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A Hex for Danger: 10/30/21
A Hex for Danger by Esme Addison and Emily Durante (Narrator) is the second in the Enchanted Bay mystery series. Bellamy Bay is gearing up for its annual mermaid festival. This year a visiting artist will be revealing a new mural celebrating the town's history. And then the muralist ends up dead — murdered.
The muralist's death is the second in close succession. A man also died in the forest. The police have ruled it an overdose. His widow, though, insists it was foul play.
As this is the second book, the town and its magical heritage has been established. Alex has no regrets about deciding to move back and is relearning how to use her magic. This time the magical aspect of the book focuses on other lineages and artifacts.
I have mixed feelings about how magic and mystery are blended here. First and foremost I'm here for the mystery. Once it's solved I'm basically ready for a quick coda so I can move on to the next book. A Hex for Danger, though, has a much longer conclusion where the magical aspects are the main focus and the mystery feels incidental.