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Publisher's Summary

Retired witches solving crimes and taking names. 

Zoey Rivers has an unusual job. She's the Chief of Staff at a retirement home, which doesn't sound odd on its own, but when you consider it's a retirement home for witches and other paranormals, the strange factor ratchets up.

And, with a facility full of partly senile but still powerful witches, things go hilariously awry fast.

Then, you add in some crime capers or even a murder or two and a dozen or so retirement home witches wanting to help solve it, and things can get downright crazy.

This audiobook contains the first three books in the Sunnyside Retired Witches Community series. 

Book 1: A Bottle Full of Djinn

Zoey Rivers has a pretty great job as Head of Staff at Sunnyside Retired Witches Community. She's good at handling the magical messes that are part and parcel of providing a home for elderly (and some slightly senile) witches. 

But when the messes turn from slightly sloppy to hugely horrible, Zoey realizes there's more involved than just her residents. 

If she doesn't figure out who's causing havoc at the Home, the place might not be standing for much longer. 

If you love crime capers with magic, mayhem, and mystery, you'll adore Zoey Rivers and her comical crew of witch retirees. 

Please note: This book is a crime caper, not a murder mystery.

Book 2: Loony Town

Caring for elderly witches at the retirement home in Sunnyside, California is a full-time job for Zoey Rivers. But when one of them is blitzing, causing magic to act even weirder than normal, things get...well, downright wacky. 

And when a local insurance agent winds up dead, some of the people Zoey is responsible for become the prime suspects. As the zaniness of the magical blips continues and things get crazier and crazier, Zoey has to work fast and try to stay one step ahead to keep her charges out of jail, figure out who is causing the chaotic blitzing so she can fix it, and also figure out who the real killer is. 

It’s a tough job, but she's determined to do it. The people who live at Sunnyside Retired Witches Community are counting on her. And she’s not about to let them down now. 

Book 3: Mummy Issues

Sunnyside Retirement Witches Community gets its fair share of visitors. Some of them like the entertainment and others enjoy volunteering. But when one of the sight-seers ends up dead, Zoey Rivers has to figure out what happened. 

The residents come up with a fantastic idea: Since the retirement complex seems to have more than its fair share of murders, they figure it might be a good idea to have a psychic on staff. 

So, Zoey hires Iris. And all the information she pulls from the ghosts of the growing list of victims points to Zoey herself as the most likely culprit. 

Except the clues aren't pointing to her. They're fingering someone she'd thought was long dead. 

©2019, 2020 Paula Lester (P)2020 Paula Lester

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fun and quirky!

what a fun series of books! mystery stories with a supernatural being. you're going to love this wacky group of characters and their mishaps! very well written, it hold me in almost immediately. you do fall in love with the characters oh, and the story is very easy to get engrossed in. Ashley music does a good job at narrating the series up books, getting life to the story that made it easy to imagine and envision what was going on. You are definitely not going to regret listening to these books!

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Fun books

This collection is funny. The characters are cute while being a little sassy.The narration is the best I've heard in awhile. The story has twists so you just want to know what happens next.I actually finished this collection in two sittings. If you like cozy mysteries or want to see what they're like this is a great story for you.

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Fun mystery to listen to

Listening to Zoe's story while managing the Retired Witches Community was fun. Zoe found herself solving mysteries that occurred in, on or around her facility. This will not disappoint you. I received a copy for an honest review.

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Extremely enjoyable cozy set

I found Sunnyside Retired Witches Community to be an extremely enjoyable listen. I thoroughly loved Zoey and all of the elderly residents. Zoey is constantly kept busy keeping the elderly residents out of mischief.
The narrator did a great job voicing each of the characters.

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So much fun

The stories were a lot of fun. I loved the quirky retiree magic users and their eccentricities so much. They felt like real people and they had some hilarious quirks. I loved the magic system and how the characters interacted with each other. Each story had a good plot and the mysteries were fun to solve. I hope to get more fun stories in this retirement home and these characters. The different super natural creatures in the story were a lot of fun and each character felt like an actual person.

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Cozy Mysteries With A Twist

This is the first three books in the series about Zoey Rivers who is the Chief of Staff for a retirement home. The interesting thing about this retirement home is that it is a place for witches and other paranormal beings. The series is fun, wacky, and unusual as Zoey and her friends puzzle through each mystery presented in each of the books. I enjoyed the series and recommend it to others who enjoy lighthearted and magical cozy mysteries. Ashley Music's narration is great as she provides various voices for the different characters and this adds to the enjoyment of the story. I was given a free copy of the audiobook and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Seems written for preteens or young teens

With the exception of subject matter, i.e. retirement home, the writing style feels like it's aimed at 10-13 year olds. It's okay, but not something that really grabs me. Narrator does an okay job too.

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Books 1&2 good, 3 N O T!

Ok. original approach to magical stories! love author's imagination. However, refused to listen to book three as it dealt with a demon. unacceptable in my world, i dont believe we should be giving our minds over to demonic anything, no matter how disguised in simplicity it may seem. If this person's opinion counts, stay away from it like it is poison!

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Book One = Meh. Book Two = Better. Book Three = quite enjoyable!

This book helps classify this series as a found family story, as well as a cozy mystery. The retirement home unknowingly takes in a woman who isn’t a witch. Add to that a ghostly appearance as well as two brutal murders near the retirement home and life gets even more complicated.

I’m happy to report that book 3 was a satisfying read. All the threads left dangling after books 1 and 2 are all neatly tied up in this story. The writing and narration have improved with each volume. Again, this remains a cozy mystery with a lot of fluff, humor, and a decent mystery. I am especially happy with the way the author treats her secondary characters.

You can walk away from this series with satisfaction since the questions are neatly wrapped up. But…what happens with the characters moving forward? Do you continue the series, or step away? The decision is yours, dear reader. I plan on continuing the series after a short break.

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Cute Story Line. Narration Lacking.

I enjoyed the storyline and characters. Not to hurt anyone’s feeling because I’m sure Ashley Music did the best job she could, but the narration is really off. Would probably recommend reading this series rather than listen.