Murder in Devil’s Cove: (A Book Magic Mystery)
by Melissa Bourbon

About Murder In Devil’s Cove

Murder in Devil’s Cove: (A Book Magic Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Lake House Press (September 22, 2020)
Number of Pages: Approx 300
Digital ASIN: B088J48JY8

Two best-selling authors, one magical universe.

In the Book Magic Mystery Series, best-selling authors Melissa Bourbon and Wendy Lyn Watson bring you the story of cousins Pippin Lane Hawthorne and Cora Lane. The cousins live on opposite coasts (Pippin in Devil’s Cove, North Carolina, and Cora in Laurel Point, Oregon), but they share the family gift of bibliomancy: the ability to foresee the future and unravel the past with the help of the books we love. Join Pippin and Cora as they use their otherworldly power to solve mysteries in their respective worlds.


Every book tells two stories—one written on the pages with pen and ink, and one woven into the paper, a story of the soul. The Lane women have the gift of bibliomancy. They can read both.

But Cassie Lane doesn’t see this as a gift. For her, it is a curse because the book magic comes with a price–the Lane women die young and the men are lost to the sea. As soon as she’s able, she leaves Laurel Point, Oregon, running from her past and her fate, ending up in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. There she meets Leo Hawthorne and lives a perfect life with him in an old Sea Captain’s house.

Perfect, that is, until an old book foretells the future, and the curse that has plagued the Lane women comes true for Cassie.

Twenty years later, Cassie and Leo’s children, twins Pippin and Grey, are back in Devil’s Cove. Long forgotten secrets surface and an old crime comes to light. Now Pippin must learn how to be a bibliomancer if she is to discover the truth about her father and continue his effort to stop the curse.


Murder in Devil’s Cove, by Melissa Bourbon

Hello readers!

I’m so happy to be here to celebrate the release of Murder in Devil’s Cove, book 1 in the Book Magic Mysteries. 

The island village of Devil’s Cove has so much to offer. Pippin, the sleuth, learns quickly that Devil’s Brew is the only coffee shop in town, and that Ruby Murphy is someone she can see herself calling friend. 

Ruby is one heck of a good baker, and her pastry cases are full of so many goodies. I also love baking, so sharing recipes in the backs of these books is something I love.

I’ve also shared Ruby’s berry scone recipe on a different blog stop, and I’ve talked a lot about why I love this series so much, so follow along to learn more about the Book Magic Mysteries and Murder in Devil’s Cove.

Below is the recipe for Ruby’s ginger cookies, which happens to be based off of my own grandmother’s recipe. I hope you enjoy!

Happy baking, everyone, and happy reading!


Ruby’s Ginger Cookies


3/4 cup butter

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1/4 cup molasses

2 1/4 flour

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp salt

Sugar to roll the cookies in


Preheat oven to 350° 

  1. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and molasses.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients. 
  3. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar mixture. Combine well.
  4. Roll dough into 3 inch balls. Roll in sugar to coat and place on uncreased cookie/baking sheet.
  5. Bake until cookies puff up slightly and are lightly browned, approximately 10-12 minutes.

About Melissa Bourbon

Melissa Bourbon is the national bestselling author of nineteen mystery books, including the brand new collaborative Book Magic mysteries, the Lola Cruz Mysteries, A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series, and the Bread Shop Mysteries, written as Winnie Archer. She is a former middle school English teacher who gave up the classroom in order to live in her imagination full time. Melissa, a California native who has lived in Texas and Colorado, now calls the southeast home. She hikes, practices yoga, cooks, and is slowly but surely discovering all the great restaurants in the Carolinas. Since four of her five amazing kids are living their lives, scattered throughout the country, her dogs, Bean, the pug, Dobby, the chug, and Jasper, a cattle dog/lab keep her company while she writes. Melissa lives in North Carolina with her educator husband, Carlos, and their youngest son. She is beyond fortunate to be living the life of her dreams.

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