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....
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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.
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.
I haven't heard Natalie Duke before, but I thought she did a great job narrating this book.
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Seemed a little juvenile for my liking.
Gotten to the mystery faster to hold my attention.
Yes, with inflection and cadence.
Not my genre.
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A lover of cozy mysteries, contemporary romance and getting lost in the world of audiobooks
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!
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Reader of all things science fiction, fantasy, mystery and paranormal.
This book starts a bit rocky like a lot of new series, doing a lot of scene-setting and explaining up front and then jumping around as it tries to fit in all the background information. It settles into its stride about mid-book when the solving of the mystery kicks into high gear. The characters are fun and memorable, particularly Harlow, and all of the family members stand out as individuals.
I don't think narrator Natalie Duke did them justice in setting them apart from each other, although I did enjoy a lot her reading in general, a lot of her female voices are hard to tell apart.
I read some reviewer comments that these books are too similar to another witch series from Amanda Lee, but I don't personally think that's the case. There are some superficial similarities as they're both journalists and witches with crazy families in coastal towns, but it's no more similar than all the small-town bookstore-owning or bakery-owning cozies out there are to each other. So I would say if you like witch cozies this series is definitely worth trying.
I read a lot of witch cozies and this one stood out for me. I'm going to listen to Treasure Witch next, the second book in the series, and I'm looking forward to see the characters continue to develop. Disclaimer: I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author in exchange for an unbiased review.
The Big Kahuna
Butter Witch was a nice easy listen. I had never heard of a butter carving contest before. The thought of homicidal butter carvers conjured strange images in my mind.
Very nice voice.
I really like at the dinner when the salad started to grow.
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