Posted in 5 paws, Blog tour, Cozy, Giveaway, mystery, Review on December 14, 2014

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Spell Booked (Retired Witches Mysteries)
New Cozy Series
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley (December 2, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-0425268254


Once upon a time in Wilmington, North Carolina, three witches ran a curio shop named Smuggler’s Arcane. But as the years passed, their magical powers started to fade—leaving them no choice but to conjure up a retirement package…  

Before they could blink their eyes or twitch their noses, Molly, Elsie, and Olivia somehow became eligible for AARP. But they can’t fly off to Boca Raton just yet. First they must give up their magic, recruit and train three new witches, and pass on their cherished spellbook.

They’ve barely begun to consider potential practitioners when Olivia winds up dead and their spellbook is stolen. To honor their friend and reclaim their spells, Molly and Elsie are about to go wand-to-wand with a dangerous young witch more powerful than the trio was in their prime. And this time they’re going to need more than magic up their sleeves…


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I truly enjoyed this book!  I don’t know that I am always drawn to books involving witchcraft but something about these characters make them seem more like you or me…normal!  I think Dorothy is my favorite character because she just seems so innocent, yet eager to learn.  As I was reading I was trying to figure out who the killer was because there isn’t a huge cast of characters, but the true identity was hidden until the end.  I did sense something wasn’t right with this character but I couldn’t pin my fingers on anything specific…so the authors do a great job of keeping you guessing as to who is a good witch and who is a bad witch!

All of the witches, Olivia, Molly and Elsie, have their own special skills and I am always intrigued when witches do ceremonies outdoors and find a Time to Dance and celebrate their witchcraft.  I can just picture them doing this!  And sure they may have declining powers but that doesn’t make them any less of a witch or someone that needs to be put out to pasture.  Plus they did it more for themselves and for fun.  I thought it was interesting that they have to “retire” but I guess in every profession there is a time where you have to hang it up.

I think this is going to be a fun series to follow and we give it 5 paws up!


About The Authors

joyce-and-jimJoyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. They have written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family.

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Make sure that you make a stop on all the tour sites as the authors have a very special giveaway. They are giving away a handwritten grimoire of spells, a print copy of Spell Booked, a willow wand, and a velvet bag to carry it in. Every stop will have some clue words in each post that can be put together they make a Witch’s Spell. To enter the giveaway readers will have to collect all the words and put them all together on the giveaway entry form after the last stop. Good Luck everyone!!
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Tour Participants

December 2 – Girl Lost In a Book – Review

December 3 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Interview

December 4 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review, Guest Post

December 5 – Steph the Bookworm – Review

December 6 – deal sharing aunt – Review

December 7 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Review, Interview

December 8 – A Chick Who Reads – Review

December 9 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – Review

December 10 – dru’s book musings – Guest Post

December 11 – Tea and A Book – Review

December 12 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – Review

December 13 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – Review, Interview

December 14StoreyBook Reviews – Review, Guest Post

December 15Brooke Blogs – Review