, though, that running from her fate isn’t as easy as she thought it would be. When a woman goes missing, and a neighbor turns up dead, Cassie turns to the books she’s always avoided to help her find the truth.

My Review

Cassandra and Lacy Lane grew up on Cape Misery which is on the outskirts of Laurel Point. They are bibliomancers living under a family curse. The men die at sea while the women die at childbirth. Their parents died many years ago and they’ve been raised by their Aunt Rose. 

At only twenty years old, Cassie has had enough of Cape Misery and the curse. She wants to get as far away as she can so she moves to Devil’s Cove in North Carolina leaving her seventeen year old sister behind with their aunt. The sisters vow to never have children and never fall in love. 

Cassie's knowledge of flowers gets her a job at Bloom’s, the local nursery. Cassie is very happy with her life until a local woman goes missing and her neighbor is murdered. Cassie has always turned her back on books, but she needs them now to solve this mystery. 

This is a novella and a quick read. It’s the first book of a “book mini” series, but also a prequel to “A Book Magic” mystery series. I have only read this novella but I’m quite intrigued with the premise of turning to books for the answers. 

Names such as “Devil’s Cove” and “Cape Misery” gave me a real feel for the atmosphere. The author brings the story to life with her character development and vivid setting. I could feel Cassie’s pain dealing with her family curse. I was totally transported into her world. 

I will have to check out the other series and read that one too. I’m looking forward to reading more by this author. 

For reading challenges: 

Craving for the Cozies Reading Challenge 2020

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a free Advance Reader Copy of this book from the author and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About Melissa Bourbon

Melissa Bourbon is the national bestselling author of nineteen mystery books, including the brand new collaborative Book Magic mysteries, the Lola Cruz Mysteries, A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series, and the Bread Shop Mysteries, written as Winnie Archer. She is a former middle school English teacher who gave up the classroom in order to live in her imagination full time. Melissa, a California native who has lived in Texas and Colorado, now calls the southeast home. She hikes, practices yoga, cooks, and is slowly but surely discovering all the great restaurants in the Carolinas. Since four of her five amazing kids are living their lives, scattered throughout the country, her dogs, Bean, the pug, Dobby, the chug, and Jasper, a cattle dog/lab keep her company while she writes. Melissa lives in North Carolina with her educator husband, Carlos, and their youngest son. She is beyond fortunate to be living the life of her dreams.

Author Links 

Purchase Link  – Amazon 

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1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed visiting Devil's Cove. I do hope you'll read Murder in Devil's Cove. I love it so much!

    Melissa :)


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