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The Wonkiest Witch

Wonky Inn, Book 1
Narrated by: Kim Bretton
Series: Wonky Inn, Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Alfhild Daemonne has inherited an inn.
 

And a dead body.
 

Estranged from her witch mother, and having committed to little in her 30 years, Alf surprises herself when she decides to start a new life.
 

She heads deep into the English countryside, intent on making a success of the once popular inn. However, discovering the murder throws her a curve ball. Especially when she suspects dark magick.
 

Additionally, a less than warm welcome from several locals persuades her that a variety of folk - of both the mortal and magickal persuasions - have it in for her.
 

The dilapidated inn presents a huge challenge for Alf. Uncertain who to trust, she considers calling time on the venture.
 

Should she pack her bags and head back to London?
 

Don’t be daft.
 

Alf’s magickal powers may be as wonky as the inn, but she’s dead set on finding the murderer.
 

Once a witch, always a witch - and this one is fighting back.
 

A clean and cozy witch mystery.
 

Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in this fantastic new witch mystery series, from the author of the award-winning novel, Crone.
 

Listen to The Wonkiest Witch now!
 

©2018, 2019 Jeannie Wycherley (P)2019 Jeannie Wycherley

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Simply Perfect!

I loved it! Kim Bretton couldn't have done a better job bringing Jeannie Wycherly s work to life by voice if she tried any harder.
I listened to this one while traveling and could only marvel at the ease in which Kim moved between the voices she created for each character.
The voices for each character was perfect! It felt like I was visiting with friends as I listened to the book. I can't say enough good things truly a wonderful,wonderful book!

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Midsomer Murders, if Inspector Barnaby was a witch

I started The Wonkiest Witch on a complete spur-of-the-moment whim and I'm so glad that I did! I've been listening to a lot of intense, action packed, even dark stuff lately and it's been taking its toll on me. I knew I needed something light and fun, but had no idea what. The Wonkiest Witch was right under my nose and it was just what I needed.

I've just finished organizing an audiobook blog tour for The Wonkiest Witch, but wasn't planning on listening to it myself. However, when I began reading the tour reviews and hearing how much everyone was loving it, I knew it was something I had to try. I was teetering on the edge of a listening slump and The Wonkiest Witch was like a splash of cold water to my face. It was a quick, light, and fun listen, as expected. But what I wasn't expecting was how involved I would become in the story.

The premise may seem slightly familiar at first: A witch who has shunned her powers and magical ancestry suddenly finds herself in a situation where she must face her magic- and her past- head on. But what sets The Wonkiest Witch a part is the absolute brilliance of the writing. Cozy mysteries are something that I want to love, but unfortunately, I've been spurned by juvenile writing too many times to keep returning to the genre that I could so easily adore. If all cozies were written this well, wouldn't life be lovely?!

The Wonkiest Witch combines magical world building with the coziness of a British murder mystery set in a small English Village. Think Midsomer Murders, if Inspector Barnaby was a witch. Bizzarre, I know, but that's what kept popping into my mind as I was listening. It's an atmospheric story and the setting perfectly complements the protagonist.

What surprised me most about The Wonkiest Witch was how well Wycherley was able to pace the story. It's just over four hours long, but I don't exactly feel short changed by the short runtime. Of course, I would have loved it to have been longer, but it didn't need to be. Wycherley told a complete story and probably provided more background information and well-developed characters than do most 8-hour stories.

The Wonkiest Witch was a solid, well-rounded, and satisfying tale. I will 110% be listening to the next installment, which I'm told is only weeks away from being released on audio! I would binge this series in a heartbeat if it were already available. It's heartwarming and adorable, yet substantive at the same time. The Wonkiest Witch is the perfect little witchy cozy mystery and a magical start to a series.

Narration review: From the first sentence, Kim Bretton's narration had me hooked. Her voice was the first thing I noticed about this audiobook and it propelled this story from good to great. Her narration was absolutely delightful and she is clearly a talented performer. Her voicing of Alf, the protagonist, was wonderful. But what really shook me was her voicing of the secondary characters. She switched between accents seamlessly, with each of them as authentic as the one before it. That actually had me wondering about her natural accent, which I will have to investigate, because I honestly could not tell which one was native to her. They all seemed so natural.

If you're planning on giving The Wonkiest Witch a try (which I suggest you do, since it's likely better than whatever cozy you've heard lately), try it on audiobook! Bretton's performance amplifies the magic of the story in a way you have to experience to believe. ♣︎

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Welcome to the Wonky Inn!

I have read some of the Wonky Witch series, but this is the first audio book in the series which I have heard. I am pleased to say that I was not disappointed.

The story involves our heroine inheriting an inn which needs a bit of TLC, and not everyone wants her to succeed.

The story is very well written, easy to follow and boasts a fascinating cast of characters, from our heroine right down to the least supporting character. You get a mix of intrigue, magic and humor which makes for a delightful read, or in this case, listen. The narration was also spot on with a wonderful English voice to match the setting. Highly entertaining and well worth your time.

Highly recommended.

I received an ARC for review purposes.

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The Wonkiest Witch

If you were entrusted with an inn or even a house in a will, what would you do with it? Would you keep it and try to fix it up? Would you sell it and use the money for something else? Alfhild Daemonne and her adventures begin in this first installment. Readers are sure to enjoy Wycherley’s fun banter among characters and the witchy mystery running a muck in the town, making it clear that someone doesn’t want Alf there.

Alf is a witch, much like her estranged mother but she holds her magic back from the world because of the loss of her father. Upon inheriting an inn from her father, she packs her bags and heads straight for her new life. Arriving at the wonky and quite charming inn, she is ecstatic to get started on the renovations, but where does she start? The locals aren’t too friendly and don’t seem to take well to her being there, but one of the women recommends a handy man who is perfect for the job. With little money to start the work of getting the inn back to its glory days, the handy man works out perfectly and he is handsome to boot! Of course, there is no shortage of bumps in the road and the biggest one happens to be a dead body which clearly appears to have been caused by dark magic. Alf is determined to not let that stop her and her new life, but others may be plotting to destroy her newly found dreams whether she likes it or not. Being the newbie to the town, she may not have any choice other than to turn to her magic to help her through this pickle.

Wycherley’s story is light, but fun with a charge of mystery to liven the pages. The characters are energetic and well developed; however, the plot is a bit predictable. Since this review is complimenting the audiobook, Bretton did a fantastic job with her narration. The characters all had a sense of personality and pace was enjoyable. The story appears to be written well; however, this opinion is based on the clear and effortless vocal relay by the narrator. If you are a reader of cozy mysteries and paranormal or supernatural fiction, you may enjoy this read. Since this is the first installment within the Wonky Inn Series, readers are able to jump right in.

A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating to The Wonkiest Witch by Jeannie Wycherley.

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Fun Cozy Witch Mystery

This was my first Jeannie Wycherley's book. The Wonkiest Witch is a short story, and the first book in the Wonky Inn Series. Alfhild Daemonne’s story is fun and entertaining, with interesting and unpredictable twists. Alf and the secondary characters are great. This is a great and clean witch cozy mystery, and a great start to this Series. Kim Bretton did an amazing job with the narration. She has the perfect voice for this story! I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jeannie Wycherley. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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HIGHLY ENTERTAINING COZY MYSTERY

THE WONKIEST WITCH is the first book in the Wonky Inn Cozy Mysteries. This one definitely needs to be read first.

Okay, I’m silly enough to catch myself singing, “what’s it all about, Alfie” at the odd pauses in the book for no good reason except that it is the main character’s name. It certainly has nothing to do with the story.

Alfhid is exactly the type of character I would love to make my friend. She is quirky, but practical. She may be a bit wonky, but her intentions are solid gold.

What I most want to say about this story, I can’t without giving away the major plot points, but I will tell you that there are surprises. The mystery is solidly thought through and executed.

This is a highly entertaining, clean, cozy mystery with a well-written plot, wonderful characters, and surprise ending that had me gasping. Though there is a happy-ending, there is enough room to expand this into the series it is meant to be. It will be fun to listen to more of the Wonky Inn and its visitors.

Narration: Do you love listening to Hermione in the Harry Potter movies? I do. Well then, you’ll love listening to Kim Bretton as the narrator in THE WONKIEST WITCH. Her lively cadence and engaging attitude is thoroughly entertaining.

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


Title: THE WONKIEST WITCH
Series: Wonky Inn #1
Category /Genre: Cozy Mystery
Recommended for: 12+ (vocabulary level)
Listenability: OK for ears
Received from: Jeannie Wycherley (as an Audible gifted copy)

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FUN. MYSTERY. WITCH. MURDER.

Alf was the light-hearted character that I was looking for after the week had. She too was looking to get-away and start something new all of her own. Only to have her plans stalled by the unexpected and the obstacles placed in her way. Packing up and heading back home may have been an option but she was made of something more. I liked her determination. I liked the build in to a character and location. I loved the English countryside even if it was not initially welcoming to Alf.

Alf was one of a kind. She was independent by nature. A rocky relationship with her mother. A lost relationship with her father. And someone(s) were trying to scare her off of the one thing that tied her to the memories she had that were so fond. The ending was a surprise and not at the same time. This was the one part that I needed a little tissue. I very much enjoyed this little wonky witch. She was coming in to her own.

The narrator had a light and airy feel that brought out the coziness of the mystery and the paranormal aspect of it as well. The soft English accent help me feel right at home and just that much closer to the characters. The accent(s) felt real authentic.

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First in a Paranormal Mystery Series

Alf left all witchy things behind years ago, instead living the life of a regular human, no magic around. But when her mother dies, she is thrown back into the world, even if only temporary for her mother's funeral. Shockingly, Alf has inherited an Inn and the village surrounding it, completely uprooting her life. But she may not be wanted in the village...

I am a sucker for cozy mysteries, even more so if they have humor, romance or paranormal elements mixed in with the mystery. The Wonkiest Witch had a nice mix of mystery and supernatural and just a touch of humor and romance, creating a nice balance to the plot that helped to keep the story engaging. The story was really fast at 4 hours and 20 minutes (roughly 150 pages) making it the perfect read for a single afternoon/day escapism.

I thought the narrator was really cute. She gave Alf the personality and spunk that perfectly suited her personality and the other characters had distinct voices so there was never any confusion as to who was talking. She even hooted in a very owl-like manner for the owl that occasionally showed up. My mom happened to over hear a part of the book and decided that she "liked her voice and would listen to her read a book"- high praise indeed, in case you were wondering.

Overall this was a really fun, fast paranormal mystery that I enjoyed and I would for sure pick up the rest of the books in the series because I am now invested in Alf and her struggles. This is a perfect choice for those who like cozy mysteries with supernatural flair.

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The Wonkiest Witch

The Wonkiest Witch is the beginning of Jeannie Wycherley’s series, The Wonky Inn. Alfhild Daemonne’s story is so delightfully fun and entertaining. Alf finds out she has inherited her mother’s inn in the countryside of England. When she goes to claim her inheritance, all she finds is a crumbling inn, unpleasant townspeople, and a …. Dead body! She suddenly is thrown into a world of mystery, dark magic and suspense.
I enjoyed The Wonkiest Witch. I found this cozy little mystery a fun read. I could not help but to laugh at some of Alf’s adventures and the situations she gets herself into. The narrator on the audio version did a great performance bringing Alf to life. I hope she continues to narrate the other books in the series.
I give The Wonkiest Witch a very well deserved five plus stars. I can not wait to read the next installment from The Wonky Inn series.
I received the audio version of this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

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Such a treat.

I was completely engrossed in this charming story by Jeannie Wycherley. Full of quirky characters, wonderful places and a wealth of supernatural/ paranormal characters. I loved getting to know Alfhild Daemonne, aka The wonkiest Witch as she takes charge of her fathers estate and dealt with unknown forces, intent on driving her from Her Wonky Inn.
Alfhild has long been estranged from her recently deceased mother and turned her back on her magical roots. With the help of her inheritance, Alfhild decides to embrace the opportunity and breath life back into the inn. All of this is in spite of some unwelcome locals and a dead body.

Kim Bretton does an outstanding job with the narration and she made the story a real pleasure to listen to. Her pleasant voice, great characterisation and talent for bringing this wonderful story to life, made listening to The Wonkiest Witch so enjoyable.
Jeannie Wycherley has penned a wonderful story and Kim Bretton has given it a voice. I am keeping my fingers crossed that more of this series is made into audiobook format with Kim Bretton's narration.

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Amazing

Cozy mystery loved this audio I could not stop listening too can’t wait for more book story line was wonderful
Just all round amazing