How the Witch Stole Christmas by Dakota Cassidy

July 17th, 2017 kimbacaffeinate Review 20 Comments

17th Jul
How the Witch Stole Christmas by Dakota Cassidy
How the Witch Stole Christmas
by Dakota Cassidy
Series: Witchless In Seattle #5
Published by: Tantor
Narrator: Hollie Jackson
Length: 4 hours and 47 minutes
Genres: Paranormal, Mystery
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
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Narration Rating: 4
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

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. . .

Holiday Humor MURDERMYSTERY snarky

My wait for the audio release of HOW THE WITCH STOLE CHRISTMAS by Dakota Cassidy resulted in a Christmas in July review. This is the fifth novel in the Witchless in Seattle series a hilarious, paranormal cozy mystery narrated by Hollie Jackson. Wait until you see what new pet Stevie Cartwright invites into her home. Murder, a missing familiar and holiday shenanigans made this a hoot on audio.

So our ex-witch is all excited about the upcoming holiday. Stevie is taking part in the local Holiday Home Decorating contest, and she’s been cautious taking care to follow all of the rules. She even hired Chef Pascal Le June to make mouth watering pastries…only he ends up dead in her nativity scene. She comes home moments before the judges are scheduled to arrive, and her decorations have been replaced by half naked carolers, Mardi Grad revelers, a pooping Easter bunny and more. It was over the top hilarious. Of course, the judges are aghast, and Belfrey Stevie’s familiar is missing.

Her roommates the ghostly Brit, Winterbottom, Arkady a former Russian spy (now deceased), and her dog Whiskey set out to help her find Belfry. Along the way, they will try to discover what happened to the Chef and uncover who sabotaged her Christmas.

This series is a lot of fun with character development and growth as Stevie begins to get some of her powers back. Within the story is a clever murder mystery whodunit and a missing familiar. Stevie has become quite the armature sleuth and is learning to trust her instincts. Her friendship continues to strength with Winterbottom. I loved their back and forth banter and his protectiveness. There is almost an air of romance, but of course, he resides on a different plan. The motley crew Stevie has surrounded herself with make me smile.

The motley crew Stevie has surrounded herself with make me laugh. From cute names to advice they all care for Stevie but also add some humor and aid the investigation. The villain ties into the overall ARC, and I look forward to seeing it resolved. The current case was interesting with a few twists complicated by the paranormal factor. Stevie never has a dull moment, but she is growing on the town folks. I adore the name calling and snark between her and a certain local police officer.

Hollie Jackson continues to narrate the series, and aside from Belfrey’s voice, I think she is perfect for this series. Her Winterbottom and Arkady accents are fun, and she nails Stevie. Belfrey is a little high pitched, but the little guy was missing throughout most of the story, so we got a reprieve. He is, however, a cute little fellow.

Fans of light, humorous, paranormal cozy mysteries will enjoy HOW THE WITCH STOLE CHRISTMAS and the Witchless in Seattle series.

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About Dakota Cassidy

Dakota Cassidy

Dakota Cassidy is a national bestselling author with over thirty books. She writes laugh-out-loud romantic comedy, grab-some-ice erotic romance, hot and sexy alpha males, paranormal shifters, contemporary kick-ass women, and more.  Invited by Bravo TV, Dakota was the Bravoholic for a week, wherein she snarked the hell out of all the Bravo shows. She received a starred review from Publisher Weekly for Talk Dirty to Me, won an RT Reviewers Choice Award for Kiss and Hell, along with many review site recommended reads and reviewer top pick awards.  Dakota lives in the gorgeous state of Oregon with her real life hero and her dogs, and she loves hearing from readers!

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20 Responses to “How the Witch Stole Christmas by Dakota Cassidy”

  1. Tyler H. Jolley

    This sounds like a good mystery with humor and snark perfectly weaved throughout. I think a winter book in July is perfect. Let a book take your imagination to a cooler climate 🙂

  2. Sarah

    This book sounds so cute. I am loving all the Christmas in July reviews I’m seeing in the blogosphere. Makes the summer heat a little bit easier to deal with! 🙂 Stevie Cartwright sounds like a fun main character. Might have to pick up the first book in the series and see how it goes 🙂
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  3. Miranda

    This book ( and entire series ) sounds absolutely hilarious and original! Your review has convinced me to read this!

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