Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 40.
- Review Date: 2008-09-15
- Reviewer: Staff
Tongue-in-cheek humor lifts this weird but fun hybrid, part knitting cozy, part paranormal romance, from romance veteran Bretton (Just Desserts). After a classy female tourist drowns mysteriously in an icy lake in remote Sugar Maple, Vt., the Montpelier authorities ask Boston homicide cop Luke MacKenzie to investigate. As Sugar Maple’s temporary police chief, Luke soon notices the village’s odd ambience. Originally a haven for witches who fled the Salem witchcraft trials three centuries earlier, Sugar Maple is now home to witches, vampires, fairies and trolls. Luke is also attracted to Chloe Hobbs, the half-human owner of the knitting shop Sticks & Strings, who must find Mr. Right if she’s to preserve the spell that sustains the town’s unusual residents. As sparks literally fly between the two, Chloe’s “magickal” side stirs into life. Bretton charmingly depicts how love empowers Chloe and awakens Luke to some major surprises. (Nov.)
A magical mystery
Barbara Bretton charms with her paranormal romance, Casting Spells. The enchanted Vermont town of Sugar Maple is filled with all sorts of otherworldly folk, including knit shop owner and half-sorceress, half-human Chloe Hobbs. Her ancestress came up with the spell that keeps the town safe, but it seems to be fading: the death of a visitor shocks Sugar Maple, bringing police detective Luke MacKenzie to their enclave. Chloe finds that the magic powers that have always been missing from her life may be developing, just as her heart is developing an attachment to the too-human investigator. Suddenly she's in love and in troublethe kind of trouble that threatens the town and eventually both her life and Luke's. A sweet setting with the sparkle of magic and a bite of suspense makes Casting Spells a standout.