The Witch Series – Marilyn Messik

Witch Dust, Volume One

Five of five stars given

“MY MOTHER HAD A LUMPILY-packed Louis Vuitton carpet bag clamped under one arm, a stout black cat struggling under the other and a brown envelope, gripped damply between her front teeth. She appeared, without warning, in the middle of the living room. I hated it when she did that.

“She had to spit out the envelope before she spoke, “I’ve just killed your Father,” she said. Martin, emerging from the kitchen with two mugs of coffee and a box of chocolates was, not unreasonably, startled to see her. He jumped violently and a jet of hot liquid scalded his wrist, before splashing dark brown across the cream sofa. The chocolates went flying, the cat jerked free and hit the ground running, my Mother sank soulfully into an armchair and Martin started sneezing – allergic to cats!”

Messik’s voice is engaging as she opens this series with a daughter’s eye view of growing up in the shadow of famous illusionists.  I could tell right from page one that this would be an entertaining, even hilarious read.  I was not disappointed.

On the heels of her mother’s revelation, Sandra learns a few tidbits about her family that in all her thirty years she hadn’t known.  She actually has family.  Her mother, now in her living room, has decided to pay them a long overdue visit.  With Sandra driving, of course! The adventure – and mayhem – in store really couldn’t have been imagined!

A quick turn of phrase, peppered with devilish humour becomes evident early on.  Lots of quirky characters that keep you in stitches – and a bit wary – as Sandra discovers all sorts of family history that no one had troubled to mention before.  Most of which she’s not sure she even wants to know, let alone deal with!

This is a rollicking tale with frequent doses of well planned mischief and magic peppered throughout.  I thoroughly enjoyed this adventure and am looking forward to catching up with these ladies again soon.  Strongly recommend for fans of paranormal and humour alike!

[Many thanks to Voracious Readers and the author for the opportunity to read a copy of this book.  I was not required to write a review.  This is my honest review, the opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.]

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