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Genres: Mystery Romance, Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on January 19, 2021
Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
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.
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.
Mt. TBR #12
COYER Seasons #12
COYER Community #3 Buddy Read, Friends TBR RAT
Romance BINGO #6 ‘witch’ in title
About the Book
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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