Book Review: Hearts & Dark Arts by Trixie Silvertale

When a disappearing dog leads to a decades-old feud, will this psychic sleuth settle the score?
Mitzy Moon is bending over backward to be a good big sister. Spending a day at the pet invention convention seems harmless enough. But when puppy love turns into vanishing canines and a vengeful ghost, she’ll have to bend a few laws before more furry friends are spirited away…

Ignoring the handsome sheriff’s warnings about evidence that cuts both ways, Mitzy’s desperation drives her to make daring decisions. Unfortunately, one crime leads to two and her carelessness puts Ghost-ma and her interfering feline in danger. And with her family threatened by dangerous powers, her dreams of a happy ending could become a ghastly nightmare.

Can Mitzy save the pooch and her grandmother, or will she be forced to make a deadly choice?

Hearts and Dark Arts is the twelfth book in the hilarious paranormal cozy mystery series, Mitzy Moon Mysteries. If you like snarky heroines, supernatural twists, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love Trixie Silvertale’s madcap caper.

Buy Hearts and Dark Arts to undo the Valentine’s mayhem today!


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Mitzy Moon has an adopted younger brother named Stellen, and she finds that she loves being a big sister! Stellen’s friend, Jo Jo, has entered an interesting exhibit in a competition, and he’s helping her set it up. When Jo Jo’s dog disappears, though, things start to get crazy, which always seems to happen when Mitzy is around (of course, she is there too!). Now the three of them have to find the dog.

But that’s not the only mystery and not the worst thing to happen. Grams is kidnapped! Mitzy is beside herself with feelings of loss, and she’s determined to get her back no matter the cost.

Mitzy and her sheriff boyfriend, Erick, are getting closer now that he’s accepted that she sees ghosts. He’s so funny! He still doesn’t believe in ghosts, but he believes Mitzy can see them…I can’t quite wrap my head around that one. Their relationship is heating up, but it’s still sweet. Their interactions can be quite entertaining.

The characters in the Mitzy Moon Mysteries are unique, flawed, and loveable. Mitzy is smart, hilarious, and determined. Stellen is smart and a good kid. Jo Jo is adorable and super smart. The two of them go well together. I like the addition of Stellen and Jo Jo, and I hope to see them in future books.

Hearts & Dark Arts is another fun paranormal mystery with suspense and a touch of romance. Mitzy continues to grow and has opened her heart to several people now. She’s learning to trust others and has even told several people about her grams’s ghost. That’s a big change! Although this book stands on its own, I recommend reading all of the books in order to get the most out of the series.

About the Author

Trixie Silvertale grew up reading an endless supply of Lillian Jackson Braun, Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew novels. She loves the amateur sleuths in cozy mysteries and is obsessed with all things paranormal. Those two passions unite in her Mitzy Moon Mysteries, and she’s thrilled to write them and share them with you.

When she’s not consumed by writing, she bakes to fuel her creative engine and tends to her herb garden.