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How the Witch Stole Christmas by Dakota Cassidy
Length: 4 hours and 47 minutes
Published by Book Boutiques Pages: 156
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Hollie Jackson
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The game is afoot in Ebenezer Falls, Washington, and this time someone is trying to ruin Christmas!
With twists, turns, and suspects aplenty, amateur sleuth Stevie Cartwright is determined to find a murderer and her missing familiar before the silver bells tarnish!
USA Today bestselling cozy mystery author Dakota Cassidy serves up mayhem and murder in How the Witch Stole Christmas, Book 5 of her bestselling series, Witchless in Seattle Mysteries
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas–!
Er, not so much. . .
It’s Christmas, and I, ex-witch, Stevie Cartwright declare this my favorite time of year! I love the decorations! The food! The Hallmark Channel holiday specials! This year promises to be better than ever because for the first time in a very long time, I’m going to have more than just Cheez Whiz, Triscuits and the wish to be surrounded by family and friends.
My carefully planned holiday bonanza includes all the usual suspects. My bat familiar Belfry, my dog Whiskey, my ever-present ghostly spy friends–dashing Brit Winterbottom, stalwart Russian Arkady and my parents.
However, nothing comes easy for this amateur sleuth, not even a neighborhood decorating contest. You know, the one I’ve been painstakingly prepping for months? Something goes horribly awry with my Christmas display (think bikini-clad carolers, pink flamingos and real, live turkeys) to start.
But the worst? The dead body of the famous Chef Pascal Le June in my nativity scene!
It becomes clear someone’s trying to ruin my Christmas, and that someone must pay! But when Belfry goes missing, and the danger takes on a paranormal edge, I find I have more to lose than ever before. . .
This cozy mystery has a complete cast of oddball characters from witches to ghosts and bats to psychics. Witchless In Seattle Mysteries is a spin-off of Dakota Cassidy’s bestselling paranormal romance series, A Paris, Texas Romance.
Also by this author: Talk Dirty To Me, Witch Slapped, Quit Your Witchin’ (Witchless In Seattle Mysteries #2), Dewitched (Witchless In Seattle #3), The Old Witcheroo, Prawn of the Dead, Play That Funky Music White Koi
Here is what I thought
All Stevie wanted was to have a great Christmas but everything was going wrong. Someone had ruined her decorations that she had outside and traded some in for horrible ugly non Christmasy types. She was so distraught over this that she didn’t even notice the dead body until after those coming to judge her holiday decor found him.
Then Stevie realizes her bat Belfry is missing and she can hear him calling for help but has no clue where he is and she is the only one who can hear him. Neither of her ghostly friends Winterbottom or Arkady can hear him. The only thing they can think of is it must be the work of Alex, the witch that slapped her witchy powers out of her a while back. Though she has slowly be getting back some powers she is not getting excited about it as it could be a fluke.
Meanwhile, she also needs to figure out what happened to Chef Pascal Le June and there are a few suspects but she is a little distracted by her bat being gone.
I love Stevie, she is so funny! I almost feel as if she is a collector of sorts. It seems like she gains either an animal or ghost with each mystery. 🙂 There is now two ghost, a bat, a dog and now a turkey. 🙂 It’s a fun combination and they are just fun characters to read about!
This was a short holiday mystery and I enjoyed it as much as the others. Is it bad that I was kind of glad that Belfry was missing cause his screech little voice is slightly annoying…lol. 🙂
Holly Jackson is growing on my as a narrator even though I really hate her Belfry voice…lol. She does a great job with this series.
Audio rating: 4
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2017 Audiobook
- 2017 Cloak and Dagger