Danielle Garrett comes to the blog today with the first in her cozy, witchy-centric Beechwood Harbor Magic Mystery series, narrated by Amanda Ronconi. Please read on for my review of
Murder’s a Witch
Holly Bolt is a witch, a potions witch with a ton of secrets, and a huge scandal that’s resulted in her being placed in the halfway house for paranormals. The small town of Beechwood Harbor is rife for gossip and scandal – and the curious house where she lives: owned by a depressed ghost, a vampire, a wolf-shifter and a strange man keeping strange hours are her new roommates, while she tries to maintain some ‘normalcy’ as she works as a barista.
But, when a strange man is wandering around the house wanting to hold haunted house tours, the ghostly owner in a deep depression, two of her roommates (the vampire and shifter) are at odds, and then, a body turns up, leaving one of Holly’s friends as the chief suspect. She’s loaded with competing issues and determined to prove her friend’s innocence but the investigation could bring down some serious consequences to her place in the paranormal community.
Twists, turns, a few red herrings and plenty of laughs all highlight this story. Garrett did a lovely job of introducing us to Holly (quirks and all) and the secondary characters that will play a part in the continuing stories. All presented with a solid small-town feel, the gossips, the rumors and the eccentricities that one would expect, all mixed in with the paranormal elements to add layers and bring a sense of plausibly impossible to the story, in all the best ways.
Amanda Ronconi is the narrator for this story, and she’s become one of my favorite presenters for the 20-30 something female main characters that have a touch of the paranormal in their lives. Her portrayal of Holly is spot-on, giving her that sense of ‘overwhelmed yet frantically trying to appear in control’ that highlights most of Holly’s life since moving into the manor. Secondary characters are easy to recognize and distinguish, presented with appropriate tone, inflections and personality. A great start to a new series – full of laughter, fun and just enough twists and information to establish a new series with a heroine one can enjoy.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4
Title: Murder's a Witch
Author: Danielle Garrett
Genre: Contemporary Cozy Mystery, Humor elements, Magic, Mystery Elements, Paranormal, Witches
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Published by: Tantor Audio
Published on: 20 January, 2018
Source: Tantor Audio
Audio Length: 6 Hours: 48 minutes
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Holly Boldt has a secret.
Well, technically, she has lots of them. After a scandal uproots her entire life, she is forced to relocate to a halfway house for displaced paranormals. It’s her last shot for a fresh start. But keeping secrets isn’t easy in a town that goes through gossip faster than tissue paper, even for a powerful witch.
When a grisly murder rocks the small town of Beechwood Harbor, Holly finds herself unwillingly entangled in the investigation. With everyone watching, Holly must solve the case before she’s forced to abandon her new-found home and live life as a witch on the run. But with a paranormal investigator tailing her every move, a civil war brewing between her vampire and shifter roommates, and her ghostly landlord on the edge of a breakdown, she can barely think in complete sentences. How is she supposed to track down a murderer?
Holly has to make it work, or risk losing everything … again.
Murder’s a Witch is a cozy witch mystery with a spunky twist. Come see what’s brewing in Beechwood Harbor in this first installment of The Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries Series.
A copy of this title was provided via Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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