Murder’s a Witch by Danielle Garrett Review and Recipe

Murder's a Witch: A Beechwood Harbor Magic Mystery (Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries Book 1) by [Garrett, Danielle]

Title- Murder’s a Witch

Author- Danielle Garrett

Genre-Cozy Mystery

Purchase Link- Amazon KU

Holly Boldt has a secret

Well, technically, she has lots of them. After a scandal uproots her entire life, she is forced to relocate to a halfway house for displaced paranormals. It’s her last shot for a fresh start. But keeping secrets isn’t easy in a town that goes through gossip faster than tissue paper, even for a powerful witch.

When a grisly murder rocks the small town of Beechwood Harbor, Holly finds herself unwillingly entangled in the investigation. With everyone watching, Holly must solve the case before she’s forced to abandon her new-found home. But with a paranormal investigator tailing her every move, a civil war brewing between her vampire and shifter roommates, and her ghostly landlord on the edge of a breakdown, she can barely think in complete sentences. How is she supposed to track down a murderer?

Holly has to make it work, or risk losing everything … again.

Holly Boldt is a witch that is no longer welcome in the witch world as a matter of fact- she has been banished from the Seattle Haven. She now resides in a sort of half way house for paranormal creatures. Though she misses her home and the witch world she has managed to create a life for herself in the small town of Beechwood Harbor a non magical human community.

She has a job she enjoys and friends and of course her cute tabby Boots. She may not be exactly where she wants to be but she is happy that is until her boss Peg Holloway who owns Siren;s Song where Holly works is found dead.

Not only is she found dead but all clues lead to murder and Holly’s coworker and friend Cassie is the number one suspect. Holly must find the actual killer before sweet gentle Cassie is sent to jail for a crime Holly knows she did not commit.

The Sweet-

I loved the way the story and characters were set up. the idea of a supernatural half way made this reader super happy!

I thought that our main character Holly was beautifully written and quickly grew on me.I found myself cheering her on as well as smiling constantly while reading this cozy. Holly had quickly become one of my favorite witches along side with Stacey Justice and Rachel Morgan. Holly is a perfect combo of the both – snarky and a bad ass!

I found the plot and the whodunnit original but not over worked- sometimes the answer is right in front of our eyes and the author works so hard sometimes to hard to trick us in to thinking we are wrong. This was not one of the times. The plot twist were far from a desperate attempt to get the reader not to see the obvious.

If you are a fan of witchy paranormal cozy that make you lake I strongly recommend this book!

Rating-

A strong and Solid 5 out of 5 cupcakes!

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Lemon Cloud Cupcakes

At one point the main character eats a magical lemon pastry that she describes as a cloud filled with lemon- When I think cloud I think marshmallows!!  You can use maybe a a cream cheese frosting but honestly I thought the sweet of the marshmallow fluff frosting went well with the tart of the Lemon cake. As always you can go sans liquor to make kid friendly or non boozy

Ingredients for cupcakes and soak

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Lemon extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose white flour
  • 2/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cup Lemon Liquor ( I used limoncello yum!)
  • 1/2- 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • The Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of one lemon

Okay start off by preheating your oven to 350. This is an important step your cakes wont rise properly if you skip this step! If you are baking in a tin ) I use the silicone molds lined with cupcake liners) be sure to grease with your choice of either butter, cooking spray or coconut oil.

In a mixing bowl cream *fancy way of saying mix people) your sugar, eggs and butter. Once these ingredients are properly mixed add your extracts (vanilla and Lemon) as well as 1/2 cup of your lemon liquor- set this bowl aside-

Next in a separate bowl sift your dry ingredients- flour, salt  and baking powder.

Nest slowly incorporate flour and milk into your first bowl (sugar egg mixture) until batter is smooth being careful not to over mix. Over mixing will allow your gluten in your flour to toughen making these bread instead of cupcakes.

Next ladle (I find using a ladle makes it so easy not to make a huge mess) batter in to cupcake liners or pan. Place into the center of oven rack and bake for 18-22 minutes. Use a fork or toothpick to check centers- should come out clean when cake is ready.

Now here is the tricky part- if you rather not have these be boozy then move onto your frosting (recipe below) and you are done! However if like me and you enjoy your desserts boozy ( then can we be best friends pleeeeeeaasssse) you are going to over bake these just a teenie bit keeping in mind you are going to soak these bad boys in boozy yumminess!

Soak Recipe

Take the rest of your lemon liquor and mix it with 1/2 of your confectioners sugar until there are no lumps- then you are going to add the juice and zest of one lemon. If want it to be a bit sweeter slowly add more sugar till you get the taste you prefer.

With cakes still warm add 1-2 teaspoons on to each cakes top and let them soak till completely cooled.

Marshmallow Frosting

Ingredients you will need for frosting

  • 1 jar of marshmellow fluff
  • 2 1/2 cups of confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Rum Extract
  • 2 cups softened butter

Cream (mix) your butter in a mixing bowl until butter is soft and fluffy (who doesn’t love soft and fluffy butter?!)

Slowly begin to add in your confectioners sugar, about 1/2 cup at a time; next add in your rum extract.

Next you want to gently (super gently or you will lose any air achieved and nor more fluffy for you) fold the marshmallow fluff into the frosting until thoroughly incorporated. If you want to be super fancy fance you can add some lemon zest or like me torch the tops of these bad boys- so it was a super hot and rainy day in south florida when I made these which did not help with photos- but I promise they are so yummy!

From a young age, Danielle Garrett was obsessed with fantastic places and the stories set in them. As a lifelong bookworm, she’s gone on hundreds of adventures through the eyes of wizards, princesses, elves, and some rather wonderful everyday people as well.

Danielle lives in Oregon, and while she travels as often as possible, she wouldn’t call anywhere else home. She shares her life with her husband and their house full of animals, and when not writing, spends her time being a dedicated servant for three extremely spoiled cats.

For more about Danielle and her work, please visit her at http://www.daniellegarrettbooks.com or at http://www.facebook.com/daniellegarrettbooks

 

 

 

 

 

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