GHOST MORTEM

JANE HINCHEY

Book review.

Ghost Mortem by Jane Hinchey had me in splits. This is one of the most hilarious paranormal cozy mysteries. If possible, I could give it a hundred stars simply for its humor content. Wow! What a wonderful author! What a fantastic book! It’s laugh a riot in spite of a murder being involved.

Audrey Fitzgerald is a walking disaster and very prone to accidents. Her clumsiness gets her fired from several jobs. While she’s returning home after getting fired again, she accidentally slips and falls, only to be saved by a handsome man, who rescues her from getting crushed under the bus, but Audrey accidentally hits him as well, making the situation even more funny. It’s precisely at this moment when her best male friend, Ben Delaney, walks in to save the handsome man from Audrey’s clumsiness. She’s astounded to learn that the handsome man is Detective Kade Galloway. Ben and Audrey meet for a drink.

The next day, Audrey is shocked to find Ben sleeping in her couch. But the surprise doesn’t end here. When they are walking out of her house, Ben points out to Audrey something that makes her gasp. It’s then that they realize that Ben is dead and is now a ghost. But who killed him and why?

Ben has left her everything including his business, Delaney Investigations, and now requests her to find out who killed him. Audrey visits Ben’s house to find out his body but his body is not there and the kitchen smells of bleach. It means somebody removed the corpse but where? Will Audrey find discover his body? Is his death related to one of the cases he was working? To add to her woes, Ben seems to have forgotten who killed him and how he died. Can Audrey help him to solve his murder or will her clumsiness create an obstacle for new career? There’s another fantastic twist in the tale and Jane has penned a wonderful, unexpected climax to keep the readers guessing the identity of the real killer.

Wow! Another author added to the list of my most favorite Paranormal Cozy mysteries writers. If you are looking for a book to keep you engrossed, this series is guaranteed to give you 100% fun, entertainment, and suspense.

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SPOTLIGHT SCANDAL

STELLA BIXBY

Book review

Stellaย Bixby’sย book” Spotlight Scandal ” isย fantastic. She definitely has a special magic in her writing. Right from the beginning, this book had me completely hooked. Stella Bixby is one of the most talented writers of the paranormal cozy mystery genre.

Ellie Vanderwick is an aspiring witch. She possesses a unique magical ability. Her hair continuously changes hues in response to the circumstances, alerting her to any impending danger. She has devoted friends in Penelope, her pet pig, Mona (her van), and Bex ( her best friend and former boss) . She’s now living in the house bequeathed to her by her maternal grandma, Esme, who passed away.

She has moved to Cliff Haven, a little town in Iowa, where Katie is the proud owner of a cafe and a theater and produces plays. Katie believes in involving the local residents as much as possible in her productions. Ellie is also a part of the play with her best friend, Bex, and Melody, ( Katie’s daughter and the lead). Nancy, Fran, and Amy add to the humor. Ellie runs a fitness and healing studio, besides now being a part of a play. Her stage fright seems to be getting the better of her as she keeps fumbling over her lines.

And in the turn of events, Katie’s daughter, Melody, fails to get a role in a Hollywood project, her rival, Trinity Lawson, from the next town of Poppy Hills arrives for the role of Melody’s understudy in the play, with Melody’s ex-boyfriend, a Casanova, called Dylan Bram but dies unexpectedly. What follows next are plenty of surprises for the readers. The best part is the manner in which Trinity dies, and Ellie learns about another death in the past which occurred exactly like Trinity’s.

There are startling revelations and some amazing twists in the tale. What I loved the most about this series is that the police detective, Jake, shares a warm camaraderie with the protagonist cum witch, Ellie, and allows her to assist him in the investigation. This is quite refreshing. In most of the cases, there exists a rivalry between the police detective and the amateur sleuth. Way to go, dear Stella. Love your books so much.

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COUNT YOUR HEXES

WENDY MEADOWS

Wendy Meadows has authored a good, entertaining, paranormal Cozy mystery. This is a good book to enjoy. Other than the fact that the story could have been a bit longer to keep the readers guessing, I loved everything about this book. There’s humor, fun, an element of surprise.

Mimi owns an artefact and antique shop in the peaceful tourist town of Wickrock Bay, Maine, which is popular with locals and tourists alike. The gruff proprietor of the cafe right next door, Daniel George, who frequently pops in to see what Mimi has in her collections, is a good friend of hers. The man, however, tries to take action against the three Wickrock Bay residents after they somehow offend Daniel, only for him to mysteriously come up dead. Mimi is shocked over the turn of events as another friend of hers, Mrs. Judith Parson is taken for questioning. Meanwhile, she has a surprise in store for her. What is it?

Rob Thompson, the police chief of Wickrock Bay leads the investigation.However, Mimi must exercise caution as well because a product from her store was used to kill poor Daniel. Can Mimi help the police chief to flush out the real killer? Read this book to find out more.

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SOUTHERN FRIED WITCH

AMY BOYLES

Book Review

Southern Fried Witch ( Bless my Witch series)

Amy Boyles is an amazing author of Paranormal cozies. I have already read her series ‘Sweet Tea Witches’ series featuring Pepper Dunn and her cousins, Amelia and Cordelia. She certainly knows how to keep her readers well entertained and thoroughly engrossed to her magical books. Her books are cute, charming, very interesting, offering plenty of twists and turns and humorous. This series is about Dylan Apel, her sisters, Sera and Reid who find themselves in awkward situation. Sera and Dylan have magical powers as they are witches but Reid is devoid of any power despite being born in a family of powerful witches. Dylan has tremendous magical powers that makes other witches wanting to steal her magic and get rid of her. Do read Dylan and her sisters magical adventures. All the books in this series are fabulous.

Book 1

SCARED WITCHLESS

Dylan Apel owns a fashion store, Perfect Fit, while her sister, Sera, has a confectionery store, Sinless Confections. Dylan’s school acquaintance, Reagan Eckhart, arrives at her store to see the wedding dress that she had tailor made. As usual, she starts suggesting improvement in the dress. As soon as she leaves, another customer makes an entry and tries on her dress. She loves it but makes a weird statement about Dylan stirring a trouble. Her words turn out to be true when Reagan tries on a dress that Dylan had designed for herself and ends up dead, with her skin actually burnt. The strange woman turns up again and tells Dylan, Sera and Reid that they are witches. Dylan and her sisters were raised by their grandma Hazel who’s frozen for many years and been taken care of by her bodyguard, Nan, whom they are quite fond of. Dylan is in double danger.

First, she’s a suspect in Reagan’s murder and secondly, someone wants her dead and strip off her powers. Enter the handsome, mysterious, Roman Bane, wanted by the witch police, for the murder of a witch, Misty Evers, who had killed the love of his life, Sheila. Watch out for the super thrill that’s in store for you. One of the most exciting paranormal cozies.

Book 2.

KISS MY WITCH

Grandma Hazel, Sera, Dylan and Reid are enjoying a picnic where they have to bear with mosquito bites. Grandma suggests Dylan to freeze the mosquitoes with her magic but her magic backfires and she conjures a swarm of mosquitoes. Queen of witches, Em, catches whiff of the magic done in front of non magical folks and tells Dylan that she has a chance to escape from having problems from the witch council, provided, she agreed to meet other witches at Balmore House.

Trouble seems to find Dylan when Loretta Umi one of the twins, dies after eating a cheesecake meant for Dylan. Was it originally meant for Dylan? Sumi, her sister, is scared and points out her suspicion to Stormy Hellsmount who had written spiteful letters to Loretta. Margaret Duncan, their aunt, wants to tell Dylan something but she dies before she could reveal her secret. There’s another mystery within the story that deals with the death of a unicorn and Dylan and Roman, her would be boyfriend, get magically transported near Fairy Land. Are these cases interlinked? There are awesome, splendid twists that I never saw coming. This is truly a magical one. Excellent book.

Book 3

QUEEN WITCH

Dylan and her family are summoned to participate in the Queen Witch Election, to be held at Castle Witch. Em is the candidate and her rival is Gertrude Boxbigger, who offers to get back a part of land given to the fairies. Brock, the Monkey King, has a spat with her. Dylan and Sera instantly hate her but Gertrude forces them to make her dress and cook delicacies before the voting takes place.

Dylan and her family are shocked to learn that Gertrude is the new Queen. Unfortunately, she chews a gum and blows a bubble that bursts and suffocates her. She turns up dead. Her nasty cousin, Queen of the North, Helga de Plume, gives her an ultimatum to solve the case in three days or she would skin Dylan, the newly appointed interim queen, alive to steal her powers. Would Dylan survive this ordeal? Catch up with Dylan’s exciting adventures with her family and Roman Bane. I thoroughly enjoyed reading all the books in this series. Amy Boyles is now one of my favorite authors of paranormal cozies.

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WANDS IN A LIFETIME. SPELLBOUND PARANORMAL COZY MYSTERIES ( BOOKS 1-3)

ANNABEL CHASE

Book review

Wands In a lifetime.
This is an adorable series. I thoroughly enjoyed reading all the books in the set. What fascinated me the most was Emma Hart’s ability to see the ghost and her funny banter with her familiar, an owl. She’s brilliant, has a great sense of humor and brave enough to fight for her friends’ sake. This is one of the best paranormal cozies I have ever read.

Book one

Curse the Day

Emma Hart is a public interest lawyer, on her way to meet a client, when she stops on her way after finding someone trying to end his life by jumping off the cliff. She rushes to his aid and tries to distract him while her car rolls over to knock her down. The man, in fact, is an angel and returns the favor by taking off in the air, carrying her to safety. She learns that his name is Daniel and that he is a fallen angel. She wants to leave the place but shocked to find that she can’t step out. Daniel takes her into the town of Spellbound, where the residents are all super naturals. As per the norms, she visits Mayor Knightsbridge and the Town Council members to decide her fate. Maeve, the banshee tells her that the town is cursed by an enchantress that no supernatural living in the town would be able to step out of the boundary, because the townsfolk had refused to give her shelter during a storm. It’s now that she learns that she’s a witch.

She learns that a prominent citizen cum public defender Gareth the vampire was found murdered. The case is being investigated by a centaur, Sheriff Hugo, a dimwitted detective, who hates hard work. Since the Mayor learns that she’s a lawyer, she’s asked to handle Gareth’s client, Mumford, the goblin’s case as the public defender and is given his house.She gets an owl, Sedgwick, for a familiar and also has to handle Gareth’s cat, Magpie.

Her new client, Mumford has been accused of stealing precious stones from Deaconโ€™s Stones. Deacon , the dwarf is the proprietor. Besides, she has to undergo the basic witch training at Arabella St. Simon Academy for Witches which she calls the Ass Academy. She gets three new friends, Begonia, Sophie, and Millie. Her neighbors, The Minors, are harpies.

She gets down to business and starts investigating both the death of Gareth and Mumford’s involvement in the robbery case. The book has everything, fun, flirting, twists and and an unexpected turn that makes it very thrilling and Emma also has two handsome men vying for her attention, Demetrius, the werewolf and Daniel, the angel.

Book 2

Doom and Broom.

Emma is still a novice at the witch training and is scared of flying the broom. The professor, Holmes, is very kind and patient with her. She’s paired with Begonia for a broom ride and there’s a mishap due to her fear of heights. Begonia takes her to Mix-n-Match, a potion shop run by Paisley, the fairy to get an anti-anxiety potion where they meet, Jemima, a nasty witch. Emma then stops by the flower shop of Sybil, the ash tree nymph, who tells her about the recently discovered dead body of Jolene, the werewolf. She learns that she was engaged to Alex, the alpha male of the werewolf pack. She visits Alex to offer her condolences where he welcomes her kind gesture but is snubbed by his mother, Lu Ann.

She notices Kayla, a young teenager, who was the cousin of the deceased. Kayla tells her that Daniel, the angel, often visited her house and now he is a prime suspect.

She has another client, Linsey, an eighteen-year-old, a berserker, pleading guilty to the act of vandalism, after she spray painted, the car of a pixie, Fern. Will she able to get her lighter sentence ? She also wants to protect Daniel from being framed for a murder, he didn’t commit. Will she choose Daniel or Demetrius? This is another fantastic read.

Book 3

Spell’s Bells

Gareth, the ghost vampire wants to be a poltergeist. So, Emma seeks the help of Maeve, who can see ghosts just like Emma. She suggests that he approach one of the Grey Sisters for help. The Grey sisters are three sisters sharing one eye and one tooth between them. Sedgwick, her owl, passes on a message that Sophie, her classmate and a great friend at the Ass Academy has been arrested by Sheriff Hugo for the suspected murder of Freddie the dwarf, who in reality, has been under the curse of Endless Sleep.

Besides, her other client, is Thom, a brownie and a carpenter, accused by his ex-girlfriend Lara of stealing five items from her house. Emma comes to the rescue of the innocents once again? Can she prove the innocence of Sophie and Thom ( both different cases)? Fascinated by all the books in the series.
I highly recommend it for reading for all the paranormal cozy mystery lovers.

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SWEET SOUTHERN MAGIC: SWEET TEA WITCH MYSTERIES 1-3

AMY BOYLES

Book review

This is an amazing series. Pepper Dunn has a cool family who is always there to help her when she’s in danger. I adore her and her cousins, Amelia and Cordelia. But the best character in the series is her grandma, Betty Craple. I have already written a book review on book one : Southern Magic at https://aparna12.in/2022/01/20/sweet-tea-witches-book-1-southern-magic.

But for your convenience, I am presenting the review for that book as well.


Book 1 ( Southern Magic)
Pepper Dunn’s life is in a mess in Nashville. The 25-year-old, Pepper, loses her job after Becky, her colleague, files a false complaint about her spitting on the food ( Pepper is a waitress). When she tries to return to her room, she notices a cat sitting in her car and tries to shoo it away.

She also notices a package containing a golden key with a Ruby fixed on the handle. She reads a note from her deceased Uncle Donovan entrusting her with a special gift. She is in for a rude shock after her roommate Sarah forcefully evicts her and gets her boyfriend to live with her. When she turns around towards her car, she is shocked to find a strange man whom she saw in her dreams. He asks her to go with him which she refuses. He launches attack on her with his magic but the cat which she saw earlier, comes to her rescue. She is stunned to find the cat speaking. The cat introduces herself as Matilda Moonpie and call her Mattie.

She tells her that she is a witch and has to go to Magnolia Cove, Alabama to claim her inheritance. The special gift happens to be a pet shop ( familiars for witches) called the Familiar Palace. She notices a strange man who introduces himself as Ebenezer, the owner of a pawn shop. Since Pepper is already confused about her identity, he tries to manipulate her into selling the shop. His attempt is thwarted by Pepper’s grandmother, Betty Craple.

Pepper meets her cousins, Carmen, Cordelia, and Amelia along with other family members whom she had never seen in a party organized for her homecoming. She also meets Axel Reign, a handsome private investigator. Pepper is desperate to give up her shop after the rumors of her uncle’s death as told by Ebenezer scares her . She makes her mind to give up the shop and go back to Nashville. Unfortunately, she sees his dead body with a knife below his ribcage. Officer Todd arrives at the crime scene to arrest her. She is rescued by her grandma and they go home. Pepper has to clear her name and find out who murdered Ebenezer.

She tries to run away from Magnolia Cove but Rufus the evil wizard springs a asty surprise on her again. Who is the evil man and what does he want from Pepper? Will she escape from his clutches and solve the murder before it’s too late? Read Pepper’s adventure with the mysterious handsome PI Axel Reign. Highly recommended for all paranormal cozy mystery lovers.

Book 2ย  Southern Spells


Pepper Dunn’s grandmother, Betty Craple, has received a special delivery of a hen that would lay silver eggs for theirย  upcoming Cotton and Cobwebs festivals where there would be games, food stall, and a magic maze etc. just as in a carnival.ย  She wants to beat her arch rival,Melbalean Mayes, at the magical animal contest.


She’s surprised to find her two troublesome aunts,ย  Mint and Licky, arriving at Betty’s house. She, her cousins, and her grandma are shocked to learn that Mint and Licky are going to be in charge of the Cotton and Cobwebs Festival. The hen is scared to see the talking cat Mattie in the room and manages to escape from the room. Betty and Pepper chase it only to find it with Melbalean Mayes. She tells Betty that she also has a hen that lays golden eggs. She meets Axel who tells her that Melbalean is Rufus ( her nemesis’) mother.ย 

Later, Betty hatches a plan to steal the golden eggs from Melbalean’s shop with Pepper’s help. There’s a distraction created so that Pepper steals the bag of eggs. There’s a brief blackout but when the lights come back, there’s a shock in store for them. Melbalean’s dead body is discovered and The new cop, Garrick seeks Pepper’s help to talk to the dead woman’s hen and ask her whether she saw someone attacking the lady. The hen blamed Betty, as she’s taken for questioning. Pepper faces a major problem in the form of Rufus, the evil villain who tried kidnapping her but Axel came to her rescue. He’s allowed to attend his mother’s funeral. Pepper’s life is in great danger but she also has to prove her grandma’s innocence. There are awesome revelations and plenty of twists in the tale. But the icing on the cake is Pepper receiving a package slip containing a dragon’s egg. Who sent it and why?  Do read this wonderful book.

Book 3  Southern Myths
The dragon egg hatches and out comes the baby dragon. Pepper has no idea as to what to do because she fears the creature may harm her and other animals. It’s at this moment that a weird man, called Mysterio, offers to buy her dragon and she willingly sells it to him, inspite of Axel asking her to reconsider her decision.
Her grandma, Betty, is upset with her for taking a hasty decision. She tries to explain her that her Uncle Donovan might have gifted the dragon as a protection from Rufus. Betty and the girls, Pepper, and her cousins, Amelia and Cordelia visit Mysterio’s show so that Pepper could get back her dragon from him. He is trying to connect the living people with their dead relatives by summoning their spirits through a seance. He fumbles with a couple of spirits until Pepper watches her dead mother smiling at her. Mysterio says she has a message for her that he would tell at the end of the show. Pepper tries to convince him to give her dragon back which he refuses. Betty conjures a spell on the baby dragon to make him a bit ferocious so that he would give her pet back. The next day, Pepper learns about him vacating the hotel and hurries away to meet him with Betty in tow. He hands her dragon back but his cape strangles him to death while Pepper and Betty try to save him in vain.

There’s another danger lying ahead. Axel warns Pepper to be careful because his evil brother, Adam, has escaped from prison. Looks like Pepper is in great trouble. Will she escape unharmed or be caught by her enemy? The series just keeps more and more interesting. A highly entertaining and an enjoyable read.


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SPOOKY BUSINESS : A JANE GARBO MYSTERY

ADDISON CREEK

Book review

It’s a delightful paranormal cozy mystery in spite of all the spooks involved. Author Addison Creek has done a wonderful job with this book. I found it a perfect combination of spook, fun, thrill, suspense, adventure and humor.

Jane Garbo, a witch living in New York, has lost another job and she’s forced to go back home at Shimmerfield, Maine. She’s living in Haunted Bluff Mansion, where most of the supernaturals like ghosts, vampires, and skeletons live besides the family of witches headed by the crazy, eccentric, Cookie, Jane’s mischievous grandma, well known for her witty, sarcastic comments. Jane is delighted to find her favorite cousins, Pep and Lark, the daughters of her Aunt Meg, Cam is her younger brother and Corey and Kip Woodson are their family friends. She is livid to find out that her bedroom is now occupied by her least favorite cousin, Lizzie. Lizzie, Cam, Kip and Corey are haunt hunters who capture ghosts and skeletons and trap them inside the mansion. Their uncle Taft is an interesting character pretending to defend the family from the attack by a deadly group.

Jane is unaware of the problem faced by her family. The Skeleton Trio, mischief mongering skeletons have been completely crushed to their deaths and the resident ghosts have started disappearing mysteriously . Jane is furious to know that her mom and the rest of her family have been keeping this as a secret from her. She’s determined to get to the bottom of this complicated case but a handsome officer, Grant Hastings with the Supernatural Protection Force, comes to stay with them to investigate what’s going on in the house. The case takes a deadlier turn when Jane and her cousins face the risk of getting killed by a crazy maniac. Who’s behind these attacks in the Haunted Bluff Mansion ? Can Jane solve the case before Grant does?

The book is full of unexpected surprises, twists and turns that add thrill to the book. I loved the concept of speaking skeletons also being a part of the Garbo family. It’s amazing and entertaining. Do read it if you are looking for a refreshing paranormal cozy mystery.

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KATY KRAMER COZY MYSTERIES

A.A. ALBRIGHT

Book Review.

Author A.A.Albright brings a new lease of life to the paranormal cozy mysteries. I have read about the witches but never came across witch hunters. This is a remarkable series and I thoroughly enjoyed reading all the books in it.

The Case of the Wayward Witch (Book one) .

Katy Kramer is the adorable protagonist who’s supposed to be a witch hunter.Her father, Henry, Uncle Faster, and Aunt Jude have all been witch hunters. According to her Uncle Faster, all the witches must be hunted down and sent to the Dimension of the Damned with the help of the binder and the toolkit. But Katy has a different opinion.

Katy happens to discover Aunt Jude’s Toolkit and is able to decipher the hidden message on the knife, which no one except a supernatural or a witch hunter can see, while helping her injured Uncle Faster to set his things in order. He sends her to Peter Mud, his friend, to train her to become a witch hunter.

He tells her about the involvement of a young witch, Diane Carey in breaking her uncle’s legs and a suspect in the mysterious deaths of men who are involved with her. She had been staying with Nedina, aka, Ned the necromancer in Samhain street, Dublin.

Katy goes undercover as a private investigator and helps Nedina, who prefers being called Ned, to find out her lost boyfriend, Guillermo, who had been cheating on her. She’s surprised to find the talking cat, Cleo, and a talking dog, Hamish, who was in fact a brilliant wizard. He had been cursed to become a dog by an evil wizard. Even Hamish was in love with the elusive Diane. Katy and Ned join her friends, Jonathan and Donal in the Bank ( an eatery) where Cullen Keats is a bartender cum server. Suddenly, Donal chokes on his food and dies and the Wayfarers ( Police of the supernaturals) are called in. There’s another body discovered by Katy during her investigation. The deceased is Bradley Oster โ€“ Antiquarian and Hatter. The body count is rising. Is Diane Carey the real culprit or is someone trying to frame her? There are so many twists and turns to keep you glued to the book. The Wayfarers Or the Police team consisting of Chief, Finn Plimpton, Wanda Wayfair, and Todge are awesome additions to the story. Definitely a must read.

The Case of the Haunted House (Book 2)

Katy is continuing as a PI, living with Ned, Cleo and Hamish. She learns about Ned’s sister Angelica and her awesome cafe, Angel Cakes in The Strange Lane. Meanwhile, Ned asks Katy to spy on Angela and find out the Decree of the Deceased to revive her dead mother, killed by a witch hunter.

Katy is also asked to investigate the haunted House of Debbie McGinty, who claims that her dead husband Jim is haunting her and forcing her to bring him back to life. Ned, Cullen, Cleo, and Hamish join her in this task. There are some very interesting and awesome twists and turns that adds to the thrill. There’s another body, a new adorable character and discover Katy’s amazing rising powers.

The Case of the Listening Library (Book 3)

Katy has started Studying wizardry at Wentforth’s college where Hamish was once a professor. Besides training with Peter, she’s also working with the Wayfarers to solve puzzling criminal cases. She’s bullied by Seth, a mean wizard and his friends but she never shies away from giving a fitting reply. Her magical intuition lead her to the forbidden room in the library from where a foul stench is emanating. Libra, the robot, forbids her from opening the room because of an order by Professor Fesorus Waisel. Katy convinces Libra to call The Wayfarers. Officers Plimpton and Wanda arrive and find the dead body of Monty Marlebone, a master wizard of Ancient Wizarding Studies.

On the other hand, Katy shares Ned’s suspicion that her angelic sister, Angela and her friends are hatching some conspiracy which she’s trying to figure out but two more murders in the college forces her to focus her attention on nabbing the murderer in the college. Something fishy is going on. Can Katy work a miracle with Hamish and solve this highly dangerous case? Read this book to find out Hamish’s dark secret and find out what happens to the gorgeous Katy in their mind-boggling adventure.


This is a wonderful series. I have added one more author to my list of the favorite authors.

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PACIFIC NORTH WITCHES

SAMANTHA SILVER

Book review.

PACIFIC NORTH WITCHES

This is an absolutely delightful paranormal cozy mysteries by Samantha Silver. I am a huge fan of her work. She’s one of those very gifted and highly talented writers possessing magic in her pen ( her magic wand) ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š. Wow! This series has won me over right from the beginning. The protagonist, Althea Everwood’s daredevilry, her courage, her frankness with her opinion and determination to solve the murders and the antics of her crazy grandma Rosie is sooooo adorable that you can’t afford to miss it. Plenty of awesome magic combined with nonstop humor, unexpected twists and turns at the right places is sure enough to win over paranormal cozy mystery lovers.

Going through the potions ( Book 1)

The beginning of this book itself is amazing. Althea Everwood, an Earth Witch, living in Mount Rheanier, is trying to unclip a collar from a live dragon as a part of her test for becoming a Magical Fixer under the supervision of Keith. She fails in her mission after retrieving the collar in half. Blaze, the dragon shifter, with whom she was battling for the collar, sympathizes with her.She is also employed by Magical Pharmaceuticals as a plant collector for a meager salary.

Unfortunately, she happens to stumble upon Blaze, the dragon shifter’s, dead body on her way to collecting the plants for potion making. She calls The Enforcers ( The paranormal police) and is shocked to find Jack, an Enforcer, and her former friend who had betrayed her trust by sleeping with her boyfriend, Sean. She hasn’t forgiven him for hiding the fact that they were gay. She learns about the half million abra reward announced by Blaze’s parents to catch the murderer and decides to compete against her crazy grandma Rosie and her pal, Connie. Will she succeed in her mission or would Rosie win? Fasten your seat belts on your chair to stop rolling out laughing and watch out for amazing surprises.

Get with the Potions (Book 2)

Althea continues to make me laugh with her antics. She’s helping her Grandma Rosie to become the town’s biggest gossip by clipping tiny collars fitted with mic on the captured squirrels so that she can eavesdrop on people wherever these furry creatures go. Rosie accidentally causes a squirrel to become gigantic and chase Althea aka Ali. Finally, Althea manages to restore it to its former size and clip the collar.

After spending an exhausting morning, she visits The Newt and Cauldron, a local bar for witches and wizards. She notices a gang of young witches bullying another one in the bathroom. She couldn’t help interfering and scares the other witches to leave the girl alone before hexing the gang leader, Danielle Dashwood, to have a face full of boils . The other witch, Janet, thanks her for her intervention.

Ali is in trouble after Danielle is found dead the next day in the forest by a couple of wolf shifters. The whole town suspects her of committing the murder because the deceased had spread the news of Ali’s hexing all over the town, a day before her death. But persistence is her another name. Though shaken by the unfair treatment by her townspeople, Ali vows to bring the real murderer to justice and clear her name. Her best friend, Willow, though scared of breaking any law, sticks with her until the end. This kind of friendship is so heart warming. You will find doses of laughter in this book as well. There are shocking revelations and even more shocking is the way Ali realizes who the culprit is. Awesome, highly irresistible book!

Potion sickness (Book 3)

I am so much in love with Ali’s character that I wish I was a man and married her for her fiesty character with a great sense of humor. Ali’s having a fight with her familiar, a goat, called Vinnie, who’s innocently trying to chew away a bag of carrots. She goes out to meet Willow, her best friend, for training for the upcoming Magical Fixer test. Later, they go to a little cafรฉ for their morning meals when they learn of another murder. Unable to contain their curiosity, they visit the crime scene and come to know that the deceased was a vampire, Luca Sadoveanu, the son of Marcu and Ilona Sadoveanu, who own the grocery store in the town.

Ali doesn’t want to get involved this time but fate has planned something else for her. The Sadoveanus visit her home and offer her a whopping three hundred thousand abras to solve the murder. Despite her promise to her best friend, Willow, and her mother, she gets into the detective mode. Inspite of a heinous crime, a murder, the scenes that follow are so hilarious that I thought I was almost going to die laughing. Boy! Oh Boy! It’s absolute fun and there’s such a big twist in the tale that it will come as a shocker. The climax takes the crowning glory. I laughed so hard that I almost had tears in my eyes. If you are looking for a 100% entertainer, look no further. I wish I could meet Samantha Silver and thank her personally for bringing a constant smile on my face. This series is definitely a must read.

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POISONED IN PROVENCE

CAT GREEN

Book review

This is a refreshing paranormal cozy mystery. I love reading about a person having psychic abilities who can see both past and the future with or without touching an object. I loved reading this book and there never is a dull moment to take your eyes off the book. Author Cat Green has done a fantastic job by maintaining the suspense until the end and there are plenty of twists just when you think you have figured out the criminal.

Nina Brown and her best friend, Holly Broad with their pet dog, Jasper are on a trip to Provence, France where Nina is representing the magazine she works for, ‘Travel, Food, and Wine’. She is taking the place of Ruth Ross, her boss, and The Chief Editor to judge a culinary competition. A handsome man, Jacques Corton, picks them up from the airport and drops them at Hotel Deluxe, their accommodation and the venue for the culinary competition. The hotel manager, Maurice Talbot, greets them and briefs them about their tour itinerary. He tells them about Nina’s fellow judges, Mr. Bates Bateman of New York, the founder of the Epicurean Delight competition and Gertrude Mannheim, a leading chef from Germany. The contestants are Chef Adonis Hellman, Feng Lung, and none other than Jacques Corton who served as their driver.

There is a big twist in the tale after Judge Bates Bateman gets poisoned during the ongoing competition. Nina is determined to find out the culprit. She has another special talent. She can glimpse into the past or future. Will her skill come handy in nabbing the culprit? Will Bateman survive or die? Wow.

You must read this book because it gets more interesting with every page. The humor content is quite good and like every good cozy mystery, there’s flirting, a hint of jealousy and presented so well that everything in this book is very appealing. Excellent work by the author.

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