One look at Mark Slade’s author’s profile shows he’s a busy writer. He’s authored so many books you have to scroll to browse them all, but that’s a good thing because he has a gift for telling a story.
Lost Spell: An Evelina Giles Book follows the life of Evelina who sets up shop selling spells, potions, and anything witch related. She prides herself on having an ethical approach to witchcraft and not being cheap. She charges a whopping $3,000 to take on an assignment and more if you bug her.
The book contains six stories with the first being the shortest. Most of the stories are around 25 pages in length, and the writing style is heavy dialogue with character direction. The setting is the American South, and peppered in the text are names of towns to help anchor the reader.
Of the six stories, “Cookie, Cookie” is my favorite. A couple hire Evelina to play a joke on a friend and things go down hill quickly. I’m not one to give away a plot, but I really enjoyed this story because it had a lot of twist and turns. Evelina’s detectives skills come to fruition, and a list of characters help. In a lot of ways, this story feel like a classic mystery taking place in a small town where everybody knows each other and nobody’s talking.
The only criticism I have is the book’s titled a diary but the stories read as stories. If a reader’s looking for a strict diary type read, this isn’t the book for them. It does, however, offer some great humor alongside really quirky story jerking. Fans longing for well-thought-out plots and unpredictable endings are going to enjoy this book.
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