Title- In Witch it All Began
Author- Kali Harper
Genre- Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Purchase Link- Amazon
When Emberdale’s widow winds up dead at the bottom of Astrid’s stairwell, she’s thrown into a world she knows nothing about. From talking cats to thieving shifters, enchantments, and being haunted by Maggie herself, there’s a lot more to their small town than meets the eye starting with the fact Astrid might be a witch.
Along with her good friend Katherine, and Sammy, her recently inherited feline familiar, the three set out to uncover Maggie’s killer before it’s too late. As it turns out, all of Emberdale had a reason to murder the charming woman, including Astrid.
Discovering there’s magic in her blood is bad enough without Detective Lance barging in on her investigations, but it’ll take a lot more than his good looks to stop this witch.
In this paranormal town, can Astrid bring peace to Maggie’s ghost, or is this mystery too much for her to handle?
Astrid has grown to love the small town of Emberdale. She has come to think of it as home and Maggie who is her boss as family. She is living a very simple life and couldn’t be happier that is until Maggie is found dead in Astrid’s home and she finds out that Emberdale isn’t the sleepy little town she think’s it is.
Astrid had to move in with Maggie for a couple of days while her house was being tented for the termites in her walls. Maggie has become not only her best friend but more like family having taken Astrid under her wing when she moved to Emberdale. Life seems to be going at its normal Emberdale pace, until Astrid wakes to Sammy (Maggie’s favorite cat) desperately trying to get her attention.
Astrid sets out to find Maggie who seems to be missing. Along with Sammy, Astrid checks all the usual places Maggie would normally be found to come up empty-handed. Hours later Detective Lance brings Astrid in for some questioning that’s when things seem to get weirder and weirder by the minute…
The author does a very good job of creating a very cozy small town setting from page one. As a reader you imagine a sleepy little town filled with quaint little shops and a cute little bakery owned by Maggie “Every Last Crumb”. I especially enjoyed the author’s attention to detail when describing Emberdale and its kookie inhabitants.
My favorite part of this book is the magic. I love how right before your eyes the town is transformed from this quaint picturesque little town to a world of magic that was hiding just beneath the surface! I enjoyed Astrid’s journey from becoming a normal woman who is just a bit lost and starting over to a strong woman who has discovered just how strong she is!
I also found this story to be filled with funny moments that made me snort out load. I mean I have never read a book that features the possessing of cats… yes I have read of talking cats but a eldery widow ghost taking over a cat?!? Never! I found certain aspects of this story to be quite unique!
Rating- 5 out of 5 cupcakes!
I recommend to this any one who enjoys a good cozy that features magical twists and turns!
Kali’s been writing since the time she could hold a pencil. Since then, she’s written across genres from epic fantasy and science fiction to romance and mysteries.
When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her stuck inside a good book or out on a forest trail with her husband.