The Plot (in a nutshell). At this point in The Garden of Abracadabra, Abby has fled her hometown of Buckeye Heights at her mother’s urgent deathbed plea to return to school at the Berkeley College of Magical Arts and Crafts and, to support herself through school, landed the job of superintendent of the magical, mysterious apartment building on campus. She has discovered that all her tenants are witches, shapeshifters, vampires, wizards, and other supernatural entities and is drawn into a tenants’ love triangle. She has also discovered the supernatural multiple murder in Tilden Park and is reluctantly compelled into the investigation because her vampire tenants at the Garden of Abracadabra are prime suspects. Meanwhile, her ex-fiance, Daniel Stern has come to Berkeley to try to win her back, sparks fly between Abby and Jack Kovac, a troubled magician who heads the FBI’s Supernatural Crimes Unit, and Prince Lastor, a potent supernatural entity in the penthouse, has enchanted her at the first of three dazzling Revels. Abby’s tenant, the storm witch Esmeralda Tormenta, has asked Abby to take Senor, Esmeralda’s shapeshifter lover, for a walk while Senor is in his dog incarnation, but Senor has run away. Animal Control has caught Senor and taken him to the Berkeley Animal Shelter. Maureen at the shelter has called Esmeralda and Esmeralda has bespelled Abby into driving her there to retrieve Senor.

From The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series

I hear the racket of barking dogs at the foot of Addison Street long before I pull onto Bolivar Drive and into the parking lot of the shelter. The brand-new two-story shelter of steel and aluminum siding takes up the entire block. I park my Mustang in the lot, and Esmeralda and I stride into the lobby.

The bracing odor of disinfectant can’t quite mask the scent of hundreds of caged animals. I don’t know who chose the mint-green walls, but it’s a good choice. Green is the color of the heart chakram, mint-green the color of compassion.

We meet Maureen at the front desk, a whirlwind of efficiency in a denim jumpsuit that looks great on her Amazonian curves.

“Thank the good Lord you’re here!” she cries and thrusts a release form at Esmeralda.

While I wait for Esmeralda to fill out the form and write a check for the shelter’s fee, I hear through the doggy din a nasty stream of invective shouted by a man. There are abundant references to fornication, consumption of feces, and sucking of body parts.

Senor, has to be.

Whoa! I tune that out.

Esmeralda wraps up the formalities, and Maureen escorts us to the dog habitat. We confront hundreds of cages confining hundreds of dogs pacing and barking or howling unhappily.

The cage Maureen takes us to is large enough for a Great Dane, but not quite large enough for a Senor-sized man. There he sits, his knees drawn up to his chest, his arms wrapped around his knees, his head bowed. He’s just too big and the cage is just too small for him to hold his head upright.

My neck aches just looking at him.

He’s unknotted the kerchief and draped the red paisley cotton over his private parts. But for the kerchief, the silver chain around his neck, and the leash clipped to it, he’s starkers.

I whip around, turning my back to the cage.

Maureen whips around, too. “That’s Berkeley, huh.”

“That’s Berkeley.”

Senor shouts at Esmeralda, abundant references to her as a female dog and all the vile things he intends to do to her when he gets his hands on her. She shouts back, her language no less salty, promising him all kinds of punishment. For a hopeful moment, I wonder if she will leave him in the cage for the night, and Tesla’s fondest desire will come true.

But no, Esmeralda starts to cry. Senor apologizes and cries, too, and I hear the clang of a metal latch lifting. Don’t get me wrong, I love Hallmark movies and weep at sappy endings, but I don’t want to witness their tender reunion.

Now, through the doggy din, a high sweet voice, a purry kind of voice, whispers in my ear. “Soft, fair maiden! Thou hast magic! Rescue me from this poxy hell!”

From The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series

Copyright © 2012 by Lisa Mason.

This just in from Goodreads! Alan writes: “I loved the writing style and am hungry for more.:D”
The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series (Bast Books)is on Nook and Kindle with a print edition planned for late 2013.

“So refreshing. . . .This is Stephanie Plum in the world of Harry Potter”

Fun and Enjoyable Urban Fantasy January 12, 2012
By D. Pflaster
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
This is a very entertaining novel- sort of a down-to-earth Harry Potter with a modern adult woman in the lead. Even as Abby has to deal with mundane concerns like college and running the apartment complex she works at, she is surrounded by supernatural elements and mysteries that she is more than capable of taking on. Although this book is just the first in a series, it ties up the first “episode” while still leaving some story threads for upcoming books. I’m looking forward to finding out more.

New! On a budget these days? Who isn’t!

The Garden of Abracadabra, Volume 1 of the Abracadabra Series is also available as The Garden of Abracadabra Trilogy so you can read the Omnibus Edition at your leisure in three affordable installments.

In Book I, Life’s Journey, Abby arrives in Berkeley, filled with hope and promise, hoping to land a new job and start magic college, when she stumbles upon a supernatural multiple murder scene. On Nook and Kindle.

In Book 2, In Dark Woods, Abby is drawn into a dangerous murder investigation and torn between three men, Daniel Stern, her ex-fiance, Jack Kovac, an enigmatic FBI agent, and Prince Alastor, a potent supernatural man who lives in the penthouse. On Nook and Kindle.

In Book 3: The Right Road,Abby uncovers ancient supernatural secrets behind the murders and faces dangers and challenges ahead. On Nook and Kindle.

From the author of Summer of Love, A Time Travel (a Philip K. Dick Award finalist and San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book) on Nook and Kindle, and The Gilded Age, A Time Travel (a New York Times Notable Book and New York Public Library Recommended Book) on Nook and Kindle.

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