by Matilda Wilde from Magick & Mayhem, the first in the brand-spanking-new Abracadabra mystery series by Sharon Pape
Kailyn Wilde comes from a long line of sorcerers, who have run a centuries old magick shop in the quaint tourist town of New Camel. When she goes to the attorney’s office to finalize her mother’s estate, she literally stumbles over his body–worst of all, he was married to her best friend Elise.
As a brash detective casts the blame on Elise, Kailyn starts an investigation of her own. What with running a business, perfecting ancient spells, and keeping up with an uninvited guest of fabled origins, Kailyn has her hands full. But with the help of her uncanny black cat Sashkatu and her muumuu-clad Aunt Tilly, she’s closing in on the killer.
Yoo-hoo there, I’m Tilly, née Matilda. I come from a long line of sorcerers, but don’t let that frighten you. We practice only white magick. My niece, Kailyn, asked me to stop by and say hello to all of you, because she says I play an important role in her life. I’m tickled silly that she thinks so! With me, what you see is what you get—from the red curls on my head to the bunions and corns on my feet. But they’re not what I’m best known for. I have a reputation as an inimitable psychic and world-class baker. Anyone who comes in for a reading can stay on to enjoy a traditional English tea – for a modest additional fee.
I was married at one time, as were my sister, Morgana, and mother Bronwen. I was widowed at a young age. Morgana’s husband walked out one day and never looked back. My father hung in there a bit longer, but eventually he left us too. It would seem that marrying a sorceress is not an easy row to hoe. When we married, my mother, sister and I all retained our maiden name—no hyphenates for us. For hundreds of years, the name “Wilde” has been passed on from mother to daughter along with the magickal DNA in our bloodline. Perhaps that insistence on keeping the family name was the first of several strikes against our relationships that eventually struck us out.
You might think that having magickal powers would be enough for any mere mortal, but my beloved niece has had a passion for murder mysteries since the day she learned to read. As a child she always had her head in a book and the book was generally a mystery. That’s why it came as no surprise to me that she made it her business to solve the first murder case in our peaceful little town of New Camel, New York. I tried to help her out in whatever ways I could, although I have to admit that it was scary at sometimes. No matter – I gathered my courage around me like one of my Hawaiian muumuus and confronted my fears head on. Except for that mouse incident.
Oops — that’s the oven-timer ringing. I’ll have to say toodle-oo for now and see to my scones. Stop in for a reading sometime and stay for the three-course tea; the clotted cream comes straight from England!
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Sharon Pape describes her writing career as having two stages. Back in the dark ages, before computers were in every household, she had three paranormal books published. The first one was condensed by Redbook Magazine, the first paperback original they ever condensed. Then life brought her an unexpected challenge, by the name of breast cancer. After treatment she and her oncologist started a not-for-profit to provide information and peer support to breast cancer patients. With the organization up and running, she returned to her first love - writing. This time around she's writing cozy mysteries. Abracadabra is her third series. The first book in that series, Magick & Mayhem, debuted on May 2nd.
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