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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 (63 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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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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Vampires and jewel theives

This story opens at an open air movie airing that ends abruptly when a body is found with all the indications of being murdered by a vampire. Caitlyn finds herself in a whirlwind of defending Uncle Vicktor ,looking for the identity of a jewel thief ,and getting lavish attention from a dashing Frenchman. This is an engrossing fast paced mystery! I adore this series and am excited for the next book.
Disclaimer I was given a copy of this book for free by the author. The opinions expressed are my own.

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Another yummy story!

Fun cozy mystery. I really love the narrator too! she brings the story to life! I really enjoy the author's tea room series so I knew I would enjoy this series too. The magic is fun and kept to a minimum and when it is described it makes me want some chocolate! I loved how she mentioned the detective and the tea room from her other series(which is one of my favorite cozy series!). Looking forward to more chocolate magic!

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  • 04-26-19

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.