Curse the Day by Annabel Chase

The only magic Emma Hart believes in is caffeine and the power of the dryer to lose one sock per load. A public interest lawyer buried under a mound of student debt, Emma’s whole life has been one turn of bad luck after another. 

Her streak seems to continue when she gets lost on the way to see a client in the remote Pocono Mountains. A chance encounter with a suicidal angel lands her in Spellbound, a town where supernaturals have been cursed to remain for centuries–probably not the best time for Emma to discover that she’s actually a witch. 

Between the recent murder of the town’s public defender, a goblin accused of theft, remedial witch classes, and the attention of one smoking hot vampire, Emma struggles to navigate this unfamiliar terrain without losing her mind…or her life.

Titles in the Spellbound series include:  Curse the Day – Doom and Broom – Spell’s Bells – Lucky Charm – Better Than Hex – Cast Away – A Touch of Magic – A Drop In The Potion – Hemlocked and Loaded – All Spell Breaks Loose –

Review Date: January 7, 2018

Title:  Curse the Day
Series:  Spellbound #1
Author:  Annabel Chase
Genre:  Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Published:  January 7, 2017
My Rating:  4 stars

I had fun with Curse the Day, which is exactly what I expect from a Paranormal Cozy Mystery.  Light, full of giggles, a mystery to solve, a cursed town and lots of characters to populate that locked down and cannot get out kind of town.

Emma had no idea that she was a witch.  None whatsoever until she sees something that she couldn’t have possibly seen and be considered sane.  She discovers that once she’s within this cursed town’s boarders because of her witch heritage she is trapped here  like everyone else.  Talk about a major life adjustment in five minutes.

I liked Emma right away.  Sure her life has taken an totally unexpected turn but she’s not whining, bemoaning her fate – she accepts what she cannot change and sets about discovering this new life of hers and gets down to the business of living.

As the town’s new public defender, Emma is immediately faced with a theft case along with finding herself taking over the murdered lawyer’s law practice and his house.  She might have to learn a lot in a short time but Emma is not only ready to defend her client but to discover how her predecessor died.

There are a lot of townspeople to meet and put in their roles around this enchanted, cursed magical town.  It’s not an overload, the introduction of each character falls naturally into the story at that time, but as the introductory story of this series there is some world building to be done.  I expected that and it was not overwhelming.  In fact, I got the impression that I haven’t met even half of the residents of Spellbound just yet.

Like I mentioned, I  had fun with this story and intend to continue the series.  It was exactly what I expected of the genre, maybe even better than some others that I’ve read.  I think the true test of whether I’ll follow the series to its conclusion is how I feel about the next book when I’m not meeting tons of people and discovering a magical town.  I would recommend Curse the Day to any reader who enjoys Cozy Mysteries of the Paranormal kind.

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