May Day Murder (Wiccan Wheel Series #5)

May Day Murder (Wiccan Wheel Series #5)

by Jennifer David Hesse

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Spring is in the air, but for Edindale, Illinois, attorney Keli Milanni, murder is the only thing blooming . . .
Keli’s looking forward to Beltane, the time-honored Wiccan holiday that celebrates life with feasting, ceremonial dancing, and ancient Celtic rituals. But since recently leaving her law firm and opening her own practice, Keli has more on her plate than simple abundance. Still, she always has time for a friend. Erik, a Druid from a neighboring town, has had a run of bad luck he blames on a curse cast by his ex-girlfriend Denise, a practicing witch whose expertise in the dark arts can’t save her from her own deadly end.
When Keli finds herself a person of interest in the investigation, she begins to wonder if she herself might be cursed. With a little help from her friends, including her devoted boyfriend Wes, Keli aims to find out who poisoned Denise. What she uncovers is a witch’s brew of spells, hexes, and black magic that raises questions about her own Wiccan worldview. As the community gathers for the May Day festivities, it’s up to Keli to stop a killer from springing ahead to another murder . . .
Praise for the Wiccan Wheel Mysteries
“A perfect read.” —Library Journal on Yuletide Homicide
“Enjoyable . . . A wintry, woodsy setting.”
Kirkus Reviews on Bell, Book & Candlemas
“A good atmospheric read for fall.” —Parkersburg News & Sentinel on Samhain Secrets

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496717740
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 03/26/2019
Series: Wiccan Wheel Series , #5
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 67,018
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jennifer David Hesse is an environmental attorney by day and author by night. Born and raised in Central Illinois, Jennifer now makes her home in Chicago with her husband, guitarist Scott Hesse, and their daughter, Sage. When she’s not writing, Jennifer enjoys yoga, hiking, and movie night with her family.  Please visit her at or on Facebook at

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May Day Murder (Wiccan Wheel Series #5) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Nancy0708 4 months ago
This story is definitely a unique twist in cozies. The protagonist, Keli Milanni, is a wiccan lawyer that finds herself involved with "witchy people" in trying to solve a murder entangled with hexes and curses. However, she soon finds herself a victim of harassment or maybe even a curse or two. This is an intriguing and sometimes suspenseful story. It moves along at a good pace giving readers lots of information but yet keeps the murderer unknown until the end. Thanks to Kensington books and NetGalley for an ARC of this story. The opinions expressed are my own.
ArizonaJo 4 months ago
May Day Murder by Jennifer David Hesse was a breath of fresh air at this time of year. Ms. Hesse's characters are slowly developing now so that we get more and more insights into Keli, Wes and Farrah. I like Keli but this time she she seemed to be just a little too trusting which surprised me as she has not shown that side of herself before. Wes and Kelli's relationship seemed to be going through some growing pains in this book. Although that's a natural part of relationship growth, it still seemed that some of their conversations were a little flat and stilted. The plot is well-crafted, quickly paced with a few twists, several red herrings, very few suspects and a chilling reveal. There is also a secondary mystery thread that runs through this story that is unresolved at the end that I look forward to pursuing in the next book. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley. All of the above opinions are my own.
CozyMarie 4 months ago
The mystery is fast paced and has a good flow. This book had more Wiccan / pagan tradition in it than Samhain Secrets did and I found some of it difficult to follow since I know so little about those practices. But I enjoyed the story – Keli is a fun and feisty protagonist with loads of charm.
PenKay 4 months ago
I’ve missed a couple books in this series, but I honestly didn’t feel like it when I dived right in to this fifth addition to the Wiccan Wheel series. Keli has her own firm and is doing OK when she is drawn into the murder of a new acquaintance’s ex-girlfriend. Keli can’t help herself and uses her spare time to investigate the murder, especially because she’s considered a suspect as she and this new acquaintance discovered the body. Along the way, she realizes she may have been hexed because nothing goes right in her life after discovering the body and starting the investigation. I quite enjoyed this book, and most of the way through the book I smugly thought to myself “I know who did it.” Well, guess what? I was wrong! If you love paranormal cozies, definitely give this one a try! I highly recommend this book and was provided the e-book which I voluntarily reviewed.