It ain't over til the custard creams have all gone.
Life is always hectic for P.I. (and novice witch), Jill Gooder. Murder, theft, and a missing cat, she can take in stride, but a date with detective Jack Maxwell? That's a whole different ball game.
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Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
Easy listening. Short, fun, quick, nothing special. I do like the accent. I'll stay with the series.
Say something about yourself!
This is a wonderfully entertaining story that is delightful to read. I enjoyed the first book so well that I download the complete series before I finished the finished the book. The books end with a cliffhanger, usually with a startling revelation or socially awkward situations.
The story is driven by Jill’s discovery that her biology family is witches. So, she has a learning curve and all the comedic situations that a beginner witch can encounter when learning magic in secret, being pursued by the diabolical nemeses of the story, and trying to work as a detective. After solving the mystery in the first book, demand for her services increases and her time becomes determined by others.
Jill has two separate lives, her paranormal life as a witch, which must be kept secret from non-paranormals. The story always has one central mystery, which Jill may or may not get paid for and other peripheral things that are happening to her inner circle. Her mysteries in her human world put her is a situation where she must work with Detective Maxwell. Their relationship begins as contentious. Winky, the one-eyed cat, is the most delightful character. While at the office there is dissension with the cat and her secretary Ms. V. The main mystery is in the human world. The little peripheral mysteries are solved with the aha epiphany. There is no profanity or sex to disrupt and a light, funny story.
Action between the magic and human world is tried together with Jill unintendedly using her magic in her human life. Yes, the conversation is snarky, and there are a few characters whose primary purpose is to whine. I read the complete series in three days and through enjoyed them.
The plot gets a bit more complicated with several crimes being solved at the same time, and romance weaving it's way into the lives of several characters. Grandma turns up the heat and the craziness .. such fun; and the animals get meaner still!
I've enjoyed this series of 4 audio books. Narration is great as is the story lines. Each one leaves you hanging until the next one. Okay, I'm hanging!! I hope more in this series are coming!
Natural Resource Mgr
so enjoy Jill. Gramma is a kick, I cringe every time she shows up. the twins remind me of family. can't wait to read book 3.
I Love reading this series! Jill has loveable quirky family members, except her sister Kathy. Kathy is annoying but Kathy's actions lead to memorable comments from Jill, which I thoroughly enjoy. It appears she has the potential to be a really powerful witch. It should be interesting to see how her story unfolds. Definitely reading book three.
I am enjoying the escapades of Jill (I think that's the main character's name--names don't stick with me), but if I didn't know better, I'd think this audio version was abridged. At least, I hope that's not how the author wrote the book. The first time I noticed it was when Jill went to work in her cousins' bakery in Candlewood. Mention was made that there would be someone helping out with the waitressing, but then that person was never mentioned again. That scene was incomplete, and the next thing I knew, Jill was in the park with Barry, her dog, with no mention of how her first day at the bakery went. This choppiness continued throughout the book, and it was disconcerting. I do like the story line and the characters, but I hope the third book in the series won't follow this trend.
Hannah Platts brings the characters to life and she has a lot to work with in this book. She is one of the really good narrators and I would really like to hear more from her.
I am really enjoying this series so far. Adele Abbott has created something for us grown up Potterheads to enjoy (without Voldemort!) I really would like to see more of the Witch is When...series and also her Witch is Why...series. Pretty please with custard cream on top?
Someone Who Cares
As with the first book in this series, I found the story lots of fun and entertaining! It's perfect when in the mood got something light. As with my first review, I love Hannah Platts reading, just not the voices. Although, in this book, I felt most of the men's voices were a great improvement over the first book. In this book, I really only disliked the voices of her sister and her cousins. (One in particular sounds like she has marbles in her mouth.) But, as I said before, she is a joy to listen to and brings Jill's character to life. Anxiously awaiting for the next book in the series to be on Audible! I've always loved to read, but I suffer from chronic migraines and reading only makes it worse (much to my dismay). I'm really enjoying Audible because I can once again be transported in a book!
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