Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Sophia Rose Reviews Sassy Witch by Danielle Garrett #Tantor Audio

Today Sophia Rose is here to share her review of Sassy Witch a paranormal cozy mystery #9 in Danielle Garrett's Beachwood Harbor Magic Mysteries.

Sassy Witch by Danielle Garrett, narrated by Amanda Ronconi
#9 Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Publisher:  Tantor Audio
Published:  8.18.20
Time:  5 hours 59 minutes
Rating: 4.5

The winds of change have arrived and Holly's not sure she can fly.
It's Valentine's Day in Beechwood Harbor and the town is rolling out the rose-colored carpet to host a group of eager singles in an effort to boost town tourism. The sleepy town is suddenly transformed into Cupid's playground, complete with chocolate fountains, bicycles built for two, and a romantic breakfast buffet. 
Of course, no one loves a singles' buffet quite like a pack of vampires. Only, they're not there for the dark-roast coffee and homemade sticky buns. 
When eligible bachelors start dropping like wilted rose petals, Holly springs into action. She's quickly thrown into a tangled web of secret romances, unrequited love, and more than one blood-thirsty vamp. 
In short, it's a bad time to get an eviction notice.

Sophia Rose's Review:

Valentine’s Day has Beechwood Harbor businesses pulling out all the stops to bring some tourists in during the off-season by hosting a singles’ convention and wouldn’t you know it, someone dangerous crashes the party.

Sassy Witch is the ninth of the Beechwood Harbor Magic mysteries.  They are connected and work best in order even if each book has a standalone mystery.

It all hits at once as usual for poor Holly and this potions witch is ready to unravel and does a little when she starts picking fights with Adam and nearly loses it.  Her issues from her past rise up and she really struggles even while she gets busy corralling the single’s event, vampires, and sets out to find a killer.  I love how the author has worked through the series to develop Holly’s personality, her relationships, and show her growth.  Not many books ago, Holly would have dissolved into petty stuff, but here, she is able to listen and hear things out.  She works hard to see things from other perspectives.

As to the paranormal mystery side, it was an interesting one with a few layers.  There is the vampire trouble that is obvious as Holly confronts an arrogant one, but there is the oddity about Posey and worries that Posey is going poltergeist the way she reacts to things lately.  I also liked that background mystery Merrill brings up about conspiracies in the SPA and what is going on with the rogue vampires.  I hope that gets expanded on in the next few books.  It was fun seeing Holly, Adam, Nick, Merrill, Evangeline, and Harmony working the case together and the suspenseful climax.

Amanda Ronconi hit her stride long before and is a fab narrator match for this series.  She has a wry humor that works with Holly’s personality and the rest of the gang.  I like the way she voices the characters and the tone she takes as she narrates the story whether it is Holly thinking through a problem or the pace picking up for a chase of a villain.

I loved the way things resolved in this one and look forward to seeing what comes next for the mansion residents and Holly.  Those who enjoy a good paranormal twist to a cozy mystery, light feel to the writing, and engaging well-developed characters all in one- try this series out.

My thanks to Tantor Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

About the author:
From a young age, Danielle Garrett was obsessed with fantastic places and the stories set in them. As a lifelong bookworm, she’s gone on hundreds of adventures through the eyes of wizards, princesses, elves, and some rather wonderful everyday people as well.
Danielle now lives in Oregon and while she travels as often as possible, she wouldn’t call anywhere else home. She shares her life with her husband and their house full of animals, and when not writing, spends her time being a house servant for three extremely spoiled cats.

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. Oh I have wanted to try this series. Maybe soon. Thanks Sophia Rose great review

    1. I'm excited. I can't wait to see what you think when you give it a go. :)

  2. What a great review. Off to give it a listen

  3. My review posts tomorrow. I am glad you loved this too. I think it was one of my favorite.

    1. Just caught your review and enjoyed how you put it. :)

  4. I see that both you and Kim loved this one. I definitely have to add this to my reading list. Great review.

    1. It's a light, fun series. I think you'd enjoy it, Nadene. :)

  5. I'm glad to hear that ended u being good for you.

    1. It was one of the strongest in the series. Loved it! :)

  6. I really enjoyed this one - definitely my favorite in the series. Like you, I find the growth of Holly in all things - her job, love-life, how she deals with things - so satisfying.