(Full Moon Crystal Shop Mysteries #1)
by Cate Conte
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Expected publication: June 30th 2020 by Kensington Books
Murder isn’t always crystal-clear . . . especially when the prime suspect discovers she’s a witch.
Violet Mooney owns The Full Moon crystal shop in quaint North Harbor, Connecticut. Still grieving her beloved grandmother’s recent unexpected death, she takes comfort in her fat orange cat Monty and her work. Not everyone in town is thrilled with her business, however. When disagreeable town councilwoman Carla Fernandez picks a fight over Violet’s "voodoo shop," the two have a very public confrontation. Of course, when Carla turns up dead, Violet gets little sympathy from the police as suspect #1.
But the shock of two policemen showing up at her door pales in comparison to the sudden appearance of her estranged mother Fiona and a surprise sister, Zoe. What Fiona reveals will rock her world and her sense of self—and reawaken her long-dormant mysterious power. Good thing. She’s gonna need it . . .
This is the first book in the Full Moon Crystal Shop Mysteries series by Cate Conte.
A lot of the books I have been picking up lately have been dealing with the death of a loved one. I know this might be a normal thing for cozies but I guess since I have been going through something similar the plot point is just standing out to me more. Violet has to deal with the death of her grandmother and at the same time, the pendent she has worn constantly broke and in the breaking released Violet from a binding spell that was keeping her and her mother apart without her even knowing. There is a whole world in her grandmother’s and mother’s life that she never knew about. One fact of which is the fact that Violet is a witch from a powerful line of witches. What a secret to keep. Wow.
I enjoyed this book and thought it was a great beginning to a series. I am indeed intrigued and want more. The mystery was thought provoking and I liked all the family drama. In a lot of cozies, the family dynamic is lacking. This has it in spades.
If you are looking for a cozy with a bit of a parnormal slant, this is for you!
Also, if you love a good cozy mystery, definitely check this one out. What a fun read!
I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.