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If only takes a second for life to go to heck-in-a-hand-basket! In less than twenty-four hours Pepper Dunn loses her job, her boyfriend, and her home. It's the worst day of her life. But when Pepper discovers she’s a witch and has inherited the most important store in the magical town of Magnolia Cove, Alabama, she’s as happy as a pig in mud. Too bad the shop is a f If only takes a second for life to go to heck-in-a-hand-basket! In less than twenty-four hours Pepper Dunn loses her job, her boyfriend, and her home. It's the worst day of her life. But when Pepper discovers she’s a witch and has inherited the most important store in the magical town of Magnolia Cove, Alabama, she’s as happy as a pig in mud. Too bad the shop is a familiar pet store and Pepper doesn’t like animals—not even a teensy bit. Determined to sell the shop and get the heck out of town, Pepper’s plans go haywire when a local storeowner winds up dead and Pepper gets accused of murder. Thrust into a magical mystery, Pepper teams up with a mysterious private detective and a cat so traumatized by the murder that she’s not talking—and that cat could hold the key to Pepper’s innocence. Now Pepper must avoid trouble, solve the mystery, and placate her new grandmother, who keeps a strict ten p.m. curfew that’s enforced by the talking end of her shotgun. Sounds like a simple day in the life—as if. Can Pepper solve the murder or will she become the next victim of the Magnolia Cove murderer? And most importantly, will Pepper learn to love the animals she’s in charge of? Find out now!


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If only takes a second for life to go to heck-in-a-hand-basket! In less than twenty-four hours Pepper Dunn loses her job, her boyfriend, and her home. It's the worst day of her life. But when Pepper discovers she’s a witch and has inherited the most important store in the magical town of Magnolia Cove, Alabama, she’s as happy as a pig in mud. Too bad the shop is a f If only takes a second for life to go to heck-in-a-hand-basket! In less than twenty-four hours Pepper Dunn loses her job, her boyfriend, and her home. It's the worst day of her life. But when Pepper discovers she’s a witch and has inherited the most important store in the magical town of Magnolia Cove, Alabama, she’s as happy as a pig in mud. Too bad the shop is a familiar pet store and Pepper doesn’t like animals—not even a teensy bit. Determined to sell the shop and get the heck out of town, Pepper’s plans go haywire when a local storeowner winds up dead and Pepper gets accused of murder. Thrust into a magical mystery, Pepper teams up with a mysterious private detective and a cat so traumatized by the murder that she’s not talking—and that cat could hold the key to Pepper’s innocence. Now Pepper must avoid trouble, solve the mystery, and placate her new grandmother, who keeps a strict ten p.m. curfew that’s enforced by the talking end of her shotgun. Sounds like a simple day in the life—as if. Can Pepper solve the murder or will she become the next victim of the Magnolia Cove murderer? And most importantly, will Pepper learn to love the animals she’s in charge of? Find out now!

30 review for Southern Magic

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tracye Quinlan

    I couldn't finish it. Basic writing errors that are distracting, like every time a character speaks, mid conversation, to another character they call that character sugar, or kid... Even if it means that every other sentence they speak in a single conversation is that way. That, among other writing inconsistencies throw you out of the story so often it's distracting and I was having a hard time caring about the character as it was.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Babs

    Pepper is low on rent as her checked bounced thanks to her boyfriend. Loses her job as a coworker sets her up and then loses her apartment. What is a girl to do? She follows a cat to Magnolia Cove, Alabama. She has learned she is a witch and has family here. She has inherited a pet store that her great uncle use to own. She hates animals as she is allergic. A local man wants to buy her shop and when is found dead they look at Pepper to be the killer. Pepper is being chased by a man named Rufus tha Pepper is low on rent as her checked bounced thanks to her boyfriend. Loses her job as a coworker sets her up and then loses her apartment. What is a girl to do? She follows a cat to Magnolia Cove, Alabama. She has learned she is a witch and has family here. She has inherited a pet store that her great uncle use to own. She hates animals as she is allergic. A local man wants to buy her shop and when is found dead they look at Pepper to be the killer. Pepper is being chased by a man named Rufus that Axel saves her from. He is a local PI and helps Pepper with the new case. They find a cat that won’t talk as it is traumatized by the killing of its owner. There are some laugh out loud moments and I love the southern charm this book has.The characters are great especially Peppers grandmother, Betty. The book sucked me in after the first chapter.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Marsha Keeper Bookshelf

    Reviewed at Haunted Bookshelf Pepper’s day has gone from bad to downright horrid as the day wore on. She’s lost her job through no fault of her own, she’s lost her place to live also through another person’s actions and her boyfriend’s indifference and his desire for fantasy football as well as other things has made this day a sarcastic just great experience. Unfortunately it’s not over just yet as before nightfall she’ll discover a nasty, dangerous person lurking around her car and a talking ca Reviewed at Haunted Bookshelf Pepper’s day has gone from bad to downright horrid as the day wore on. She’s lost her job through no fault of her own, she’s lost her place to live also through another person’s actions and her boyfriend’s indifference and his desire for fantasy football as well as other things has made this day a sarcastic just great experience. Unfortunately it’s not over just yet as before nightfall she’ll discover a nasty, dangerous person lurking around her car and a talking cat who tells her to run and to where. Yeah, a talking cat – and Pepper has no soft spot for animals as she’s allergic. A mysterious envelope holding a key points to her future… and a lot more chaos to come. Southern Magic is full of everything that draws me to a Paranormal Cozy Mystery – a main character to like who may flounder but has a strong base, lots of interesting, fun and dangerous secondary characters and a mystery or two to solve. I loved the Southern charm and sass in this story, I had no doubts but that I was in the South. There are hints as to what is going on and we’ll solve some things and leave other things a bit up in the air to be discovered along the way. I happen to love subtle hints that lead me to the culprit in a way that could be easily overlooked. That is why I enjoy Cozy Mysteries, give me a puzzle to solve and I’m a happy reader. If you love all things witchy Paranormal and Cozy Mysteries then you’re sure to enjoy Southern Magic. I had fun, I was entertained and would gladly recommend this story to any Paranormal Cozy Mystery reader. I’ll be continuing this series and I’m already looking forward to what comes at us next. I read this title through my Kindle Unlimited subscription

  4. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    3 Stars... This was a fun, light read that was entertaining and engaging... Pepper is down on her luck when a mysterious key and a talking cat appear and turn her life upside down... A family she never knew existed and a magical legacy that she is supposed to take over are just a few of the new endeavors she must navigate... Add in the mysterious private investigator and a murder that she is accused, and Pepper's life falls into complete turmoil... Learning to embrace her witchy side may be the 3 Stars... This was a fun, light read that was entertaining and engaging... Pepper is down on her luck when a mysterious key and a talking cat appear and turn her life upside down... A family she never knew existed and a magical legacy that she is supposed to take over are just a few of the new endeavors she must navigate... Add in the mysterious private investigator and a murder that she is accused, and Pepper's life falls into complete turmoil... Learning to embrace her witchy side may be the only way for her to survive to see what this new life may hold... I look forward to seeing what new adventures Pepper and her zany family will undertake:)

  5. 5 out of 5

    The Cozy Review

    In a few short hours, Pepper Dunn loses her job, her boyfriend, her home, and becomes involved in witchcraft and murder! When Pepper discovers she’s a witch, she doesn’t believe it. Add to the fact that she has inherited the most important store in the magical town of Magnolia Cove, Alabama, from an Uncle she never knew existed, and she begins to question life in general. Unfortunately, the shop is a familiar pet store. Pepper dislikes animals and is allergic, so the shop is a letdown from the beg In a few short hours, Pepper Dunn loses her job, her boyfriend, her home, and becomes involved in witchcraft and murder! When Pepper discovers she’s a witch, she doesn’t believe it. Add to the fact that she has inherited the most important store in the magical town of Magnolia Cove, Alabama, from an Uncle she never knew existed, and she begins to question life in general. Unfortunately, the shop is a familiar pet store. Pepper dislikes animals and is allergic, so the shop is a letdown from the beginning. All she wants is to sell the shop and get back to her life, what there is of it. Her plans go haywire when a store owner winds up dead, and Pepper is caught at the scene of the crime. Pepper must avoid trouble, solve the mystery, and placate her new grandmother, who keeps a strict ten p.m. curfew that’s enforced by the talking end of her shotgun. Or she may become the next victim of the murderer. -- Series: Sweet Tea Witch Mystery - Book 1 Author: Amy Boyles Genre: Witch/Paranormal Cozy Mystery Publisher: Ladybug Books LLC Southern Magic is a fast-paced, entertaining book. The first in a new series it shows great promise for the future. Amy Boyles is a wonderful writer with a vivid imagination and a knack for the paranormal. This new series should prove to be as popular as her “Bless Your Witch” books. Pepper is a witch, but until her world falls apart, she didn’t know it. She is skeptical and not interested in magic. After losing everything in a matter of hours, she questions her life and her sanity. She isn’t the type of person who likes people or animals, and she has little time for family. Even though she hadn’t known that she had a family until a crazy talking cat, Mattie, saved her from what appears to be an evil wizard. Some characters in this book are pleasant and relatable, in particular, Pepper’s grandmother, Betty. She is exactly what someone pictures when they think of an odd, sometimes hilarious grandmother who plays by her own rules. Pepper, on the other hand, may not be well liked for good reasons. Her dislike of animals, her ungrateful behavior, her inability to see the truth, or that she has landed in the middle of a family that cares about her gets to be exasperating. The town of Magnolia Cove is thought-provoking but not described in detail. Hopefully, future books will flesh out the characters as well as the town. There are some original ideas in this book, flying skillets instead of brooms is very fascinating and amusing, especially when Pepper rides a skillet for the first time. Readers will quickly figure out who the guilty party is and a few of the other secrets that are not revealed in this book but most likely will be in future installments. Unfortunately, some of them are a bit too obvious from the beginning. One of the most irksome aspects of the book is the use of colloquialisms such as the word “Y'all.” Although it is a word used in the South quite often in conversation, when reading, it becomes annoying and grating. I liked Southern Magic and many readers will. However, there are some rough edges in this book that should get smoothed out as the series progresses.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I do feel bad giving this two stars, but per goodreads "it was ok" I thought Pepper was an okay MC. I didn't immediately know 'whodunit' but it wasn't that difficult to figure out. I certainly got it before Pepper did. I also appreciated that there wasn't any 'instalove'. There was definite attraction, but nothing that didn't seem reasonable. The things I weren't crazy about were the magic aspects. It seemed a little too easy. But mostly the names of the characters. All quite ridiculous.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Loveless

    Decent book But there were a lot of discrepancies, like an "hours long" drive passing by in very little conversation and no mention of a lull or a break to indicate time passing. Cute premise, though.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alienor

    It’s like bad TV, but it’s cute and fast.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sarah - All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

    Would've been a possible three stars, but the calling everyone sugar thing was suuuuuper annoying.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Randall

    Pepper is having a bad day. First off her rent check bounced, after her boyfriend was suppose to deposit her money, then she gets fired, and to make matters worse when she tries to go home, her roommates boyfriend has moved in and wont let her into the apartment, they don't even care about her stuff or her getting fired. As Pepper is sitting in her car, she sees a guy from her nightmare and a cat saves her. What is going on? Turns out Pepper is a witch, who came into her powers yesterday on her t Pepper is having a bad day. First off her rent check bounced, after her boyfriend was suppose to deposit her money, then she gets fired, and to make matters worse when she tries to go home, her roommates boyfriend has moved in and wont let her into the apartment, they don't even care about her stuff or her getting fired. As Pepper is sitting in her car, she sees a guy from her nightmare and a cat saves her. What is going on? Turns out Pepper is a witch, who came into her powers yesterday on her twenty-fifth birthday, now she is heading to Magnolia Cove with the promise of family. Pepper is leary, after her mom died when she was born and its only been her and her father until he died, she isn't sure she can trust these people, even if they are suppose to be her family. When Pepper tries to run out, she ends up needing saved by the resident handsome bachelor, Axel Reigns. She also gets involved in a murder and talks Axel, who is also a PI into letting her help. The Sweet Tea Witch Mystery series is cute, fun and so engaging. You find yourself wanting to live in Magnolia Cove and be surrounded by the people and fun.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joann Herley

    Southern Magic is a hilarious paranormal mystery. Pepper has lost her job, bounced her rent check, found her roommate has locked her out of her apartment and discovered her boyfriend cares more about fantasy football than her. It gets worse by the second. Something is after her, she hears animals talking, and she learns she is a witch. It isn't long after arriving in Magnolia Cove that she is accused of murder. The characters are quite funny and the story keeps you guessing what will happen next Southern Magic is a hilarious paranormal mystery. Pepper has lost her job, bounced her rent check, found her roommate has locked her out of her apartment and discovered her boyfriend cares more about fantasy football than her. It gets worse by the second. Something is after her, she hears animals talking, and she learns she is a witch. It isn't long after arriving in Magnolia Cove that she is accused of murder. The characters are quite funny and the story keeps you guessing what will happen next. It is a lighthearted murder mystery.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sea Caummisar

    Cute book!!; This is a good story. I like how the author branched off into several humorous scenes ( like witches flying on things that aren't broomsticks). I don't want to give any spoilers away, but this book is funny and a mystery and dramatic all at the same time. I got this book from Prime, and it's a book that I normally wouldn't read. But I'm glad I did

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    It was a cute fun read

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Penn

    I really enjoyed this light, easy read. I needed a break from all the heavy WWII books I've been reading and this fit the bill. I'll definitely continue reading the series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Drummond

    A story that well have you remembering what it was like to be on the outs when things went bad. Then to find out that you are a part of a family that you never new about and that you can talk to animals and you are a Witch that will take some time to get use to, then find out that someone wants to kill you for you're magic will have you staying in town with the family that loves you so much.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Deanna Summers

    Sweet Tea Witch Mysteries Book 1 I couldn't wait to start reading the first book of a new witch mystery series by one of my favorite authors, Amy Boyles. I'm from Alabama so I just love the title and all the Southern Charm in this new series. Pepper hasn't had an easy life and it's about to get worse before getting better. After loosing her job, her apartment and her boyfriend she takes off hoping to have better luck somewhere else. But a creepy stranger has other plans for her and chases Pepper. Sweet Tea Witch Mysteries Book 1 I couldn't wait to start reading the first book of a new witch mystery series by one of my favorite authors, Amy Boyles. I'm from Alabama so I just love the title and all the Southern Charm in this new series. Pepper hasn't had an easy life and it's about to get worse before getting better. After loosing her job, her apartment and her boyfriend she takes off hoping to have better luck somewhere else. But a creepy stranger has other plans for her and chases Pepper. She ends up in Magnolia Cove where her luck is about to change. Loved getting to know Pepper and all the new characters. I can't wait for the next book in this Magical & Fun Cozy Witch Mystery series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Debi Paglia

    Great new series by Amy Boyles! Love the main character’s spunk. She’s upbeat, even through tough times. Ms. Boyles is not your typical witchy writer. She uses funny objects and different ideas than other writers to write her books. She is very creative. It makes for a fun and interesting read! Would recommend this new series to any cozy reader who likes intrigue, lots of laughs and good Southern writing! This book was gifted to me by the author for purposes of an unbiased review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Trudy

    They say never judge a book by its cover, and this is why. The cover certainly looks interesting, professional, and fun. The idea was intriguing, but it was very poorly executed. The writing was often awkward and sometimes just dreadful. This book seems like a first try by a middle schooler. Southern Magic needs a complete rewrite and a competent editor to live up to the promise of the cover.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It took me a while to finish this book because it was irritatingly unrealistic. Let me explain. A cat shows up that talks telepathically into your head. A strange man appears with blue flames in his hands and a threatening demeanor. A mysterious golden key arrives in the mail. You’re fired for something unprovable, that you didn’t do, because someone with whom you have a known animosity has lied about you. And you’re evicted illegally from your apartment. (This one actually could have been expected, It took me a while to finish this book because it was irritatingly unrealistic. Let me explain. A cat shows up that talks telepathically into your head. A strange man appears with blue flames in his hands and a threatening demeanor. A mysterious golden key arrives in the mail. You’re fired for something unprovable, that you didn’t do, because someone with whom you have a known animosity has lied about you. And you’re evicted illegally from your apartment. (This one actually could have been expected, but you also have rights that were violated.) Pepper is an idiot. She’s young and floundering. She doesn’t ask enough questions, she doesn’t stick up for herself, and she’s not very good at connecting dots of information. I would have asked a heck of a lot more questions before going anywhere with Betty. No one explains anything to her at first. And they continue just going about things as if she didn’t just learn Magic was real and she’s a witch. I’m sorry, but no. Her dead mothers family, never sought her out personally because her father didn’t want anything to do with them even though Pepper is a witch and would come into her powers eventually. After her father dies, they still don’t contact her. Uh-uh. No effing way. I’d be bitter af. I’d want to know everything I could about my mother. Once I learned Mattie the cat had been my mother’s familiar I’d have a thousand more questions for her. And beyond all the practical stuff listed above, CAST IRON SKILLETS instead of brooms? No. There are troupes and cliches and over dramatic southernisms that made this Alabama girl cringe hard. The concept of this book is cute. But it left a lot to be desired and a lot I wish I’d never read. The best line in the entire book was spoken by Pepper to Axel and it is the sole reason I gave this four stars instead of two. “Oh? You troll the dark web selling illegal cheese. Is that it?” And even then the follow up could have been better, but I swear I have laughed at this line since I read it. It’s so funny and was unexpected.

  20. 5 out of 5

    David Caldwell

    Pepper Dunn's life is falling apart. In less than 24 hours, she loses her job, her apartment, and her boyfriend. She is threatened by a weird looking guy and a talking cat tells her she is a witch. Now, she is headed to Magnolia Cove, Alabama to take over her late uncle's shop. More bad news is that her uncle owned a familiar pet store and Pepper doesn't like animals since she is allergic. Finally, her uncle might have been killed and she might be the next target if she keeps the shop. This was a Pepper Dunn's life is falling apart. In less than 24 hours, she loses her job, her apartment, and her boyfriend. She is threatened by a weird looking guy and a talking cat tells her she is a witch. Now, she is headed to Magnolia Cove, Alabama to take over her late uncle's shop. More bad news is that her uncle owned a familiar pet store and Pepper doesn't like animals since she is allergic. Finally, her uncle might have been killed and she might be the next target if she keeps the shop. This was a fun read. It is a nice introduction to some of the crazy characters that live in Magnolia Cove, an dto the series in general. A lot of stuff is introduced so there is plenty of room and direction for the series to grow as Pepper learns more about her magic. Magnolia Cove felt like the Alabama version of the witches from the world of Harry Potter. They live in the rea world but hidden from "normal" people. Their magic seems to specialize and make it almost fated what they end up doing in their adult life/job. The only quibble that I had was that pepper kept saying how she wanted to get back to her old life in Nashville. While I understood why she would be freaked out by being thrown into the whole magic situation, Her old life was in tatters. If she did go back to Nashville, she would have no home, no job, no family (or any friends), and no money. I would take a job, family, and home (with some crazy) over nothing (but normal) any day.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Patrea Beard

    Super pleased Most important..... I enjoyed the book so much I am rewriting my review because just before I could submit, my boys distracted me and everything was lost. Also from chapter one I knew that I had found a new series because the one chapter at bed turned into six before I caught myself and still had to force the book away. Plus as soon as I finished I wanted to download the next book. Loved the characters, and the mystery while simple and not overly prominent was still entertaining. I ho Super pleased Most important..... I enjoyed the book so much I am rewriting my review because just before I could submit, my boys distracted me and everything was lost. Also from chapter one I knew that I had found a new series because the one chapter at bed turned into six before I caught myself and still had to force the book away. Plus as soon as I finished I wanted to download the next book. Loved the characters, and the mystery while simple and not overly prominent was still entertaining. I hope Pepper (always have loved that name) gets to get her stuff from her former home and give her former roommate and roommates boyfriend a bit of something, anything as well as her former @#*%& coworker. Sorry I know I am a bit vengeful when reading fiction or watching a show. I'm not in my real life so maybe that is where the meanness rears its head. Love familiar shops and though I've read of other characters getting familiars in other books this is the first where main character has a shop so hopefully we see a pairing or 3 each book. I'm just that excited about familiars. Anyway as it will be time for me to put up the books soon I must get and start the next quickly. So hopefully I helped a little in your reading choice, til next book....

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sari

    I didn't expect to love this. It's the second cozy I'm reading and the first one was terrible so I didn't have high hopes. But this surprised me with its witty, funny atmosphere. At first I was a bit annoyed at the constant nicknames such as kid, sugar or sweetie. But the more I got into the story, the more I understood it's just part of the town's slang (is it too short-sighted of me to call it a Southern thing? I'm not sure but it gave me that vibe and I grew to love it). Honestly though, this I didn't expect to love this. It's the second cozy I'm reading and the first one was terrible so I didn't have high hopes. But this surprised me with its witty, funny atmosphere. At first I was a bit annoyed at the constant nicknames such as kid, sugar or sweetie. But the more I got into the story, the more I understood it's just part of the town's slang (is it too short-sighted of me to call it a Southern thing? I'm not sure but it gave me that vibe and I grew to love it). Honestly though, this was just very enjoyable. I have a soft heart for witches and the magic that's being described is actually really creative. Pepper is being described as a "head witch" and the explanation around it makes so much sense. Also, the mystery itself isn't too cliché and I really liked the cast of side characters (oh Axel...). I like that the town is basically a witch community. Also... witches fly on skillets. I dig it. “You’re only crazy if you don’t think you’re crazy,” I mumbled. “I think I’m crazy, so that must mean I’m sane.” Basically the moment I knew I'd love Pepper. Her sarcasm and witty banter (even in inner dialogue) is so relatable and chuckle-worthy. This is a really nice story to relax with and it would be a DAMN FUN tv show.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Abbie

    Another great read Amy Boyles fans know they are in for a special treat with each new book she delivers. The writing style is fun, flirty and pulls the reader into the story with visuals, dialogue and scene descriptions to magic you there. The pure enjoyment of reading lasts until the ending, and parting is such sweet sorrow. This new series finds Pepper Dunn broke, homeless and jobless with only a boyfriend more interested in fantasy football than her, all on her twenty fifth birthday. The only g Another great read Amy Boyles fans know they are in for a special treat with each new book she delivers. The writing style is fun, flirty and pulls the reader into the story with visuals, dialogue and scene descriptions to magic you there. The pure enjoyment of reading lasts until the ending, and parting is such sweet sorrow. This new series finds Pepper Dunn broke, homeless and jobless with only a boyfriend more interested in fantasy football than her, all on her twenty fifth birthday. The only glimmer of hope comes in the form of an envelope mailed from an uncle she never knew. She is invited to come to his home town to claim her inheritance. Big mystery surrounds her mother's family as she knows nothing, dad never talked about them after mom died and she couldn't get any more insights as he was gone now too. Off to see her mom's family and claim her inheritance seemed like her only choice. I never give spoiler reviews. I hope the brief set up of the beginning is enough to entice you. This is really a refreshing book and worth reading, as are all of Amy Boyles books.

  24. 4 out of 5

    John

    2019 grade B Good story, and a fast, enjoyable read. Magic and Mystery, a genre I enjoy. The book is written first person from the protagonists POV, so the reader does not really get know any other character. The problem is the protagonist is not really in charge of her life. I prefer stronger characters, not as she describes herself, "a damsel in distress." It got better of course, but not really through major actions of her own. The story telling comes up to a medium high level and pace right at 2019 grade B Good story, and a fast, enjoyable read. Magic and Mystery, a genre I enjoy. The book is written first person from the protagonists POV, so the reader does not really get know any other character. The problem is the protagonist is not really in charge of her life. I prefer stronger characters, not as she describes herself, "a damsel in distress." It got better of course, but not really through major actions of her own. The story telling comes up to a medium high level and pace right at the start and stays there. There are no major ups and downs. That's one reason it is fast and fun. It also means there is no significant tension. Another reason I liked the story is the open use of magic. So many new witch books don't really use a lot of magic. The mystery is one of the better ones I've read and is a mystery until the end - with good detective work along the way. I got the book as a free sample. I would not have been upset to have purchased it, but it would have to be reasonably inexpensive.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Crawford

    Yet another witch series, this one about a mid-twenties woman named Pepper who starts off getting fired from her job, kicked out of her apartment and has some weird guy demanding she go with him somewhere. Then introduce a talking cat (I've also seen a talking dog in another series) who informs her she needs to go to Magnolia Cove. Then to make things more complicated it tells her she's a witch. And, she ends up inheriting a pet store but it's not a normal pet store. It's a one where witches are Yet another witch series, this one about a mid-twenties woman named Pepper who starts off getting fired from her job, kicked out of her apartment and has some weird guy demanding she go with him somewhere. Then introduce a talking cat (I've also seen a talking dog in another series) who informs her she needs to go to Magnolia Cove. Then to make things more complicated it tells her she's a witch. And, she ends up inheriting a pet store but it's not a normal pet store. It's a one where witches are matched with familiars and it seems Pepper is the only one around who can hear the pets talking. Then there's a murder, a suspicion of being the murderer, and another problem for her to deal with. If she doesn't regularly use her magic she'll die. The story actually works and is interesting. Somehow these types of stories still manage to be a little different from each other and worth reading.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Krystyna

    Dr Dolittle has nothing on her. Okay the story starts off the same way as dozens I've read. Mother and father both dead, deadbeat boyfriend, loss of job, kicked out of her apartment and on her birthday to boot. Attacked by a stranger and a talking cat that helps her escape to go to a magical village where she has relatives and a shop that she has inherited. Too bad the shop is the place for witches to get their familiars (as she is badly allergic too animals of any description). Her first day has Dr Dolittle has nothing on her. Okay the story starts off the same way as dozens I've read. Mother and father both dead, deadbeat boyfriend, loss of job, kicked out of her apartment and on her birthday to boot. Attacked by a stranger and a talking cat that helps her escape to go to a magical village where she has relatives and a shop that she has inherited. Too bad the shop is the place for witches to get their familiars (as she is badly allergic too animals of any description). Her first day has her nearly arrested for murder and the story spins from there. Magic and sleuthing galore as she and the handsome PI try to find the real culprit. Wish that Mattie had played more of a role as she certainly introduced sarky and humour. A good read but was her uncle murdered or not? A bit of a different spin on witches and a nice twist when the real killer is revealed.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Love the concept of a pet store for witch's familiars, but I wish the new owner would give more time and attention to the critters in her shop. Perhaps as the series progresses we will learn more about the secret lives of familiars confined to a pet shop. As is true of so many Kindle Unlimited books, this one would benefit from a good editor and proofreader, but that's not what kept me from giving the 5th star. I thought the beginning was a bit too trite. How many books have I read where a young Love the concept of a pet store for witch's familiars, but I wish the new owner would give more time and attention to the critters in her shop. Perhaps as the series progresses we will learn more about the secret lives of familiars confined to a pet shop. As is true of so many Kindle Unlimited books, this one would benefit from a good editor and proofreader, but that's not what kept me from giving the 5th star. I thought the beginning was a bit too trite. How many books have I read where a young woman, separated from her birth family, suddenly mysteriously inherits a shop in a town nobody has ever heard of at a time when her luck has turned to dust only to discover that *SURPRISE* she's a witch? Come on good writers, and for the most part, Amy Boyles is a good writer, we need to find more novel ways to get our witch cozy novel series started!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dharia Scarab

    Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. 2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. 3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. 4 sta Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. 2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. 3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. 4 stars... I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be on the look out to pick up more from the series/author. 5 stars... I loved this book! It has earned a permanent home in my collection and I'll be picking up the rest of the series and other books from the author ASAP.

  29. 5 out of 5

    PurpleBookFox

    heavy on the tropes. I would consider this a fluff read to kill time. The story had no real substances and overall just fell flat. I like the story idea and the world, it just wasn't done well. The FMC is boring and a push over then all of a sudden she digs her heals in when she enters a new world. She all of a sudden thinks she can solve a murder when she couldn't talk to her roommate and get her stuff out after being kicked out. this made it extremely unbelievable. It was all just jumbled and heavy on the tropes. I would consider this a fluff read to kill time. The story had no real substances and overall just fell flat. I like the story idea and the world, it just wasn't done well. The FMC is boring and a push over then all of a sudden she digs her heals in when she enters a new world. She all of a sudden thinks she can solve a murder when she couldn't talk to her roommate and get her stuff out after being kicked out. this made it extremely unbelievable. It was all just jumbled and made no sense. The supposed romantic tension was a let down. This has potential, it was just a weak delivery. I would suggest edits, line edits and content edits. She has the bones of the story she just needs the meat and potatoes.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    This book was so funny! I just loved Magnolia Cove and meeting all of Pepper's witch cousins and her grandma. Betty cracks me up! I had guessed who the perp was, but it was a lot of fun following the trail to catching them. The cat found at the murder scene proved to be helpful with that, and the cat Pepper inherited was so cool too! Her name was Mattie, and she'd belonged to Pepper's mom who died at childbirth. Life in Magnolia Cove was great as long as Pepper's friend Axel could keep crazy Ruf This book was so funny! I just loved Magnolia Cove and meeting all of Pepper's witch cousins and her grandma. Betty cracks me up! I had guessed who the perp was, but it was a lot of fun following the trail to catching them. The cat found at the murder scene proved to be helpful with that, and the cat Pepper inherited was so cool too! Her name was Mattie, and she'd belonged to Pepper's mom who died at childbirth. Life in Magnolia Cove was great as long as Pepper's friend Axel could keep crazy Rufus away. It was hard to believe that someone who didn't like animals and had allergies had inherited a magical pet shop, but I have a feeling that Pepper was coming around. I'm anxious to get to the next book, because at the end, the cousins, Betty and Pepper got a couple of visitors.

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