Delighted By the Series: The Beechwood Harbor Magic Mystery Series by Danielle Garrett

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Delighted By the Series: The Beechwood Harbor Magic Mystery Series by Danielle Garrett
Delighted By the Series: The Beechwood Harbor Magic Mystery Series

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Genres: Mystery Romance, Paranormal Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on August 9, 2016
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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The Delight

It all started when I decided to sign up for the author’s newsletter after enjoying the Beechwood Harbor Ghost Mysteries.  I ended up getting the prequel novella for the author’s older and connected Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries.  I enjoyed it and decided to start reading the series while I had the Kindle Unlimited trial.  Whelp!  I ended up binging the whole darn-tootin’ series between review book gigs.  Guess I liked the series, right?

Review

The Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries are a blend of cozy mystery, paranormal, and romance.  Each book builds on the last with character and relationship threads while presenting a new mystery for Holly and the gang to solve each installment.  So, best read in order.  Oh, and there is a fun collection of shorts and novellas that are prequels and go betweens for the main series in the Betwixt anthology.

The series surrounds main character, Holly Boldt.  Holly is a potions witch and had some struggles in her past.  Her parents passed away, she might have gotten tangled up with an evil warlock when she thought she’d found her nice guy one true love.  His arrest had her nearly imprisoned, too, but instead, she was let go though it was too late to salvage her reputation.

No one will take her as an apprentice, no one will hire her, and no one wants to associate with a Boldt and a bad gal rep at that.  She’s banished from the Seattle Haven (hidden world of paranormal and magical peoples hidden from the humans) along with her oversized fluffy cat familiar, Boots, to a small coastal human town of Beechwood Harbor.

At the Beechwood Harbor Manor, her landlady is Posy the ghost and her roommates are Lacey the vampire, Adam the dog shifter, and Evangeline the elemental witch with a few colorful extra roomies along the way.  The manor becomes home and Holly grows to enjoy living out in the human world with new friends where she works at the coffee shop.  One of her new friends is human private detective, Nick.  Between the two of them, they stumble over several hair-raising mysteries of the paranormal persuasion (which Nick is kept unaware of that part) that get the whole gang at the mansion invovled.  Through the series, a romance grows between Holly and Adam with several conflicts over her danger magnet and dashing off into trouble tendencies along with a hint of spark between Holly and Nick.

There is humor, lightness, but yet action and romance excitement to these that drew my interest from the beginning.  Holly has her issues because of her past and her personality, but she is a generous, good-hearted person who gets into more trouble than any group of people.  I think Witch Way Home, book four, was my favorite in the series when she gets tempted with what she’s always wanted, but then looks about her and sees that she may have not want that dream anymore.  Each book amps up the danger as Holly and the group delve deeper into the paranormal world to solve crime and with it, Holly and Adam’s relationship gets put to the test because he hates seeing her put herself in danger and he doesn’t really like all that sort of excitement.

The series  grew organically with the world and characters showing growth as it went so it stayed sparkling and never stagnated.  Okay, I might have felt the low point was Lucky Witch #5 because Holly and Adam’s relationship went off the rails and the mysteries were all over the place.  But, that said, it wasn’t terrible just frustrating.

Now, that I’m caught up on this series and the parallel ghost series with a different heroine, I am going to branch into two other spinoff series with Holly’s Seattle Haven best friend, Anastasia Winters in the Touch of Magic mysteries and former roommate, Casey the vampire’s story in the Haven Paranormal Romances.

This is a series I recommend to those who enjoy paranormal cozy mysteries with a strong dose of romance.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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It sounds like there is everything that you look for in this series for a good romance!!! Definitely going to look into them darling.

Sophia Rose
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Hope you like them if you get the chance, Renee!

Melanie Simmons
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I’m glad you’re enjoying this series too. I’ve really enjoyed all the series that this author has put out.

Sophia Rose
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I always meant to read or listen to these after reading your reviews on them. Definitely a good time. 🙂

Angie Elle
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This series DOES sound like a lot of fun. I love the idea of so many different paranormal beings.

I hope you like the other series coming up as much! 🙂

Sophia Rose
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It’s light, but I do love the blend of paranormals and the focus on her witch magic. Looking forward to more from all her series now. She’s keeping four going and their all inter-connected. LOL

Mary Kirkland
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That sounds like a good series for me.

Sophia Rose
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It’s entertaining and a good one to relax with. 🙂

Angela - Angel's Guilty Pleasures
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This is a cute and fun series. Glad to see you enjoyed.

Sophia Rose
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Oh yes! I’m definitely going to keep up with all her series now. 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction
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This sounds like a fun series, but I wouldn’t be thrilled with a love triangle. I just read your review on book 5 and it does sound frustrating, especially since there’s more chemistry between Nick and Holly than Adam and Holly. I think I’ll wait and see what you think of the next book before diving into this one.

Sophia Rose
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It’s definitely one when you want light and easy in your paranormal. I don’t dig the triangles either so I was relieved to see that book six and seven were back on an even keel after what went on in book five. Holly and Nick had a convo in book six that cleared the air a bit, too. I’ll make sure I post up when the latest releases. 🙂

ShootingStarsMag
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I love finding a new-to-me series and immensely enjoying them!! Thanks for sharing.

-Lauren

Sophia Rose
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Sure thing, Lauren! It was fun to binge these and now anticipate each new release.

Melliane
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If I’m not mistaken I have book 1

Sophia Rose
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I’ll look forward to getting your thoughts on it. 🙂

Lola
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I listened to the first Beechwood Manor book on audio and plan to continue the series. I had some trouble getting into it as first as it was only the second narrator I listened to, but I did have fun with it and the combination of cozy mystery and paranormal elements worked well. It sounds like the series only gets better as the series progresses. And it’s nice there are more spin-off series too to read after this one. Great review!

Sophia Rose
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I know what you mean about struggling to adjust from one narrator to the next. I listened to Davina Porter for hours and couldn’t find another voice I liked for the longest time. It is a fun series for exactly why you say. Though, I read one of the spinoffs before I even got to this one. LOL