If you like cozy mysteries with a touch of magic and the paranormal, Halloween Hex Appeal is a fun addition to the English Village Cozy Mystery series. 


The Description

English Village Witch Cozy: Book 3
Publication Date: May 4, 2021

Turning her cat into a waitress seemed like the purrfect solution to a busy night at Magic Cakes Café. Until a guest is murdered…

When Evelyn Eldritch’s landlord Randolph is poisoned at his own James Bond-themed party, she needs to find the killer fast. Who killed him? The nephew and heir? The best friend? Or the faithful secretary? Evelyn wants to prove to Detective Inspector Taylor that she’s more than just a bumbling baker with a missing witness – that cat-turned-waitress spell is proving hard to explain! But how many clues did Evelyn miss while wrangling her diva cat? It’s clear Randolph drank a poisoned cocktail, but was the cyanide really meant for him?

Halloween is the spookiest time of the magical year, and the new Invisibility Spell that Evelyn’s granny Joanie taught her seems more trouble than it’s worth. Although, it does come in handy for stealthily sleuthing in cupboards – if only Detective Inspector Taylor wouldn’t stand so close! What this mystery needs is a powerful, competent witch to assist. Unfortunately, Evelyn will have to do…

Halloween Hex Appeal is the third book in the adorable English Village Witch Cozy series, set in the beautiful English countryside. If you love plucky heroines, small-town whodunits, and a touch of retro nostalgia, then you’ll love Rosie Reed’s fun and flirty tale.

The Review

Halloween Hex Appeal is the third book in the English Village Cozy Mystery series by Rosie Reed. We are back in a small town in England where those of the magical world live among humans, but humans don’t realize all that’s going on around them. 

It was nice to be back with characters we’ve met before, along with some of the small businesses. Of course, there’s another murder, and once again, Evie is in the thick of things, much to the dismay of the police but especially Detective Inspector Taylor.

Halloween plays a backdrop for this tale, and clues are gathered to figure out whodunnit. With several suspects to choose from and clues pointing in various directions. Reed weaves together multiple storylines, and past crimes are mentioned. 

Evie and the DI are once again fighting their attraction, or are they? The two of them spar continuously using innuendoes and double meanings bandied about but do they mean anything? 

The story has a good flow and held my interest. There is closure with solving the crime, but what will Evie and her friends be up to next? I look forward to finding out! The cover is colorful and fits the title nicely.

If you like cozy mysteries with a touch of magic and the paranormal, Halloween Hex Appeal is a fun addition to the English Village Cozy Mystery series. Buy Links

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About The Author

I love writing, daydreaming, and creating stories. I often write for fun, even when I’m not planning on publishing. But it’s also wonderful to share my stories with you!

I’m a massive Agatha Christie and Terry Pratchett fan, so writing paranormal mystery comes instinctively! I love the understated gentle charm of cozies, and it’s always such a pleasure to spend time in the company of the wonderful sleuths and magical characters that my fellow authors create.

Writing the English Village Witch Cozy series helped to keep me sane during the very strange year of 2020. Evelyn and Alex have done a tremendous job of protecting my mental health, and it’s my pleasure to share this comfort with you.

I do hope you’ll enjoy escaping into the beautiful surroundings of Maiden-Upon-Avon, and having some fun with Evelyn and all the other magical beings who live there! So treat yourself now by taking the phone off the hook of life, and soaking in the bathtub of the English countryside for a while!




JoAnne Weiss
JoAnne Weiss
JoAnne Weiss, nee Montalbano, was born and raised in NYC until moving to CT with her family when she was 16 and she's never left. Married for 41 years with one grown son, she works in an elementary school office where she's been since it opened in 2003. Prior to that, she was an accountant in several corporations before becoming a stay at home mom for 12 years. JoAnne enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and extended family as well as with friends. She enjoys cooking and rarely uses a recipe the way it was intended but instead uses them and cooking shows to give her new ideas and suggestions. JoAnne has a huge bucket list of places she'd like to visit but has been lucky enough to travel to England, Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and many states in the U.S. including Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Maine among others. Some of JoAnne's favorite genres include contemporary romance, chick-lit, romantic suspense, and historical romances including regency and those set in the west. JoAnne is on several author's street teams and enjoys interacting with many of them on Facebook as well as reading their newsletters. She has been lucky enough to meet some of her favorite authors among them Susan Mallery, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Meg Tilly, Beatriz Williams, and Marie Bostwick. JoAnne took a road trip with her sister in the fall of 2019 and visited Nora Roberts' bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland for an authors' signing. She hopes to do more of this in the future. JoAnne leaves reviews for all books she reads on Goodreads and her reviews can be found at JoAnne currently reviews for two sites - and Previously she reviewed for which has since closed. Payment is in the form of receiving free books to read and review. Her mantra is too many books and not enough time!


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4-STAR REVIEW: HALLOWEEN HEX APPEAL by Rosie ReedIf you like cozy mysteries with a touch of magic and the paranormal, Halloween Hex Appeal is a fun addition to the English Village Cozy Mystery series.