Bay Winchester is having a tough week.
As the local editor of Hemlock Cove's only newspaper, she just happens to be present when a body is found in an area corn maze. To make matters worse, the police believe the murder may have something to do with the occult.
This wouldn't be a problem for a normal reporter, but since Bay is descended from a well-known line of actual witches, the town is understandably on edge.
Between the suspicious townspeople, the befuddled police presence and that random hot biker guy that may or may not have something to do with the murder -- Bay has her hands full.
When you add the typical family problems, multiplying ghosts -- and one monster of a zit that she's sure came from her aunt's curse -- Bay is just struggling to make it through the week.
Of course, when the killer sets his sights on Bay, things could get a whole lot worse.
Note: These books are full of sarcasm and are a little bit snarky -- so read only if you like to laugh and you aren't easily offended. This is the first book in the Wicked Witches of the Midwest mystery series.
©2012 Amanda M. Lee (P)2015 Amanda M. Lee
The narrator is HORRIBLE. I gave up on it initially. I went back and stuck with it despite the narrator. PLEASE find a better narrator!!!!! Her pronunciation is terrible. She can't do character voices. Her inflection is practically non existant. I could find no saving graces with this narrator.
narrator too fast and all voices were alike. good premise though. will try #2. book.
The narrator did not read very well. She continuously mispronounced words.
This is my first book.
She did not no how to pronounce certain words.
The story line was interesting.
If the book were free, I wouldn't complain but because I had to use a credit, I am unhappy.
This book wasn't exactly what I had been hoping for. Actually I am not sure how I even made it to the end. Let's face it, the book was boring. It had no substance to it. Even the characters you do not get to know well. The entire book was focused on a house full of women that had to fight and bicker constantly, with a few dead bodies thrown in for good measure. How it could even claim to be a mystery book is beyond me as well. I guessed right away who it was because there was only a handful of people it could of been.
The performance was absolutely horrible. It sounded like someone was reading a book to me and not doing a very good job of it. At one point in the book she was actually reading with her nose plugged. It sounded so awful that I burst out laughing.
Both the author and the narrator need to get new jobs.
urban-fantasy, witches, murder, murder-investigation, women-sleuths, amateur-sleuth, relationships, snark-fest, ghosts
Read from July 14 to 25, 2016
Murders in the corn maze of a town known for its witches, especially 3 cousins, 3 sisters, and an octogenarian great aunt. The cousins snark at each other like siblings, the octogenarian grumps most of the time, and then there are the visiting biker dudes and the local law.
Solving the crime involves all of the local witches and the ghosts of the victims, and the methods are very interesting. Comes off as a cozy mystery, but that's a good thing. I really enjoyed it.
Caught it on the cheap as Whispersync, and the narrator really added to the whole of the book.
I expected this to be a light read; a meeting of paranormal and a cozy mystery. It met my expectations. There was the light banter and the snarky, quirky family circle. A quite pleasant read.
The narrator, however, was a draw-back. I kept having to check if this was YA book. The Midwest characters all had a vaguely Valley girl way of speaking that came and went. Also, the narrator spoke so fast that I considered running the iPod at 3/4 speed. It was not so distracting so as to cause me to give up altogether, but did detract from my enjoyment somewhat.
I listened to this book on Audible. It was a light fun story with a simple plot line that kept you more interested in the characters. I'll probably buy the next book in the series to see if I continue to enjoy listening to this series.
This book, oh, this book.
It has a great premise. Its execution is not even that horrible. It has as good a plot as you are going to find in this type of book. It has almost likeable characters. There is plenty of sequel bait if one likes it to have the opportunity for many more.
But the editing. Wait, there was no editing. If there was editing, the author needs a refund.
Here are a few of the phrases that stood out (note: I was listening to the Audible version and only wrote down quotes/words when convenient): "I rose my eyebrows confrontationally." Okay. I guess her eyebrows were up in arms about something. Still don't know how one can do that confrontationally unless they were advancing on someone else.
"Extended beer gut." I guess that would be as opposed to the flat beer guts.
"She was understandably curious, which I understand." Hmmm. I don't understandably understand.
"I mentally kicked myself." Glad for the clarification.
"Nodded mutely." Nodded speakingly I guess would be the opposite.
"Muttered blandly." Hmm. "Muttered spicily" would be if they were having Indian food, I guess.
And I added my comments only because that is what I thought when I heard those clips. I was taken out of the story time and time again by comments like these.
Every action had an adverb in front of it. They couldn't be slumbering, they had to be "happily slumbering." They "nodded mutely," when "nodded" would have been fine and dandy. She couldn't just be "curious," she had to be "understandably curious."
That is the kind of stuff that a good editor will deal with for the author. That is the kind of stuff that will make people not remember your story but remember your -ly adjectives and adverbs being unrelenting.
And then there was the dialogue. If I weren't so educated on YA books, I would dismissively say, (see, I can do it, too) "Oh, this dialogue belongs in a YA book." But I know that dialogue in YA books can be very quick and clever and not all snark, quirkiness, and attempts to be too cute for words.
There were a number of good parts of the book. I liked the characters when they weren't so snarky or know it all. I liked some of the parent-child interactions. But much of the book was cute and quirky for cute and quirky's sake.
Since I did listen to the Audible version, I will say a thing or two about the narrator. First, she read very, very swiftly. Second, she pronounced some words incorrectly. (See, that dang -ly popping up again.) "Vehemently" was pronounced "vee-HE-ment-lee." Strong emphasis on "he" when "he" is really not how it is pronounced. This word came up a number of times in various forms and all were mispronounced.
Now, since I didn't follow along with the text, I don't know if the wrong word was written a few times or if the narrator just read the word wrong, but that happened. Again, totally takes you out of the narrative.
She also seemed too arch. Again, that might have more to do with the written dialogue than the spoken, but it was an issue. Sometimes I felt it was totally the wrong tone to be taking.
I so wanted to love this book. As it was, I just finished it because I didn't want to start another one.
The narrator was terrible, really rushed reading, pauses and emphasis in the wrong places. I had to give up on the story because I couldn't stand her voice. I was enjoying the story but really couldn't tolerate the narrator.
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