Dru’s got some interesting new neighbors in the fifth installment of Misty Bane’s Blackwood Bay Witches series. Joe & Laura Collins moved in with a bang, and go out with one too.
It all started when Dru got an invitation to Joe’s 60th birthday bash, by way of a swarmy con man turning up in her bookshop and staring at her chest. Despite her unease, she dicides to take her boyfriend, Harper, along to see their mansion, friends, and mega-Church/cult associates party it up, a mere handful of hours after someone set their lawn on fire.
Dru’s just nosy and she’s okay with it.
But the party quickly unravels into a three-way who done it mystery when Dru accidentally trips over Joe’s dead body at the party. It quickly escalates into all parties pointing fingers at each other, but Maui, her talking cat, is the real hero of the book.
There’s one more Blackwood Bay Witches mystery available from the set I purchased, but I think I’m going to save it for another time. While these are cute and cozy it’s definitely time to mix it up. I’m not sure what I’ll pick up next but I hope my readers will join me in my next adventure.
Goodreads rating: 3 of 5 stars
Would I read it again? I don’t think so.
Dru Rathmore is going to Hogwarts.
Just kidding. But she is going to Crocus Academy, ~Hogwarts light~ for a week. She’ll be dorming with teenagers, which she’s not thrilled about, but doesn’t have to wear the uniform, which she is thrilled about. And she’s there to learn to ride a broomstick.
But naturally, as soon as she arrives, she stumbles upon a secret Crocus Academy is hiding. Whispers are all around about who killed Savannah Scott. The resident Mean Girls think Ella (the quiet, shy one) did it, Ella thinks they did it, and Headmistress Bevil wishes they’d all shut up about it.
But threatening notes start showing up under Dru’s dorm room door and her handsome Guardian/boyfriend, Harper can only help her via his transformation skills. No boys allowed in this one. Dru enlists Granny and her cat to help solve this mystery, and the escapades they get up to are some of the best in the series.
Broomsticks and Bones by Misty Bane is my favorite in this cozy, witchy mystery series. It takes us out of Blackwood Bay for new adventures and Dru’s skills get to develop more, which usually end up with more high spirited hijinks.
Goodreads rating: 4 of 5 stars
Would I read it again? Yes!
Ghosthunters has come to Blackwood Bay. Not really, but the fictional version of the reality show has taken up short term residence in the sleepy little coastal town, and it’s turning everything upside down.
Dru Rathmore just wants to watch the cleaning fairies zoom around her apartment and spend a little time with her hot Guardian, Harper. But with the cast of Supernatural Sleuths hanging around, chaos ensues. It starts with a missing person, who was only supposed to be “missing” in the figurative sense. Then Harper’s old girlfriend shows up, and while his original disdain for her is pretty intense, things go sideways and he’s practically vomit-inducing over her for the rest of the novel.
Dru, with the help of her spectral Granny, has more than one mystery to solve as a missing persons case turns into a homicide, more than one love story turns deranged, and the ghosts of Blackwood Bay get down tonight in one of the more lux hotels.
I actually really enjoyed Phantoms in High Fidelity by Misty Bane. This was a quick little mystery that kept you guessing, and I really enjoyed the mix of serial drama and and ghosts and humans co-existing in the lap of luxury. The author has taken to hinting at the plot of her next book in the series at the end of her current one, so I’ll be digging into that one as soon as I can.
Goodreads rating: 4 of 5 stars
Would I read it again? I think so!
The circus has come to town. But first, Dru Rathmore Davis has to do something about the dead clown on her doorstep. She wakes up one morning to discover her bookshop has been broken into, but something more sinister awaits.
Life in the sleepy seaside town Dru moved to recently has been anything but sleepy. It’s been a month since she found out she’s a witch, can see ghosts, and talk to animals. And now she, along with her Guardian, Harper, have to contend with an influx of acrobats, fire breathers, and – to Dru’s disdain – clowns. As a clown hater myself, I feel her pain.
While Harper and the rest of the police force are on the case, Dru pulls her former life’s private investigator skills out of her back pocket. As circus performers start dropping like flies days after their arrival in Blackwood Bay, it’s all hands on deck despite Harper’s pledge as a Guardian to keep Dru away from all things dangerous.
Bad Magic and the Big Top by Misty Bane is the second installment in her Blackwood Bay Witches series. It’s not as good as the first, but it’s a quick little cozy mystery if you’re into that sort of thing. I enjoyed Harper and Dru’s friends but wishing they were more thing, and their banter is realistic. Dru is the kind of woman who isn’t looking for a hero to save her, and I find it relatable and refreshing. This one needed more Granny and the rest of the Coven. Granny’s sarcastic demeanor and the witches lovable personalities were definitely missed.
But I did enjoy the breaking and entering chicken escapades. As someone who lives in a town where chickens occasionally get loose and stop traffic, it’s frustrating and hysterical and I loved that it showed up in a book I was reading. Also, I’d really like my own cleaning fairies. That would be fire.
Goodreads rating: 2 of 5 stars.
Would I read it again? Probably not.
Dru Rathmore Davis can’t seem to catch a break. She’s been in Blackwood Bay for less than 24 hours, and in that time she’s found out she’s a witch, her dead grandmother’s estate is being compromised by an impostor, and she can see ghosts. She should have stayed in Las Vegas.
Granny is dead. While that’s generally not cause for glad tidings, it has brought Dru to Blackwood Bay. With the Living Trust her grandmother has left her, she plans to start a new life away from what she knows. She’s giving up being a private investigator to run a bookshop in a small town, living above it in Granny’s old apartment. But immediately upon arrival she meets a handsome police sergeant, a handful of people that knew Granny well, a ghost girl, a potential stalker, and Fake Dru – someone equally new to town that wants the living trust to themself. Dru now has to rely on her old detective skills to solve two murders and claim what’s rightfully hers.
Haunted and Hexed by Misty Bane is a cute, cozy little book to while away an afternoon with while sipping cider and watching the leaves fall. If you like paranormal, witchy vibes + mysteries, this one’s for you. The first in a series, I’m excited to see what happens next in Blackwood Bay.
And I’m a little jealous that Dru can converse with her cat.
Goodreads rating: 2 of 5 stars
Would I read it again? Probably not.