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Book Magic Mystery: Murder at Sea Captain’s Inn

Book Magic MysteryGeneration after generation of Lane women die in childbirth, while the sea claims the men.

Pippin Lane Hawthorne’s grand opening of Sea Captain’s Inn is tainted when a scholar studying the Lost Colony of Roanoke is brutally murdered. Like the black crow that hangs around the old house, could the untimely death be a harbinger of dark things to come?

When her twin brother, Grey, begins bucking the curse by risking his life in the waters of the Outer Banks, Pippin lives in terror that he’ll be the next Lane male to be swallowed by the sea. Now she must use her gift of bibliomancy to save her brother, solve the murder, and end a two thousand year old pact.

Murder at Sea Captain’s Inn (A Book Magic Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Publisher: Lake House Press (July 20, 2021)
Approx 300 pages
Digital ASIN: B08GL19B84

To purchase Murder at Sea Captain’s Inn, click on the following link: Amazon 

The Interview

Tell us about Pippin Lane Hawthorne, the protagonist in Murder at Sea Captain’s Inn, and her brother Grey.

Pippin and Grey Hawthorne are twins, born 73 seconds apart. They lost their mother when they were young, and their father vanished when they were 9 years old. They have nicknames for each other (Peevie and Greevie), are connected in the way twins are, and have always been a strong support for each other.

While Pippin is opening Sea Captain’s Inn, Grey is starting his own custom wood working business on the north end of Devil’s Cove. They have slightly different views of the Lane family curse.

We first learned of the Sea Captain’s Inn with Murder in Devil’s Cove. What’s the inn like, and why is it the perfect place to set a murder?

The inn is a renovated old house built by a rum runner. He escaped his sinking ship in the Atlantic and made it to a cove in Devil’s Cove. He made the island his home and built the house. It passed to his descendants, ending with Perry Hubbard. Her story is told in The Secret on Rum Runner’s Lane. After she died, Cassie and Leo, Pippin and Leo’s parents, bought the house. It’s where Pippin and Grey were born. It fell into disrepair after Leo disappeared and the twins went to live with their grandparents.

But they inherited it and it held too many memories to sell. Pippin envisioned it as an inn almost immediately, and this is what she and Grey created. It’s three stories, with a bunk room, reading nook in a dormer, and a widow’s walk on the top floor. The second floor has four guest rooms, and the main floor is the great room, kitchen, back deck, and Leo’s old study, which Pippin made into her room.

Click the link here to read my review of Murder In Devil’s Cove

Describe the gift of bibliomancy for us, how does Pippin feel about her gift?

Bibliomancy is a divination. The practice uses holy or religious books. Stitchomancy is the practice of using any book, but for the Book Magic mysteries, Pippin doesn’t use holy books. Basically, you set a book on its spine and let the front and back covers fall open. Text on whatever pages the book falls open to convey guidance or a message.

It is said that Nostradamus used bibliomancy.

Pippin didn’t know she had the gift growing up. Her mother kept books from her, and her grandparents continued that. Reading has always been hard for her. Now (in Murder in Devil’s Cove), Pippin discovers the gift and begins to learn how to use it. She’s growing and gaining more confidence with it, but struggles with assigning meaning to the passages that reveal themselves to her.

How did teaching middle school English impact your fiction writing?

I began writing when I first went on extended maternity leave, which was after my second son was born. At that time, there weren’t many middle grade books. It wasn’t a ‘thing’. Nor was YA. That’s what I started writing, thinking that I should write something my students would love.

That book was never published, but it ignited the fire that became my passion for writing.

Tell us about your working relationship with Wendy Lyn Watson and how your Book Magic Mysteries work in concert with hers.

Wendy and I are collaborating on the bigger story that is part of the Book Magic series. That is the Lane curse—where it began, how it began, and how it can be stopped. Her books tell Cora’s story on the West Coast, and mine tell Pippin’s story on the East Coast. Originally we were going to alternate our books, but Covid got in the way of that. So Murder at Sea Captain’s Inn is the 2nd book in the series. Death at Cape Misery, by Wendy, will be out in the fall.

Readers do not have to read both of our books because they stand alone as individual series, but together they explore the cousin’s efforts to break the curse. Pippin and Cora will join forces for the last book of the series.

What are you working on now?

I’m digging into the 8th Bread Shop mystery: Bread Over Troubled Water!

Final words of wisdom for aspiring writers:

Join me on WriterSpark, my FB group for aspiring writers (and on Instagram @writer_spark)! There’s all kinds of advice there. 🙂

My biggest piece of advice, though, is to just write. If you want to be a writer, you have to write regularly. Oh, and read really good books to absorb language, syntax, structure, character development, etc.

Great advice! Thank you for visiting. We look forward to having you back for future books.

Author Pet Corner!


Dobby and Bean are my writing buddies and shadows! They hang out with me in my office and force me to take breaks.

Dobby is a chug (a chihuahua and pug mix and Bean is all pug. They are both rescues and I love them so much!



Adorable! Thank you for letting them join us today.

Melissa Bourbon

Book Magic MysteryMelissa Bourbon is the national bestselling author of more than twenty-five mystery books, including the 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 lives in North Carolina with her educator husband, Carlos. She is beyond fortunate to be living the life of her dreams.

To learn more about Melissa, click on her name, photo, or any of the following links: Book Warriors Online Book Club, Instagram, GoodReads & YouTube

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