About Midsummer Night’s MischiefTitle: Midsummer Night’s Mischief
Series: A Wiccan Wheel Mystery #1
Author: Jennifer David Hesse
Publication date: July 26th 2016
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Length: 352 Pages
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As the Summer Solstice approaches in idyllic Edindale, Illinois, attorney Keli Milanni isn't feeling the magic. She's about to land in a cauldron of hot water at work. Good thing she has her private practice to fall back on--as a Wiccan. She'll just have to summon her inner Goddess and set the world to rights. . .
Midsummer Eve is meant for gratitude and celebration, but Keli is not in her typically upbeat mood. The family of a recently deceased client is blaming her for the loss of a Shakespearean heirloom worth millions, and Keli's career may be on the line. With both a Renaissance Faire and a literary convention in town, Edindale is rife with suspicious characters, and the intrepid attorney decides to tap into her unique skills to crack the case. . .
But Keli weaves a tangled web when her investigation brings her up-close and personal with her suspects--including sexy Wes Callahan, her client's grandson. The tattooed bartender could be the man she's been looking for in more ways than one. As the sun sets on the mystical holiday, Keli will need just a touch of the divine to ferret out the real villain and return Edindale, and her heart, to a state of perfect harmony. . ..
“I set the herb pouch on my antique console table, next to the sprig of bush clover I’d picked at Fieldstone Park. Then I gathered some candles and arranged them in a circle on the Persian rug before the console. I placed a large vanilla-scented pillar candle in the center, and on that candle I carved my name within the outline of a heart. I lit the candles.
Then I took off my clothes. It was time for a serious love spell.”
It should be no surprise that the title of this book and the series in general (A Wiccan Wheel Mystery) would appeal to be. I love almost anything with a witchy or pagan theme and Midsummer Night’s Mischief did not disappoint.
Much as I enjoy books with lots of woowoo, I also can really appreciate when paganism is more accurately depicted. It’s pretty subtle here especially since Keli has yet to come out of the broom closet but it’s there and it’s realistic.
Extra points to Jennifer David Hesse for keeping it real.
Keli is a great main character. She is smart and gutsy..sometimes a bit too impulsive for my tastes but she definitely kept things interesting! At times I could do nothing but shake my head. Farrah, Keli’s best friend, is a great secondary character. And I really hope we see more of her friend who owns the local New Age gift shop.
I was thrown off a bit by the pacing of the book which seemed a bit slow and that it really felt a bit more chick lit than cozy to me. I really didn’t get that cozy feeling perse and Keli seemed more interested in her love life that I might have preferred. I like a side helping of romance in my mysteries but this seemed a bit heavy.
All in all Midsummer Night’s Mischief was a very entertaining read that kept me guessing until the end. With lots of suspects and tons of red herrings…it was really hard to predict who the thief would turn out to be. I’ll be interested to see where Jennifer David Hesse goes with the next in the series Bell, Book & Candlemas.