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I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. All opinions are honest and my own.Once Upon a Witch Series: Crooked Windows Inn Cozy Witch Mysteries, #1, #1
by Valia Lind
Genres: Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal
One magical mishap and her world goes up in flames.
Cassandra Duke had her whole life figured out. She was going to stay away from magic, become a successful interior designer in a big city, and maybe finally learn how to waltz. But then, her magic acts up—without her permission—leaving her without a job and a plan.
Coming home was never in the stars. But when her aunt calls, Cassie packs up her stuff and heads to Crooked Windows Inn. Maybe with a little peace and quiet, and a remodeling gig, she can get her magic (and life) back under control.
But the universe is clearly out to get her!
Not only has she picked up an annoying cat sidekick, but then her childhood nemesis comes back into her life in the form of the (hot) new handyman, and things just can’t get any worse.
That is, until one of the inn’s guests turns up dead and Cassie’s aunt is the prime suspect.
Now Cassie has no choice but to take the matters into her own magical hands.
Can she solve the case before her aunt is arrested for a crime she didn’t commit?
Published by Skazka Press on February 5, 2021
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Also in this series: Two Can Witch the Game
Also by this author: Two Can Witch the Game, Third Witch's The Charm
Once Upon a Witch by Valia Lind is a delightful cozy mystery with paranormal elements. It’s a quick read so if you enjoy cozies, you’ll breeze right through this one.
Because it’s so short, I felt as though there wasn’t enough insight into the world. However, it is only the first book of a series so maybe more will come later.
The characters, on the other hand, were developed nicely and had good personalities. I enjoyed reading about them, even if first-person POV (which isn’t my personal favorite POV to read in).
Overall, as a fan of ghosts and mystery, this was an excellent read. I’ll pick up book two soon.
Rating: 4/5 Coffee Cups
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Rachel Poli is an indie author, podcaster, and content writer working on her debut cozy mystery novel.
Although she favors mystery, Rachel is a multi-genre author with too many ideas and characters in her head, often experimenting with short stories and flash fiction.
When she’s not writing, she’s reading, organizing something, or playing video games. She currently resides in New England with her zoo.