Mystic Mayhem

Mystic Isle Mysteries, #1

Sally J. Smith and Jean Steffens bring the beauty of the bayou alive with this cozy murder mystery. Mel Hamilton is a great new face on the sleuthing-scene. She's loyal to those she cares for and her determination knows no limits. On first description she might just be too nice to be believable after all she spends all her free time volunteering at her church but her southern charm and stout character soon convinced me that she was indeed as compassionate as she appears. Her attraction to Jack and her blunders made her so endearing and her gumption made sure she wasn't too sugary sweet. Jack is one sexy side kick and his Yankee temperament is the perfect balance for the spirited Mel. The setting was fabulous and so skillfully brought to life that I have already put it to the top of my destination list. It almost has a character of its own and while it is stunning it never actually interfered yet rather enhanced the story. The mystery itself was solid while remaining fun. I cannot wait to see what Mel and Jack can get up to next. If you like flirting and fun with your dose of fear this is a must-read.

Melanie Hamilton barely has time for sleep, between volunteering to rebuild her neighborhood in the wake of Katrina, painting and selling her artwork to tourists and her resort job as a tattoo artist at the New Orlean's Mansion at Mystic Isle, while daydreaming about her boss Jack Stockton. But when one of their guests ends up dead during a séance and Mel\s friend is the prime suspect she gives up sleep and teams up with Jack to catch a killer.

Book Blurb for Mystic Mayhem

Melanie Hamilton is not your average artist. She brings home the bacon by inking tattoos at New Orleans's Mansion at Mystic Isle, a resort in the middle of the bayou that caters to fans of the peculiar and paranormal, but her true passion comes alive when she volunteers restoring Katrina-ravaged landmarks. Between her day job, her restoration work, and selling her paintings in Jackson Square, Mel's life is more hectic than Bourbon Street on Fat Tuesday. But when a guest of the resort, a millionaire's widow, is poisoned, and Melanie's close friend is arrested for the murder, things go from hectic to downright dangerous.

Mel joins forces with the resort's delish manager, Jack Stockton, to prove her friend's innocence. Soon they find themselves dealing with séances, secret passages, the ghost of the millionaire himself, gators, swamp rats, and a sinister killer who proves that not everything is what it seems in the Louisiana bayou.

Come on along, and get your creep on.

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2015 4.50