Murder's a Witch

Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (485 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Holly Boldt has a secret....

Well, technically, she has lots of them. After a scandal uproots her entire life, she is forced to relocate to a halfway house for displaced paranormals. It's her last shot for a fresh start. But keeping secrets isn't easy in a town that goes through gossip faster than tissue paper, even for a powerful witch.

When a grisly murder rocks the small town of Beechwood Harbor, Holly finds herself unwillingly entangled in the investigation. With everyone watching, Holly must solve the case before she's forced to abandon her new-found home. But with a paranormal investigator tailing her every move, a civil war brewing between her vampire and shifter roommates, and her ghostly landlord on the edge of a breakdown, she can barely think in complete sentences. How is she supposed to track down a murderer?

Holly has to make it work, or risk losing everything...again.

©2016 Danielle Garrett (P)2018 Tantor

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For Molly Harper Fans

This is one of those cozy mysteries where some of the main characters are supernatural. Very similar to Molly Harper - particularly since Amanda Ronconi is narrating. She can always take a good book to the next level.

It's a fun listen and a nice beginning to a new series, but we do get the feeling we've been dropped in the middle of something that we don't quite understand. Usually, when this happens, there's a slow or eventual reveal. I don't want to spoil anything so I'm just saying that we're left with nearly as many questions as we had in the beginning. (we do find out whodunnit, so don't worry about that) I suppose we'll learn more when we get book 2, which isn't out yet.

Ms. Ronconi did a nice job with the different characters. It feels as if she's doing a bit more with tone and accents than she has in the past. That's all to the good.

As for the story itself, I didn't have any problem keeping the characters straight, which is sometimes hard with audiobooks and I certainly didn't guess who did it. I did keep expecting to find out that some people who are introduced to us as 'normal' might turn out to be not quite normal after all. As I said, the book prompted a lot more questions than it answered.

Finally, a technical note. My download had a few (maybe three?) speed glitches in it. Quite noticeable and disappointing. This is an audible production and I know audible has some pretty stringent guidelines, so how did these glitches make their way past Quality Control?

I certainly do recommend this book. I'm looking forward to book 2.

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Loved it!

cozy-mystery, witches, urban-fantasy, friendship, supernatural, amateur-sleuth -----
I really enjoyed this book in spite of the publisher's blurb. Holly lives in a large old rooming house with other supernaturals in a small town on the coast and works with locals in the only coffee shop in town. Her coworkers are her good friends, so it gets really hairy when one of them becomes the prime suspect in the murder of the shop's owner. The rest is fun and well done, but no spoilers here. A good read!
I have the audio, and Amanda Ronconi gives a great audio performance.

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It's okay.

I am a fan of Amanda Ronconi. She is the reason I was able to listen to this boring story.

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BORING!

it was confusing and i got lost. there were too many characters to follow. at the half of the book i didn't even know what it was about. and it was boring. all the "the supernaturals this and the supernaturals that" if you are a witch and have been all your life, STOP TALKING AND ACTING AS IF YOU HAVE TURNED IN ONE YESTERDAY! that was pretty annoying. there wan't any cool spell. she could barely use magic. it was disappointing overall.

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Light murder mystery

As always, Ronconi does an awesome job reading the book; however, I found the book rather predictable, making it one which will end this series for me.

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good but not great

I don't mind having questions about originations in the story so not having history for the main premise of this story is all right, but I just couldn't feel for any of the characters. The humour seemed forced, almost cliche. it was just okay for me, the narrator did an okay job, but I'm not running out to buy anything

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meh

It was ok but not for me. It was too light and a bit flaky. I won't get another in this series.

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Meh

I'm not impressed with this cozy paranormal mystery. The story isn't very interesting and neither or the characters. I did manage to finish the book, but, probably won't get the next one.

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A nice cozy mystery

A nice cozy mystery, not my style. But damn this narrator is top of the bunch. 5 stars and beyond! i

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Cute Witchy Story.

This was a fun cute story. I enjoyed it. I little relief from the serial killer, murder mysteries I have been reading lately. Even though this was a murder mystery, it was a light fun read. The story line was good, it did take a while to get into the characters and it is written in the first person which did cause a bit of filler internal thoughts that were kind of unnecessary and sometimes annoying. But it was still a fun little read/listen. As for the narration, it was good. Amanda Ronconi did a good job on the male voices and her reading voice is good. She reads with emotion as called for.