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Publisher's Summary

Stacy Justice is a young reporter who lives in Chicago, far away from the kooky small town of Amethyst, Illinois, where she was raised by a family of witches. She's perfectly content with her career, her cat, and her lack of a love life until her cousin informs her that their grandfather is deathly ill. Stacy road-trips home only to discover that her grandfather was poisoned, her grandmother has confessed to the crime, and there's a new chief in town who is easy on the eyes, but tough on witches.

Now, the reluctant witch must prove her grandmother's innocence, save her grandfather from meeting an untimely end, and fight the killer who's bent on destroying them all.

This is the prequel novel to the Stacy Justice Witch Mysteries - where secrets only lead to more secrets and being the member of a family means that you make sacrifices that can lead to murder.

©2016 Barbra Annino (P)2017 Barbra Annino

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witches and more witches

This was the first one i read by this author. I look forward to reading more in this series. I found the story line and the characters interesting. Stacy comes to check on her grandfather and finds out he was poisoned. Her grandmother confesses. Follow Stacy as she tries to find out who really did it or is her grandmother telling the truth.

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Big Mistake

What would have made Witch Way to Amethyst: The Prequel better?

Large sections of this book came verbatim from other books in the series. In addition, Stacy "learns" things in this book that come as complete surprises to her in later books.

What could Barbra Annino have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Writing a prequel after the fact is difficult. There appears to have been no effort put into crafting this book to fit into the remainder of the series.

Have you listened to any of Erin Fossa’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The performance was good.

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slow

it was definitely not one of her better books sad to say but i listened

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Delightfully Funny Cozy Mystery

Any additional comments?

Stacy Justice lives in Chicago working as a reporter. She had moved far away from her kooky family in Amethyst, IL. She tried to turn her back on her witchy upbringing. She is brought back to Amethyst when her grandfather becomes deadly ill. She and her cat move into the guest house of the bed and breakfast that her Grandmother and Aunts run. She believed that she was perfectly content with her life in Chicago but the longer she spends in Amethyst with her cousin, Grandmother, and Aunts she can see herself moving back to be near her family. The doctor’s find out that her Grandfather was poisoned and her Grandmother becomes the prime suspect. Stacy is determined to find out who really poisoned her Grandfather.

This is a hilarious book. Stacy’s Grandmother and kooky Aunts are delightful. Sometimes Stacy came off as having an attitude about being in Amethyst but loyalty, love, and support of her family win out in the ends. The mystery is well developed with several twists and turns along the way. Although the characters are witches the paranormal aspect is on the lighter side of the elements in the story. So if you enjoy cozy mysteries with a touch of romance, witchcraft, kooky characters, and humor this is a book for you.

I listened to the audio version of the book. Narrator Erin Fossa as a lovely voice and great comedic timing and easy to understand accents. She is an asset to this book bring the story to life.

I received this audiobook as a prize, all opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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Great series!

I love every character and I look forward to more books in the future. Fun series

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Great Prequel!

Enjoyed the story and the narration was wonderful also. Grabbed me from the very beginning. Can't wait for the next book. A must read!

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First audio book

I am impressed with the whole audio book experience. Barbara is a fantastic author and will beef up my audio book collection with her works!

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Delightfully Entertaining Witchy Story

Where does Witch Way to Amethyst: The Prequel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book ranks as a 5 in my 1 to 10 ranking. I will definitely add it to my list of authors I will follow.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Intrigue and action are the by words of this Witchy thriller. You think you have it all figured out when someone sticks a needle in your arm or three young men think you need to be with them for a good time.

What about Erin Fossa’s performance did you like?

She kept up the rhythm nicely. I enjoyed listening to her.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Not Harry Potter but more adult action, so maybe you can go home.

Any additional comments?

Excellent number zero in a series leaves you with where is Mom, who will she be dating, how will she enjoy working at the newspaper, what kind of trouble will the grandparents and relatives get her into, and what about the dog and cat.

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The narrator is different

This narrator was different than the other Stacey Justice books. The voices weren't as Strong . She made the characters sound wimpy. I miss Amy Rubinate but the story was great as usual.