Stella Bixby’s book” Spotlight Scandal ” is fantastic. She definitely has a special magic in her writing. Right from the beginning, this book had me completely hooked. Stella Bixby is one of the most talented writers of the paranormal cozy mystery genre.
Ellie Vanderwick is an aspiring witch. She possesses a unique magical ability. Her hair continuously changes hues in response to the circumstances, alerting her to any impending danger. She has devoted friends in Penelope, her pet pig, Mona (her van), and Bex ( her best friend and former boss) . She’s now living in the house bequeathed to her by her maternal grandma, Esme, who passed away.
She has moved to Cliff Haven, a little town in Iowa, where Katie is the proud owner of a cafe and a theater and produces plays. Katie believes in involving the local residents as much as possible in her productions. Ellie is also a part of the play with her best friend, Bex, and Melody, ( Katie’s daughter and the lead). Nancy, Fran, and Amy add to the humor. Ellie runs a fitness and healing studio, besides now being a part of a play. Her stage fright seems to be getting the better of her as she keeps fumbling over her lines.
And in the turn of events, Katie’s daughter, Melody, fails to get a role in a Hollywood project, her rival, Trinity Lawson, from the next town of Poppy Hills arrives for the role of Melody’s understudy in the play, with Melody’s ex-boyfriend, a Casanova, called Dylan Bram but dies unexpectedly. What follows next are plenty of surprises for the readers. The best part is the manner in which Trinity dies, and Ellie learns about another death in the past which occurred exactly like Trinity’s.
There are startling revelations and some amazing twists in the tale. What I loved the most about this series is that the police detective, Jake, shares a warm camaraderie with the protagonist cum witch, Ellie, and allows her to assist him in the investigation. This is quite refreshing. In most of the cases, there exists a rivalry between the police detective and the amateur sleuth. Way to go, dear Stella. Love your books so much.
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