Book Review: All Swell That Ends Spell by Trixie Silvertale

A dubious festival. A fatal swim. Can this fortune-telling fairy herald the true killer?
Coriander the Conjurer is trapped in a cursed Renaissance Faire, but that’s the good news. Her usual routine of reading patrons’ futures and compensating for her lopsided fairy wings is interrupted when a scuffle turns deadly. Now, in order to broker peace within the realm she must solve a mermaid’s murder.

Convincing the gorgeous Mer prince to allow her to investigate seems the only option. But she’ll need the help of a dangerous vampire and her meddling toad familiar to uncover the real clues. With doxies, scoundrels, and panderers aplenty, it won’t be easy to suss out the truth!

Can Coriander’s fairy dust save the day, or will her inquiry end as a tragedy?


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.

I have read all of Trixie Silvertale’s Mitzy Moon Mysteries so I was happy to read another one of her tales from a different series. This one is quite different but still has a bit of Trixie’s great sense of humor.

Coriander is trapped in the Faire as are all of the other beings who work there. It was interesting to see a fairy working with mer people, a vampire, a demon, and other fantastical creatures all in the same Faire. They keep their distance from each other for the most part, but when a mermaid is murdered, Cori decides that she wants to find the murderer. It would be the perfect way to get an in with the prince of the mer people since it was his sister that was murdered and she has had a crush on him for years.

This is a fun cozy mystery that includes several suspects, a lot of humor, clever investigating, great characters and a little romance. This is definitely a book for anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries. I don’t think I’ve read one before with a fairy as the main character!

About the Author

Trixie Silvertale grew up reading an endless supply of Lilian Jackson Braun, Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew novels. She loves the amateur sleuths in cozy mysteries and and obsesses about 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 pulls weeds in her herb garden to clear her head (and sometimes she pulls out her hair, but mostly weeds).