Greetings, fellow readers! I hope you’re having a great week. With the Hallmark Ornament Premiere and “Christmas in July” everywhere, I was feeling a little festive. So here’s a holiday cozy mystery from a fantastic author, Dakota Cassidy.
Let’s get into it.
- Title: How the Witch Stole Christmas
- Author: Dakota Cassidy
- Series: Witchless in Seattle, Book 5
- ISBN: 9781944003883
- Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery
- Publisher: Book Boutiques
- Publication Date: December 2016
- Audiobook Narrator: Hollie Jackson
Ex-witch Stevie Cartwright is thrilled that the holiday season has arrived in Ebenezer Falls, Washington. She’s planning a holiday party for her parents, her familiar Belfry, and her ghostly spy pals. On top of it all, she’s planned the best holiday display guaranteed to knock the socks off the judges. But when Stevie returns home to find her lawn overrun with bikini-clad carolers, pink flamingos, a gigantic Easter Bunny, and a dead chef in her nativity scene, she soon realizes that someone has set out to ruin her Christmas.
I love this series! It’s laugh out loud funny at times, and the characters are all quirky in their own right. Stevie continues to grow in her ex-witch role.
The holiday twist on this story was definitely fun! I can imagine how flustered one would be after planning a Christmas display for months only to find that someone had changed everything. The girls in corsets throwing beads off the balcony were a particularly interesting touch lol.
I can’t say enough about how good Hollie Jackson’s narration is. Each voice is easily recognizable, but my absolute favorite is Belfry. That squeaky little bat voice brings me so much delight!
If you enjoy paranormal cozies with not so much romance, this might be a series you’ll enjoy. I’ll definitely be checking out the next book.