Review of The Big Fang Theory by Erin Johnson

Happy Publication Day to Erin Johnson on the release of The Big Fang Theory, Book 8 in the Magic Market Mysteries… okay, belated publication day… yesterday was the big day but I couldn’t get my post ready in time, shhh…. 😉

Welcome to the Darkmoon Night Market, where the magic and mystery are electric.

Cursed witch Jolene’s only remaining power is the ability to speak to animals. When a baker drops dead during a royal competition, she teams up with her cute cop boyfriend and his sassy, lie-sniffing canine to serve up the killer.

But the stakes are raised as Jolene ties the case to a missing politician, a fiendish crime boss, and a flock of shifters trapped in their animal forms. As she uses her magic to sniff out the suspects, Jolene’s own life is put on the line. Luckily, she’s got a bunch of powerful new friends with ties to the palace on her side.

Will it be enough for Jolene to catch the killer and stop the crime boss with a twisted mission? Or will she lose the last of her powers…and her life?

The Big Fang Theory is the delightfully thrilling conclusion to the Magic Market Mysteries (with a crossover treat for fans of the author’s Spells & Caramels series). If you like talking animal sidekicks, delicious riddles and cheeky female leads, then you’ll love Erin Johnson’s charming tale.

Available on Amazon and through Kindle Unlimited.

big fang theory by erin johnson review

It’s the end! Terrible news for fans of the Magic Market Mystery series but what a fantastic way to go out.

The series finale of the Magic Market Mystery series comes full circle to meet up with characters from the Spells and Caramels series. I love how author Erin Johnson kept us in the same world for both series yet introduced us to very different characters who live very different lives. Their lives intersect while past misdeeds of the old king are still being corrected… namely bringing Ludolf to justice.

Before they can deal with Ludolf, Jolene and her detective boyfriend have to deal with the mystery of who murdered Polly Pierre at the royal baking competition. There are several suspects who crop up including family members, potential in-laws, baking competition and an ex-boyfriend. Each of them has a motive but did they have opportunity? There are several clues laid out for the reader to follow but not many red herrings. It didn’t take me too long to get a pretty good idea of what transpired. However, I fully enjoyed the big reveal with its high level of drama.

Once the murder is fully wrapped up, readers are treated to big Ludolf take down. We’ve been making our way to this moment since Book 1. Ludolf is the mafia king boss of the shifter underworld, but behind that facade lies a man who can’t even face up to what he is. His self-hatred turns him into a formidable force and is what ultimately catches him up. There are so many real world issues cleverly tied in with this character and the environment he creates. There were moments I took a break from the light-hearted fantasy setting and thought about real-life prejudice and bullying.

The series closes with our series regulars finding their happy endings, even if they’re not all what we might have been expecting. At least Daisy and Jolene find a way to co-exist and admittedly, have grown pretty fond of each other.

I’m sure this isn’t fully the end for the characters. I’m suspect they’ll pop up again in other stories related to Bijou Mer. What I am absolutely certain about is that I can’t wait to see what Erin has in store for us next!

I give The Big Fang Theory 4.5/5 delicioussss essspressso shots.

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