Dakota Cassidy returns to the blog today with the eighth book in the Witchless in Seattle paranormal mystery series narrated by Hollie Jackson in
Witch Way Did He Go?
Stevie is ready to start planning for Thanksgiving but there’s one problem: Win, her British spy turned ghost has disappeared and is nowhere to be found. It’s even worse as she’s now regretting having never told him just how important he is to her…. And we are off and running almost from the first moment as the emotional content of this story jumps into high gear. Stevie and Win are pretty much the ‘go to’ in this series – while others are mixing into the adventures and mysteries, it’s been these two since the start, and as their time together has gone on, their friendship has developed into a touchstone for the series.
The worst of this for Stevie is her inability to bounce ideas off Win – she’s getting ‘clues’ that she wouldn’t normally question before following after them – but she’s wondering if they are possibly from Win, have any real bearing on his disappearance, or even if they really are clues and not just some weirdness (it’s happened before) place din her path to divert her attention. What emerges here is the value and reliance that Stevie places on Win to keep her focused, moving forward and even reasonably stable. Without him, she is more than a little lost and untethered – prone to highs and lows that are emotionally trying for her and the listener. And when rumors start to pop up that Win may just have moved on…… it’s not pretty.
Hollie Jackson narrates this series to great effect – with a solid sense of Stevie and her frustration with her lost powers and worries for Win, and in many ways, of herself. This was an emotional ride – far more involved with the ups and downs of Stevie’s psyche than in the twists and turns around Win’s disappearance and what that might mean for our heroine. Jackson clearly presents the emotional moments, allowing Stevie’s questions and hesitations (as well as her insecurity) to shine forward, without actually demanding the emotions from the performance. Things have certainly taken a jump away from the last book where boredom threatened all that she held dear, and the fast paced dialogue, emotional switches and Stevie’s own questions kept the story moving forward.
Stars: Overall 4 Naration 5 Story 4
Title: Witch Way Did He Go?
Author: Dakota Cassidy
Series: Witchless In Seattle #8
Also in this series: Witch Slapped, Good Witch Hunting
Genre: Contemporary Cozy Mystery, Ghosts, Humor elements, Magic, Paranormal, Paranormal, Shifters, Vampires, Witches
Narrator: Hollie Jackson
Published by: Indie Houses, Tantor Audio
Published on: 26 February, 2019
Source: Tantor Audio
Audio Length: 4 Hours: 43 minutes
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It’s me again, Stevie Cartwright. Powerless ex-witch, pseudo medium, and amateur sleuth, reporting to you live from the case of the missing ex-British spy turned ghost/quite possibly one of the most important people to ever become a part of my life.
You read that right. As Win and I and all the gang were busy planning our big Thanksgiving bash, he suddenly disappeared (right in the middle of telling me what a Philistine I am for even suggesting Cheez Whiz and crackers), and it’s as if he never existed.
Poof—he’s just gone! No one can find him, not even Arkady, our ghostly pal and confidant on Plane Limbo.
If I ever needed to make good use of everything my British spy ever taught me about sleuthing, it’s right now. But I run into roadblock after roadblock until I’m almost sure all hope is lost, and I’ll never hear his voice again.
Worse, how will I ever live with myself if I never get the chance to tell him how I feel?
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.