A Wicked Welcome to Melissa Bourbon

Last month Melissa and I shared a release date. As Winner Archer, Dough or Die is the 5th in her Bread Shop Mystery series. As you can tell from this post, she’s a multi-published author, and is celebrating the first in a new series today.

Some of you may have heard that my new book, Murder in Devil’s Cove, came out a few days ago. I’ve been so, so excited about this book! It’s the first in the Book Magic Mysteries, a collaborative series I’m writing with my friend and fellow mystery writer, Wendy Lyn Watson.

Today I’d like to fill you all in on the premise. The first book, Murder in Devil’s Cove, introduces Pippin Lane Hawthorne, who, along with her twin brother, Grey, inherits her parents’ old home on the fictional Outer Banks island of Devil’s Cove. A decades old crime is discovered and Pippin, who is—as are all the women in her family—a bibliomancer. The thing is, Pippin has never been a ‘book person’. There is a reason for that, but you have to read the book to find out more!

Pippin has to tap into this mysterious gift (or curse, depending on how you look at it) in order to get to the truth.

There’s a mystery in the book, but there is also a bigger mystery that will play out over the course of all the novels in the series.

Book 2, Death at Cape Misery, will release on December 1st. It features Cora Lane—Pippin’s cousin.

Wendy and I are going back and forth in the writing of these books, each of them revealing a piece of the big puzzle, then the final book we’ll write together.

So. Much. Fun!

If you enjoy:

  • Small town mysteries
  • A fun and unique cast of characters, including craggy old seamen and a brainiac bookshop owner
  • A smidge of romance
  • A great mystery in each book, plus another bigger mystery
  • A rescue dog with a story of her own…

then you’ll like Murder in Devil’s Cove.

If you’re intrigued by:

  • The Outer Banks (the show or the locale!)
  • Bibliomancy, aka Book Magic
  • Characters named after Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings
  • A dog modeled after the real life Finn from The Finn Chronicles (https://www.facebook.com/FinnChronicles)
  • Any of the afore mentioned elements…

then you’ll like…and probably love..Murder in Devil’s Cove! There’s a map of Devil’s Cove on my website, as well as a Lane Family Tree, so check those out.

Also, I’m part of an Epic 36 book cozy mystery giveaway which ends on October 1, so check out this Rafflecopter for the giveaway info!

Before I go, let me ask you…do you like a hint of magic in your books? Happy reading, and may the Book Magic be with you!


Melissa Bourbon is the national bestselling author of nineteen mystery books, including the brand new collaborative Book Magic mysteries, the Lola Cruz Mysteries, A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series, and the Bread Shop Mysteries, written as Winnie Archer. She is a former middle school English teacher who gave up the classroom in order to live in her imagination full time. Melissa, a California native who has lived in Texas and Colorado, now calls the southeast home. She hikes, practices yoga, cooks, and is slowly but surely discovering all the great restaurants in the Carolinas. Since four of her five amazing kids are living their lives, scattered throughout the country, her dogs, Bean, the pug, and Dobby, the chug, keep her company while she writes. Melissa lives in North Carolina with her educator husband, Carlos, and their youngest son. She is beyond fortunate to be living the life of her dreams.

Visit me at:

Website: https://melissabourbon.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/melissabourbonbooks/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/MelissaBourbonWinnieArcherBooks
Book Warriors FB Book Club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BookWarriors

14 Thoughts

  1. Welcome to the blog Melissa, and thanks for organizing that epic 36-author giveaway this week – I got so much interest on my Maddie Day page! The new series sounds fabulous.

  2. Congratulations on the recent release of ” Murder in Devil’s Cove” and the start to a new series which sounds absolutely amazing.

    Can’t we all use just a bit of magic in our lives? I love it in books too!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  3. From the time I could sit up enough to look at them I have believed that books are magic, so yes!

  4. Hi Melissa, Congratulations on your new book release! Your book sounds intriguing and the book cover is Beautiful,I love it! Have a great rest of the week and stay safe. God Bless you.

  5. I didn’t think I liked magic in my mysteries and romances even though I did read some fantasy. However my favorite authors starting writing books with magic in them so now I like that. Stay safe and well.

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