Tag: Paranormal Cozy Mystery

A Glimmer of a Clue by Daryl Wood Gerber

Posted September 4, 2021 by Marsha in Cozy Mystery, Kensington Books, NetGalley, Paranormal Cozy Mystery, Series / 0 Comments

Courtney Kelly has a shop full of delights, a cat named Pixie, a green thumb—and a magical touch when it comes to garden design. But in Carmel-by-the-Sea, things aren’t all sweetness and fairy lights . . .
 
When Courtney’s friend Wanda gets into a ponytail-pulling wrestling match in public with a nasty local art critic, Courtney stops the fight with the help of a garden hose. But Lana Lamar has a talent for escalating things and creating tension, which she succeeds in doing by threatening a lawsuit, getting into yet another scuffle—in the midst of an elegant fundraiser, no less—and lobbing insults around like pickleballs.  
 
Next thing Courtney knows, Lana is on the floor, stabbed with a decorative letter opener from one of Courtney’s fairy gardens, and Wanda is standing by asking “What have I done?” But the answer may not be as obvious as it seems since Wanda is prone to sleepwalking and appears to be in a daze. Could she have risen from her nap and committed murder while unconscious? Or is the guilty party someone else Lana’s ticked off, like maybe her long-suffering husband? To find out, Courtney will have to dig up some dirt . . .

Titles in the Fairy Garden Mystery series include — A Sprinkling of MurderA Glimmer of a Clue

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Once Hunted, Twice Shy by Mandy M. Roth

Posted September 11, 2020 by Marsha in Connection to another series, Kindle Unlimited, Multi-Author Series, Paranormal Cozy Mystery, Series / 0 Comments

Welcome to Everlasting, Maine, where there’s no such thing as normal.

Wolf shifter Hugh Lupine simply wants to make it through the month and win the bet he has with his best friend. He’s not looking to date anyone, or to solve a murder, but when a breathtaking beauty runs him over (literally) he’s left no choice but to take notice of the quirky, sassy newcomer. She’d be perfect if it wasn’t for the fact she’s the granddaughter of the local supernatural hunter. Even if he can set aside his feelings about her family, Penelope is his complete opposite in all ways.

Penelope Messing wanted to get away from the harsh reminder that her boyfriend of two years dumped her. Several pints of ice cream and one plane ticket to Maine later, she’s ready to forget her troubles. At least for a bit. When she arrives in the sleepy little fishing town of Everlasting, for a surprise visit with her grandfather, she soon learns that outrunning one problem can lead to a whole mess of others. She finds herself the prime suspect in a double homicide. She doesn’t even kill spiders, let alone people, but local law enforcement has their eyes on her.

The secrets of Everlasting come to light and Penelope has to not only accept that things that go bump in the night are real but apparently, she’s destined for a man who sprouts fur and has a bizarre obsession with fish sticks. Can they clear Penelope’s name and set aside their differences to find true love?

Titles in the multi-author ‘Happily Everlasting‘ series include –  Dead Man Talking by Jana DeLeon – Once Hunted, Twice Shy by Mandy M. Roth – Fooled Around and Spell In Love by Michelle M. Pillow – Witchful Thinking by Kristen Painter – Total Eclipse of the Hunt by Mandy M. Roth – Curses and Cupcakes by Michelle M. Pillow – An Everlasting Christmas by Mandy M. Roth

There is, also, a ‘Happily Everlasting‘ World series, ‘Bewitchingly Everafter‘ by Mandy M. Roth — those titles include – Don’t Stop Bewitching – Everybody Wants to Rune the World – Do You Really Want to Haunt Me?  (I’ll be hopping into this world once done with the ‘Happily Everlasting‘ series.)

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Dead Man Talking by Jana DeLeon

Posted September 7, 2020 by Marsha in Connection to another series, Kindle Unlimited, Paranormal Cozy Mystery, Series / 0 Comments

Welcome to Everlasting, Maine, where there’s no such thing as normal.

Meteorologist Zoe Parker put Everlasting in her rearview mirror as soon as she had her college degree in hand. But when Sapphire, her eccentric great-aunt, takes a tumble down the stairs in her lighthouse home, Zoe returns to the tiny fishing hamlet to look after her.

Zoe has barely crossed the county line when strange things start happening with the weather, and she discovers Sapphire’s fall was no accident. Someone is searching the lighthouse but Sapphire has no idea what they’re looking for. Determined to ensure her aunt’s ongoing safety, Zoe promises to expose the intruders, even though it means staying in Everlasting and confronting the past she thought she’d put behind her.

Dane Stanton never expected to see Zoe standing in the middle of her aunt’s living room, and was even more unprepared for the flood of emotion he experiences when coming face to face with his old flame. Zoe is just as independent and determined as he remembered, and Dane knows she won’t rest until Sapphire can return to the lighthouse in peace, so he offers to help her sort things out.

Armed with old legends, Sapphire’s ten cats, and a talking ghost, Zoe has to reconcile her feelings for Dane and embrace her destiny before it’s too late.

Titles in the multi-author ‘Happily Everlasting‘ series include –  Dead Man Talking by Jana DeLeon – Once Hunted, Twice Shy by Mandy M. Roth – Fooled Around and Spell In Love by Michelle M. Pillow – Witchful Thinking by Kristen Painter – Total Eclipse of the Hunt by Mandy M. Roth – Curses and Cupcakes by Michelle M. Pillow – An Everlasting Christmas by Mandy M. Roth

There is, also, a ‘Happily Everlasting‘ World series, ‘Bewitchingly Everafter‘ by Mandy M Roth — those titles include – Don’t Stop Bewitching – Everybody Wants to Rune the World – Do You Really Want to Haunt Me?  (I’ll be hopping into this world once done with the ‘Happily Everlasting‘ series.)

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Chili Cauldron Curse by Lynn Cahoon

Posted August 24, 2020 by Marsha in Kensington Books, NetGalley, Paranormal Cozy Mystery, Series / 0 Comments

When Mia Malone’s grandmother asks her to take a week away from her restaurant job and come to Magic Springs, Idaho, she’s happy to oblige. Like Mia, Grans has witchcraft running through her veins, and life with her is never boring. Plus, the cause is a good one—helping Grans get the local food bank up and running again.

But there’s an unappetizing surprise in store. While Mia is knee-deep in boxes of donated produce, she encounters the body of Dorian Alexander.

Dorian was a warlock, leader of the local coven. He was also her Grans’ new beau. There’s no potion that’ll make this trouble disappear. But if Mia wants to keep her Grans—now a prime suspect—from serving a spell in prison, she’ll have to unearth the real killer fast.

Titles in the Kitchen Witch Mysteries series include – Chili Cauldron Curse (introduction #0.5) – One Poison Pie –

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A Sprinkling of Murder by Daryl Wood Gerber

Posted July 31, 2020 by Marsha in Cozy Mystery, Paranormal Cozy Mystery, Series / 0 Comments

Fairy garden store owner Courtney Kelly believes in inviting magic into your life. But when uninvited trouble enters her shop, she’ll need more than a sprinkling of her imagination to solve a murder . . .

Since childhood, Courtney has loved fairies. After her mother died when Courtney was ten, she lost touch with that feeling of magic. A year ago, at age twenty-nine, she rediscovered it when she left her father’s landscaping business to spread her wings and start a fairy garden business and teashop in beautiful Carmel, California. At Open Your Imagination, she teaches garden design and sells everything from fairy figurines to tinkling wind chimes. Now she’s starting a book club tea.

But the light of the magical world she’s created inside her shop is darkened one night when she discovers neighboring dog-grooming business owner Mick Watkins dead beside her patio fountain. To make matters worse, the police suspect Courtney of the crime. To clear her name and find the real killer, Courtney will have to wing it. But she’s about to get a little help from an unexpected source.

Titles in the Fairy Garden Mystery series include — A Sprinkling of Murder – 

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Haunt with Me by Rose Pressey

Posted July 10, 2020 by Marsha in Paranormal Cozy Mystery, Series / 0 Comments

Ripley Van Raden’s life centers around the spooky. At every turn, Rip finds herself drawn into paranormal trouble. By day, she’s the head librarian in Devil’s Moon, Kentucky, and at night, she guides people on her ghostly tour of the haunted streets and buildings of their town.

Rip is planning a charity Halloween party at the library. Things aren’t going by the book though when a couple of spirits crash the party. Plus, a local shop owner is accused of murder and an antique box might hold the clue to solve the case. Adding another chapter to the story, a mystery man is following Rip, and soon she suspects he wants her dead.

The only way to solve the crime is to continue the nightly ghost tours around town. But if the mystery man finds Rip, the ghost tour might be the final chapter of her story.

Titles in the A Haunted Tour Guide Mystery series include — These Haunts Are Made For Walking – A Walk on the Haunted Side – Haunt the Haunt, Walk the Walk – Walk This Way, Haunt This Way – Take A Haunted Walk with Me – Hauntin’ After Midnight – Keep On Haunting – You’ll Never Haunt Alone – The Walk That Haunts Me – Haunted Girl Walking – Walk In My Haunted Shoes – A Haunted Walk to Remember – Haunt with Me –

(I’ve read all but two of the previous stories in this series.  They were reviewed on a blog that no longer exists, and I doubt that I’ll recreate those reviews here now.  The fact that I’ve just completed the 13th story in this series should tell you all you need to know about whether I think this series is worth the time or not.  🙂 )

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Murder Can Confuse Your Chihuahua by Rose Pressey

Posted May 11, 2020 by Marsha in Paranormal Cozy Mystery, Series / 0 Comments

There’s a killer in the picture . . .

Celeste Cabot has a flair for painting–and a touch of paranormal talent too. She’s just arrived to sell her artwork at a big craft fair in North Carolina, complete with rides, games, and deep-fried everything. But the sunny landscape takes on a darker hue when her Chihuahua, Van Gogh, leads her to the riverbank–and to a body that was definitely not part of her design.

With help from a handsome fellow artist, Celeste sets out to draw the brazen killer onto her canvas. She’ll need to balance the victim’s past, a suspected love triangle, and a long-ago accident–and also consult with a medium and a spirit–to try to paint a murderous fiend into a corner . . .

Titles in the Haunted Craft Fair Mystery series include — Murder Can Mess Up Your Masterpiece – Murder Can Confuse Your Chihuahua – Murder Can Haunt Your Handiwork –

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Mrs. Morris and the Witch by Traci Wilton

Posted May 10, 2020 by Marsha in Cozy Mystery, Series / 0 Comments

Halloween is the biggest holiday of the year in Salem, Massachusetts–but when B&B owner Charlene Morris finds the dead body of a witch, it spells trouble…

Charlene, recently widowed, has renovated her historic mansion just in time to greet guests arriving for the town’s annual Halloween festivities. She’s lucky to have a helpful staff to provide support–as well as a handsome ghost named Jack standing invisibly by her side.

Unfortunately, while the revelers head out on haunted tours, have their fortunes told, or grab a drink at Brews and Broomsticks, a killer walks among them. When Charlene discovers Morganna, a local Wiccan, dead in her shop, she starts getting cozy with the local coven, looking for clues to locate the crafty culprit. Salem may be famous for the false accusations of witchery in centuries past, but this time someone is genuinely guilty–of murder…

Titles in the A Salem B & B Mystery series include — Mrs. Morris and the GhostMrs. Morris and the Witch – Mrs. Morris and the Ghost of Christmas Past –

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Haunted And Hexed by Misty Bane

Posted May 2, 2020 by Marsha in Paranormal Cozy Mystery, Series / 0 Comments

Welcome to Blackwood Bay, where magic and murder have come out to play…

Okay, if that had been on the sign when I drove into town, I probably would’ve thrown it in reverse and kept the pedal to the floor until I made it safely back to Las Vegas. Probably. Instead, I’d been lured in by the cute little beach town, a handful of instant friends, and a hunky local.

My name is Dru Rathmore Davis, and In my defense, my life had pretty much just fallen apart. So, after learning that I’d inherited a bookstore from a grandmother that I never even knew existed, I was desperate to make this my fresh start. I daydreamed of owning a quaint little bookstore and spending my weekends reading on the beach. Sounds great, right? And what could possibly go wrong?

Turns out, everything. The bodies start piling up along with my arrival in town, someone may have murdered Granny… and that’s only the beginning. As a former private investigator, I really can’t help but find myself drawn (or pushed) into doing a little investigating of my own. It also helps that the Police Sergeant is super hot… cliché, I know, but what’s a girl to do?

Things are much more complicated than they first appear though, and being new in town certainly has its disadvantages. No one is who they seem to be. Not even me.

The only ones I can trust are the dead. Well, and my cat. But none of them are talking. Or are they?

Titles in the Blackwood Bay Witches Mystery series include — Haunted and Hexed -Bad Magic and the Big Top – Phantoms in High Fidelity – Broomsticks and Bones – Payback’s A Witch – Magic and Missives – Witch in Troubled Waters –

Connecting series: Blackwood Bay Witches Mystery ShortsOn a Witch and a Spell (Prequel) – One Spell of a Time –

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Black Magic Kitten by Sara Bourgeois

Posted April 22, 2020 by Marsha in Connection to another series, Paranormal Cozy Mystery, Series / 0 Comments

Welcome to Coventry

Kinsley Skeenbauer never thought she would go home. At seventeen, she’d left Coventry and didn’t look back. But after a messy divorce, she packed up her stuff and drove toward the only place that she knew would accept her.

Life hadn’t been easy for Kinsley since she left town. Despite wanting a family desperately, she was childless. She had a college degree but had just been fired… again.  She’d spent her entire adult life rebelling against what she was, and that meant hiding her true self from the world. Kinsley left Coventry on a mission to be ordinary.  But you know what they say about the best-laid plans…

Coventry isn’t your typical small town. It’s home to the most powerful family of witches in the world. Two ancient witch families united when her parents married, and she was supposed to be their leader.  Nobody ever asked Kinsley if that’s what she wanted, though.  Funny how the universe worked because there she was divorced, childless, and jobless… again… rolling into Coventry in her broken-down car with a U-Haul full of everything she owned.

The joyous welcome home party was short-lived, because a dead guy turned up, of all places, behind the diner.

Of course, the town’s hunky sheriff starts to give Kinsley the side-eye. But, a lot of people wanted the victim dead, and that only complicates the investigation.  There’s a murderer on the loose in Coventry, and Kinsley’s got to learn to harness her powers to avoid the killer’s snare.

Oh! And, then there’s Meri, the black cat familiar. Someone decides to grant him one wish for his faithful service to his coven, and it doesn’t go as planned either…

Titles in the Paranormal Cozy Mystery series, Familiar Kitten Mysteries include — Black Magic Kitten – Midnight Magic – Sympathetic Magic – Book of Dark Magic – A Taste for Magic – Mirror Magic – Jack-O-Lantern Magic – Yule Be Magical – Stormy Sky Magic –

Welcome back to Coventry. The events in this story take place thirteen years after the final scene the Wicked Witches of Coventry series. It can be fully enjoyed on its own.

Titles in The Wicked Witches of Coventry series include — If The Broom Fits – Doom and Broom – Broom with a View – A Clean Sweep – Panic Broom – Sweep – Stakes – Broom and Board – Broom and Gloom – Over the Broom – Baby Broom – Swept Away

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Haunting in a Winter Wonderland by Rose Pressey

Posted December 9, 2019 by Marsha in Christmas Romance, Paranormal Cozy Mystery, Series / 0 Comments

Spooky ghosts are you haunting? In the lane where I am walking?

As the guide for a haunted walking tour, Ripley Van Raden has seen a lot of ghosts, but never a ghost from Christmas past.

Someone or something wants to stop Rip from having a haunted Christmas tour around the town of Devil’s Moon. She won’t let this bah, humbug put a damper on her holiday spirits though. Rip has to stop this scary scrooge before things take a deadly detour.

Titles in the Haunted Tour Guide Mystery series include – These Haunts are Made for Walking – A Walk on the Haunted Side – Haunt the Haunt, Walk the Walk – Walk this Way, Haunt this Way – Take a Haunted Walk With Me -Hauntin’ After Midnight – Keep on Haunting – You’ll Never Haunt Alone – The Walk That Haunts Me – Haunted Girl Walking – Walk in my Haunted Shoes – I Want to Haunt You Home (novella) Haunting in a Winter Wonderland (novella)

(Note: the previous titles in this series were reviewed on a blog of mine that no longer exists so I’ll be linking any reviews from now onward only)

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