Summary

Magic and mayhem abound, and it was nice to observe all the craziness going on as I sat back with a cuppa! A satisfying read since the cases was solved satisfactorily, and some romances moved forward.

4-STAR REVIEW: SUMMERTIME CLUES by Rosie Reed

The Description

English Village Witch Cozy: Book 8
Publication Date: November 8, 2022

Novice witch Evelyn Eldritch always knew the English seaside was cold in August, but she hadn’t expected it to be deadly. So when one of her music heroes turns up dead, she and her policeman boyfriend Alex are compelled to catch the killer.

There was only one witness, but there’s something fishy about her – as Alex discovers when she grows a giant fish tail and thwacks him round the chops. Perhaps Evelyn can draw on her mysterious new powers – but where have they come from? It must be something to do with the strange dreams she’s been having…

Alex is out of his jurisdiction, so he needs to stay under the radar of the local police. Luckily, his amateur sleuth girlfriend is happy to share tips on how she successfully disobeys him back in Maiden-Upon-Avon. And, of course, Luke, Leia, Fuzzball, and a little magic are on hand to help.

Containing all the usual high-jinks humour, well-loved quirky characters, and tantalising twists, Summertime Clues will keep you rocking ‘til the end.

The Review

Summertime Clues is the eighth book in the English Village Witch Cozy series by Rosie Reed, and we are reunited with witches, Beings of Magic, and family and friends we’ve met before. 

Summertime Clues has Evelyn once again front and center with her magical spells, amateur sleuthing, her boyfriend Alex, a Deputy Inspector, and his dog, Max, and her brother, Luke, and his girlfriend, Leia. The setting is Brighton Beach in England when they’re away for the weekend, and of course, there’s another murder or two.

These crimes are out of Alex’s jurisdiction, but it doesn’t stop him from helping the local cops. But again, Evie is piecing the clues together slowly but surely until the crimes are solved, and it’s not who I expected whodunnit. 

The story has a good flow and lots of twists and turns as new characters are scattered throughout. Of course, there’s magic and mayhem—especially when Evie’s involved. 

There was closure and some romantic happiness, but the book ended abruptly. I was happy to see another book in the series, All Hallows Scream. I look forward to reading it. The cover is full of details pertinent to the story, and I liked its pastel look.

Magic and mayhem abound, and it was nice to observe all the craziness going on as I sat back with a cuppa! A satisfying read since the cases was solved satisfactorily, and some romances moved forward.

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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!

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REVIEW AUTHOR

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 https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/5001736?ref=nav_mybooks JoAnne currently reviews for two sites - NovelsAlive.com and RomanceJunkies.com Previously she reviewed for Romancing-the-Book.com 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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Magic and mayhem abound, and it was nice to observe all the craziness going on as I sat back with a cuppa! A satisfying read since the cases was solved satisfactorily, and some romances moved forward.4-STAR REVIEW: SUMMERTIME CLUES by Rosie Reed