A Spell for Trouble is the first in Esme Addison’s new Enchanted Bay Mystery series.
After Aleksandra’s father passed away, she decided to finally accept her Aunt Lidia’s yearly invitation to visit her relatives in Bellamy Bay. Alex visited had visited there often when she was young. She hadn’t been there since her Mom passed away and her father began to refuse to take her there to visit. When Alex becomes disenchanted with her lot at work, she decides to accept her aunt’s invitation which allows Alex to get reacquainted with her aunt and cousins Minka and Kamila. Alex takes her dog, Athena, along with her. To her surprise, along the way she learns about her family being descended from mermaids.
Lidia and Minka run the town’s herbal apothecary where Alex begins working to help out. I loved hearing about the items they had for sale and the suggested uses for the salves, lotions, and other items they had for sale. Alex slowly begins to understand that Bellamy Bay is a town where supernaturals and humans both live.
The trouble and mystery begin when Randolph Bennett dies and Lidia becomes the prime suspect. Alex begins working to prove her aunt is innocent. There is a lot to be discovered about the town of Bellamy Bay, its inhabitants, and Alex’s family history as Alex works to solve the case.
I loved the characters, learning about the other characters in Bellamy Bay, and I will look forward to reading the next installment of this series. I also enjoyed the references to Polish food and other Polish words sprinkled throughout.
I received an advanced digital copy of this book NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books in exchange for an honest review.