ARC REVIEW — Bell, Book & Candlemas (A Wiccan Wheel Mystery #2) by Jennifer David Hesse

Bell, Book & Candlemas Book Cover Bell, Book & Candlemas
A Wiccan Wheel Mystery #2
Jennifer David Hesse
Cozy Mystery, Mystery, Fiction
Kensington
December 27, 2016
Ebook
352
NetGalley ARC

A new year has barely begun and Edindale, Illinois, family law attorney Keli Milanni already has her hands full at work. But her private practice as a Wiccan may cause her worlds to collide
The Wiccan holiday of Candlemas is right around the corner, but when vandals target New Age gift shop Moonstone Treasures, the mood is far from festive. Frightening threats and accusations of witchcraft aimed at the owner have some Wiccan patrons calling it a hate crime. And when things escalate to murder, the community turns to Keli.

As a friend and customer, Keli wants to help. But there s one problem: she s fiercely private about her religion. How can she stop the harassment, not to mention catch a killer, while keeping her faith hidden from her colleagues, clients, and her promising and long awaited new boyfriend? At a time meant to banish darkness, will Keli have to choose between risking the spotlight and keeping her beliefs locked in the proverbial broom closet? Or will she call on her deepest convictions to conjure the perfect path?...

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Keli Milanni is an attorney and a Wiccan but likes to keep that last fact to herself in fear of the reproductions it may have on her personal and professional life.

When her favorite gift shop (and Wiccan store) gets vandalized with the word WITCH Keli stops in to check on its owner (and fellow Wiccan) Mila. Soon she learns that Mila has also been getting threatening messages and somehow Mila’s misfortune if connected with a rash of burglaries in town.

Putting her fears of being found out aside, Keli is soon investigating with the help of her BFF Farrah, and her boyfriend Wes. When someone turns up dead, things start heating up and if they can’t figure out who is threatening Mila before Candlemas there may be more than just the one body to deal with…

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I enjoyed this one a lot. It was well written. The plot flowed nicely. The mystery kept me guessing right up to the end. It had likable characters, and I found the Wiccan aspect of the story interesting as well.

If you love cozy mysteries, then this one should definitely find it’s way on your TO READ list as soon as possible. Two thumbs up from yours truly.

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