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Blood, Sweets and Tears

Bewitched by Chocolate Mysteries, Book 4
Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (86 ratings)

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Magical chocolates, missing jewels, and murder....

When novice witch Caitlyn Le Fey heads to the outdoor cinema festival at a beautiful English manor, the last thing she expects is for the evening to end in murder. But when a dead man is found with fang marks in his neck and her old vampire uncle, Viktor, is arrested, Caitlyn must use all her newfound magic powers to clear his name. 

Sleuthing isn't simple, however, with so many strangers arriving at her grandmother's enchanted chocolate shop: there's the secretive village tenant with creepy Goth tastes, the inscrutable new butler at Huntingdon Manor - and a charming Frenchman keen to win Caitlyn's heart. And that's before she has to master the art of making the perfect chocolate soufflé or deal with a Levitation spell gone horribly wrong! Still, at least she has the help of her naughty kitten, Nibs, not to mention all the village gossips! 

Then a wild goose chase leads to an unexpected discovery and Caitlyn realizes that she's missed a clue under her nose all along. Can she solve the mystery - and maybe even discover Lord James Fitzroy's real feelings for her? Or will she succumb to a vampire's fatal bite?

©2017 H.Y. Hanna (P)2019 H.Y. Hanna

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A book with bite

I enjoyed this book. I don't usually like vampire stories because they creep me out but I like the bewitched by chocolate series and love the character Viktor (the elderly guardian vampire) so thought I would give it ago, glad I did as it was a fun read/listen with all the witch craft going rye and the who done it factor.
While watching a film outside in the beautiful gardens of the manor a murder takes place and when it is discovered the body was drained of blood all fingers point to Viktor. Who managed to make himself a suspect quite spectacularly. It's up to Caitlyn to prove his innocence and find the killer before more blood is spilt. The only problem is. that is not her only concern with one cousin practicing magic and having a fight with the other Caitlyn could really do without a new man in her life to make things really complicated. Not to mention missing jewellery and a mischievous cat. All in all a fun and sometimes funny cozy mystery.
The narrator was easy to listen too.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

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Great series

Quick fun read! Love the series, almost wish Lord Fitzroy and other main characters had a picture on the book cover somewhere! He sounds quite handsome!

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Best Charming Cozy Mystery!

Blood, Sweets and Tears is my favorite book in the charming cozy mystery series, Bewitched by Chocolate. This is the fourth installment in this magical series, which revolves around Caitlyn Le Fey who lives in an attic room in her grandmothers chocolate shop in the small Cotswolds village of Tillyhenge.

In this story, we find the villagers excited about an outdoor cinema festival at Huntingdon Manor. Unfortunately, a murder occurs during the film’s showing, and the victim has puncture wounds on his neck, which sets off a vampire frenzy. Caitlin’s Uncle Viktor soon gets arrested after he is seen walking by the victim with wild raspberry juice on his face (he is a vampire fruit bat), and because Caitlin feels responsible, she begins her own investigation. Along the way, she experiences magical chocolate, missing jewels, and flirtatious banter with Lord James Fitzroy.

The impeccable Pearl Hewitt narrated the audiobook version of this story and she was fantastic. She narrates with such enthusiasm that it’s impossible not to become totally engaged in the story. I highly recommend this story and the entire series to anyone who enjoys lighthearted cozy mysteries.

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Enjoyable read in a great series!

Blood Sweets & Tears, my eighth read/listen from author H.Y. Hanna. An enjoyable cozy mystery. I love the narrator’s British accent; I was impressed and enjoyed the vocal variety & inflections of narrator Pearl Hewitt, especially her oh so cute animal sounds & really enjoyed the read. Cozy mystery/romance, captivating primary character, what other blurbs can I use to describe these books? Oh well, buy the book, read the books, get into a good author and some good characters as I have. I was given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reviewing it. I still have to get Witch Mocha Morsel. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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Blood, Sweets and Tears

Caitlyn has another mystery and the police think that her vampire Uncle Victor has committed the murder. Come find what happens when Caitlyn is in the clutches of the person she never suspected and possibly finds out how the handsome Lord Fitzroy feels about her.

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Delightful

I had read the book when it first came out, so I didn't realize how much more I would enjoy listening to the audiobook. I had forgotten many details, so in many instances the story was fresh to me. The delightful surprise was the realization of how many scenes were very funny! As the mystery plot unfolds, one of the characters involved in many crucial events is our heroine's vampire Uncle Viktor, who is a delight.

The plot has numerous red herrings, magic, mystery, danger and a tantalizing advance of the so-far only tempting romance. There is a climactic scene of peril and excitement, and a cliffhanger that follows a satisfying resolution of the book's central mystery. All in all, a very satisfying listen for a fan of the cozy-mystery-supernatural-romance genre.

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I can't get enough of this series.

I can't get enough of this series. The mysterious murders, the mysterious newcomers, the magical happenings, the budding romance, the comedy. There's so much to enjoy within this series.
Oh, I must say, by golly it seems Caitlyn and James can't get a break and I'm practically waving my hands in the air yelling, "Kiss already!", lol, but I like how the series is building up their relationship instead of throwing them together on the first few chapters at the beginning of the series like other books. But, I must say, I'm anxiously hoping James finding out some things doesn't keep them apart in the next book. Bwaaa, give a reader a break and give them their magical moment!
I'm looking forward to, *grins and runs hands in excitement*, continuing to the next book.
The narrator has done an excellent job at bringing this series to life and making the characters stand out.
This has become my favorite series.

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This series keeps getting better

H.Y. Hanna and Pearl Hewitt have done it again, keeping the series fresh and quite enjoyable. I look forward to the next in the series. If you’re a cozy mystery fan, you won’t want to miss this one.

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Earns 5+/5 Decadent Chocolate Soufflés…Clever Fun!

This is in my Top Five of all-time favorite series...H.Y. Hanna’s Bewitched by Chocolate series. I am very engaged with an exciting and engaging continuation of Caitlyn’s journey of self discovery, magical apprenticeship, murder investigations, and in between, mouthwatering descriptions of Widow Mag’s delectable chocolate soufflé and other chocolate delights. The story unfolds with Hanna’s signature twists and turns to the murder that illustrates karma intervention and an “Oh, my…” ending. I greatly enjoyed following Caitlyn’s personal growth and slow and steady magical awareness and her ‘big sister’ style attitude toward her newly discovered cousin Evie, whose lack of skill casting spells always adds a wonderful comic relief to the dangers that keep interfering with quaint village life. Fans of the paranormal will find fascinating some of Hanna’s theories about ‘vampires.’ He isn’t your typical ‘blood-sucking’ menace; he is a ‘fruitarian’ who morphs into a fruit bat and loves ‘wild raspberries.’

You can enjoy H.Y. Hanna’s story in print and eBook formats, but I enjoy revisiting the story with the audio version brilliantly narrated by Pearl Hewitt. She enriches Hanna’s story with her excellent voice artistry performing various British dialects, the American English accent for Pamona and the East European of Viktor, and doing well with the male voices often a challenge for female narrators. The best part of Pearl’s talent is in the way she delivers tone and emotion to illustrate personality: the cranky, “nothing bothers” Widow Mags, the young and naive Evie, the stoic, yet amiable Lord Fitzroy, and then there's nastiness, antagonism, and annoying and overpowering manners of many of the Tillyhenge residents. Oh, this is the perfect way to enjoy this entertaining story.

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Entertaining, sweet, and keeps me smiling

The Bewitched by Chocolate books is exactly what I’ve been looking for. Something that is tasteful, sweet, silly, funny, and entertaining. I have too much stress in my life these days, and I honestly want to listen to something that relaxing and not gruesome or depressing. What a great series. Thank you.

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A Very entertaining, light read

This series is such a treat and it keeps getting better with each instalment. There is much to like about this charming series. Bran and Nibs are particularly cute and I love their interactions in the story. Viktor is hilarious. Things also move along a little bit more with James and Caitlyn and I look forward to seeing what happens next with them. I also love that more paranormal characters are starting to filter in. The mysterious subplot surrounding the blood stones is particularly intriguing and I am certainly hooked on that story line.
A very entertaining, light read.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reading audio copy.