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Babs Baldwin Mystery - Book 1
By Summer Prescott

Summer Prescott Books
15 October 2019/ ASIN: B07Z6PXSL7
Mystery/Contemporary/Paranormal / Halloween

Reviewed by Rachel Hyde 


Babs Baldwin runs an interior design business and, after a dry period, is thrilled when a couple who clearly have money walk through the door. But Marta and Colin have very different tastes, and while she is keen he is not. Something seems wrong in their marriage, and their Victorian house is supposedly haunted. But things are to take a tragic turn when there is a murder, and a surprising one, when the new bakery owner, Rose, wants to read Babs’ tea leaves. Surely cats don’t talk, and magic is not real…or is it?

This is the first in a new series from this prolific cozy mystery author, and her first paranormal. Babs makes for an engaging protagonist, and I loved the talking cat! It is not hard to guess who will be killed or the identity of the killer, and the ending seems rather rushed with some questions remaining. Presumably these will be addressed in future books. But despite these shortcomings, I felt that this was a promising beginning. I don’t read a lot of paranormal mysteries because I usually find them to be rather thin with the paranormal part tacked on to make them: a) fashionable and b) more interesting. This one has the supernatural as the raison d’etre of the whole book, complete with some tantalizing set ups for future books and a lot of potential for fun and sleuthing. A more teasing plot with more strands and perhaps some local color would really make this sing. I will be on the lookout for more and delve into this (new to me) author’s backlist.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in The Bead Magazine, Making Jewellery and
Reviewed 2019