Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on August 9, 2016
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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?
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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