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Butter Witch Audiobook

Butter Witch: Torrent Witches, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

The International Butter Festival has come to town! When Harlow Torrent, part-time journalist and full-time Slip witch stumbles upon a dead body, frozen and drained of blood, she's pulled into a murder mystery.

Someone has murdered one of the Butter Festival competitors. Was it Zero Bend, punk sculptor extraordinaire with a history of violence? Perhaps Fusion Swan, a sleazy agent playing the publicity game when his clients meet their untimely end?

Between trying to run her struggling online newspaper, dealing with her highly caffeinated cousins Molly and Luce, fending off three meddling witch mothers who will do anything to get their daughters married off (including drugging food with magic potions) and great Aunt Cass who appears to be running an underground laboratory of some kind, Harlow barely has time to breathe, let alone solve a murder.

Romance certainly isn't on the cards either but the hot scruffy guy new to town seems to have other ideas....

©2016 Tess Lake (P)2016 Tess Lake

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    Christina 09-26-16
    Christina 09-26-16

    A lover of cozy mysteries, contemporary romance and getting lost in the world of audiobooks

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    "A fun magical cozy"

    I have read my fair share of cozy mysteries with a "mystical" or paranormal twist, and this book did it right! Much better than most I've read. For one, the witchy paranormal stuff is not overdone. Secondly there is a lot of comedy mixed in and I found myself laughing a lot. The characters are all dynamic, and play off of each other. You have the meddling mothers, the aunt who is the queen of the house& the 3 cousins who are practically sisters. It's fun to watch them all interact. Also, the talking pet cat Adams was the BEST! His dry sassy attitude portrayed a cat perfectly. The magic portion was lighthearted and doesn't go dark and twisty like some other mysteries I've read. Overall it's an enjoyable read & I hope there is more in the series!
    This book was gifted to me in exchange for my honest review.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Troublemer 10-11-16
    Troublemer 10-11-16 Member Since 2016

    Books are the doors to other places. READ!!!!

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    "Cute"

    this was a cute, fun story. It reminds me of a cross between Molly Harpers Halfmoon Hollow stories and Kristen Painters Nocturne Falls. i look forward to reading more of these. I receive this audio book free for an honest review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jan United States 09-30-16
    Jan United States 09-30-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Great audio interpretation!"

    urban-fantasy, witches, humor, ya-only-means-no-gratuitous-erotica, mystery
    Read on September 28, 2016

    Never heard of a slip witch before, but it sounds like pain to be one. As far as the butter carving contest, while I'm used to them here in northern climes, it seems more than odd for the mid-Atlantic states. Beyond that stuff, it was a hilarious romp of mystery and a dysfunctional family of witches. The publisher's blurb gives some clues without spoilers.
    I was fortunate to get the audio edition, and Natalie Duke was great as the audio performer, with a pleasant voice and ease of characterization.
    I received this book in exchange for an honest review upon my request from the publisher, author, or narrator courtesy of AudiobookBOOM.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Draco McWherter 08-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Dejavu"

    As the story went on, it deviated from Amanda Lee's witch series set up, which I'm thankful for. The set up is still too close for me to give it a higher rating than that sadly. I hope in future books, she deviates further and creates her own little world more to let her characters grow into their own.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Adriana B USA 10-24-16
    Adriana B USA 10-24-16 Member Since 2015

    Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything. - Plato

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    "Fun story"

    I enjoyed listening to this audiobook. The story drew me in and kept me interested. This a new series with some suspense, mystery, a bit of romance, and some humor.

    The narrator did a good job bringing the story to life.

    The conclusion was unexpected and some things were left hanging but they did solve the mystery.

    **This audiobook was provided free of charge in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion**

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    josie Asheville, North Carolina 10-04-16
    josie Asheville, North Carolina 10-04-16 Member Since 2008

    Thank God for books of all kinds and ears to hear

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    "About as good as it gets"

    Cozy mysteries are not my first love and I am still fairly new to the genre.That said, this book was so much fun! From the first to last syllable I was - don't say it....- spellbound! I did. I went there. This isn't going to be pushing my Robert Frost books off the shelf, but for what it is, it's awesome. It reminds me of the movie Practical Magic which I didn't like much when it first came out. Now that I'm older and less pretentious, I watched it again and really enjoyed it.
    The humor was clever and ample, the plot engaging, the characters - each and every one - great and likeable, the mystery good especially for a cozy and overall it's charming. Adams the cat simply MUST have a larger part in the next book which I really look forward to! The narrator did a fabulous job and I dearly hope she narrates the next 20 in this series.
    I was gifted this audio book in exchange for an honest review. Lucky me!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie GARDENDALE, AL, United States 09-27-16
    Stephanie GARDENDALE, AL, United States 09-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Better than I was expecting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This magical murder mystery held my attention from beginning to end. Harlow Torrent is a slip witch that doesn't have a lot of control over her powers. Surrounded by her meddling mom, aunts, and cousins, hilarity ensues.


    Have you listened to any of Natalie Duke’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't heard Natalie Duke before, but I thought she did a great job narrating this book.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Patterson 09-26-16
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    "More suitable for teens"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Seemed a little juvenile for my liking.


    What could Tess Lake have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Gotten to the mystery faster to hold my attention.


    Did Natalie Duke do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, with inflection and cadence.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not my genre.


    Any additional comments?

    "I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Collins SC, United States 11-11-16
    Laura Collins SC, United States 11-11-16
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    "Great Book!"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book; this is the first book in the Torrent Witches series written by Tess Lake and narrated by Natalie Duke. Harlow Torrent is a part-time journalist and full-time Slip witch. When stumbles upon a dead body, frozen and drained of blood, she is pulled into a murder mystery. Between trying to run her struggling online newspaper, dealing with her highly caffeinated cousins Molly and Luce, fending off three meddling witch mothers who will do anything to get their daughters married off (including drugging food with magic potions) and great Aunt Cass who appears to be running an underground laboratory of some kind, Harlow barely has time to breathe, let alone solve a murder.

    This book has a wonderful story and well developed characters. This book will keep you reading long into the night. This was such a great read and full of surprises.

    The narrator Natalie Duke did a wonderful job with this book. She did a great job with the different voices of each character in this book. It was very easy to listen to in one sitting and I didn’t want to stop listening until the end.

    If you are looking for a great book with well-developed characters then you need to listen to this book. I am looking forward to listening to the next book by this author and narrator.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Boom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lori 10-22-16
    Lori 10-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun and Entertaining"
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    3.5 stars
    Fun, entertaining, lighthearted and humorous story. Cozy little witch mystery. Just an all around fun, easy afternoon listen. Great when you want a book to listen to that has a good story but isn't to complicated. I have listened to other cozy mystery's, and this was one of the better ones.

    Great cast of characters with an interesting story.
    Slip Witch is new to me, I had never heard of that before. It puts an interesting twist on being able to control your magic. Enjoyed the mishaps of Harlow's magic going awry.

    This is the first Tess Lake book I have listened to and I really enjoyed it.
    Natalie Duke did a great job with the narration. Pleasant voice. Good character voices. Clearly spoken, smooth even pace. Her narration made it a very enjoyable listen.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    10/10/16
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    "A fun mystery"
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    I loved the humour in this novel. the magical element to the story was the catalyst to many funny incidents and gave the story an overall light feel.
    The murder mystery itself was very interesting and I liked the supernatural aspect to the murder. Perfect for October reading!
    This was my first murder mystery involving a family of witches and I found the whole story very entertaining. I would certainly be happy to read the rest of the series and find out what other zany adventures they get up to.

    I received a copy in return for my honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blueberry
    England
    10/3/16
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    "Not for me"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I thought the story lingered too long on boring details and didn't get to the good paranormal stuff quick enough. For example, the long description/explanation of Harlot Bay was dull to listen to, I stopped paying attention to it. The story seemed more catered towards a young audience (early teens), the reaction to a good looking guy from the female characters was overdone and irritating - they sounded like they were thirteen. Otherwise, it was an okay story, I loved Adams the talking cat and his preference for sleeping in a pizza oven. The narrator did a great job, I liked listening to her but she couldn't make the tedious descriptions sound interesting either.


    What will your next listen be?

    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix narrated by Stephen Fry


    Any additional comments?

    The author sent me this audiobook at no charge for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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