Want to keep that Halloween feeling for a while longer? My late Halloween treat to you all is some witchy reading. Who knew that Witch Cozies were a thing? I've been discovering that over the past few months. So here's some recommendations if you like this kind of thing.
First is a book I really enjoyed. “Witch at Heart” by Juliette Harper is the first book in the Jinx Hamilton series. Jinx is a normal waitress in a normal cafe until her eccentric aunt dies and leaves her store, and her powers, to Jinx. The main character is engaging, likable, and a good center for this paranormal series. Here she first experiences her powers, takes over the mystically powered business and tries to pretend she isn't overwhelmed by it all. Although the killer isn't really a surprise in the end, the paranormal ride is worth the reading. I'm going to go back for another.
“Greensmith Girls,” a “supernatural witch cozy” by Raven Snow, is the first in a series also. Rowen Greensmith knows she and her family are different. They have witchy powers. She has left home to put her journalistic skills to use in the big city but finds herself called back to her family and hometown to figure out the mystery of the remains in a chest her aunts recently sold at a yard sale. Much like the movie “Practical Magic,” people are suspicious of her and her family and Rowen simply wants to be “normal,” whatever that is. This one doesn't make any bones about the witchy part of the story but, again, the characters are fun, even if Rowen is a bit whiny about her lot in life. I'll be dipping back into this series as well.
Part of the Sweetland Witch Series, “Witch Cake Murders” is written byZoe Arden. This is also a series that doesn't hide its paranormal leanings. The characters are not only witches, but goblins, part goblins, vampires, pixies and the rest. It is fun, but stretches the believability factor. So, if you're going to read it, be prepared to enter the world and not question why. Ava discovers she's a witch on her twenty-first birthday when two eccentric women come into the cafe where she and her father work. They know who she is. She has no clue. With a yearning for adventure, she runs away from home and goes to Heavenly Haven, a community of supernatural beings, to help her aunts run their bakery. I've read the whole series and twists and turns abound, but the characters are fun.
“Dark, Witch & Creamy” is the first book in Bewitched by Chocolate series by H.Y. Hanna. I haven't had a chance to explore the other titles, but there are four. And she's written other series and standalones that I haven't had a chance to sample. I really enjoyed this book. Caitlyn finds out she was adopted as a baby by American parents. Her search for her family takes her to Tillyhenge, a small village in England. She stays in a room above a mysterious chocolate shop and begins making herself useful by lending a hand with marketing and brightening the store. The problems? The woman who runs the shop is considered the local witch and a man was recently poisoned. The suspicion is that the shop owner killed him. Like all the others, the characters are strong, fun and well written. The plot is engaging.
There are many more writing witchy mysteries. They are easy to find in an Amazon search and are usually available on Kindle for those who use ereaders. These are just a few that may have escaped your notice.
If you're like me and you miss Halloween all year around, these books may satisfy your craving. But, these aren't dark books, they are cozies. They are lighter and funnier than some mysteries. Know that going in. Some have dark magic. Enter at your own risk. They may be addictive.