Sunday, November 28, 2021

Blog Tour: Review & Excerpt of Murder at St. Margaret by Lynn Morrison


: Lynn Morrison
Narrator: Pearl Hewitt
Length: 8 hours 16 minutes
Publisher: Marketing Chair Press2021
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: Oxford Key Mysteries, Book 1
Release date: Sep. 27, 2021

A dead chef. A ruined gala. And the ghosts didn't see a thing.

As Oxford's new Head of Ceremonies, Natalie Payne's first task is to organize St Margaret's autumn gala. However, her plans are dashed when she finds their famed chef dead in the kitchen.
And then a centuries-old cat informs Nat she has her own magical legacy...and responsibilities. A murder in the halls is a sure sign that something has gone wrong with Oxford's magical protections.
Now Nat has to solve the murder, find a new chef for the gala, and figure out why Oxford’s magical defenses are down. With the help of Oxford's magical Eternals and some new friends, Nat has a chance.
But can she do it before St Margaret loses its connection to the magic of Oxford?
If you like cozy mysteries where ghosts walk the halls, paintings come to life, creatures play, and magic seems within reach, the Oxford Key Mysteries are sure to delight.

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My thoughts:

Murder at St. Margaret is the first in a cozy mystery series that has a sprinkle of magic.  Natalie is the newest event planner at St. Margaret's College.  It is a part of the larger Oxford University system.  She soon discovers that her adopted cat is really a tiny Wyvern and that she has comes from a line of magic keepers.  

I thought this was a fun mystery.  I liked the magical world that Natalie fond herself thrust into.  I also loved that she was one of three newcomers who are tasked with keeping the magic at Oxford.  Kate and Mathilde round out the trio.   I loved that they were learning together.  The other characters were fun and added a lot of color to the story.  H was adorable.  The mystery was OK.  The solution kind of fell in Nat's lap, but I did enjoy following her as she tried to solve it.  There is a larger question of why the magic is leaking out of the Oxford.  There were no answers here, so I'm assuming that mystery continues over the series.  

I listened to the audiobook and I would recommend it in this format.  I enjoyed the voiced the narrator used.  H's was cute and I could totally picture a little wyvern speaking like that.  I do recommend this one.  I look forward to the next book.

About the Author: Lynn Morrison

Lynn Morrison lives in Oxford, England along with her husband, two daughters and two cats. Born and raised in Mississippi, her wanderlust attitude has led her to live in California, Italy, France, and the Netherlands, in addition to the UK. It’s no surprise then that she loves to travel, with a never-ending wish list of destinations to visit.
She is as passionate about reading as she is writing, and can almost always be found with a book in hand. You can find out more about her on her website
If you want to chat with her directly, join her Facebook group - Lynn Morrison’s Not a Book Club - where she happily talks about books, life and anything else that crosses her mind.

About the Narrator: Pearl Hewitt

Originally from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in Northeast England, audiobook narrator Pearl Hewitt currently lives with her husband and two children in Houston, Texas. Over the years she has worked as a customer service rep, a teaching assistant, and a teacher, but deep down there was always a performer wanting to get out. In 2007 her twelve-year-old son told her that he believed she was so good at reading stories out loud that she should do that as a job. That was her defining, eureka moment, and she's never looked back. Pearl immersed herself in training and pursued a career in general voice acting but in 2012 she decided to focus her attention to narrating audiobooks in a wide range of genres. It was then that her professional career blossomed. She regularly works directly with indie authors but also narrates for a number of major publishers and has gained lots of recognition in the process including IAAIS awards, a Voice Arts Award nomination and Audiofile Magazine reviews. Pearl's is comfortable narrating both fiction and non-fiction titles and has been very successful reading British Regency romance, cozy murder mysteries, fantasy/science fiction, children's literature, the classics, history, biographies and more.

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