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Can Tamsyn cook up a spell to solve a famous author's murder before the killer strikes again?

It's Tamsyn's first solo gig as manager of the Pinecroft Inn's kitchen after Aunt Gwen skips out for a once in a lifetime cruise right before the start of the island’s big literary festival. Tamsyn thinks she finally has a handle on the whole magical cooking thing, but her confidence turns to panic when a famous author dies after eating the treats she'd prepared for the festival’s fancy-schmancy afternoon tea.

Whatever caused his demise, the author's ghost isn't talking. The same cannot be said for Lillian, the newly manifested spirit of a feisty flapper who is making herself at home in Tamsyn’s bedroom. Between the lonely ghost and her demanding feline familiar, Tamsyn hasn't had a moment of quiet in weeks. Is it any wonder she might have made a few mistakes when baking her cake? It's not like she expected it to turn deadly!

Even as suspects start to pile up and it turns out there's no end to the islanders who might have wanted the victim dead, all eyes remain on Tamsyn and her lethal lemon cake. Will her absolutely-not-a-boyfriend, the charming Dr. Caldwell, come to her rescue with lab results that clear her name, or will it be up to Tamsyn and her coven to cook up a spell to reveal what really happened at the tea before a killer can strike again?

Don’t miss the second book in the Witches of Pinecroft Cove series of paranormal cozy mysteries!

©2019 Nicole St Claire (P)2019 Nicole St Claire

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no kitchen witch here

There were so many possible culprits. I enjoyed following along, but had no idea who the villain was. I enjoyed my experience. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator was good.

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Magical Evolution and Afterlife Revelations

Tamsyn is managing the Pinecroft Inn solo while Aunt Gwen is away on vacation and it does not take long into the local literary festival for murder and mayhem to ensue. It was a hard push for me at the start of this story as the mounting obligations Tamsyn kept agreeing to despite her clear incompetency and with her family's business on the line went beyond cringeworthy to ludicrous. The story was in fact very engaging, the evolution of Tamsyn and her coven's magic incredibly interesting, the other characters in this story drawing me in, and yet Tamsyn herself is often difficult to root for. I know this type of character is pretty standard within this genre, says things with literally no filter and with little consideration for others and usually no real discernible proof other than it popped into their head, but there are several moments in the story Tamsyn conducts herself in a way that is quite harmful to others and even offensive. Fortunately this did not dominate the story and these moments passed quickly and returned to much more intriguing aspects that are well written and keep me wanting to explore further volumes. There is a slight cliff hanger but nothing that leaves the reader feeling cheated more intrigued. I am really enjoying the evolution of Tamsyn's magic and felt that the narrator did a wonderful job with the voices. I am happy to continue the series but do hope that Tamsyn's character shows more self-awareness and impulse control in the future volumes, there is always that line where a protagonist starts to become unlikeable instead of relatable and hopefully the author is able to keep this character where I want to keep listening. Again some of these things are totally personal preference and may not irk some listeners at all, and overall I think this continues to be a promising paranormal cozy series that I look forward to continuing.

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This was a really good listen.

Since I goofed and started this book with out having listened to first, I can say it's a good series because the books can stand alone. I'm in process of getting the first book for my next listen.

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Fun Read

I enjoyed this book. The characters are developing nicely but Tamsyn needs to gain a little more confidence. The mystery was well developed and kept me guessing until the end. The narrator does a wonderful job once again with the characters. Her voice is pleasant to listen to and she seems like a natural storyteller. I am looking forward to the next in the series.

All thoughts and opinions are my own, and in no way, I have been influenced by anyone.

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Too Funny

Tamsyn just gets better and better. I greatly enjoyed the first book. However, this one was just over the top entertaining. No exploding pies here, but there are plenty of spells going awry to keep you in stitches.

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Enjoyed this story

I love women sleuth stories and this one did not disappoint. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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FUN & ENTERTAINING

COVENS, CAKES, & BIG MISTAKES is the second book in The Witches of Pinecroft Cove series. Though each will stand on its own, I highly recommend reading both that have been released and in the order of release.

This was a fun, entertaining, and enjoyable listen as I puttered back and forth to work. Between the humor and the light mystery it is absolutely my cup of tea. Just hold the poison, please.

Narration: Stephanie Murphy is a wonderful narrator with a sweet voice. While most won’t be bothered by the mispronunciation, I do need to mention that the word library has two Rs in it. Since the word is used several times, it became like nails on a chalkboard to me. Not enough to bring down my rating of the book, but I did want to say something since I know that reviews help the authors and narrators improve their crafts.

Note: While I received this book as a gifted audiobook copy, my opinions are my own and are given freely.

Title: COVENS, CAKES, & BIG MISTAKES
Series: The Witches of Pinecroft Cove #2
Category /Genre: Cozy Mystery, Witches
Recommended for: 14+ due to vocabulary & murder
Listenability: OK for most ears
Received from: Nicole St. Claire (as an Audible gifted copy)

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Witch Magic

This was such a good book it was like cake for my ears. Highly recommend.

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Loved It!

After reading Spirits, Pies, and Alibis, I couldn't wait for the second book in the Tamsyn series.
The story grabbed me right away- I found myself laughing out loud at times.
The narrator did a fabulous job conveying the emotions of Tamsyn.
l am looking forward to the next adventure of Tamsyn and company!

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Fun and Quirky

My 85 yrs old mother in law and l listened to this book on a road trip. We found both the story and the narration fun and quirky. It was a clean book that l can recommended to any adult/YA age. looking forward to book 3.

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  • Julie
  • 07-01-20

It's not a mistake to sit back and enjoy

I enjoyed the book. I have listened to book one and think it helps to know the characters but it isn't essential to enjoy this book because it could be read or listened to as a stand alone. I liked the way the author combines witch craft with murder and the plot plays out very nicely. I chose my suspect very early on and was proven right, so there isn't any real twists to the plot but I enjoyed it all the same, especially the checky ghost cat. The characters are fun and quirky enough to be entertaining. All in all a light hearted cozy mystery that gets solved by using magic, although it doesn't always go the way they are expected.
With her aunt off on a cruise Tamsyn is left in charge of the B&B and also the food for the writes festival. When plans change over hurt feeling when a guest speaker agrees to speak, Tamsyn agrees to host the party on the Pinecroft grounds and instead of catering for thirty people she finds herself cooking tor 130 people with a whole new menu because of allergies. She reorganized the rooms for the demanding writer to have an executive suit and she has to enlist her coven sisters to help and hire staff. Then the unthinkable happens and the guest speaker dies before his speech. Was it something Tamsyn served him? The police seems to think so and closes down her kitchen while they investigate. Was it a spell gone wrong, Tamsyn's cooking or posion? The guest speaker use to live on the island and the mostly suspects are his so called friends, the newspaper writers group but why would anyone kill him? With the help from her friends and a ghost from the 1920's can Tamsyn uncover the secret that got him killed? Or will her aunty return to find she is out of business?
I liked the narrator and thought she did a good job with all.the different voices needed to make this story so enjoyable.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request from audiobooksunleashed and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Helen
  • 05-02-20

amazing book

amazing book
Enjoyed this audio book very much from start to finish great story line too
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.