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Our blog is meant to evoke fun with the magic of myths, folklore, movies and the mayhem of murder and madness. We have to keep it interesting so if you like different genres of movies and books then you're at the right blog. Our authors are a wide range of experts and our readers know what is top of the line in their favorite genres. Sometimes we post recipes that might be fun to try if a culinary author has one in her book that we think is especially yummy or one that Terri and I have created and want to share with you. Enjoy Guest Blogger Alice Duncan's monthly muse on her books and writing mysteries.

Plus you won't want to miss our book reviews, author interviews or our guest bloggers. So grab your favorite beverage then join us for some magic and mayhem! The good news is that you don't have to leave the house or your comfy chair. We have something for everyone's taste and every month we have a different topic for our bloggers: ones we feel that might be useful in your own writing and reader points of view. Not to mention, life in general. So join us and be sure to have a notebook handy as your to-be-read pile will grow as you add books, recipes, movies and t.v. series you won't want to miss. Not to mention folktales, myths or ideas you may wish to explore. Be careful what you wish for because on mayhemandmagic2 you just might find it.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Review: Death at the Door by Carolyn Hart

Title: DEATH AT THE DOOR

Author: CAROLYN HART

A beloved local doctor is found dead. At first glance it looks to be suicide but when a local artist arrested for the murder of his wife. Then Annie begins to think the murders are related. Soon a third murder happens and this time Annie doesn't have to convince anyone that the cases are related.
With a lot of help from the colorful locals and one very good reporter everyone on the island wants these crimes and the murderer put to rest.

There are many suspects, several clues, one fire. As they say a picture is worth a thousand words and so is one look.
The trouble is trying to sort through the lies and white lies to the truth.

Once again Carolyn Hart has kept us guessing with layers characters and a plot with wide brush strokes.

Pamela James I give this one ********stars out of ten.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Review: Proflie by CJ Koehler









Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Worldwide Library (April 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373263457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373263455
Lisa Robbins is a psychiatrist and one of her patients is causing her alarm that he may have been involved in a recent brutal murder.  A profile created by one of her colleagues reinforces her fears.  She won't break privilege when the police ask.  The situation grows worse when a murder hits close to home.

This book was a decent read.  The patient was really creepy and I could feel her turmoil.  The police detectives were interesting and good at their job (which is often a failing in mysteries and thrillers IMHO).  There were also interesting twists and turns along the way.  Basically a solid book that just didn't enthrall me.

Terri

Monday, October 13, 2014

Good Thursday Morning!


Good Morning,

I hope everyone has a great October.

Monday evening I made a library trip and here is what I brought home.

DEATH AT THE DOOR by Carolyn Hart, BLOTTO, TWINKS and the EX-KING'S DAUGHTER by Simon Brett ( this is the first in a new series), SPADE & ARCHER ( this one is the prequel to The MALTESE FALCON) and the author is Joe Gores, THERE'S NOTHING TO BE AFRAID OF by Marcia Muller.

Anyway these books should keep me out of trouble for a while.

My favorite book from last month was The SPIRIT IS WILLING by Max McCoy it is a paranormal mystery and is a series. I love it and I also have a kindle favorite by Christopher Fowler but I need to finish reading it soon so that I post a review.

Okay your turn was is your favorite September/October books?

Review: Murder in the Mystery Suite by Ellery Adams

Title: MURDER in the MYSTERY SUITE
Author: ELLERY ADAMS
 In rural Virginia is a resort town name Storyton Virginia and is a book lovers dream.
Storyton Hall has been turned into a retreat. Jane Steward is the manager of Storyton Hall and has arranged a murder mystery week. There is role playing, a scavenger hunt, the winner of the scavenger hunt is Felix Hampden but the book h won didn't include someone murdering him and the book disappearing.
If only that were the only drama of the week that would be enough trouble.
Jane wants to know who murdered Felix and so the hunt is on for a real life killer.
If you like shows like Once Upon A Time, Sleepy Hollow and if you like dark fairytales then you will love this series. If you l like detectives, cozy mysteries and classic mysteries this series will be a huge welcome.
I loved every page of this book. Added bonus is Jane's relatives, other household characters and a few surprises along the way.
I can't begin to describe this wonderfully brilliant new series.
********* ten out of ten stars.

Pamela James

Friday, September 26, 2014

Review: Treasure Me by Christine Nolfi



Birdie is a con artist and a thief.  She is getting tired of the life as well and decides to go to Liberty OH where legend says, her ancestor went in search of a new life as a free woman.  AND that she was given a treasure to help her start that life.  Birdie wants to follow the clues and find a fresh start.

Hugh is a journalist whose career is on its last legs since he can't keep his life together.  His one chance is to go dig into a story that he reported on before with great success.

Their paths cross and is it possible for them to overcome their pasts and be together?

I really enjoyed this book, it was a fun read with some great characters, history and small town charm and angst.  Not to mention, a little bit of mystery and love. 

Birdie was quirky enough to root for despite her criminal inclinations and she really seems to grow as the story arcs.  A new Author for me to follow....

Terri


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Review - Bio by Reilly Maggin





  • Paperback: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Red Too Press; 1st edition (September 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978767306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978767303


When a Palestinian doctor working in Iraq stumbles across a virulent form of Ebola in a patient, he convinces an Iraqi Prince that they can develop it for jihad attacks against the West.  They experiment and test it on a remote South Pacific island, where it is up to an American NGO clinic's doctor and allies to stop them.

This certainly is timely now with the current epidemic in Central Africa.  It makes it seem even more possible.

The story is engrossing and the characters interesting, if sometimes needing fleshing out.  There is a lot of action when a CIA agent joins the fight, though that seemed to stretch believability a bit.  Definite good guys vs. bad guys here!  And thank goodness - not too much graphic details about Ebola symptoms.

Fast paced and lots of action.

Terri

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Review: Anything for a Story by Cynthia Hickey



  • File Size: 1418 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 149960338X
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J7X007E

Stormi is a romance writer with a bit of writer's block.  When she accidently stumbles over the body of a neighbor, she decides she wants to try writing a mystery and solving the crime seems to be the perfect way to do it.

This is the first book in the nosy neighbor series and is quite light reading with some zany characters.  And while trying to develop the characters, I thought the mystery itself seemed a bit weak, and the voice a bit too young for the character.  And the zany family seemed a bit too predictable zany. I think there were a lot of stumbles which I struggled with a bit while reading, but I think there is a lot of room for the series to grow, so will give book two a chance.

Terri

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Play Review - Dirty Dancing

I went with a friend to see the stage production of Dirty Dancing.  

 Dirty Dancing at the National Theatre - DC

Now, I do know that plays based on movies can be hit or miss.  I know that certainly is true for a play based on such an iconic movie.  So I was a bit hesitant at first, but hey - discount tickets helped. I figured, great music, great dancing, it will be fun.  And it was fun...that part anyway.  Loved they had an orchestra and a couple live versions of some of the classic songs from the movie.  And the dancing and backdrop visuals of the dancing was great!

But then we get to the real issue...  when actors take over a role, they need to take it over and make it their own.  I felt (and so did my friend when we talked about it) the actors were trying to play Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey playing the characters instead.  Which of course, doesn't work.  It felt flat.  And I honestly felt very little chemistry between the two actors either.  And that is one thing Swayze and Grey did have.

So comparison wise, a disappointment.  But we did at least have fun.  I would have been a bit irritated though if I had paid full price this go round.

So I will say, movie-to-stage adaptation:

Legally Blonde - YES
Young Frankenstein - YES
Dirty Dancing - NO

Terri

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Guest Blogger - Alice Duncan

The Suckiest Month of the Year So Far
Was what August, 2014, was for me (and many people I know).
I don’t mean to whine, but I had to have a dog put down, my cousin’s daughter committed suicide, two dear, dear friends are battling cancer, and my plumbing stopped up twice on two consecutive weekends. Okay, so that last one isn’t as bad as suicide or cancer; it was a pain in the patoot and extremely expensive. And Robin Williams killed himself. What’s up with that???
Very well, so life is life, and you never know when it will hit you upside the head with a brick, but this August seemed particularly cruel to many of the people I know and love. I don’t like it.
About the only good thing to happen all month was the release in audio format of A PERFECT STRANGER, the first book in my post-Titanic historical romance series. A PERFECT STRANGER tells the story of Isabel Golightly, a young single mother from Yorkshire (actually she came from Upper Poppleton); her six-year-old genius daughter, Eunice; and the hero of the piece, horticulturist Somerset Fitzroy. Ha! And you didn’t think horticulturists were hero material. Well, he is. The book takes place in San Francisco, California, in 1912 (cuz that’s when Titanic sank). The narrator, Lisa Baarns, did a lovely job reading the book, and Melissa Alvarez created a fabulous cover for the audiobook. The couple on the cover are Isabel and her dance partner at the Fairfield Hotel, Jorje Luis Savedra. Jorje is definitely not hero material. But he sure can dance.


http://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/A-Perfect-Stranger-Audiobook/B00N17VN6Y/ref=a_search_c4_1_1_srTtl?qid=1409445703&sr=1-1


I’m holding a contest for audio copies of A PERFECT STRANGER (originally published under my pseudonym Anne Robins, in case you missed it in print form). I’ll get in touch with the folks who won paperback copies of DARK SPIRITS as soon as I can.
Here’s hoping September will be better to all of us. Oy. I just remembered that September 11, a date that will live in infamy thanks to Osama bin Ladin, is also the second anniversary of my lumbar surgery. Gah. Maybe September will suck, too. I sure hope not.


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Thanks!