Lori Woods comes to the blog today with the second in the Nightshade Paranormal Cozy mystery series, this one narrated by Rebecca Mitchell. Please read on for my review of
Witch Spells Trouble
I found the premise cute as Suzy seems to be a witch seriously in need of schooling in all things witchy, yet when she arrives, things are all confused. And yes – that is the best part of this story, one that I can’t decide if it is meant to be a series for children, or for adults. Sure – there’s a murder and a mystery, with an interesting, if not surprising conclusion, but my overwhelming impression of this book is disappointing. The writing was simplistic and choppy, with little to no character development and plenty of tell without show. Sadly, the tone, conversations and even the mystery felt far more appropriate for a child’s primer on cozy mysteries, while missing the intrigue, reality and plausibility of say a Nancy Drew. And that is before we discuss the audio version.
Narration is provided by Rebecca Mitchell, and while her voice is pleasant and she made efforts to distinguish character voices – the repeated odd pauses, emotional inflections in dialogue that carried through to the “he said, she said” moments, and a tendency to confuse narrative with dialogue, muddling an already trying listen just had me putting this title down. Frequently.
It’s a problem in some cozies to go for the cute and outrageous, expecting a suspension of belief that enhances the mystery thread and makes for a fun read or listen. Sadly here, all efforts were spent on the cute and outrageous while ignoring simple plotting, mystery and character development and editing. I won’t be continuing with this series.
Stars: Overall 2 Narration 2 Story 2
Title: Witch Spells Trouble
Author: Lori Woods
Series: Nightshade Paranormal Cozy #2
Genre: Contemporary Cozy Mystery, Paranormal, Witches
Narrator: Rebecca Mitchell
Published by: Self-Published, Tantor Audio
Published on: 5 June, 2018
Source: Tantor Audio
Audio Length: 5 Hours: 39 minutes
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Suzy Maycomber is looking forward to learning how to be a witch at the Academy.
However, trouble seems to follow her where ever she goes. Suzy discovers one of the students is found murdered in the basement. With the help of an old ghost that speaks in riddles, Suzy is determined to find the killer.
Unfortunately, not is all as it appears. Things get even more complicated when nearly everyone Suzy knows, seems to be different. Suzy finds herself yet again in the midst of murder, attacks, kidnappings, and strange spells.
Are you ready for Suzy's next adventure? Buckle up, get ready and enjoy the (Broom Hilda) ride!
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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