THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC by Mary Jane Clark

THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC

KIRKUS REVIEW

Piper Donovan travels to yet another notable vacation spot to bake yet another wedding cake and gets tossed into yet another series of murders.

While she ponders what sort of cake would best commemorate the nuptials of antique-shop assistant Sabrina Houghton and Leo Yancy, owner of Bistro Sabrina, Piper’s staying with Sabrina’s friends Bertrand and Marguerite Olivier, of Royal Street’s Boulangierie Bertrand, so that she can pick up some authentic New Orleans baking techniques. What could be cozier—especially when Piper, ever the hopeful actress, gets cast as Channing Tatum’s girlfriend? True, her character dies in the first reel, and the scene in which she realizes that she’s been buried alive brings on traumatic memories of Piper’s last brush with violent death (Footprints in the Sand, 2013, etc.). What really turns Piper’s stay into a nightmare, though, is the murder of Muffuletta Mike, the neighboring butcher. Will the good people of Royal Street—Sabrina’s boss, Ellinore Duchamps, her flirtatious nephew Falkner the tour guide, bartender Wuzzy Queen, street musician Cecil Gregson—band together to repel the killer or turn their backs long enough for Piper to become the next victim?

Think Margaret Truman in the Big Easy with a recipe for beignets or a lesser Agatha Christie with an unusually imperiled heroine and just enough hints of voodoo for the tourist trade.

Pub Date: Jan. 21st, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-06-213547-6
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2014




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