Escape to Witch’s Forge, a magical town tucked deep in the heart of Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains. Only Witch’s Forge isn’t a supernatural paradise—here spells backfire, kudzu bites and magic is broken.
That is until Charming Calhoun arrives.
Charming has everything a Southern Belle could ask for—a thriving matchmaking business and great employees. But when one of her employees goes missing in Witch’s Forge, she quickly realizes there’s something sinister afoot.
Once she arrives, Charming discovers a world of strange. Her house has a mind of its own—adding rooms and coughing up objects. There’s also a broomstick that likes to spank and a pot-bellied pig with an appetite for chocolate.
Then she butts heads with the local vampire chief of police. What? A handsome vampire cop in a town full of witches? Vampires and witches are mortal enemies. But Charming better stay on the vampire’s good side because when someone winds up dead, everyone’s a suspect.
She’s got her work cut out for her. Can Charming solve the mystery and return to her old life? Or will she discover that in the Smoky Mountains her life truly begins? And if so, can Charming survive long enough to enjoy it, or will she become the murderer’s next victim?
Titles in the Southern Belles and Spells Matchmaker Mystery series include – Deadly Spells and A Southern Belle – Cursed Brides and Alibies – Magical Dames and Dating Games –
Title: Deadly Spells and A Southern Belle
Series: Southern Belles and Spells Matchmaker Mystery #1
Author: Amy Boyles
Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Published: July 7, 2019
My Rating: 4.5 stars
DEADLY SPELLS AND A SOUTHERN BELLE is the first story in the Southern Belles and Spells Matchmaker Mystery series. It starts off fast and never, ever slows down from the beginning to the end. Everything you really need to know before picking up this book is in the Cover Description. Inside the book, you’ll discover a true Southern Belle who can out attitude Scarlet O’Hara quite easily – and maybe she has some reasons for that attitude for Charming does not often live up to her name, unless it’s hiding sarcasm behind Southern Charm. She’s edgy, complete attitude, and rarely admits when she’s wrong.
As this is a Paranormal Cozy Mystery, I’ll not go into the plot itself, except for saying that I was captured from the start and didn’t even try to figure out whodunit as I was having too much fun with all the snark and bantering going on. It’s an intense mystery with characters, bad guys or not will grab your attention and hold it. I enjoyed watching Charming and Thorne’s bantering with a touch of sexual tension between them. Getting each one’s true story, the reasons they act as they do and are where they ended up was a turning point in their story – and now I’m curious to see what happens between them throughout this series. I had fun, and really, that’s the point of a Paranormal Cozy Mystery. I’d not hesitate to recommend DEADLY SPELLS AND A SOUTHERN BELLE to any reader who loves a good Mystery along with a delightful witchy Paranormal… and maybe a touch of romance to come.
I read this title through my Kindle Unlimited Subscription – (And this was one of my reads for the Fraterfest read-along)
Available for the Kindle