Wednesday, January 25, 2017

My Nails and My Book Review - Bell, Book & Candlemas by Jennifer David Hesse


Title: Bell, Book & Candlemas
Series:  Wiccan Wheel Mystery #2
Author: Jennifer David Hesse

Goodreads Summary: A new year has barely begun and Edindale, Illinois, family law attorney Keli Milanni already has her hands full at work. But her private practice—as a Wiccan—may cause her worlds to collide…

The Wiccan holiday of Candlemas is right around the corner, but when vandals target New Age gift shop Moonstone Treasures, the mood is far from festive. Frightening threats and accusations of witchcraft aimed at the owner have some Wiccan patrons calling it a hate crime. And when things escalate to murder, the community turns to Keli…

As a friend and customer, Keli wants to help. But there’s one problem: she’s fiercely private about her religion. How can she stop the harassment, not to mention catch a killer, while keeping her faith hidden from her colleagues, clients, and her promising—and long awaited—new boyfriend? At a time meant to banish darkness, will Keli have to choose between risking the spotlight and keeping her beliefs locked in the proverbial broom closet? Or will she call on her deepest convictions to conjure the perfect path?...

My Review: **I voluntarily reviewed this ARC**

I love the mysteries in this series, but Keli bothers me a bit. Even though she claims to have no issues with Christianity, I keep feeling like she does have issues with it. Plus she keeps saying she wants to be able to talk to her friends about being Wiccan, but is afraid they won't like her once they know. If they don't like her because of it, they weren't truly her friends to begin with. Ok, now that my mini rant is over, I'd like to restate the fact that it is a really good mystery. There is lots going on with a bunch of great suspects, and some funny scenes to balance out the suspense.

My Manicure: Ok, this one was a bit hard for me. I really don't know much about Wicca, and trying to look up symbols didn't help me much. I ended up going with candles because it seems that candles are commonly used during spells. I started with a base of Zoya Marina, then stamped using Bundle Monster H20 and So Metal.


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