Friday, July 23, 2021

Murder at Sea Captain's Inn - A Review & Giveaway


The Second Book Magic Mystery

While the idea of turning their family home into an inn was a dream, the reality is much more challenging. More details than she believed possible and an exacting, grumpy guest are leaving Pippin Lane Hawthorne frazzled, especially as she doesn't have her twin by her side. Not only did Grey step away from the inn to start his own restoration business, he seems to be flouting the family curse. The inn's opening night party doesn't do much to relax Pippin either. A sinister looking man and an apparent break in make her wonder if someone is looking for her late father's secrets. Does it have anything to do with the archeologists and scholars in town studying the Lost Colony of Roanoke?

Secrets, subterfuge, and sinister characters fill the second Book Magic Mystery. Lots of suspicious behavior had my eyebrows raised for most of the book, wondering just what was going on. I also began to have doubts about several main characters. Just who was trustworthy? I was upset for Pippin who seems to be losing her twin, in more than one way. I love the addition of Colette, a wise French cheesemonger who believes in the paranormal, offers wine, and makes a mean charcuterie board. I wish she was my friend and neighbor! 

MURDER AT SEA CAPTAIN'S INN provides an intriguing multilayered mystery. The Lost Colony, the Lane family curse, family relationships, and mysterious connections converge creating an intensely captivating story. Readers' minds must be alert and nimble, sorting through the clues divined by literary classics and those craftily left by the author.


 Murder at Sea Captain's Inn (A Book Magic Mystery) by Melissa Bourbon

About Murder at Sea Captain's Inn

Murder at Sea Captain's Inn (A Book Magic Mystery)
Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series
Publisher: Lake House Press (July 20, 2021)
Approx 300 pages

Generation after generation of Lane women die in childbirth, while the sea claims the men. Pippin Lane Hawthorne’s grand opening of Sea Captain’s Inn is tainted when a scholar studying the Lost Colony of Roanoke is brutally murdered. Like the black crow that hangs around the old house, could the untimely death be a harbinger of dark things to come? When her twin brother, Grey, begins bucking the curse by risking his life in the waters of the Outer Banks, Pippin lives in terror that he’ll be the next Lane male to be swallowed by the sea. Now she must use her gift of bibliomancy to save her brother, solve the murder, and end a two thousand year old pact.

About Melissa Bourbon

Melissa Bourbon is the national bestselling author of more than twenty-five mystery books, including the 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 lives in North Carolina with her educator husband, Carlos. She is beyond fortunate to be living the life of her dreams. Learn more about Melissa at her website,, on Facebook @MelissaBourbon/Winnie ArcherBooks, and on Instagram @bookishly_cozy.

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  1. Thank you for such an amazing review, Kathy! I'm thrilled you loved it. :) Melisas

  2. Sounds like a great book, congrats on the release!

  3. Sounds like a great read.

  4. love the cover and it sounds so good would love to read and review on a few sites. peggy clayton