Spells and Oregano

Book II in The Secret Spice Cafe

Fiction - Visionary
344 Pages
Reviewed on 08/10/2019
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Spells and Oregano is the second novel in The Secret Spice Café series and was penned by author Patricia V. Davis. In this genre-bending book for adults, we find themes of magical realism, fantasy, mystery, and thrilling suspense. Following the events of Cooking For Ghosts, we find our heroine Sarita Taylor aboard the RMS Queen Mary, where she has managed the Secret Spice Café and developed it into an award-winning, high-quality restaurant. But when a new cast of characters steps on board the ship for a cruise like no other, magic and mystery collide once more and threaten to bring tragedy to Sarita’s door.

Author Patricia V. Davis has produced an absolutely superb world for readers to dive into, surrounding us with the tense, closed atmosphere of the Queen Mary for a true ghost ship tale with elements of society drama and paranormal mystery. The characterization of the cast of visitors to the ship brings them to life with colorful descriptive work and stylish dialogue, making new figures leap off the page with the kind of suspicion that an Agatha Christie novel delivers. More than this, there are modern romantic elements to steam up the plot, realistic danger, violence to add thrills, and a central heroine with realistic abilities, powerful flaws, and superb strengths to make her totally well rounded. In short, Spells and Oregano lives up to its enchanting premise and is a highly recommended read for anyone looking for a mysterious new world of magic to explore.