Melanie Hamilton enjoys her life in New Orleans. She
volunteers her time off helping rebuild landmarks, such
as the chapel of St. Antoine's Parish, destroyed by
Hurricane Katrina. Her paying job is at the Mansion at
Mystic Isle, a resort dedicated to the supernatural,
where she is an artist for the Dragons and Deities
Tattoo Parlor. Unfortunately, a murder at the Mansion
lands one of Melanie's friends in jail and she's
determined to find the real killer.
MYSTIC MAYHEM is the first book in the Mystic Isle
Mysteries series. Sally J. Smith and Jean Steffens
have created a whole host of likable but oh so zany
characters and placed them in the perfect setting.
Melanie is a great main character, loyal and dedicated to
her friends even when they infuriate her. However, it is
her gypsy fortune-telling best friend, Catalina "Cat"
Gabor, and manager Jack "Cap'n Jack" Stockton who steal
the show. Sally J. Smith and Jean Steffens do a wonderful
job at developing these two secondary characters in
particular and their personalities truly capture the
flavor of the Mansion.
And oh, the Mansion itself! I absolutely love the idea of
a resort catering to the supernatural and Sally J. Smith
and Jean Steffens use the setting to its full effect.
From ghosts to gravestones, we get a nice taste of what
the Mansion has to offer. In fact, there is one ghost
scene that had me laughing so hard that I'm sure other
people were wondering what on earth was wrong with me!
MYSTIC MAYHEM is a great start to what promises to be a
fun series. Sally J. Smith and Jean Steffens combine
romance, humor, and the supernatural with a very solid
mystery to create a tale that is a pure delight to read.
I look forward to seeing what adventures are in store
next in the Mystic Isle Mysteries!
From the acclaimed writing team of Sally J. Smith & Jean
Steffens comes a hilarious first book in a brand new mystery
series that will keep you guessing until the end...
Melanie Hamilton is not your average artist. She brings home
the bacon by inking tattoos at New Orleans's Mansion at
Mystic Isle, a resort in the middle of the bayou that caters
to fans of the peculiar and paranormal, but her true passion
comes alive when she volunteers restoring Katrina-ravaged
landmarks. Between her day job, her restoration work, and
selling her paintings in Jackson Square, Mel's life is more
hectic than Bourbon Street on Fat Tuesday. But when a guest
of the resort, a millionaire's widow, is poisoned, and
Melanie's close friend is arrested for the murder, things go
from hectic to downright dangerous.
Mel joins forces with the resort's delish manager, Jack
Stockton, to prove her friend's innocence. Soon they find
themselves dealing with séances, secret passages, the ghost
of the millionaire himself, gators, swamp rats, and a
sinister killer who proves that not everything is what it
seems in the Louisiana bayou.