Sweet Audio Delight Review: The Witch is Inn by Danielle Garrett

Posted February 14, 2021 by Sophia Rose in Audio Delight, Reviews, Sweet Delight / 30 Comments

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Sweet Audio Delight Review: The Witch is Inn by Danielle Garrett
The Witch is Inn
Narrated by Amanda Ronconi

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Series: Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries #10
Genres: Mystery Romance, Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on January 19, 2021
Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

Constant stress and irritation from the Haven Hospitality group’s rep pushing toward unnecessary renovations at the new inn are nothing when a body turns up and one of their own gets the blame.  This light, charming, and always-engaging paranormal cozy mystery series has another fab installment out in audio and I couldn’t wait to start listening.

Review

The Witch is Inn is the tenth of the Beechwood Harbor Magic Mystery series that read best in order to get all the character and relationship connections surrounding the standalone mystery.  I would also recommend that this one is read/listened to after Betwixt 2 because there is a certain novella featuring Harmony that is heavily referenced in this one.

Holly and Adam are excited and a little afraid to be nearing the end of all the prep work needed to open the Manor as an inn.  They had to jump through a ton of hoops set by the obnoxious guy repping the Haven Hospitality group who need to give their stamp of approval for the inn to open.  Holly has been suspicious all along that he was pushing them toward changes and renovations that weren’t necessary for his own reasons, but couldn’t think why he would slow them up when he had no motive.  But right when he angled for a new condition they had to meet before opening and she’s ready to murder the man herself, he turns up dead.  The Supernatural Protection Agency find some suspicious evidence on scene that lead to Holly determined to getting to the bottom of things.

But, of course, her life is full of many things including Kirra needing help planning Cassie’s baby shower, their first unofficial guests arriving who just happen to be friends of Adam’s parents, and of course thoughts on her and Adam getting married in the near future.  Evangeline is back with a certain handsome lawyer and feeling out whether they should get more serious and Holly feels a twinge of guilt when she discovers she missed something going on in Harmony’s life.

As the case continues and evidence is thin on the ground though suspects there are aplenty someone in the shadows has no desire for the truth to come out and will do what they have to do to keep their secrets.

The Witch is Inn was engaging from cover to cover.  I enjoyed listening to large portions at a time because I love being in the Beechwood Harbor world.  It moved swiftly with all Holly had going on.  Kirra is keeping secrets from Cassie, Evie needs love advice, Adam’s family friends get the wrong end of the stick about Holly’s rushing off to play detective with Nick, Holly and Adam have frank convos about their own wedding and starting a family, the Inn prep and their separate businesses keeping Holly and Adam frantic, and then there was the murder mystery.  It sounds like a lot, but it never got confusing and all meshed well as a whole.

I think what really had me happy was the mature way Holly and Adam were handling things.  Not like in the past when they wouldn’t talk, got cold feet, and would start arguments just because.  Their relationship as come far and has deepened so I can totally see them in the long-term commitment of marriage.  It is easy to see the series winding down and them living happily ever after.

The mystery was a curiosity and the impetus for parts of the plot, but other than proving everyone at the Inn innocent, I was not as into this part of the story.  I didn’t mind sitting back and finding the answer to the murder when Holly found out and that was quite the harrowing adventure when she did.

But, I’m glad there are a few threads still out there needing tying off.  The wedding itself, getting the Inn up and running with Anastasia’s brides coming for pamper me getaways and Lacey’s vamps staying while Vampire political talks take place, but let’s not forget Harmony’s master test as a potion’s witch or Kirra’s big secret from Cassie.   So much excitement still to come.

Amanda Ronconi is a champ at narrating this series and bringing it to life.  Male, female, accents, and even personal characteristics come out so that the full cast comes alive.  She catches the tone and humor so well.

All in all, it was another fabulous installment in the series.  If you love a blend of paranormal and cozy mystery, you must try this series.

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

Challenges Met

Mt. TBR #12
COYER Seasons #12
COYER Community #3 Buddy Read, Friends TBR RAT
Audio #6
Romance BINGO #6 ‘witch’ in title

About the Book
The Witch is Inn by Danielle GarrettTHE WITCH IS INN BY DANIELLE GARRETT

Running a paranormal inn is going to run Holly right out of her mind.

The ink on the contracts is dried and the first batch of guests are set to arrive. There’s no turning back. But when a dead body shows up in the flower beds the morning before opening day, it’s going to take all hands – and paws – on deck to set things right.

Will the opening of the inn be the start to a new chapter or the ending of the whole book?

 

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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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Mary Kirkland
13 days ago

I haven’t read any cozy mysteries but this seems like a book that I would maybe enjoy.

Sophia Rose
13 days ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Yes, this series is a great way for PNR fans to slip into the cozy mystery genre because they can have some good action and character moments beyond the mystery.

Jen
Jen
13 days ago

100% with you on this one – loved how Holly and Adam have grown and matured. They are so cute together. And I hope all of the talk about vampires and SPA and such is a foreshadowing of something big coming!

Sophia Rose
13 days ago
Reply to  Jen

Yeah, the big convergence on the inn from all those groups has me pretty excited for how it will all go down, too, Jen. 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart

This one sounds eventful and like things are really progressing. Now that I took a short break it’s like there are 5 new books in this world. I’ll get to them at some point.

Sophia Rose
13 days ago

Oh man, Anne, I think there were like two in each series and then she opened up a new series, too. Whew! 🙂

Berls
12 days ago

I really enjoy this series and this one was definitely a good addition. I love Amanda Ronconi’s narration too.

Great review 🙂

Sophia Rose
12 days ago
Reply to  Berls

Yes, I love the world and the characters with Amanda Ronconi as a huge plus.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Yay, this was a fun one and slightly different in tone. Great review!

Sophia Rose
12 days ago

Yeah, it’s all coming down to the end. So much has happened over the series. Thanks, Kimberly!

Rachel
12 days ago

Oh, I love it when the couple doesn’t have unnecessary drama as a feature of conflict! I must get to this series someday.

Sophia Rose
11 days ago
Reply to  Rachel

It’s a great series, Rachel, but fair warning, they have their unnecessary drama moments- just shorter versions since the books are quick-reads. 🙂

Melliane
12 days ago

I need to try more books by this author!

Sophia Rose
11 days ago
Reply to  Melliane

I second that motion. 🙂

vvb
vvb
12 days ago

Wow, number 10. Glad to hear it is still going strong.

Sophia Rose
11 days ago
Reply to  vvb

Yes, two more and it’s all over. It’s been a good long run. 🙂

Lola
12 days ago

How fun they’re starting an inn in this book! And that’s great the characters handle things in a mature way in this book, that sounds like a nice change from the previous books. Too bad you weren’t as into part of the mystery, but it sounds like a solid read. Great review!

Sophia Rose
11 days ago
Reply to  Lola

I love that they are going to run an inn at the old mansion. It was a perfect solution.
Yep, seeing them finally working stuff out in a good ways shows how far they have come in their relationship.
Yeah, the mystery was kind of a tack on, but still a good part of the story. Thanks, Lola!

Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
11 days ago

gosh I want this series, thanks Sophia Rose

Sophia Rose
11 days ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

Yes, you really do, Debbie. 🙂

Carole Rae
11 days ago

One of my fave narrators!

Sophia Rose
11 days ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

She is super.

Nadene
10 days ago

I could see myself enjoying this one.

Sophia Rose
10 days ago
Reply to  Nadene

Yes, fun and light paranormal mysteries. 🙂

Iza
Iza
9 days ago

It looks good, I especially like the cover, it reminds me of the old series Bewitched 🙂

Sophia Rose
8 days ago
Reply to  Iza

Yes! It really does, Iza. 🙂

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I think that I would really enjoy this series and I know that I really like the narrator’s work. Great review!

Sophia Rose
4 days ago

You would have a blast, Carole! 🙂

Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

I love that play on words with the title! That is so clever! I tend to not read mysteries like this one, but I’m going to have to change that.

Genesis @ <a href=http://www.whisperingchapters.com/2021/02/the-spanish-love-deception-elena-armas.html”>Whispering Chapters</a>

Sophia Rose
4 days ago

LOL, yes, cozy mysteries have some fun titles for sure. Oh yes, I’m always recommending this series because it is a little bit of everything from mystery to romance to paranormal fun. 🙂