Gina LaManna returns to the blog today with the second in The Magic & Mixology Mystery series, a fun, funny cozy mystery with a twist. Narrated by Wendy Tremont King, a favorite performer, please read on for my review of
The second in The Magic & Mixology Mystery series from Gina LaManna is the first I’ve read in this series, and believe me, there was plenty to keep me guessing. Already a fan of LaManna’s snarky, sarcastic and cleverly plotted mysteries, this was a fun opportunity to get into a new book. Lily is ‘learning’ to mix potions, and her mentor is more than a bit demanding. But when her spellbook disappears and Gus goes looking, she’s completely left to her own devices to find the missing ingredient that her cousin Poppy needs. When you add in another cousin trying to pass his ranger’s test, and Ranger X makes her heart go pitter-pat, there are plenty of distractions to Lily’s time.
Oh I liked Lily very much: she was determined to find the answers she needed, even when everything (and that is almost literal) is conspiring against her. Fun, funny and quite able to find the humor in almost every situation, the threats were dire, but she never lost her focus, even as the distractions did seem to increase. And to top it all off – the forest is loaded with Fae with attitude, and strangely cloaked men are wandering everywhere and leaving people vaguely unsettled. Fast-paced, twisty and full of surprises, the fun never ends in this.
Narration for this book is provided by Wendy Tremont King, and as with every title I’ve listened to that she’s narrated, each character is unique and distinct, easily distinguished from the others and even provides a touch of foreshadowing of intentions in the voice. Evil characters feel grimy and a bit off, while the emotional influences on others (confusion, anger, happiness) are palpable and clearly add to the listen.
I’d suggest that you start with the first in this series – and give it a listen. You won’t go wrong with this fun, witchy-enhanced mystery.
Stars: Overall: 4 Narration: 5 Story: 4
Title: Witchy Sour
Author: Gina LaManna
Series: The Magic & Mixology Mystery #2
Genre: Contemporary Cozy Mystery, Humor elements, Magic, Paranormal
Narrator: Wendy Tremont King
Published by: Self-Published, Tantor Audio
Published on: 14 February, 2017
Source: Tantor Audio
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 5 minutes
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A dark stranger. A deadly potion. A school for scoundrels…
Lily Locke has barely had time to sink into her role as The Isle’s newest Mixologist, when a series of events sends her world spiraling out of control. Her vampire cousin is overtaken by a serious bout of blood intolerance issues, and the key ingredient for the antidote is missing.
Meanwhile, Zin is training day and night under the watchful eye of Grandma Hettie to break into the elite, male-dominated world of the Ranger security force, but it’s a constant uphill battle. Then, Ranger X turns Lily’s world upside down when he breaks the longstanding rules of the island and throws both her heart and her head into a tailspin.
Hooded strangers, dangerous potions, and a budding romance threaten to ruin all that Lily’s worked to achieve. Add in a stolen spellbook, and Lily's barely able to hold her head above water.
When a body turns up on the beach, Lily must catch the murderer before a true battle begins...
Welcome back, Islanders.
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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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