Book Review: A Novel Thief by Jessica Baker

“It was strange to think that this afternoon, I hadn’t known that magic was real. The only magic I truly believed in before was the magic of creating art.”

Jessica Baker, A Novel Thief

Title: A Novel Thief
Series: Winter Falls Mystery (Book 1)
Author: Jessica Baker
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy
Pages: 84 (Kindle)
Publish Date: October 31st, 2023

My Rating: ★★★★★
Read: 10/23/2023

Happy Release Day!


After a brief introduction in the A Bookworm of a Suspect anthology, Jessica Baker has embarked on a new cozy mystery series. This time the story is set in the present, however, it maintains a classic feel all while incorporating elements of fantasy. 

Lenore loves nothing more than writing stories on her great-grandfather’s old typewriter. As she’s working on a novel, she starts to notice strange things happening around her. Almost as though the story is coming to life… Cats and ravens appearing out of nowhere, missing jewelry… Lenore tries to put the pieces together, but ultimately it’s the new face in town, Sean, who brings the conclusions. 

I’m not usually one for books bordering on the paranormal. If I read one it’s only under very specific circumstances. But of course, I’m going to read anything Jessica Baker writes. I’d file this one under magical realism which I do enjoy when done well. And it is! The story is charming and captures a wonderfully cozy small-town feel. I’m looking forward to book two. 

A huge thanks to the author for sending me a digital ARC! I have also preordered my physical copy.

Likes & Dislikes:

What I liked:

  • The small-town, almost vintage aesthetic.
  • Lovely characters.
  • Lighthearted.
  • The pages are so gorgeous!!!!

What I disliked:

  • I’d love to have seen more backstory with Lenore’s family! But that might be coming in future books…


I’m excited to see where this series will go! I love that the end of the book includes a preview of Book 2.

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