• Jingle all the Slay

  • Marshmallow Hollow Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Dakota Cassidy
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (93 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to Marshmallow Hollow, Maine, where it's all Christmas all the time and murder is hung by the chimney with care....

I'm Halliday Valentine, a psychic witch who's recently moved from New York City back to my very human hometown of Marshmallow Hollow, where I run the family factory that caters to all things Christmas. I inherited the factory from Mom, who inherited from Nana Karen, but now it's just me, my curmudgeonly British familiar hummingbird, Atticus; one ungrateful rescue cat; my talking reindeer, Karen; and my BFF Stiles (the only human aware of my witchy side).

Oh, and Digby Dainty (known as Hobbs), the tall drink of water who rents my guest cottage. We have a lot in common, including a love of true crime. So as macabre as it sounds, when a shady real estate tycoon shows up dead in the middle of the annual ice festival, I'm thrilled to spend time with Hobbs, flexing our amateur sleuthing skills.

Well...not thrilled. I mean, a guy's dead after all. In fact, the only thing more surprising than a murder in our charming Christmas town is how many of my friendly, beloved neighbors seemed to want the man dead....

©2020 Dakota Cassidy (P)2021 Tantor

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Well sometimes....

Sometimes the first book in a series isn’t the best. This is the case for me and this book. This is a ‘sister’ to the Witchless in Seattle series, and the Nun of Your Business series. (Both series are a lot of fun and I recommend them!)

This book left a lot to be desired for me. Because the same narrator narrates the Witchless & Mum series too, having her speaking voice in this series, where the characters are less defined, was disorienting. For some reason this story didn’t have that same snap that I’m used to from this author. I had a hard time connecting to the main character and her sidekicks. A lot more background would have helped.

That being said I’ll continue to read her books- at least for the other two series I mentioned. However, when book two in *this* series comes out, I’ll wait for others to buy it first and review it. Not feel in’ it.

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Charming Christmas Cozy Beginning

I want to start by saying this is my first story I've listened to by Dakota Cassidy and I saw in a review this is a spin off series from her others. I will say I think this stands on it's own and I felt fine starting here.There is quite the crew of characters in this little town of Marshmallow Hollow, Maine and I look forward to gaining more knowledge of all those we are introduced to. I enjoy the protagonist Halliday Valentine, a psychic witch who has a slew of magical friends that fill out the cast. The humor is sweet and the pacing is a little slower matching the mood of the small town. The flirtation and banter with her love interest, Digby Dainty (known as Hobbs), feels natural as does their growing relationship. I was impressed with the sense of authentic feeling the story depicts of the town and feelings of connection between the community members. This story didn't fall into the trap of having me eye roll at the dangerous decisions our protagonist made or her involvement in the case. I was impressed again that the actions of the characters felt much more real and less forced, more reasonable instead of nonsensical. This is not the best paranormal cozy mystery I have ever listened to but I will say it is a solid entry with great promise for what could be developed. Being so pleased with this beginning I am definitely now curious to check out Cassidy's other series, though it is hard for me to speak to those who are coming from those long running series how this compares. I will say Hollie Jackson does an excellent job of creating a large spectrum of easily distinguishable voices though at times I found myself put off by her inflections and rhythms--this is not about a lack of talent just more preference. I appreciate how audible allows you to listen to a sample for this very reason. We all enjoy different voices. Overall for those who enjoy some humor without being too hokey, a realistically depicted strong small town female lead, some romantic flirtation without being lusty, a cast of eccentric characters human and animal, with some great magical elements woven throughout and a slightly slower pace I think this would be one to check out.

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Oh What Fun!!!

OMG, this was the first book that I've read of Dakota Cassidy's and I loved it! It definitely helped get me more in the Xmas mood...and gave me lots of laughs and thrills along the way! I fell head over heels for all the characters in this little town and if you really want a big bonus chip... listen to the Audio... Hollie Jackson does a super job at narrating. This is a great read and I'm anxious to dive into more of Ms. Cassidy's books now!❤❤❤

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Easy listening

It was easy listening. loves the characters. i like to listen while I work. cute story

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Fabulous Start to a New Series!

I loved this book! I am a huge Christmas fan and Dakota Cassidy fan and cozy mystery fan so I was very excited when I found this series. I loved the characters and development. The plot was interesting. It didn’t take very long to get into but wasn’t rushed in any way either.
I like Hollie Jackson as a narrator and thought she did quite a wonderful job with this book.