Title: A Drop of Dream
Author: Amy Hopkins
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Cosy Mystery
Rating: Four stars
“Fancy a cup of magical tea? Come in, sit down, relax. Don’t mind the killer in the corner…
All Emma wants is to sell her enchanted teas in peace; instead, she’s caught up in the chase for a killer who’s stalking the streets of London. He’s targeting half-bloods, people with limited magical ability. People just like Emma.”
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What’s cosier than a tea shop mystery?
Emma is a half-blood. Her father was a “Talented” and her mother an “unTalented” and this puts her in an uncomfortable in-between. Though she has enough magic to run her magical tea shop, she doesn’t have any powers to speak of. Despite being shunned by most of the Talented and unTalented societies, Emma makes a good living in her community in London.
With the help of a boggart, Gibbles, who has looked after the family for generations, Emma runs her tea shop with little drama. That is until all her half-blood friends start dying in their sleep. With no visible wounds or obvious causes of death, both the human and supernatural police forces are baffled.
Worried that she might be next, Emma accepts the help of Martin and Harrod, who are privately investigating the murders. Martin is an unTalented while his brother Harrod is a well respected Talented. When Emma is nearly killed her in dreams, all three jump into action to track down the killer before he kills again.
This story goes to some crazy places. The Otherworld, a realm where the Fae and the Guardians dwell, and even inside the dreams of the killer themselves. There are times when this book is exceptionally vivid and the crazy but life-like situations Emma finds herself in are super entertaining.
Emma is a lovely character. Although she has been marginalised her whole life she has minimal resentment and an optimistic, pro-active attitude. She was just so realistic and yet so unusually lovely. She and Harrod have an “enemies to lovers” vibe throughout the whole book but they are such a natural pairing.
Gibbles was one of my favourite characters because he was so loyal and whilst he isn’t human, he acts it. Until he needs to turn into a monster to protect Emma, then he needs a time-out. There’s a real ensemble of quirky, magical characters in this book that gives the story a whole other dimension.
This was a great story and if cosy magical mysteries are your thing, you might think so too! Grab your copy of A Drop of Dream at this link and see for yourself. As of this post, this book is only .99 of your currency.
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