Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Sophia Rose reviews Witch Hits the Beach by Ani Gonzalez

Today Sophia Rose brings us a unique beach read for your cozy enjoyment.
Take it away Sophia Rose

Witch Hits the Beach by Ani Gonzalez
#5 Main Street Witches
Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  self
Published:  8.11.19
Pages:  184
Rating: 4
Format:  ebook
Source:  Kindle Unlimited
Sellers:  Amazon

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GoodReads Blurb:
The Banshee Creek Witches are headed to the beach! It's not all fun and games, though. Fortuneteller Luanne de la Rue is organizing the Diviners’ Association’s yearly convention in the quirky coastal town of Mystic Bay, and she's a nervous wreck. Herding black cats has nothing on managing high-maintenance mystics, especially when a star fortune-teller dramatically announces that their idyllic beach weekend will be tainted by...murder.

Sophia Rose's Review:

Last fall, I binge read all the Banshee Creek world books including the four earlier installments of the Main Street Witches series.  I was a little sad to be all caught up and because I thought that the Main Street Witches series was complete.  Lo and behold, the author released this one and made my book-loving heart go pitter pat. 

What could be better than a new book set in the Banshee Creek world?  Why, one that took some of the gang on the road to visit another town full of paranormies.  With sea-going Chessie monster myth and a gaggle of fortune-tellers, Kat, Fiona, Luanne and Sean find Mystic Bay a lovely place until a dead body is discovered.

Luanne and Sean are there as presenters at the Diviners' Convention and for a nice little mini-vacation, but it isn't long until tensions are high among the fortune-tellers and the most hated ends up dead.  Sean assists the local law while Luanne uses her insider's track to learn about all the key players.

I enjoyed seeing the pair work together and also see how their relationship is doing in this follow up story.  Luanne wants Sean to see her as capable as a partner on all levels, but can't help trying to compare herself with others in her business and the sharp female sheriff who is working the case.  Sean has a moment in the middle of everything when he realizes that he wants something permanent with Luanne even while he knows that the timing is off with a murderer on the loose.

The cozy mystery is a good one.  As facts came out and the background on lots of people, it was more of an easier case to figure out who didn't want to kill Walter than who did.  The final reveal was a great surprise.  I had no inkling of the truth and was still busy pointing fingers at the wrong person.

Again, it was fabulous to get a new installment in the series and anticipate more from the Banshee Creek world.  Those who love light and fun paranormal romance blended with cozy mysteries should give the Banshee Creek series and spin-offs a go.

Author Bio:
Ani Gonzalez writes sexy paranormal small town romantic comedy and cozy mystery (whew, that's a mouthful!) set in Banshee Creek, Virginia, The Most Haunted Town in the USA. Her books feature feisty, irrepressible heroines dealing with a host of supernatural critters (ghosts, aliens, cryptids...the sky's the limit) while finding love and laughter (and sometimes corpses) along the way. Ani likes folk songs, ghosts stories and sangría. 

Sophia’s Bio:

Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.
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  1. fantastic review Sophia Rose and now I've got my eye on this series. ps I love the title :) so catchy and perfect for someone who wants to fill their beach bag!

    1. Ha! This series hooks you in. Start with the Banshee Creek series and then move to these ones. :)

  2. I love when an author surprises their readers with another book! How fun. Glad you enjoyed this and hopefully she continues to write more!

    1. I was so tickled that I squealed with excitement. :)

  3. I haven't read a cozy mystery but I do love the paranormal aspect of this.

    1. I enjoy getting both the cozy and the PNR all in one with these. Hope you get the chance, Mary.

  4. I need more cozy, I am just so lazy

    1. You have so much going on. But, you'll get to them eventually. :)

  5. What a fun book cover! I enjoy a light and fun paranormal mystery, although I haven't ever read any cozy mysteries. This sounds like a great series and I can tell how much you love it Sophia! Wonderful Review!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    1. I took a bit to get into cozies, but I love the ones that have the paranormal element. :) Yep, well spotted that I'm a big fan, Lindy. :)