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Murder 101: 08/08/21

Murder 101 by Lynn Cahoon

Murder 101 by Lynn Cahoon is the second novella in the Kitchen Witch mysteries. It comes between One Poison Pie (2020) and recently released Two Wicked Desserts (2021).

Mia Malone's catering business is growing nicely. Her remodeling of the school she's bought is done on the first floor, giving her the chance to host her first on site event. That turns out to be a multiple day reunion of the last class before the school closed.

Mia's mother is the one organizing the event which is causing tension between Mia and her grandmother. There's a history between mothers and daughters. Mia learns about her mother's history with witchcraft and the moment when she walked away from it.

But this is also a mystery series. Like Chili

Cauldron Curse, the novella cuts short the time between discovery of the body and the solving of the mystery. While I liked the solution being left to competent detectives in the first book, this time the solution is more magical. Although magic is a key component to this series, I found the ending too abrupt, so much so that I had to re-read the ending to see what I'd missed.

The next novella is Have a Holly, Haunted Christmas and is scheduled for release on October 26.

Four stars

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