Ms. Reed is an author whose paranormal cozy mysteries I've been enjoying, and I look forward to reading more of her books. If you like this genre, give her books a try. You might find some magic of your own!


The Description

English Village Witch Cozy: Book 6
Publication Date: October 31, 2021

Detectives are supposed to solve murders, not commit them! When half the village sees DCI Alex Taylor pull a dagger out of the body of his arch-rival Chief Inspector Sheppard, Evelyn knows he didn’t do it. But with no clues or suspects, what’s an amateur sleuth with a massive crush supposed to do?

Spring has come at last to enchanted Maiden-Upon-Avon and Evelyn wants to focus on the true meaning of Easter: Chocolate. But she’s thwarted as usual. Not only is there a murder to solve and a masked ball to organise, but also Evelyn needs to know why the murder weapon looked suspiciously like a unicorn horn. Is there magic involved? In Maiden-Upon-Avon, with its pagan mystical vibe, it’s likely!

And to thwart her even further, the Beings of Magic Committee have voted to send Evelyn on her very first mission to the magical land of Marvelton. If she runs into her Being of Evil father, Lord Vilnius, can she trust him? Perhaps she has no choice.

With lambs, unicorns, and chocolate galore, Evelyn’s toughest case yet can only be resolved by answering one pertinent question: No, not ‘Does Alex love her?’. But rather ‘How do you tackle a zombie apocalypse?’ It’ll take a powerful force indeed to find out!

Much Ado About Murder is the sixth 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

Much Ado About Murder is the sixth book in the English Village Witch Cozy series by Rosie Reed

There was so much going on, and I was engrossed from the first page to the last. There were a few dead bodies along with other crimes, loads of clues, and amateur sleuth and witch, Evie, who always seems to be helping her boyfriend, DCI Alex Taylor, and his fellow coppers solve the cases.  

There were twists and turns to the story and many threads being woven together. We met up with characters and Beings of Magic and Evil whom we’ve met before, along with some new ones. Of course, those with magic intermingled with the humans, not realizing magic was happening around them, or did they? There were surprises, and I liked how plots from earlier books were knitted in.

The story had a good flow, and, of course, the crimes were solved with Evie’s help, but the ending seemed rushed. I didn’t guess whodunnit, which is a credit to the author. There was closure and a chance for a happily ever after for Alex and Evie since they may be taking the next step to being a couple. But how big of a step will they actually take?

Ms. Reed is an author whose paranormal cozy mysteries I’ve been enjoying, and I look forward to reading more of her books. If you like this genre, give her books a try. You might find some magic of your own!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, 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 - and which is on hiatus. 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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Ms. Reed is an author whose paranormal cozy mysteries I've been enjoying, and I look forward to reading more of her books. If you like this genre, give her books a try. You might find some magic of your own!4-STAR REVIEW: MUCH ADO ABOUT MURDER by Rosie Reed