A Spell of Trouble by Leighann Dobbs

a-spell-of-troubleTitle:  A Spell of Trouble
Series:  Silver Hollow Paranormal Cozy Mystery #1
Author:  Leighann Dobbs
Published:  August 23, 2016
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  Kindle Unlimited
Cover Description:

When town trouble maker, Louella Drummond, drops dead in front of Isolde Quinn’s pet store just minutes after threatening both Issy and her cousin Graeme, the police in the small lakeside town of Silver Hollow assume it’s from natural causes.

… Until it’s discovered that Louella was murdered.

Not just any murder, though. Murder by paranormal means. Dark magic that could only have been performed by a powerful witch. And every law-abiding paranormal knows that dark magic is forbidden and carries strict punishment at the hands of “the committee” – the mysterious entity that provides law and order within the paranormal community.

Being witches, Issy and her three cousins fear they are at the top of the suspect list. To make matters worse, a secret division of the FBI has gotten wind of the happenings in Silver Hollow and sent two agents to ferret out paranormal activity. Even worse than that, Issy is annoyingly attracted to one of them!

Armed with their unconventional posse of familiars, Issy and her cousins dodge the efforts of the ‘real” police and the special FBI agents while following a twisty path of clues that lead to a shocking betrayal.

Read on for my thoughts on A Spell of Trouble.

I had such a good time with A Spell of Trouble.  It’s full of interesting characters, a mystery that certainly is different and not easily solved, a hint of romance and some of the most unusual characters I’ve come across in a long time.

Silver Hollow is a paranormal town, well for the most part.  There are humans scattered about this lovely location but for the most part it is full of paranormal citizens.  Mainly, witches.  Issy and her family have been here for a long time and have established various businesses around town.  When the town’s meanest person drops over dead right outside Issy’s pet shop – well, let’s just say it’s the start of some very inventive investigations on the part of Issy and her family.  The town may host some humans, and the sheriff is one of those non-paranormal folks so in order to avoid a visit from the FBPI and “the committee” they need to do some fast solving of this murder that was done by dark magic most foul.

I love these characters unique familiars.  Who knew that a Venus Fly Trap plant could be a familiar?!  Love it!  The cousins are such a diverse and close knit group.  They truly have each other’s back – and I’m definitely looking forward to reading their individual stories later in the series.

There are quite a few red herrings tossed about in this mystery.  And the fun part is, all of them could be possibly the murderer.  I have to admit that I did not guess who done it before the reveal.  Truth?  I was having so much fun following the investigation that I wasn’t trying.  But the reveal made perfect sense, in the end.

The touch of romance came in the form of a human FBPI agent.  Dex wasn’t the hardball player that his partner was.  His reasons for being in that division of the FBI are quite different.  I would love to see Dex and Issy prove that witch-human pairings can in fact work.  But time will tell on that thought.

Overall, I simply had a fun blast of a few hours reading A Spell of Trouble – and I honestly believe that you would too.  If you love paranormal activity, and a good mystery then pick this one up.

Available in paperback and for the Kindle