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Alternate cover edition of ASIN B0727VVRRC Moving from Miami to small-town Oregon was supposed to be boring... When Alice Calliope takes over her recently deceased aunt's bookshop in Sapphire Village, Oregon, she's not expecting her world to be flipped upside down, but that's exactly what happens when her cousin Cat reveals to Alice that she's actually a witch. Add in the Alternate cover edition of ASIN B0727VVRRC Moving from Miami to small-town Oregon was supposed to be boring... When Alice Calliope takes over her recently deceased aunt's bookshop in Sapphire Village, Oregon, she's not expecting her world to be flipped upside down, but that's exactly what happens when her cousin Cat reveals to Alice that she's actually a witch. Add in the fact that the two of them stumble upon a dead body, and Alice's first day in town ends up being a lot more eventful than she could have possibly imagined! What was supposed to be a simple cross-country move winds up with Alice having to learn how to navigate a whole new magical world while at the same time trying to clear Cat's name as she emerges as the main suspect in the murder. Add in the eccentric Grandma Cee, witchcraft lessons, a whiny old ghost and the laziest cat ever, and Alice definitely has her hands full. With pressure mounting for the super-hot local sheriff to arrest her cousin, will Alice be able to hunt down the real killer before it's too late? Alice in Murderland is a full-length novel and the first book in the Magical Bookshop Mystery series of paranormal cozy mysteries.


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Alternate cover edition of ASIN B0727VVRRC Moving from Miami to small-town Oregon was supposed to be boring... When Alice Calliope takes over her recently deceased aunt's bookshop in Sapphire Village, Oregon, she's not expecting her world to be flipped upside down, but that's exactly what happens when her cousin Cat reveals to Alice that she's actually a witch. Add in the Alternate cover edition of ASIN B0727VVRRC Moving from Miami to small-town Oregon was supposed to be boring... When Alice Calliope takes over her recently deceased aunt's bookshop in Sapphire Village, Oregon, she's not expecting her world to be flipped upside down, but that's exactly what happens when her cousin Cat reveals to Alice that she's actually a witch. Add in the fact that the two of them stumble upon a dead body, and Alice's first day in town ends up being a lot more eventful than she could have possibly imagined! What was supposed to be a simple cross-country move winds up with Alice having to learn how to navigate a whole new magical world while at the same time trying to clear Cat's name as she emerges as the main suspect in the murder. Add in the eccentric Grandma Cee, witchcraft lessons, a whiny old ghost and the laziest cat ever, and Alice definitely has her hands full. With pressure mounting for the super-hot local sheriff to arrest her cousin, will Alice be able to hunt down the real killer before it's too late? Alice in Murderland is a full-length novel and the first book in the Magical Bookshop Mystery series of paranormal cozy mysteries.

30 review for Alice in Murderland

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    The world building is fun and I like the characters. I liked everything except the the actual murder mystery. It was problematic for me. I've read a lot of murder mysteries & police procedurals and the stories that drive me crazy are the ones that give no/bad clues and the final epiphany is almost entirely circumstantial. Also, long explanations and monologues from the villain is just weird. That's what this book does, if that doesn't bother you then cool, but if so at least you know what you're The world building is fun and I like the characters. I liked everything except the the actual murder mystery. It was problematic for me. I've read a lot of murder mysteries & police procedurals and the stories that drive me crazy are the ones that give no/bad clues and the final epiphany is almost entirely circumstantial. Also, long explanations and monologues from the villain is just weird. That's what this book does, if that doesn't bother you then cool, but if so at least you know what you're in for. Also, 152 pages does not a "full length novel" make. But I'm just nitpicking. It was a nice complete story.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Laura Thomas

    This was such fun. What's not to love in a paranormal cozy. And there's books in it. LOL Delightful and quirky characters, a murder to solve, and witchy shenanigans made this a delightful few hours of reading for me. I will be following this series and anticipating much more fun to come. This was such fun. What's not to love in a paranormal cozy. And there's books in it. LOL Delightful and quirky characters, a murder to solve, and witchy shenanigans made this a delightful few hours of reading for me. I will be following this series and anticipating much more fun to come.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

    This book was a delightfully magical mystery. The premise is a twenty-six year old finds out that her biological family are magical and she is welcomed back by them. Giving Alice a bookstore to run (family enterprise,) and introducing her to a 'wonderland' of realities. There is a murder, the first in the town since the 1980's, and the suspect is Alice's new found Cousin. Alice decides it is her job to prove her cousin's innocence. The wonderland created by Ms. Silver was just delightful. The fami This book was a delightfully magical mystery. The premise is a twenty-six year old finds out that her biological family are magical and she is welcomed back by them. Giving Alice a bookstore to run (family enterprise,) and introducing her to a 'wonderland' of realities. There is a murder, the first in the town since the 1980's, and the suspect is Alice's new found Cousin. Alice decides it is her job to prove her cousin's innocence. The wonderland created by Ms. Silver was just delightful. The family 'ghost' who discovers the lure of Agatha Christie and people catching their hair on 'fire,' and I could go on and on. This book was a joy to read. I do wish the books were longer, but, perhaps in time...it is a 'Wonderland' to discover.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    Adored it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brandi Martin

    A great series with fun characters Loved the book and will definitely read more. The characters are interesting and funny the town is quaint and the mystery was fun to solve. A definite winner.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    I was intrigued by the cover of this and the title and when I saw it was on Kindle Unlimited, I decided to read it. This is a magical cosy mystery that was a quick, fun read but don't expect anything more than surface from it. Alice's birth mother died when she was young and her adopted mother raised her in Miami as normal as normal can be. When her biological aunt dies, she leaves the bookshop to Alice. Alice moves to Sapphire Village, wanting a change in scenery and the chance to get to know m I was intrigued by the cover of this and the title and when I saw it was on Kindle Unlimited, I decided to read it. This is a magical cosy mystery that was a quick, fun read but don't expect anything more than surface from it. Alice's birth mother died when she was young and her adopted mother raised her in Miami as normal as normal can be. When her biological aunt dies, she leaves the bookshop to Alice. Alice moves to Sapphire Village, wanting a change in scenery and the chance to get to know more family, and finds out she's a witch. Things progress from there. Like I said, this was a quick book with Alice renovating her aunt's bookshop, meeting the weird and wonderful cast of characters in the village and trying to solve the murder of a middle-aged woman in order to clear her cousin's name. One of the things I liked the most was the colourful cast of characters, with Grandma Cee, Peaches, Cat, Archibald the ghost and Sage. They made things fun and I liked seeing their interactions together. If the book had just focused on Alice and how she was adjusting to the move and being a witch and becoming a business owner despite knowing nothing about business at all, then I think I would have preferred it. However, the book added this mystery which was solved on the flimsiest of coincidences and then the villain monologued about how they had done it and why they had done it and I was just left reading it in disbelief. If you're going to kill someone, then don't have a lengthy conversation with her (view spoiler)[when you're in the middle of the police station and could be interrupted at any moment (hide spoiler)] . It wasn't done terribly well and I wasn't that interested in who killed this woman. It wasn't even like an Agatha Christie where you have all the clues and you could theoretically put it together but here you didn't get all the clues until the very end where you found out who the murderer was. This book did really well on the cozy side of the story but drama or angst, like about the Others and the murderer were glossed over and Alice seemed to take the revelations of (view spoiler)[ her biological mother being killed and herself being targeted by dark witches (hide spoiler)] with unnatural calm. This book felt like it was all surface but nothing much else. It wasn't that I disliked it, it's just this was a short novel and didn't really need to focus on so many things. 3 stars!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lyssa Sue Shaffer

    Extra points for Archie The prior owner of Magical Books let the store ghost, Archibald, bully her into only carrying old books. Alice, the new owner, refuses to be pressured and not only orders Agatha Christie, but Harry Potter as well. Alice does this while meeting relatives she was unaware of... upon arrival in Oregon her luggage is lost and she and her cousin find a body. Such an interesting way to get to meet a town. As a cozy, the cousins set out to solve the murder, bookseller and cupcake a Extra points for Archie The prior owner of Magical Books let the store ghost, Archibald, bully her into only carrying old books. Alice, the new owner, refuses to be pressured and not only orders Agatha Christie, but Harry Potter as well. Alice does this while meeting relatives she was unaware of... upon arrival in Oregon her luggage is lost and she and her cousin find a body. Such an interesting way to get to meet a town. As a cozy, the cousins set out to solve the murder, bookseller and cupcake artiste are fated to be new best friends and take family witchery classes from Grandma Cee. No one ever mentioned a witch bloodline to Alice before so the changes are coming from all directions. My favorite scene came when the ghost was whining because he wasn't getting to indulge in a second Christie mystery and grumping about that Frenchman Hercule Poiroit. She reminds him the detective is from Belgium and he is snotty, LOL, in return Alice calls Londoner Archibald Irish. Poor snobby Archie, can't managed to trigger the Ipad audio book reader. He was convinced that nothing worth reading was released after Jane Austen. And hated the idea of creating space to encourage readers to sit down and browse through a novel. Bean bag chairs oh my heavens the horror of being so declasse. I foresee a long glorious adventure of bringing Archie to modernity and Alice to fully trained witchery... add in some cupcake brilliance and I'm all set for a winterfest of giggles.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Cover/Title:I like the cover. It seems perfect for this book. The title is what drew me in. I love titles like this. Characters: I really enjoyed the characters. Alice, Cat and Peaches are great. I love the personality of their family. I also liked Archie. I love how grumpy he is without his Agatha Christie books. Plot: Alice is meeting her biological mother's family for the first time. She inherits her aunt's bookstore and so much more. Her family is unique to say the least and she stumbles acr Cover/Title:I like the cover. It seems perfect for this book. The title is what drew me in. I love titles like this. Characters: I really enjoyed the characters. Alice, Cat and Peaches are great. I love the personality of their family. I also liked Archie. I love how grumpy he is without his Agatha Christie books. Plot: Alice is meeting her biological mother's family for the first time. She inherits her aunt's bookstore and so much more. Her family is unique to say the least and she stumbles across a dead body as soon as she hits town. She is determined to find the killer so she can move on with her new life. Overall: I really enjoyed this book but it needs some editing. I had to re-read a few parts because of some issues. At one point, the girls are interviewing a woman and her name and the dead woman's are mixed up. Another time, the cat is called Biscuit when it is called Muffin throughout the entire book before and after that point. These errors are glaringly obvious so I took one star off my review. With some editing, this would be a 4 star read. Once you get past these, the books is worth a read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mike Lewis

    Entertaining supernatural cozy mystery series This is an entertaining supernatural cozy mystery series. Great cast of characters and a fun and entertaining storyline. Young woman who grew up with her adoptive mother who just happen to be best friends with her biological mother when her biological mother passed away. Group in Miami Florida at a dead end job but loved Florida. Then one day her adoptive mother let her know that her biological aunt advice away and left her a bookstore in the small ho Entertaining supernatural cozy mystery series This is an entertaining supernatural cozy mystery series. Great cast of characters and a fun and entertaining storyline. Young woman who grew up with her adoptive mother who just happen to be best friends with her biological mother when her biological mother passed away. Group in Miami Florida at a dead end job but loved Florida. Then one day her adoptive mother let her know that her biological aunt advice away and left her a bookstore in the small hometown where she came from. She soon packed up everything she had and moves to the little town in Oregon. It is a little kitchy Swiss Alps type tourist town in the mountains of Oregon. Her biological family still Liz in and around the town. She soon finds out that she comes from a family of witches. She will soon begin to learn how to use her magic and in the process she happens to help solve a murder that happened on her first day in town. Along with her two cousins she seems to Poconos into the crime and help find who done it. Very entertaining. Check it out

  10. 4 out of 5

    Spinneretta

    Cute A cute quick read, set in the Oregon mountains. Alice has inherited a bookstore from an aunt she didn’t even know she had, only to discover that her new found family is not exactly normal... and neither is she. As a witch from a long line of witches, Alice now lives close to her family, has discovered that magic is real, and, oh yeah... found a dead body! With one of her cousins being accused, Alice really wants to find the real killer, and the handsome Police Chief is only one additional attra Cute A cute quick read, set in the Oregon mountains. Alice has inherited a bookstore from an aunt she didn’t even know she had, only to discover that her new found family is not exactly normal... and neither is she. As a witch from a long line of witches, Alice now lives close to her family, has discovered that magic is real, and, oh yeah... found a dead body! With one of her cousins being accused, Alice really wants to find the real killer, and the handsome Police Chief is only one additional attraction to helping. This is a witchy, paranormal cozy mystery, with the traditional witch (who didn’t know she was a witch), using magic to help her solve the case. It is an enjoyable read, a pleasant way to while away an hour or two, and a good addition to the libraries of those who love paranormal cozy mysteries, fantasy, and witchy storylines.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Ryan

    The first book in the series as well as the first book I have read by this author. I enjoyed this book alot. It's funny, captivating and well written. Alice finds out that she is a witch after a relative of her biological mother dies and leaves her a bookstore in Sapphire Village. She doesn't believe it at first but quickly finds out it's true. Add finding a dead body the first day she is in town and things get a bit more interesting. Alice's cousin Cat is accused of the murder so what's a girl The first book in the series as well as the first book I have read by this author. I enjoyed this book alot. It's funny, captivating and well written. Alice finds out that she is a witch after a relative of her biological mother dies and leaves her a bookstore in Sapphire Village. She doesn't believe it at first but quickly finds out it's true. Add finding a dead body the first day she is in town and things get a bit more interesting. Alice's cousin Cat is accused of the murder so what's a girl and her cousins to do but try and solve the murder to clear her name all while running her new bookstore complete with a lazy cat and a snarky ghost.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Oh dear! I am afraid there were a few problems with this book. I really liked the characters and the background story. The book could really have done with better editing as on at least four occasions the same thing was said in a slightly different way. Information that really didn't need repeating. The main storyline was good, but I found the behaviour of the murderer at the end of the story very strange. It felt like the author had rushed that part, just to finish the book. That being said, I wil Oh dear! I am afraid there were a few problems with this book. I really liked the characters and the background story. The book could really have done with better editing as on at least four occasions the same thing was said in a slightly different way. Information that really didn't need repeating. The main storyline was good, but I found the behaviour of the murderer at the end of the story very strange. It felt like the author had rushed that part, just to finish the book. That being said, I will be reading more in this series, just hope the editing will be a bit better. So sorry, I don't like leaving not very nice reviews.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kari

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I prefer one of the authors other series. The magic seemed oddly inconsequential and superficial and did not really add to the story. While the premise used to get Alice back amongst her family was plausible, it didn’t function well in the story. I found it hard to believe that a young woman raised “just her and her mom” wouldn’t turn to her mother in a trying situation. Nor that her mother having whisked her away as an infant (to protect her)wouldn’t give her a bit more heads up sending her bac I prefer one of the authors other series. The magic seemed oddly inconsequential and superficial and did not really add to the story. While the premise used to get Alice back amongst her family was plausible, it didn’t function well in the story. I found it hard to believe that a young woman raised “just her and her mom” wouldn’t turn to her mother in a trying situation. Nor that her mother having whisked her away as an infant (to protect her)wouldn’t give her a bit more heads up sending her back. The premise was just way too sinister for a “cozy” mystery. I’m assuming it is fleshed our later, but the introduction book fails to get me interested in the broader threat.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Entertaining An entertaining paranormal mystery. A couple of editing issues --wrong character name used in a couple of places, but overall well-written. A lot of world building went into creating and describing the setting, but it didn't feel too much like an info dump. The rules of how the witches use magic are different from other books in this genre and Peaches' mistakes were funny. In fact, all the characters were individuals, some odd, but all were relatable. Definitely worth continuing wit Entertaining An entertaining paranormal mystery. A couple of editing issues --wrong character name used in a couple of places, but overall well-written. A lot of world building went into creating and describing the setting, but it didn't feel too much like an info dump. The rules of how the witches use magic are different from other books in this genre and Peaches' mistakes were funny. In fact, all the characters were individuals, some odd, but all were relatable. Definitely worth continuing with the series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Diane ~Firefly~

    This was a kindle freebie and I really enjoyed it. The characters were fun. Alice moves to her bio-mother's hometown and discovers she is a witch and has lots of extended family. She takes over her aunt's bookstore that comes with a prissy ghost and a fat cat. But when her cousin is a suspect in the murder she and her cousins decide to look into it. No love triangles in sight. Characters are fun and small town is interesting, as some are witches and some not (and don't know about the witches). I' This was a kindle freebie and I really enjoyed it. The characters were fun. Alice moves to her bio-mother's hometown and discovers she is a witch and has lots of extended family. She takes over her aunt's bookstore that comes with a prissy ghost and a fat cat. But when her cousin is a suspect in the murder she and her cousins decide to look into it. No love triangles in sight. Characters are fun and small town is interesting, as some are witches and some not (and don't know about the witches). I'll continue this series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Constance

    A quick read with no surprises The story of a young woman connecting with her biological family only to discover she is a descendant of witches as well as being one herself was enjoyable, if not somewhat predictable. I’ve seen this formula many times: young woman with powers comes into town, dead body shows up, local law enforcement takes a liking to her, almost killed by murderer, catches killer and saved in the nick of time. Still, not a bad intro into a series and stirred up enough curiosity t A quick read with no surprises The story of a young woman connecting with her biological family only to discover she is a descendant of witches as well as being one herself was enjoyable, if not somewhat predictable. I’ve seen this formula many times: young woman with powers comes into town, dead body shows up, local law enforcement takes a liking to her, almost killed by murderer, catches killer and saved in the nick of time. Still, not a bad intro into a series and stirred up enough curiosity to start the next one.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Klages

    What makes it a four star book instead of five star book. I enjoyed reading this book, it had some fun charts in it. I would have given it 5 stars except for one thing. The only people that stick their tongue's out at other adults are Bratty little children. I can't understand why anyone would make there adult characters do such a nasty childish thing as sticking there tongue's out at each other. I hope the tongue sticking isn't in all her stories. It just plain ruins the characters for me. What makes it a four star book instead of five star book. I enjoyed reading this book, it had some fun charts in it. I would have given it 5 stars except for one thing. The only people that stick their tongue's out at other adults are Bratty little children. I can't understand why anyone would make there adult characters do such a nasty childish thing as sticking there tongue's out at each other. I hope the tongue sticking isn't in all her stories. It just plain ruins the characters for me.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Eating Between

    I really enjoyed this witchy cozy mystery! I appreciate that the author made the story a bit more realistic when it came to Alice’s Reaction to being a witch- I dislike when a character just accepts the fact that magic is real. Alice took it like any sane woman would and ran for the hills or well the trees! You can find the rest of my review here- https://eatingbetweenthelinesinc.word... I really enjoyed this witchy cozy mystery! I appreciate that the author made the story a bit more realistic when it came to Alice’s Reaction to being a witch- I dislike when a character just accepts the fact that magic is real. Alice took it like any sane woman would and ran for the hills or well the trees! You can find the rest of my review here- https://eatingbetweenthelinesinc.word...

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    Intriguing, suspenseful mystery A delightful murder mystery as Alice is moving to Sapphire Village, Oregon, Alice and her cousin, Cat discovered a dead body in the middle of the road. Alice finds out she is a witch. Samantha Silver writes compellingly with a sense of humor and excitement to keep your attention to see what will happen next which makes it very difficult to put down this book. You must read this book to see how it unfolds to solve the murder. Happy reading! 😊

  20. 5 out of 5

    Krystyna

    Brilliant After receiving the news that her aunt has passed Alice is further shocked to hear that she is from a magical family. A dead body, a new business, lessons. Can Alice survive? Well written, even though plot is similar to others it seems to have a fresh angle. Well worth reading for all lovers of paranormal cozy mysteries.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sandi Ramirez

    I picked this mystery to read simply because the title grabbed me. I am so happy I did. What a fun and enjoyable paranormal mystery it was. I can't imagine not knowing I was a witch until after I was in my mid 20s.... I highly recommend this book. I am looking forward to reading more in this fun series. I picked this mystery to read simply because the title grabbed me. I am so happy I did. What a fun and enjoyable paranormal mystery it was. I can't imagine not knowing I was a witch until after I was in my mid 20s.... I highly recommend this book. I am looking forward to reading more in this fun series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marie Tovaas

    Surprisingly good and funny to boot! A little puerile, but charmingly funny and decently plotted out as well. Our heroine eliminated all true he obvious suspects, but put two and two together and found the murderer. Some fancy footwork saved the day, and some fancy thinking saved the witch as well. A fun read for a summery day!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Berger

    Good premise; likable characters; decent mystery Like many ebooks these days, this story is badly in need of a good editor. That said, I enjoyed the cast of characters and the locations, and I was somewhat surprised by the reveal of the culprit. I would definitely read more of the series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    New girl in town meets murder Alice knows she is adopted and when she is informed that her biological aunt has left her a bookstore in Oregon she decides to go. She meets her crazy family plus she learns she is a witch. On her very first day in Oregon she finds a dead body. Now it is time to find a killer.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    Skiing town with a mystery There are definitely repetitive themes in her books. Anti development to remain quaint, supernatural, mysteries, friendships, and budding (clean) romance. There are some editing issues as well, but they are funny, light, clean and as the author says cozy.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dallass

    🎶 Follow the Brixton Road 🎶 I was completely enchanted by this quirky story, and while I was expecting an Alice in Wonderland retelling, what I got was a fun, fast paced story with some very vibrant characters. Throw in some witches, a literary snob of a ghost, one hot sheriff, and a murder and you’ve got yourself a great paranormal cosy mystery. 4 stars 🌟

  27. 4 out of 5

    sarah williams

    Cute Fast paced series, an adopted daughter, travels to Oregan, to meet her biological family. Guess what? You're a witch! Instant magic, great cupcakes, cousins and family members that instantly adore you. You inherit a bookstore complete with a ghost. Oops, dead body.... Read and enjoy! Cute Fast paced series, an adopted daughter, travels to Oregan, to meet her biological family. Guess what? You're a witch! Instant magic, great cupcakes, cousins and family members that instantly adore you. You inherit a bookstore complete with a ghost. Oops, dead body.... Read and enjoy!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    Loved this book It has witches, a mystery, a bookstore and a cupcake store, some of my favourite things in a cozy. The only possible improvement would be a cupcake recipe, but this is not Cat's story (in which a cupcake recipe would be appropriate, it's Alice's. Will be looking for other books by Ms Silver Loved this book It has witches, a mystery, a bookstore and a cupcake store, some of my favourite things in a cozy. The only possible improvement would be a cupcake recipe, but this is not Cat's story (in which a cupcake recipe would be appropriate, it's Alice's. Will be looking for other books by Ms Silver

  29. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    Having read other books by this author I have to say while I enjoyed it It didn't seem to hold my interest as much as the other series she has written. Alice takes ownership of her recently deceased aunt's bookshop. She finds she has a family she never knew and is a witch. She and her cousin find a dead body and the search is on to find the killer before the wrong person goes to jail. Having read other books by this author I have to say while I enjoyed it It didn't seem to hold my interest as much as the other series she has written. Alice takes ownership of her recently deceased aunt's bookshop. She finds she has a family she never knew and is a witch. She and her cousin find a dead body and the search is on to find the killer before the wrong person goes to jail.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Frances Stiles

    A lovely read Light, easy to read with a whole host of unique family characters. Enjoyable to get lost in the stories. The description of the town almost encourages me to pack up and leave the Texas summer heat for the coolness and quaintness of Sapphire Village.

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