This past bank holiday weekend – glorious sunshine! – has allowed me to get some extra reading time in! So what better way to celebrate than by having a ‘WITCHY WEEKEND’!! I could finally catch up with the 4 books left in the Essex Witch Museum Mystery Series that I’ve been itching to catch up on for way too long! And with the latest in the series – STRANGE TRICKS – being released today June 3rd 2021 – I thought I’d do something a little different and post all my reviews up in one post!
So here’s my look back at the 4 books I managed to read! Click on the book title for a link to the Goodreads blurb!
STRANGE SIGHT by SYD MOORE – book 2 in the series
More fun and ghostly games with Rosie and Sam! They’re back investigating cases that are a little out of the ordinary, and this one is no different as a local chef is found murdered at the local restaurant in a rather grizzly scene.
Rosie is still unsure what to do exactly with the Witch Museum in Essex that she has inherited from her grandfather. Her life as a benefit fraud investigator gives her stability, but the more time she spends in Essex at the museum with Sam, the more she finds herself drawn to this ‘new’ world.
As they investigate the chef murder they uncover a protection symbol in the basement, and this leads to them researching the past of the area so we get a great glimpse into the history of London in the process! And all while she valiantly defends the humble essex girl in style! She is no stereotype and isn’t afraid to let everyone know!!
I love the banter between Rosie and Sam, and really enjoyed the adventure we are taken on as they delve into the darker side of life.. or should that be death!
STRANGE FASCINATION by SYD MOORE – book 3
Sam and Rosie are back! And I think this is my favourite… so far!! The story was full of fun, darkness and the community coming together to try and thwart developers who are determined to move a centuries-old boulder – the locals know what happened the last time the boulder moved and it wasn’t a good thing!! But when do developers ever listen to locals??!
Rosie has the locals on her side this time with the relaunch of the new look Witch Museum – the free bar may have helped on launch day! She’s settling more into the witch way of life and starts to delve a bit further into her own family history as there is so much she doesn’t really know about.
The locals remember all the strange goings on when the boulder was moved before, said to be the resting place of a witch, so they will do all they can to try and stop it happening again. And when bones and artifacts are found at the boulder site, the police bring Rosie and Sam in again and their help is needed even more when the head of one of the protestors turns up on the boulder.
This is a book that feels really relevant with heritage sites being ignored for the sake of development – and money! And once again Rosie and Sam are at the thick of the goings on – Rosie seems to be becoming a regular patient at the local hospital with the danger she finds herself in!
This is one of those series that makes you feel part of the action and goings on! I love spending time with the characters and getting that glimpse of the supernatural mixed with modern life. Fabulous!
STRANGE TOMBS by SYD MOORE – book 4
Rosie and Sam at Halloween! What could go wrong?! When a creative writing course is held at Ratchette Hall and there’s a murder, who else can help investigate but the witch museum duo!
This is a really intriguing whodunnit, and with the added element of it being held amidst a writers’ retreat, it allows the story to throw in a few curveballs! Just why was the murder victim clutching a marble finger to his chest?! It’s all very Agatha Christie as they start trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together. And then there’s another victim……
Add to the mix a wolf heard in the local woods, a python missing from the local zoo and some weird things caught on camera, and you really do get caught up in the drama of it all and wondering where the plot will take you next!
This book was less about Rosie and Sam as the case takes centre stage, but we still get to enjoy their unique approach to investigating the supernatural world and I found it to be another fun story that entertains from start to finish!
STRANGE TRICKS by SYD MOORE – book 6
published by Point Blank
Purchase Link – Amazon
I love this series!! Just when you think you’ve seen it all, there’s more weird goings on for Rosie and Sam to be drawn into, and in this book there’s a lot going on! Both case wise and also in their own personal lives and this feels like a really well balanced story with plenty to intrigue, amuse and terrify you as a reader!!
The story starts with a very dark opening with a young boy being kept prisoner, and that really sets the tone for the rest of the book. There’s alway that undercurrent of something very sinister and chilling having gone on, and that ties in with their own personal lives, especially Sam as we get to find out more about his past and the unresolved mystery in his life.
Rosie is also looking back, as she starts to read her mothers’ journals and they give a great glimpse to her past as she shares her thoughts on the tarot cards drew at the time, and how they correlated with what was going on with her.
Rosie and Sam also get to meet Pearl who is one of the people who have ‘near death experiences’ that allows them to receive messages from the spirit world – and one of those messages is very close to Sam’s heart.
This storyline causes trauma for both of them and it was fascinating to see how they both reacted – it’s defnitely a much darker, personal book for Sam and Rosie but there’s still those little glimpses of comedy that keeps making the Essex Witch Museum series such a hit for me! As the story builds, it sets up things so nicely for future adventures and I’m already eagerly awaiting the next installment!! I can’t get enough of this series!