1 July 2020
Magical Misfits #1
My thanks to the author for my copy of this book
Aunt Eve is dead - murdered - and Myrtle has inherited the Witch’s Retreat, a Bed and Breakfast in the idyllic British village of Avebury. As Myrtle bumbles along in search of a murderer, she uncovers secrets more shocking than death: a hidden magical relic, a coven of amateur witches, and modern witch hunters on the prowl.
In My Attic is a new take on the cozy mystery. Think trainee Miss Marple channelling the twenty-first century - with a paranormal twist,
What did I think about it..
Myrtle Coldron is informed that her aunt Eve has died in mysterious circumstances and she must hasten to the wonderfully named, Witch’s Retreat, in order to pick up the reigns of her aunt’s B&B business which is close to the atmospheric village of Avebury. Once there, Myrtle gets involved in a complicated hunt for her aunt’s killer, which will see, not just Myrtle, but also those close to her get caught up in a deadly plot.
In My Attic is a wonderfully quirky cosy crime mystery which is both fun and serious in equal measure. Plenty of times I found myself laughing out loud at some of Myrtle’s more adventurous antics only to be then plunged into the waywardness of a crime investigation which, as it progresses, seems to take on a life of its own,
The author has a brilliant sense of time and place and brings the whole concept of witches and magic to life in a very believable way. I loved Myrtle and really rooted for her throughout the whole of this crazy time, she is a wonderfully incompetent amateur sleuth but that really doesn’t matter as her wholesome personality carries her through some pretty tough situations. Of course, every amateur witch needs a cat, and the rather flatulent, Tiddles really made me smile, along with Petunia the Primula, who each have a starring role in this cosy crime mystery.
The author writes well and shares her love for storytelling and quirky sense of humour in this first book in the Magical Misfits series. I do hope that we get to meet Myrtle and Tiddles in future stories as there’s still so much to discover about her and the goings -on at the Witch’s Retreat.
About the Author
LINA HANSEN has been a freelance travel journalist, teacher, bellydancer, postal clerk and science communication specialist stranded in the space sector. Numbed by factoid technical texts, she set out to write the stories she loves to read— cozy and romantic mysteries with a dollop of humour and a magical twist. After living and working in the UK, Lina, her husband, and their feline companion now share a home in the foothills of Castle Frankenstein. Lina is a double Watty Award Winner, Featured Author, and a Wattpad Star.
In My Attic is the first book in the Magical Misfits series of mysteries.