Dakota Cassidy comes back to the blog today with the first in her Witchless in Seattle series- this one narrated by Hollie Jackson. Please read on for my review of
Quirky, funny and utterly madcap as the rush to solve the mystery of who murdered the fake psychic Madam Zoltar, and just how Stevie managed to arrive home minus her powers, fall under her familiar, Belfry’s influence, and just why there is a spy (in spirit form) giving her hints and tips.
Dakota Cassidy managed to spin an utterly plausible mystery in the middle of an utterly implausible set up with witches, spirits, magic and mortals all mixing together in ways unexpected and fresh. Stevie hasn’t had things easy for a while now – her powers are gone, yet she can still communicate with spirits and her familiar, Belfry, hasn’t deserted her. Yet. While the mortal world is looking at her as the prime suspect, she’s obviously got no reason to be – and a whole host of supporting characters (some more developed than others) to help her dig through clues, dead-ends and suspects to come up with the correct solution. Fast paced, snarky and full of twists and quirks that keep you guessing just as much as they delight with unique moments, this is a great start to a new series, and one that you should grab and listen right away.
Narration for this story is provided by Hollie Jackson, and her work is quickly becoming some of my favorite, particularly with quirky characters and fast-paced plots: in fact, she’s a perfect match for Stevie: youthful, adventurous and rather offhandedly snarky without crossing over into overdone. Other characters are distinct and clear, Jackson’s narrative style tends to the subtle: presenting the story clearly and cleanly, taking moments that are needed to absorb information (or laugh) without disrupting the flow or losing interest. A great intro to both author and narrator and a favorite start of a paranormal cozy for me.
Stars: Overall 5 Narration 5 Story 5
Title: Witch Slapped
Author: Dakota Cassidy
Series: Witchless In Seattle #1
Also in this series: Good Witch Hunting, Witch Way Did He Go?
Genre: Contemporary Cozy Mystery, Humor elements, Paranormal, Witches
Narrator: Hollie Jackson
Published by: Self-Published, Tantor Audio
Published on: 21 June, 2016
Source: Tantor Audio
Audio Length: 6 Hours: 36 minutes
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"Oh, good. Not a problem. I'll invoke the Gods of Pilates. I'm sure they'd be happy to help. Hang on just one sec while I dial them up. Oh, wait. I can't. Know why I can't? Because my hands are tied behind my back with zip ties, Win!"
A rib-tickling cozy mystery complete with an ex-witch, a dead British spy, a cotton ball bat and a cast of suspects that will keep you guessing right up to the end! Witch Slapped from USA Today bestselling author Dakota Cassidy is book one in her new cozy mystery series Witchless In Seattle. Join the hunt for a murderer with Stevie, Winterbottom, and Belfry in a race against time as the local police prepare an eight by ten cell for our intrepid ex-witch.
What's a girl to do when she's a broke, shunned ex-witch with a very tiny, very hungry bat familiar named Belfry to feed?
Hello. My name is Stevie Cartwright, and I've been witchless for thirty days.
If only there was a support group for down-on-their-luck ex-witches who've had their powers slapped right out of them (literally). Just as I was licking my wounds after returning to my hometown of Ebenezer Falls, WA, and navigating my suddenly non-magical existence with the help of my familiar, the only friend I have left in the world--things got sticky.
Enter an ex-spy and newly departed spirit named Winterbottom, who's infiltrated my life with his sexy British accent and a couple of requests...
Thanks to Belfry's successful attempt to use me as a human antenna to the afterlife, I can somehow hear Win. I should be ecstatic; helping departed souls used to be my witch specialty. It's like I got the teensiest piece of my old life back. Except Win's dropped me right at a dead woman's feet.
Madam Zoltar, the town's beloved fake medium, has been murdered, and Win wants me to catch the killer.
My old life won't be worth much if it gets me whacked before my new life has barely begun--and that seems to be exactly what the killer has planned!
Content Notes: This cozy mysteries women sleuths series has a complete cast of oddball characters from witches to ghosts and bats to psychics. Witchless In Seattle Mysteries is a spin-off of Dakota Cassidy's popular A Paris, Texas Romance 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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