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Strange Magic: An Essex Witch Museum Mystery (The Essex Witch Museum… (edició 2017)

de Syd Moore (Autor)

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Rosie Strange doesn't believe in ghosts or witches or magic. No, not at all. It's no surprise therefore when she inherits the ramshackle Essex Witch Museum, her first thought is to take the money and run. Still, the museum exerts a curious pull over Rosie. There's the eccentric academic who bustles in to demand she help in a hunt for old bones, those of the notorious Ursula Cadence, a witch long since put to death. And there's curator Sam Stone, a man about whom Rosie can't decide if he's tiresomely annoying or extremely captivating. It all adds up to looking like her plans to sell the museum might need to be delayed, just for a while. Finding herself and Sam embroiled in a most peculiar centuries-old mystery, Rosie is quickly expelled from her comfort zone, where to her horror, the secrets of the past come with their own real, and all too present, danger as a strange magic threatens to envelope them all.… (més)
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Títol:Strange Magic: An Essex Witch Museum Mystery (The Essex Witch Museum Mysteries)
Autors:Syd Moore (Autor)
Informació:Point Blank (2017), 400 pages
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In "Strange Magic" Rosie Strange inherits the Essex Witch Musem from her estranged grandfather and finds herself involved in pulled into skullduggery involving violent occult practitioners, a race against time to save a young boy's life and a gruesome treasure hunt.

This is light, fast, often funny read that draws much of its humour and most of its originality from the fact that Rosie Strange is an Essex Girl from generations of Essex Girls.

Essex Girls were invented in the UK in the 1980s, a decade when much humour on television was thinly disguised misogyny and racism presented with an "only joking, luv" passive aggressive veneer. The basic premise was that Essex girls where dumb, blonde, working class and promiscuous eand therefore deserved be treated with disdain and abuse in the name of wholesome fun. This stereotype and even some of the alleged jokes survive to the present day.

Syd Moore, gives Rosie the working class background and estuary accent of the Essex girl. She also makes her smart, independent, irreverent, stubborn, curious, sexually liberated and brave. It becomes clear that Rosie is an archetype of generations of strong women from Essex and that those women explain the disproportionately large number of witches murdered in Essex during the various purges.

"Strange Magic" is gentle fun, easy on the ear but with a grit beneath the surface that lifted it into something distinctive.

I recommend the audiobook version because accents are an important part of the characterization. Click on the SoundCloud link below to hear an example.

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In the interview below, Syd Moore talks about the Essex Girl stereotype, its impact and how it got her started on writing this series.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LM-v0KhYa8Y?rel=0&w=560&h=315] ( )
  MikeFinnFiction | May 16, 2020 |
I have loved reading about witches since I was little. This is a great start to a series which I will probably follow. I love the mix of history and the eccentric characters. ( )
  marysneedle | May 17, 2019 |
I love the happy accident that was Strange Magic: An Essex Witch Museum Mystery by Syd Moore. A patron dropped this book (and the next one I'm reviewing) at the circulation desk and the covers (and her effusions of pleasure) led me to checking them out for myself. This is the first in a series about (you guessed it) mysteries at the Essex Witch Museum. Our protagonist, Rosie Strange, has just inherited the museum from her deceased grandfather and she has plans for its renovation and immediate selling. (Rosie is immediately characterized as a no nonsense take charge lady.) However, soon after meeting the somewhat pompous curator, Sam Stone, she finds herself embarking on a search for the lost remains of an accused witch from the 16th century. [A/N: The accused witch they seek named Ursula Cadence is based off of an actual woman from this time period and location in Essex named Ursula Kemp who was accused, tried, confessed, and hanged for the crime of witchcraft.] Why the urgency to find these bones? Well, a little boy possessed by the son of the dead woman is losing the fight against the spirit within and the bones hold the key to his exorcism. No biggie. It's obvious that Moore has done her research on the history of witches and witchcraft in Essex because a ton of facts are thrown at the reader in this little volume (and I'm sure that's why it's spawned a series). But this isn't high brow literature by any means so please don't be deterred from giving this a shot. If you liked the nonfiction book Witches then you'll probably dig this historical fiction/mystery as it's based on true events and discusses how occult practices still occur today. It had been a while since I delved into the supernatural and I enjoyed my time with these characters so I'm sure there'll be a future review of the sequel Strange Sight. 7/10 for Strange Magic. ( )
  AliceaP | Feb 22, 2019 |
Strange Magic
Author: Syn Moore
Publisher: Oneworld Publications

Rosie Strange inherits the Essex Witch Museum from her grandfather, upon learning of her new property her first thought is to sell it as fast as possible. After all, she doesn’t believe in witches, ghost, and other oddities and has no need to keep the weird items inside the weirder building. Maybe they can be sold, and she can make a profit.

But the museum is curious as Rosie becomes more interested against her will. Perhaps her interest is more in the curator, Sam than in the actual museum. He is good looking and obsessive, and she isn't sure it's a good combo, but she can't seem to help herself. Together they embark on an ill-advised hunt for the bones of an ancient witch. If they don’t find them a child’s life may be at stake, perhaps others as well.
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The character Rosie is a bit too masculine and seems to be a bit dim as well. Her disbelief in the face of so much evidence is discouraging. The way she treats Sam, as well as just about everyone she comes across, makes her an unbelievable and unlikeable character. Sam, although intelligent and attractive is too quiet and secretive, his interest in Rosie seems forced, and there does not appear to be any real attraction.

Most readers will find this book rather plodding with too much detail of surroundings and unimportant day-to-day activities such as eating or drinking to immerse themselves in the plot. In and of itself the storyline is interesting, and the ending does not disappoint. Unfortunately, this book is not recommended.



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  GinDuperre | Jan 4, 2019 |
"Just because things are strange, Rosie, doesn't mean they're not true." This sentence aptly sums up the premise of this new series from Sydney Moore. We first meet Rosie Strange as she travels to the Essex Witch Museum, which she has inherited from her estranged grandfather, Septimus Strange. As she wanders the moldy museum, she meets the semi-creepy caretaker Bronson and the handsome & quirky curator, Sam Stone. Soon she finds herself smack in the middle of an adventure in which she and Sam must acquire the bones of a witch dead for 400 years in order to save the life of a small boy possessed by the spirit of said witch's son.

Underneath the expected editing issues you typically find in an advanced reading copy is an entertaining plot and a budding chemistry between the likable Rosie and Sam, making this a series to watch. The introduction two-thirds into the story of the MI5 Occult Division (and the suave agent Monty) was a little jarring, but holds promise for the series. This will be a welcome addition to other "witchy" series like Juliet Blackwell's Lily Ivory books. Recommended.
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  patriciau | Dec 27, 2018 |
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Rosie Strange doesn't believe in ghosts or witches or magic. No, not at all. It's no surprise therefore when she inherits the ramshackle Essex Witch Museum, her first thought is to take the money and run. Still, the museum exerts a curious pull over Rosie. There's the eccentric academic who bustles in to demand she help in a hunt for old bones, those of the notorious Ursula Cadence, a witch long since put to death. And there's curator Sam Stone, a man about whom Rosie can't decide if he's tiresomely annoying or extremely captivating. It all adds up to looking like her plans to sell the museum might need to be delayed, just for a while. Finding herself and Sam embroiled in a most peculiar centuries-old mystery, Rosie is quickly expelled from her comfort zone, where to her horror, the secrets of the past come with their own real, and all too present, danger as a strange magic threatens to envelope them all.

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