Magickal Mystery Lore

Magickal Mystery Lore

by Sharon Pape

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Praise for Magick & Mayhem, the first Abracadabra mystery

“Magic, Merlin, and murder are a great mix for this fun debut cozy.”
—Lynn Cahoon, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
“A charming, must-read mystery with enchanting characters.”—Rose Pressey, USA Today bestselling author
“Spellbinding, with magical prose, a wizardly plot, and a charming sleuth.”
—Janet Bolin, Agatha-nominated author of the national bestselling Threadville mysteries
 This spells trouble . . .
The New Camel Day Fair is a fun-filled event for residents of this upstate New York town. Kailyn Wilde, a modern-day witch of ancient lineage, leaves her potion shop, Abracadabra—and her feline familiar, Sashkatu—to attend with her fortune-telling Aunt Tilly. Joining them is legendary wizard Merlin, who’s discovering new pleasures of time-traveling to the modern world, including curly fries and kettle corn—but the appeal of the Tilt-a-Wheel is beyond his mystical imagination.
The real wild ride begins later, when neighboring sweet shop owner Lolly rushes into Abracadabra with news about a dead body. The victim has one of Lolly’s fudge knives stuck in her back, but in spite of the sticky evidence, Lolly is only one of several suspects with ample motive and opportunity. Meanwhile, Merlin’s research into old family scrolls and electromagnetic ley lines is causing some unusual mix-ups. As the two investigations collide, Kailyn will have to do everything in her power to prevent disaster…
“Pape has a sure‑handed balance of humor and action.”
—Julie Hyzy, New York Times bestselling author

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781516108725
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 04/16/2019
Series: An Abracadabra Mystery , #4
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 52,907
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Sharon Pape launched her popular Abracadabra mystery series with Magick and Mayhem and followed up with That Olde White Magick and Magick Run Amok. Magickal Mystery Lore is the fourth book in the series, and Sharon is busy writing the fifth.
Sharon started writing stories in first grade and never looked back. She studied French and Spanish literature in college and went on to teach both languages on the secondary level. After being diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer in 1992, she became a Reach to Recovery peer support volunteer for the American Cancer Society. She went on to become the coordinator of the program on Long Island. She and her surgeon created a non‑profit organization called Lean On Me to provide peer support and information to newly diagnosed women and men.
After turning her attention back to writing, she has shared her storytelling skills with thousands of fans. She’s won widespread praise for her Portrait of Crime and Crystal Shop mysteries as well as the Abracadabra series. She lives with her husband on Long Island, New York, near her grown children. She loves reading, writing, and providing day care for her grand-dogs. Visit her at

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Magickal Mystery Lore 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
KTempleton 6 days ago
Kailyn Wilde a modern-day witch and her Aunt Tilly are attending the New Camel Day Fair. This year they are just enjoying the festival instead of working a booth because they have with them the legendary wizard Merlin. Merlin is enjoying discovering new pleasures of the modern world and the fair food and rides. For Kailyn, the wild ride begins later when she is at her shop and her neighbor rushes in because she found a dead body. While Kailyn is investigating the mysterious death, Merlin is researching Kailyn's old family scrolls to see why her magic is acting up. This is the 4th book in the series, but my first book in this series. I had no problems following the storyline but I feel I could have understood the backstories of the characters better if I had read previous books. The characters are interesting and fun. Merlin is hilarious. The mystery was well plotted and full of twists and turns. I recommend this book to cozy mystery fans. I voluntarily agreed to read a copy of this book supplied by Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in no way have been influenced.
chicpanda 14 days ago
New Camel New York is the home to a main street that any tourist would love to visit. Nestled across from the best candy shop in the county is Abracadabra, a centuries old shop that specializes in nostrums and magick spells for lay people. Lolly, the beloved owner of the candy shop is stunned and horrified when she discovers Ava's body in the back yard of her shop. She immediately seeks help from Kaitlyn. A wise decision, because she is now the lead suspect. Travis and Kailyn embark on another hunt for the truth. This time the search is compromised by the return of one of Travis' early loves. Will he be honest with Kailyn, or with himself? Merlin is still a wizard with a mission. He is still researching the arcane texts, trying to discover why the magick seems to be fading from this powerful family. His efforts are still a bit skewed by his age, and now by his sleepwalking. A highly amusing scene involves Merlin in a nightshirt, wandering down a street followed by a multitude of cats. The Pied Piper wasn't the only one with this ability it seems. This is a strength of the author, magic is used both to advance the plot and for comedic effect. The spells that are shared in the text could easily be used as affirmations in the real world. Pape has created an engaging modern protagonist. I look forward to reading more of Kailyn's adventures. Full disclosure: I received a copy of the work from and Kensington in exchange for an unbiased review.
Dollycas 3 months ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Kailyn, Tilly, Merlin, and Sashkatu are back and it’s time for the New Camel Day Fair. Kailyn and Tilly hope Merlin will be on his best behavior now that they are giving him a little more freedom. He is still pushing for a town name change but the Tilt-a-Wheel and all the tasty treats at the fair are keeping him occupied except for all my one little magical slip. Kailyn agreed to open Abracadabra for just a couple of hours so customers in town for the fair could do a little shopping. Buy she barely arrives back to the shop when Lolly, owner of the nearby sweet shop, drags her out to show her the dead body. The dead body in the backyard of Lolly’s shop with one of Lolly’s fudge knives stabbed into it’s back. Kailyn will do her best to help Lolly but she also has to help Tilly keep track of Merlin. Through his research, he has found information about electromagnetic ley lines and he thinks that may be what is messing with Kailyn and Tilly’s powers. Soon both problems connect and attract deadly attention. I absolutely love Merlin! His experiences at the fair were funny and heartwarming. Do you remember your first ride on the Tilt-a-Wheel? or the first time you had carnival food? Or the waiting in lines for samples? The way Merlin handled a stressful situation just cracked me up and was so unexpected. I know Kailyn and Tilly should own gold medals for taking care of him but he has become special to me, plus there could be no Abracadabra Mysteries without him. He sometimes steals the story All the characters Ms. Pape has created for this series are terrific. I love that Kailyn’s deceased mother and grandmother “pop in” often and not always at the perfect time. They are there to encourage and remind her to hone all her powers so they are available when she needs them. And she is going to need them. I enjoy the relationship between Tilly and Kailyn. I also am so happy that Travis knows her secret and has met all of her family. In fact, he thinks it is time she meets his parents. I can’t forget the furry characters, Sashkatu, and a dog that Merlin introduces to the family, along with several others visit within these pages. They are all cleverly written. The mystery was hard to solve and had some darker moments. The pace was quick but I had to slow down in some places to totally grasp how the pieces were fitting together. As everything fell into place it was quite exciting and had elements that would fit an investigative television show, without the magic, of course. This was a very entertaining book. I love the way the author inserts the humor in the right amounts and in all the proper places never taking away from the feast of the mystery. Without that the story would be overly intense. Sharon Pape knows how to walk the like between cozy and thriller so well. A real mystery to sink our teeth into with characters that make us smile and sometimes laugh out loud. They are characters I am always excited to read and see what the author has in store for them. This book can stand on its own, but reading them in order is a great way to spend a weekend.
VWilliams 3 months ago
Kailyn Wilde is a contemporary witch but her lineage goes way back. She owns an old family potion shop called Abracadabra (potions and creams of which she infuses with spells from time to time). Her aunt Tilly has a tea and fortune-telling business next door. Together, they've been invaded by Merlin, the magician of ancient times, who got stuck in one of Kailyn's spells gone awry and was pulled into the Wilde's world. He is still working on figuring out why, and at the same time discovering all the gleeful treats in today's world. This is the fourth in the series and it seems coming in to this author and series at this point I've missed a number of character-building threads. So no, I wouldn't say it could function as a standalone and you may wish to begin back at Book 1. Kailyn's sweetie is Travis, a news reporter. He tends to participate with her in the sleuthing activities and is aware of her paranormal capabilities. There is enough going on with this well-plotted, unique narrative, and support characters to keep the reader engaged and turning pages. New Camel (upstate New York) is holding their annual festival and both Kailyn and her aunt normally have a booth beside the other merchants in her small enclave of touristy shops. Unfortunately, one of their own, Lolly, a close friend and shop owner comes home to discover a body in her backyard. Of course, she'll be number one on the local police persons-of-interest and Kailyn and Travis will work to discover the whodunit. I thoroughly enjoyed the author's obvious sense of humor, writing style, and observations of things that can go wrong with magic and relationships including the appearances of her mother and grandmother who had passed on (crossed the veil). Nothing is ever simple and the murder mystery twists and turns in the wind with new discoveries. Most threads are pulled in to a rather convoluted conclusion and one that left me somewhat frustrated. Still, I enjoyed the storyline well enough to look for Book 5. I received this ebook download from the publisher and NetGalley and greatly appreciated the opportunity to read and review. Recommended to all who enjoy a different kind of cozy with a decidedly distinctive appeal.
CozyUpWithKathy 3 months ago
a fun read that kept me emotionally engaged MAGICKAL MYSTERY LORE by Sharon Pape The Fourth Abracadabra Mystery Fudge maker Lolly is a beloved resident of New Camel, not only because of her delicious treats, but for her generous and caring personality. When she discovers a dead body by her garbage cans she runs to Kailyn Wilde for help. With no easy way into the locked backyard and one of her knives impaled in the victim, loveable Lolly becomes suspect number one. Keeping one eye on Merlin (yes, that Merlin), Kailyn and her reporter boyfriend team up to prove Lolly's innocence. A simple murder in New Camel turns into much more as Kailyn discovers adultery, a stalker, a gambling addiction, and even a covert organization. There are several men behaving badly in this book and I include Kailyn's boyfriend Travis among them. I've had issues with his behavior in previous installments and this one has me believing he is not the right man for her. Another character that really made me angry was Tess, the owner of the ceramic shop and new resident to New Camel. She's the epitome of the bigot who hates and wants to destroy what she fears because she can't understand it. She also serves the lesson "no good deed goes unpunished". There are so many things that make this a great book in a wonderful series. There's the main suspect, who is as sweet as the candy she makes in her shop, and the entire Wilde clan who make me want to visit New Camel and stock up on candy and the more healthful products at Abracadabra. These eccentric characters get into fantastical situations yet they still manage to be real and down to earth...even the clouds that are Kailyn's deceased mom and grandma. We also get to enjoy the legendary Merlin who never fails to make me laugh. The cats that also make up the Wilde family add joy...and sarcasm, at least from Sashkatu. In this fourth Abracadabra Mystery, we finally discover why the Wilde's magick has been wonky of late. I appreciated the discussion of ley lines, which really do exist in this part of New York. There is also plenty of action, including a kidnapping and teleportation! MAGICKAL MYSTERY LORE is more than just a murder mystery. It's an exploration of being different in the modern world, yet still fitting in. It's about doing your best for others and being loyal to friends and family. It's a fun read that kept me emotionally engaged and open to the vast possibilities of the universe. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
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KimHeniadis 3 months ago
This is the fourth book in the Abracadabra Mystery series, and while you don’t need to read the previous three, I think it would be a good idea. I felt a bit left out as to what had happened to Kailyn’s mother and grandma. And it was touched on a little, how Merlin had come to be in this time period, but I got the feeling his crazy adventures were a bigger part of the previous books. On the other hand, I’ve read series with lots of books in them, where the author does give background in each book, and I find myself skimming, or skipping it completely. But at least with those books, I have the option to do so, if I want. I loved the interaction between Kailyn and her familiar, Sashkatu. In a book I recently read pretty much the whole interaction was to feed the cat or have the cat bite her, so it became boring very fast. But not the case with Kailyn and Sashkatu, their interactions were fun, and Pape really gave the cat a personality, and didn’t just use it as filler for the book. As for the romance with Travis and Kailyn, I don’t know, maybe I’m just getting old and my rose colored glasses are getting too many scratches on them, but please, all authors, just stop the continual fighting. Yes, everyone has arguments in a relationship, but not all relationships have as many fights as they seem to in books. And changing it up, would be great. Have the woman leave the relationship. Find a person who supports her, and doesn’t keep things from her. But like I said, maybe I’m just getting cranky in my old age, and their relationship won’t bother you at all. It wouldn’t stop be from reading the previous books in the series, and I would be even willing to try book five to see if the relationship gets better, or ends. The magical powers that Kailyn and her Aunt have, were used well in the book. They helped to enhance, and move the story along. The way the book ended will see even more impressive powers being used in the next book. And the way Pape left it, I can see a lot of possibilities for book five. As for the mystery, while I knew pretty early on who the killer was, the way Pape had side plots and red herrings was done very well. Even though I knew who did it, the why, was done in a very original way. It makes me want to read the previous books to see if she was as creative in those ones too.
brf1948 3 months ago
Sharon Pape is the author of a series of mysteries set in the tiny imaginary town of New Camel, in New York? The northeast corner of the US, in any case. Magickal Mystery Lore is the fourth in the Abracadabra Mystery Books series but is completely stand alone. Kailyn Wilde and her family have been having difficulties over the last year or two with casting their spells and it is Kailyn who now finds herself not only orphaned but the heir to her mother's cats, a clowder of 6 ruled over by the old fella Sashkatu. I will want to read previous novels, however as the back story for the Wilde Witches has me hooked. These cozy mysteries are a fine change-of-pace for a tired springtime allergy-drained brain. The residents of New Camel are many including the legendary Wizzard Merlin recently accidentally time-shifted from Camelot and a couple of recently passed witches. Witches who just happen to be mother Morgana and grandmother Bronwen of the main protagonist, Kailyn. Kailyn is a private investigator, and one of many independent shop owners in downtown New Camel - shops with such fanciful names as Tea and Empathy, Abracadabra, Busy Fingers, The Soda Jerk, etc. And it is Kailyn who with her newscaster boyfriend Travis endeavors to solve the mystery of the death of New Camel resident, Ava Duncan. Unfortunately, the further they delve into this mystery, the more the clues continue to point to the fudge shop owner, Lolly, and her daughter Danielle. Kailyn is sure Lolly would not be able to kill someone, but if not Lolly or Dani, then who killed Ava? And WHY? I received a free electronic copy of this cozy mystery from Netgalley, Sharon Pape, and Lyrical Underground. Thank you for sharing your hard work with me. I have voluntarily read and reviewed this novel. This is my honest opinion of this work.
CozyOnUp 3 months ago
As much as I love paranormal mysteries, sometimes i stumble across one that just doesn’t quite click for me. This seems to be the case here. Perhaps it was nit having read the previous books in the series that made some things feel like there was a missing link. Perhaps it was that I really didn’t get into the mystery until more than halfway through it. Not quite sure, but Perhaps going back and reading book one and seeing if that works for me, I can then go from there and see how I feel.
PenKay 3 months ago
I’ve read the others in this series, and I dived right in to this, the fourth book in the series. I was tickled that this book was just a much fun as the other books. I adore Tilly and Merlin, probably more than I do Kailyn the main character. The book had the fun I expected, and a wonderful plot that kept me turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next. I do have to admit, though, that the subplot between Travis and Kailyn didn’t sit well with me for a couple of reasons. I really can’t say much, but I think most of it was out of character, and I didn’t like how the conflict was resolved because it made both of them lesser than they were before. Also, the end of mystery was a little more “heavy” than I expect from this series. However, I did enjoy the book. I do recommend this book! I was provided the e-book which I voluntarily reviewed.