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Veena Vale was determined to do her own little bit of magic. She wanted to make a witch appear. Sitting on the very edge of the pointy end of Sleeford Island, listening to the roar of the weir, Veena cowered into her waterproof coat and thought she might long to magic the rain away. But she had far more important things to wish for. And it was easier to ignore the rain, even though it was running down her nose, than to ignore the feeling that everything here was different and wrong.

About the book

Cosy crime meets magical mystery in the new story from the bestselling author of The Last Chance Hotel, Nicki Thornton!


When a nosy stranger arrives in her riverside town, school reporter Veena Vale becomes suspicious.

But only talking back cat Nightshade will listen to her.

To find out the truth of what’s going on, the two of them must unravel an ancient curse, tell uncomfortable lies and bake an awful lots of flapjacks . . .

  • A magical murder mystery story perfect for fans of Robin Stevens and Harry Potter
  • By the author of The Last Chance Hotel, chosen as Waterstones Book of the Month and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Award
  • Follows on from The Howling Hag Mystery and The Poisoned Pie Mystery; a series starring fan-favourite Nightshade the cat as the star of her very own mystery!

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