With her wedding on the horizon, and her trust in Lusgu fading, Wynona is trying to split her attention between yet another difficult murder and the drama building in her own life. All she wants is a quiet, peaceful existence, but fate isn’t done with her yet and Wynona is scrambling to keep up with each new hex coming her way.
Follow Wynona and her colorful band of misfits as they navigate a city of magic, mystery and danger in this paranormal cozy mystery.
As this book opens, Wynona is still finishing up wedding plans, but the actual date isn’t set. Rascal wants it to be sooner rather than later. Unfortunately, murders keep getting in the way. There’s also the grand reopening of the tea shop, with a media event. Rascal’s made sure she has some bodyguards around.
What would an opening be without a gate crasher, in this case it’s Tororin Braxet the owner of The Cursed Circus. To both the Chief and Rascal he’s slime, he exploits the unfortunate and his whole premise is to scare people not make them feel good. He has a proposition for Wynona, a corrupt branch of her tea shop attached to his circus. Of course, Wynona wants no part of that or for that matter him. He doesn’t take no for an answer very well and tries to coerce her with his incubus powers. This lands him in a patrol car to the station.
When Wynona shows up to press charges, she meets Braxet’s secretary who’s come to bail him out. Mr. Braxet however is found dead in the interrogation room, by Chief Ligurio with Rascal, Wynona, Violet and the secretary behind him.
To say the Chief is angry is an understatement and to top it off it’s Detective Strongclaw who was supposed to be on the door.
Then to top of her day Wynona has a confrontation with Lusgu and Violet followed by a vision of Lusgu that leaves her breathless and fearful for him.
With the Chief’s permission she would be helping with this case, even though she really wants to stay out of these things.
This is a favorite scene.
“Skymaw stood guard most all day, just outside the room, so he could keep magic from being available. An incubus will enchant anyone if they think it’ll get them what they want.”
Wynona tried to hide a small shiver at the thought of the creature’s magic hitting her at her own shop, but knew Rascal saw it anyway when he reached out and took her hand, rubbing his thumb over her knuckles.
“Just before you arrived, Skymaw took a bathroom break. Since he had only planned to be gone a few minutes, he didn’t ask someone to cover and simply slipped away.” Grunting, Rascal pushed his free hand through his hair, bringing it back to attention after Wynona had calmed it down. “He claims he was only gone a couple of minutes before he came back to the hubbub of the chief, you and I shouting about the murder.”
“See? Someone else could have gone in during that time,” Wynona argued.
“That hallway has a dozen offices in it,” Rascal said gently. “No one saw another creature come and go. Not to mention he had been dead less than two minutes when we found the body.”
Wynona swallowed hard. “Less than two minutes?”
Rascal nodded. “The coroner said the body temperature hadn’t even changed yet.”
Wynona closed her eyes. “Still…there was time.”
“Someone very fast could have done it,” Rascal agreed. “But we have no evidence anyone else was there.”
Wynona took a few calming breaths before sitting up straighter. “I understand your position, but he didn’t do it.”
Rascal nodded wearily. “I knew you wouldn’t believe him capable.” He looked sympathetic as he continued. “But even good cops make bad choices sometimes, Wy.”
“I’m going to prove it.”
Rascal nodded. “I figured that as well.” He squeezed her hand and leaned in, leaving a feather light kiss on her cheek. “I have to be as unbiased as possible, but I’ll do my best to help. I might believe it’s possible for an officer to break, but I don’t want it to be him.”
Wynona softened. “Thank you.”
“Believe it or not, he’s not just my officer, he’s my friend. And if I didn’t have so many brothers, I’d have asked him to be best man at the wedding.”
Wynona’s smile widened. “I know.”
Rascal gave her a half smile. “Except there isn’t going to be one, right? We’re just going to get married tomorrow?”
Wynona laughed, but didn’t respond and Rascal gave her a put-out look.
“Okay, before we go barging down the doors of the Cursed Circus this morning, why don’t you tell me what’s going on with Lusgu and Violet?”
Wynona scrunched up her nose. “Where would I start?”
Wynona shook her head. “You already know all that.”
“Then what happened that I missed? There’s something you haven’t told me.”
Wynona tapped her fingers against the armrest. “I got mad at both of them and yelled.”
Rascal’s eyes widened. “Wow. I wasn’t sure that day would come.”
She made a face and Rascal chuckled.
“Hon, Lusgu’s been asking for your anger for a long time. And Violet is…well…Violet. She’s loyal, but a pain in the rear.”
“She’s my familiar,” Wynona said, her voice growing softer as emotions began to creep up. She blinked to stop the tears, but her vision grew watery anyway.
“And that cranky little mouse adores you,” Rascal assured her, wiping at her face. “But she also seems to know some things we don’t. Her tendency to lord that kind of stuff over you isn’t going to win her friends.”
“Isn’t she supposed to be loyal to me over Lusgu?”
Rascal thought about it for a minute. “Yes…but have you thought that maybe her loyalty to Lusgu really is loyalty to you?”
Wynona’s black eyebrows pulled together. “I don’t follow.”
He shrugged. “Maybe she’s protecting you?”
“By keeping secrets?”
He pushed a hand through his hair. “Secrets tend to seem good at the time,” he said softly. “Keeping them often feels noble and protective.” His golden eyes met hers. “But in the end, they have a tendency toward betrayal.”
The tears spilled over and Rascal groaned.
Tugging on her hand, he pulled Wynona into his lap and wrapped his arms around her. “I’ve got you,” he whispered against her hair. “Take the time you need.”
“I love you,” Wynona whispered back, letting her forehead rest in the crook of his neck.
“When we get married tomorrow, I’ll show you just how much I love you back.”
Laughing softly, Wynona took a few minutes to calm down and relax. She wasn’t sure where she stood with most of her friends right now, but at least she had Rascal. The other half of her soul would always be one she could count on and nothing about that was to be taken lightly.
Thornton, Abigail Lynn. No Matcha for Murder: a witchy, cozy mystery (Le Doux Mysteries Book 8) Kindle Locations (1045-1088). Angel Music Publishing. Kindle Edition.
As Wynona investigates, she also finds new aspects to her powers. One that will be very useful. The path to the killer is very convoluted and Wynona with Rascal slowly unravels the truth.
There’s also the secrets Lusgu is keeping that Violet seems to know but won’t say. He’s powerful whatever he really is, and Wynona is losing trust. This too, is solved in this book and oh my, what a shocker!
I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.
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Ever since I was in elementary school I have wanted to be an author. Career day was a bit rough, since there is no official uniform for this job. Pajamas and a laptop maybe? Although my clothes change from day to day, my job as a wife and mother doesn’t. My days are filled with my 5 children and enjoying time with my husband, while my evenings are filled with creative time. I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.