Mystic Mayhem

Mystic Mayhem

by Sally J Smith, Jean Steffens

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Overview

From the acclaimed writing team of Sally J. Smith & Jean Steffens comes a hilarious first book in a brand new mystery series that will keep you guessing until the end...

Melanie Hamilton is not your average artist. She brings home the bacon by inking tattoos at New Orleans's Mansion at Mystic Isle, a resort in the middle of the bayou that caters to fans of the peculiar and paranormal, but her true passion comes alive when she volunteers restoring Katrina-ravaged landmarks. Between her day job, her restoration work, and selling her paintings in Jackson Square, Mel's life is more hectic than Bourbon Street on Fat Tuesday. But when a guest of the resort, a millionaire's widow, is poisoned, and Melanie's close friend is arrested for the murder, things go from hectic to downright dangerous.

Mel joins forces with the resort's delish manager, Jack Stockton, to prove her friend's innocence. Soon they find themselves dealing with séances, secret passages, the ghost of the millionaire himself, gators, swamp rats, and a sinister killer who proves that not everything is what it seems in the Louisiana bayou.

Come on along, and get your creep on.

What critics are saying about Sally J. Smith & Jean Steffens:

"A great series and smart plot told at breakneck pace...great characters, sexy, tough, intelligent, and witty....the perfect companion for the beach, planes, trains and everything else in between."
-The New York Journal of Books

"Smart and sassy. Classy with a twist of wry humor and just enough sentiment and romance to reel you in and keep you hanging until the end. Smith and Steffens, partners in crime, have struck gold.
-Kathleen M. Rodgers, author of Johnnie Come Lately and The Final Salute

"Stealing the Moon & Stars is an impossible book to put down. Jordan and Eddie are the best mystery solving duo since Nick and Nora. Is there a fire alarm ringing? Because their relationship is smokin' hot!"
-Jenn McKinlay, New York Times bestselling author of the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries and the Library Lover's Mysteries

"The action and sexual tension are as hot as an Arizona summer. The Shea Investigations team put their lives, and their hearts, on the line in this action-packed crime novel."
-Lesa's Book Critiques

"This mystery unfolds with humorous zingers. Tingling with sexual tension, this is a satisfying read. I highly recommend it!"
-Nancy Redd, author of The Canyon's Edge

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781515361893
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/12/2015
Series: Mystic Isle Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 1,191,450
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Sally J. Smith and Jean Steffens, are partners in crime-crime writing, that is. They live in Scottsdale, Arizona, awesome for eight months out of the year, an inferno the other four. They write bloody murder, flirty romance, and wicked humor all in one package. When their heads aren't together over a manuscript, you'll probably find them at a movie or play, a hockey game or the mall, or at one of the hundreds of places to find a great meal in the Valley of the Sun.

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Mystic Mayhem 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Light hearted, good natured clean cozy with a paranormal twist. Loved it!! Highly recommend
Tangen More than 1 year ago
nola, psychics, resort-hotel, amateur-sleuth, women-sleuths, paranormal, murder-investigation, humor Read on August 22, 2016 What a fun mystery! And it's set in my favorite city to visit, NOLA! Well, technically most of it is in the imaginary Mystic Isle Resort, but it's still on the bayou. The characters are just too much fun, and the humor is excellent. The mystery plot is well executed with many interesting twists, and the locale descriptions are clear. The publisher's blurb is adequate and is no spoiler. Looking forward to the next book with great anticipation!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chatting-About-Cozies More than 1 year ago
inventive plot! lots of humor!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really liked this. Hopefully more adventures in the future!
ReadingInMyFreeTime More than 1 year ago
this book was a lot of fun. The characters were truly characters ha! Not a one was boring. I loved all the cajun speak. the mystery wasnt' totally predictable. I'd like to read more in this series
Sodapop74 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!!! I could not put it down. The characters in the book are so well developed that they seem real!! You know just about everything about each character and you don't get them all confused. I love Melanie and Cat her best friend. I enjoyed the light romance as well. The setting is New Orleans and some of the characters had a Cajun or deep south accent and I loved it. I hope that a new book in the series is written quickly!!!
BikerLibrarianCyn More than 1 year ago
On her days off, Melanie Hamilton helps her neighbors repair St. Antoine's Parish after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. During the week though, she works at the Mansion at Mystic Isle, a haunted house where she is the artist at their Dragon and Deities Tattoo Parlor. Her best friend Catalina Gabor is the resident gypsy fortune teller, while handsome Cap'n Jack is the new general manager who has literally become the man of her dreams. A wealthy guest offers a hundred thousand dollar bonus to resident medium Great Fabrizio if he is able to help her own psychic contact her late husband, but it unexpectedly results with she being the one who crosses over to the other side. With police suspecting Fabrizio as having had a hand in helping her prematurely meet her husband, Mel is unable to allow the man she considers to be a grandfather figure be sent to prison. The authors have found a unique and delightful setting for this novel that blends together mystery, romance, and a dash of the paranormal. Mel is likable, Cat a whirlwind of comical impulsivity, and Jack an alluring ally and suitor. The number of suspects within the Manor multiplies and evolves, making this a continually surprising and always fun mystery. -Cindy Chow
Cece56 More than 1 year ago
This book has several things that I enjoy in a book. It has myster, humor and a ghost or two. It is also set in New Orleans which I have always wanted to visit and the city fascinates me. Melanie and Cat are best friends and roommates. They both also work at The Mansion at Mystic Isle. The Mansion is across the Mississippi fro New Orleans. Harry Villars has turned The Mansion into a haunted house. Fabrizio, the hotel's resident medium and a father figure to Mel, is scheduled to hold a seance for one of the wealthiest guests whose husband has just died. Fabrizio requests that Mel attend the seance to round out the number of attendees. During the seance there is a murder which Mel starts investigating with the help of Jack Morgan, the manager. Mystery, mayhem, humor, caring people, good works are all her in this book. It is a delightful read with laugh-out-loud moments.
bigbammbina More than 1 year ago
OH MY GOSH, I am usually not into these kinds of books BUT.......this one caught me right from the beginning! What a GREAT read, LOVED the characters and story line. Most definitely will be keeping up with this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book!! Great read!! I will definitely read this author again!!