“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” - ― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons
Elizabeth Pantley transforms the quote above into a very “tangible” reality in her Magical Mystery Book Club series… The stories of MMCB start from an interesting and challenging premise… the eight members (but nine bodies…you’ll see) “find themselves smack-dab in the middle of a murder mystery”, just after reading (or starting reading) out loud the – too big - blurb of a book.
“You don’t just read these. You are actually … transported into the story.” I paused and allowed him to process that thought.“As in … The Chronicles of Narnia? Or more like Jumanji?” He leaned forward in his chair and searched my face for the answer.“I hope not like Jumanji!” I gasped. “I don’t think my heart could take it. No, no. More like … um …”“Becoming a character in a Hallmark mystery channel movie!” Glo smiled and nodded at me. “Right?”
A luxurious scene of the crime, Hawaiian traditions and views, night and day walkers with their preoccupations and inherent worries and dangers they bring, unexpected friendships and life-altering decisions, and of course the magical inn/library, all serve the perfect but not safe environment for the protagonists to play.
Despise finding enough issues with the cozy mystery part, Vampires and Villains was a pleasant read because of the characters. The author successfully created an eccentric group, a bit crazy but funny and reliable. Its eight members/nine bodies, together, fill the role of the amateur sleuth from the classical approach of cozy mysteries stories. Old, young and in between, veterans of the book club or newcomers are unstoppable in creating quick-witted dialogues and a great atmosphere.
So, enjoy the book journey… adventure… pilgrimage… and come and try solving the mystery of the Havoc in Hawaii (no mistake here)!
Thanks for the review. This sounds like such a fun series!
Ahhh! I love your review! Thank you. So happy you enjoyed your time with the Magical Mystery Book Club and their cruise to Hawaii! Next up for the motley group: a trip back to the 1800s - the Wild, Wild West!
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