November 24, 2017

Black Arts, Tarts & Gypsy Carts by Erin Johnson - Review and Giveaway

I received this book free from the publisher. All opinions are my own

Book details
Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series 
Self Published (October 29, 2017) 
Paperback: 300 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1976537110 
E-Book - ASIN: B076GW21DK

Book description
With the Summer Sea Carnival visiting the enchanted island of Bijou Mer, Imogen jumps at the chance to help run the royal bakery booth. It’ll get her out of the palace and allow her to continue avoiding her feelings for a certain engaged prince. Imogen’s plans to lay low are shattered when the world-famous necromancer, Madame Zerna, is found dead, sawed in half on the dark magician’s table and Imogen’s friend Rhonda is caught red-handed. With incriminating evidence piling up against Rhonda, Zerna’s rival, Imogen promises to help clear her name by finding the real murderer. But between running the booth, encouraging Maple as she struggles to lead as head baker, and taking spell lessons from the friendly strong man, Imogen’s got her hands full. And it’s no easier getting information from the evasive dark magician or Madame Zerna’s secretive assistant. Even Rhonda’s hiding something. With the Night of the Dead fast approaching, and Rhonda headed for a maximum security witch prison, Imogen races to unearth the real killer in time to save her friend. But in a mysterious carnival where nothing’s as it seems, will Imogen have the magical powers to keep from being on the chopping block herself?

Meet the Author - Erin Johnson 
A native of Tempe, Arizona, Erin spends her time crafting mysterious, magical, romance-filled stories that’ll hopefully make you laugh. In between, she’s traveling, napping with her dogs, eating with her friends and family, and teaching Pilates (to allow her to eat more). Website: Facebook: Twitter: @EJohnsonWrites 

Purchase Link - Amazon 

My thoughts
This is the first book that I have read by this author and in this series. I did not feel lost and was able to read it as a stand alone book. I thought the book was enjoyable and the cast of characters were unique and fun to get to know. The royal bakers were a favorite part of the story for me. Then the author added a bit of romance to this mystery which was a little bonus. She likes to keep you guessing as you read. Just when you think you have everything figured out she gives you a little twist. I enjoyed her writing style as well. The story just flowed off the pages. Imogene was a fun character to get to know. She was determined to prove her friend was not the killer even if it meant solving the crime herself. A great cast of characters a fun setting and a good mystery. All the makings of a good book. 


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  1. Hi Angela! Thanks so much for your review and for featuring my book on your blog. I'm so glad you enjoyed it and it's great to know you were able to read it as a standalone. Hope you have a great weekend!

  2. I really enjoyed the description of the book. Looking forward to reading the series.