Murder’s a Witch by Danielle Garrett

February 15th, 2018 Kimberly Review 42 Comments

15th Feb
Murder’s a Witch by Danielle Garrett
Murder's a Witch
by Danielle Garrett
Series: Beechwood Harbor Magic Mystery #1
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Length: 6 hours and 48 minutes
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Source: Publisher
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Narration: 4.5 cups

Holly Boldt has a secret.

Well, technically, she has lots of them. After a scandal uproots her entire life, she is forced to relocate to a halfway house for displaced paranormals. It’s her last shot for a fresh start. But keeping secrets isn’t easy in a town that goes through gossip faster than tissue paper, even for a powerful witch.

When a grisly murder rocks the small town of Beechwood Harbor, Holly finds herself unwillingly entangled in the investigation. With everyone watching, Holly must solve the case before she’s forced to abandon her new-found home and live life as a witch on the run. But with a paranormal investigator tailing her every move, a civil war brewing between her vampire and shifter roommates, and her ghostly landlord on the edge of a breakdown, she can barely think in complete sentences. How is she supposed to track down a murderer?

Holly has to make it work, or risk losing everything … again.

Murder’s a Witch is a cozy witch mystery with a spunky twist. Come see what’s brewing in Beechwood Harbor in this first installment of The Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries Series.

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Murder’s a Witch by Danielle Garrett is the first book in the cozy paranormal mystery series Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries. I was in the mood for something witchy, and this looked fun. Narrated by Amanda Ronconi, Garrett delivered an entertaining murder-mystery featuring a halfway house for displaced paranormals.

Holly Bolt, a potions witch is given one last chance for a fresh start and is residing in a halfway house, run by a ghost for paranormals. She lives with a shifter wolf, vampire and a strange man on the third floor who keeps odd hours. The manor is situated in the quiet town of Beechwood Harbor where Holly works fulltime as a barista.

The story that unfolds was an interesting one and begins with a man sneaking around their house. She confronts him, and he claims to be interested in hosting haunted tours in her home. Holly begins to worry its something more. Before she even has time to contemplate what he is up to, she finds herself in the middle of a murder investigating, and her fellow employee is the prime suspect. She vows to clear her friend’s name but must tread carefully, or she’ll soon find herself in trouble with the paranormal community. To complicate matters the ghostly owner of their home is depressed, and the wolf and vampire are fighting.

Garrett did a fantastic job of introducing us to our heroine and key secondary characters while delighting us with a murder-mystery. Twists, suspects and paranormal complications kept me engaged. The town has all the charm one would expect in a small-town and the downside too, like nosey neighbors and town gossips. The murder is the talk of the town.

I love the premise of the halfway house, and we learn a little about the hierarchy in the paranormal world and the agency that monitors these displaced paranormals. I like that the supernatural world lives side-by-side in secret with humans.

This series has five published books out, and all have four plus stars on Goodreads. I am delighted to see them beginning to publish in audio format. Amanda Ronconi was the perfect choice to narrate. She captures Holly, the humor and the suspense of the story.

Murder’s a Witch was a delightful start to the Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries, and I look forward to my next adventure with Holly Bolt.

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42 Responses to “Murder’s a Witch by Danielle Garrett”

  1. Stefanie

    Ah…witches…so dear to my heart. I’ll be checking this series out. It sounds so much more series and intense that a cozy?

  2. Melanie Simmons

    I grabbed this book because of Amanda Ronconi. She was perfect for this book. I can’t imagine a better narrator for this story. I will be eager to see more books in this series on audio too. Great review.

  3. danieal ark

    Cozy mysteries is one genre I really want to start reading. I love that there are often witches characters! Love witches! And a hierarchy in the paranormal world?? never read about that! How interesting!

  4. Lorna

    Amanda Ronconi would be a big reason to get this on audio. This sounds like a really fun listen! Glad you enjoyed your time with it!

  5. Sophie

    I’ve never read cozy mysteries so far contemporary or PNR but I see so many loving the genre. This one is really tempting Kimberly 😉

  6. Sophia Rose

    I already had my eye on this one, but yay, good to know that its as good as it looks from the blurb. I didn’t realize Amanda Ranconi narrated and I like her work. So doubly good stuff here. 🙂

  7. Nadene

    Paranormal and mystery a great combination. This would make for a fun read, so I see why you enjoyed it. 🙂

  8. Mary

    I love the title to this one. I love that its a paranormal mystery. Do you have audible? Is that where you get all your audio books from? I don’t have it. I need the actual discs for my car. I really don’t listen to audio books on my pc. Maybe I should. This one tho, I would like to read. I just love that its a paranormal mystery. So you get the weird and the mystery.
    Thanks for your review!

    • Kimberly

      I receive copies from publishers for review, I am a member of Audible and other audiobook sites. However, the Amazon Kindle edition is 99 cents. I listen using my smartphone or Kindle Oasis.