Middle-aged bookstore owner Willa Chance is often haunted by ghosts who want her to do their bidding. Usually it involves the nasty business of bringing their killers to justice, so when the ghost of Adelaide Hamilton asks her to find an old recipe book and give it to Elspeth Whipple, it seems like an easy job. Except Willa's search for the book has her crossing the path of Sheriff Eddie Striker one too many times for comfort. He's acting almost as if he's investigating a murder, but Adelaide died of natural causes. Didn't she?
When it turns out Adelaide's entire family had means, motive, and opportunity, Willa's search becomes dangerous, and she finds herself matching wits with a cold-blooded killer who wants the same thing she does. Luckily Willa's cat, Pandora, is looking out for her and enlists the aid of the other cats of Mystic Notch, who will stop at nothing to ensure Willa's safety as well as the recovery of the book...even if it takes a little bit of magic.
©2016 Leighann Dobbs (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
I am a fan of almost any cozy mystery but this one missed the mark. Willa Chance as portrayed in this one could be described as the definition of a confused, rambling ditzy female. Hardly the character one expects in a seasoned, 50 something former crime reporter.
The author seemed to be trying to find a way to drag out the story. Willa repeating conversations over and over while totally ignoring all the obvious clues. Just did not fit with the persona developed in the earlier books.
Normally I do not write reviews but this book made me want to push fast forward just to get it over with! The book could have been at least 8 chapters shorter.
The Mystic Notch series is one I really enjoy listening too. It's a lot of fun and the narration is beautifully done. The stories are well written and it is a treat to relax and enjoy Mystic Notch!
The cast of characters are all nicely drawn - Willa Chance, books shop owner, is the one in the middle holding it all together, and unwittingly she works with the cats of Mystic Notch against evil and the bad guys including Persian cat Puff :-)
I enjoy the narration a lot. There is the right touch of characterisation that works so well, especially with the cats. The character 'voices' add to the story and I enjoy them :-)
One day I will actually grab a paper copy of a Mystic Notch mystery, but for now, I love the Audible production. A cosy mystery series with characters I know and love, and Cats!!
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