Crazy as a Loon by Hailey Edwards

January 29th, 2024 Kimberly Review 5 Comments

29th Jan

Narrated by Stephanie Richardson, Crazy as a Loon by Hailey Edwards is the first in the Yard Birds paranormal women’s fiction series. Hilarious with lots of magic, suspense and mischief, you’ll want to start this series on audio today!

Crazy as a Loon by Hailey Edwards
Crazy as a Loon
by Hailey Edwards
Series: Yard Birds #1
Narrator: Stephanie Richardson
Length: 4 hours
Genres: Paranormal Women's Fiction
Source: Publisher
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Narration: 4.5 cups Speed: 1.5x

Ellie Gleason has protected the town of Samford, Alabama for decades. It’s not as glamours as her glory days as the WitchLight Hub, but it keeps her active during her golden years.

Life is good.

Well, it’s okay.


It be bloodier with a smidge more gore, but retirement is meant to be low-key. It’s not like her fragile bones could handle the strenuous hunt for monsters anymore, even if her current duties are dull as dishwater.

But when her great-nephew shows up on her doorstep in tears—or is he her great-great nephew?—begging for help, Ellie straps on her beloved shotgun, Bam-Bam, and gets the coven back together.

Sure, Betty just had a hip replacement, and Flo would rather flirt than fight, and Ida is busy with her anniversary plans, and Joan is…Joan. But Ellie is certain she can whip the girls into shape in time to defeat the creature preying on kids at a nearby summer camp. She might even have them home in time for dinner.

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This was such a fun start to the Yard Birds series featuring retired witch, Ellie Gleason. Ellie lives in and protects the town of Samford, Alabama. It’s not as exciting as her position in the WitchLight Hub. She’d be the first to admit she is bored. All that changes when her great nephew arrives on her doorstep. The tale that unfolds mixes magic, mystery, humor and suspense.

I loved Ellie and her posse. From cursed husbands to forgetfulness, these gals were fun and all business with the mission. I laughed and devoured this in a single evening. While just four hours long, the story did a great job of introducing us to the characters and delivered an interesting mystery affecting the children at a local camp.

With an urban fantasy vibe, lots of snark and elderly characters, this tale will delight fans of humorous fantasy, cozy mysteries, and paranormal women’s fiction.

For fans of Hailey Edwards, you’ll be familiar with Samford, Alabama. These stories took place before Rue, the protagonists in the Black Hat Bureau series, moved there!

Stephanie Richardson narrates and does a lovely job of capturing the characters and tone of the story. I highly recommend listening.

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About Hailey Edwards

Hailey Edwards

Hailey Edwards writes about questionable applications of otherwise perfectly good magic, the transformative power of love, the family you choose for yourself, and blowing stuff up. Not necessarily all at once. That could get messy. She lives in Alabama with her husband, their daughter, and a herd of dachshunds.

About Stephanie Richardson

Stephanie Richardson

Stephanie Richardson records audiobooks from her professional home studio near the mountains in Utah. She places a special emphasis on bringing positive and wholesome content in the world and records work in a variety of nonfiction and fiction genres, including self-development, memoir, children's and young adult, and cozy mystery. She has trained with award-winning narrators PJ Ochlan and Sean Pratt and was awarded the ABR award for best mystery in 2020. While not enjoying a book, she can be found playing zoo-keeper to her four rambunctious children, playing nerdy board games, or talking to her plants.

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5 Responses to “Crazy as a Loon by Hailey Edwards”

  1. Katherine

    This looks absolutely bonkers in the best possible way! This is definitely one I need to pick up when I’m in the mood for something a bit different!

  2. Jen Twimom

    Nice review, I’m glad you enjoyed. I didn’t love this one, but I’m going to give the second one a try. I wanted to love it – Kick-Ass granny witches – yes please! But the bickering started to get to me. I do want to know more about her poor husband.