A Charming Crime is somewhat goofy but you’ll love it if you liked Sabrina, The Teenage Witch. I do so I did. There is certainly a fantasy element here but it is not too scary. You can sit back and enjoy the fun.
June Heal is more adept at running A Dose of Darla than her mother Darla ever was. June studies the herbs and actually cures people. Her childhood friend and best buddy Oscar lives just across the road with his uncle. June’s lab is burned down in some freak accident and she relocates to a neighboring town, Whispering Falls. Oscar follows her and gets a job as the Sheriff.
Everything about Whispering Falls is quaint and different. She comes across a snow globe that starts talking and warns her to get away. She rents a cottage and finds things that belonged to her mother. She slowly starts learning things about herself, like the fact that she lived in the town as a child. A town person is found dead and June becomes a suspect. She learns that she is supposed to be psychic and everyone expects certain behavior from her.
June bumbles and stumbles, not quite knowing what causes her to behave in a certain manner. There are two factions in the town. Some people are totally against June and some are supportive. June will have to dig deeper to find the truth about what happened to her father, and what is really going on in Whispering Falls.
A Charming Crime turned out to be a surprise because I did not expect this kind of a story. But what surprised me more was that I enjoyed it. Some things seem to have shades of Harry Potter, for example, the neighbor who keeps an eye on June as she grows up. The Muggles angle also comes in although I cannot elaborate without spoilers.
The book is different enough to grab your attention and can liven up a dull afternoon.