BOOK REVIEW: Strange Magic (Essex Witch Museum Mystery #1) by Syd Moore


Publication Date:
May 4, 2017
Publisher: Point Blank
Format: Paperback
Pages:  418 Pages
Genre:  Mystery/Thriller
Buy: Kindle | Paperback


Rosie Strange doesn't believe in ghosts or witches or magic. No, not at all. It’s no surprise therefore when she inherits the ramshackle Essex Witch Museum, her first thought is to take the money and run.

Still, the museum exerts a curious pull over Rosie. There’s the eccentric academic who bustles in to demand she help in a hunt for old bones, those of the notorious Ursula Cadence, a witch long since put to death. And there’s curator Sam Stone, a man about whom Rosie can’t decide if he’s tiresomely annoying or extremely captivating. It all adds up to looking like her plans to sell the museum might need to be delayed, just for a while.

Finding herself and Sam embroiled in a most peculiar centuries-old mystery, Rosie is quickly expelled from her comfort zone, where to her horror, the secrets of the past come with their own real, and all too present, danger as a strange magic threatens to envelope them all.


Since its October I wanted to break out some of the spooky stories.  Strange Magic is a fun romp through Britain.  Rosie inherits her grandfathers gaudy witch museum with every intention to sell it but when she goes to visit and inventory she is sucked up in its magic and mystery.  

Helping a priest Rosie and the curator Sam go on a quest to find the bones of a witch who was hung during the witch trials in Essex.  The priest believes that only her bones can help cure a boy who seems possessed by the dead witch's son.  

This is a race against time and there is sabotage and strange happenings around every corner.  I really enjoyed this book and look forward to diving into the next book in this series.  Rosie doesn't really know or understand much of her family history and Sam was her grandfather's protege.  Together they start to learn more about each other, witches and the Strange family.  Really great start to a series. 

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