Welcome! Holiday Roast Mortem by Tonya Kappes* is seventh A Killer Coffee Mystery and it comes out on November 26. The Ghost of Christmas Past by Angie Fox is the 8.5 book in The Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries and is releases on November 29. Essence of the Witch by Deanna Chase is the eight tale in Witches of Keating Hollow and it will be available on December 2. These authors are always guaranteed to provide enjoyable stories.
Friday Night Bites by Erin Johnson has Jolene Hartgrave, the pet whisperer in desperate need of a hairbrush, consulting on a new case for Officer Peter Flint. Peter has a witness that Jolene needs to talk to immediately before it perishes. She agrees before obtaining all the details. It seems that a witch was killed and her familiar, a giant spider (as big as a four poster bed and that does not include it eight legs) will soon die as well. Li Fan, the victim, ran a sweatshop in the Darkroom Night Market on Bijou Mer with assistance from her right hand, Xiu. Peter and Jolene soon learn that famed designer, Bel Hahn died from the same poisonous venom as Li Fan. They follow the clues in hopes of catching the deadly killer before he strikes again.
Friday Night Bites by Erin Johnson is the second tale in Magic Market Mysteries. Jolene Hartgrave is a shifter and lawyer. She was a rich lawyer until a jealous colleague exposed that she was an owl shifter. Jolene was then cursed losing her ability to shift plus her magic and lost everything else in the process. It has caused her to be despondent and her hygiene is lacking. The one bright spot is she can now speak with all animals (from ants to elephants). Jolene moved from her lovely apartment to a seedy dive in the Darkroom Night Market where she works as a pet psychic. She also works as a consultant for Officer Peter Flint when he has a non-human witness such as the very large spider familiar in his current case. Jolene along with Peter and his canine partner, Daisy follow the web of clues to track down the killer. I thought the mystery was interesting with a variety of witnesses, suspects and clues. While the mystery can be solved before the reveal, it is entertaining. I did not want to miss one moment. I especially love the snark that flies between Daisy and Jolene. Daisy just wants to protect Peter and Jolene does not want Peter to know that she is a shifter as well as without magic. The things Jolene tells Peter that Daisy has said or is wrong with her. I laughed frequently while reading Friday Night Bites. I like the budding romance between Peter and Jolene. They are attracted to each other, but there are complications. Jolene is a shifter and she is afraid of how Peter will react. Shifters are reviled on Bijou Mer and treated terribly. Plus, there is the added complication of Ludolf Caterwahl, head of shifter underground, who will not appreciate Jolene interacting with a cop. Their path to love is going to be a bumpy one. I enjoy Erin Johnson’s writing style. It will remind you of chatting with an old friend. She is descriptive without too much detail (a good balance). Friday Night Bites can be read as a standalone if you have not picked up Pretty Little Fliers. Magic Market Mysteries allows us to see a different side of Bijou Mer than we saw in the Spells & Caramels series. We also get to find out more about shifters. A character from the Spells & Caramels series makes an appearance in Friday Night Bites. Friday Night Bites is an enchanting story with super-duper spider, a sour sweatshop, sham shoulder bags and vile venom.
|Jolene could use a hairbrush|
Friday Night Bites is available in ebook* and paperback (Amazon UK). Pretty Little Fliers is the first story in the Magic Market Mysteries. The third tale will be available on January 4. If you would like to check out Erin Johnson's Spells & Caramels series starring Imogen, click here. Thank you for stopping by today. I am reviewing Once Upon a Dickens Christmas by Michelle Griep. I hope that you have a jovial day. Take care and Happy Reading!
The Avid Reader
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