Gran says she’s a witch. The cat says she’s a witch. Wait, did the cat just…?

Constance Campbell has made a few questionable decisions in the run-up to her fortieth birthday. So in a way, moving two thousand miles away from everything she’s ever known makes perfect sense.

She moves in with her estranged—and very strange—grandmother. What better place to hide from her humiliations than a town too small to warrant a mention on a map?

Creel Creek, Virginia s the last place either of her ex-husbands would ever think to look for her. But it’s like nothing she ever expected.

Then again, neither is she.

Constance learns that she comes from a long line of powerful witches. And on the day she hits the big 4-0, she’ll come into powers.

Constance has more magic in her pinky fingernail than she ever knew existed in the world. And it turns out she’s not the only paranormal person in town. Under the sleepy surface, the small town is teeming with supernatural beings.

When Constance finds the grocery store manager and the town’s resident vampire dead, things go from surreal to scary. The local sheriff is convinced that a killer is lurking in the shadows, hunting anyone with supernatural abilities…including witches like her.

He’s not wrong.

Can Constance learn enough magic to save herself and Creel Creek from this unknown foe?

Titles in the Witching Hour series include – Midlife Curses – Never Been Hexed – Must Love Charms – You’ve Got Spells –

Title:  Midlife Curses
Series:  Witching Hour #1
Author:  Christine Zane Thomas
Genre:  Paranormal Women’s Fiction
Published:  March 23, 2020
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My Rating:  4 stars

Midlife Curses kicks off the Witching Hour series with an interesting tale of the supernatural, definitely life changes, and… murder.  Although this series bills itself as part of the newish genre of Paranormal Women’s Fiction, there are touches of Paranormal Cozy Mysteries as well so readers of either genre would feel right at home.

There is world-building in Midlife Curses, I expect that, but there is also different lore in that building.  And adding that lore into what I consider Paranormal took a bit of getting used to.  Most of what you’d want to know is in the Cover Description.  Constance has no idea that the paranormal world exists so she’s in for more than a few surprises when she arrives at her grandmother’s home.  To learn that she comes from a long line of witches is one thing to accept but to be told that she’ll be coming into her own powers in just a few days seems a bit over the top.  She’ll humor her grandmother right up until things happen that just have no other explanation.

Soon Constance is knee-deep in a town full of various paranormal creatures, more witches than you can shake a broom at, and a most unusual familiar as her new companion.  The sheriff is a werewolf with pups or daughters who definitely deserves a second or third glance.  This widower is sending off mixed signals, but Constance is too caught up in this new world to worry about him.  When she discovers the dead body of her boss, well, things start getting very interesting, and dangerous, very quickly.  Now it’s a race to discover a murderer before more dead bodies pile up.

I enjoyed Midlife Curses, yet I remain divided on it in many ways.  I felt… awkward… in this world, there is no other way to describe it.  Perhaps that’s because a different set of rules seemed to be used here as to what makes up the supernatural world.  Each author creates their own world, I totally understand that.  But I didn’t like feeling off-kilter with some basics.  In many ways, this story felt more like a Cozy Mystery than a woman coming into her own power of the Paranormal Women’s Fiction genre.  I liked it, don’t misunderstand, I need one more story to tell if I’ll follow the series to the end so I’ll be downloading Never Been Hexed shortly.  So frankly, if you enjoy either Paranormal Women’s Fiction or Paranormal Cozy Mysteries then I’d definitely say give this story a try.  It wasn’t instant love for me, more like “let’s try a second date” and that’s okay, too.

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