Thursday, March 07, 2013

Bookish Thoughts: What's a Witch to Do? by Jennifer Harlow


What's a Witch to Do? by Jennifer Harlow
Midnight Ink; March, 2013
Crime Fiction (paranormal cozy); 336 pgs

I like cozy mysteries just fine, but there's something to be said for adding in an element of the paranormal.  So, when I came across this title, I couldn't resist.  It looked like it would be a light fun read, and I was right!
From the Publisher: 
A suspenseful brew with a dash of passion High Priestess might sound like an ’80s hair band, but its Mona McGregor’s life. She runs the Midnight Magic shop in Goodnight, Virginia, and leads a large coven. She’s also raising two nieces and hasn’t been with a man for fifteen years…until a handsome doctor takes an interest in her. But Mona’s life really heats up when Adam Blue, a sexy werewolf, arrives at her door. Adam informs her that someone wants her dead and he is there to protect her. Hell’s bells! When a demon begins stalking her, Mona has to suspect her coven members, and even her family. 
With two handsome men and a determined demon after her, Mona teams up with Adam to find out who really wants her dead . . . and who really wants her.
What's a Witch to Do is the first in a new cozy mystery series, a spin off of the author's F.R.E.A.K. series which I have yet to read.  If you haven't read the other, don't worry.  You'll manage just fine.  Right from the opening of the book, it's clear Mona has a lot going on in her life.  I found What's a Witch to Do? to be a fast-paced suspenseful romp.  It was a bit predictable, but, I often find books like this to be so--and I don't really mind.

There was a lot to like about Jennifer Harlow's book and about her characters.  I loved the interaction between Mona and her nieces.  It's obvious she really cares about them and will do anything for them.  The two young girls seem older than their ages, but given their past--at least the hints we are given--it's really no wonder.

I love that Mona isn't your typical urban fantasy type heroine.  Yes, she's a strong woman who isn't afraid to speak her mind, but appearance wise, she's not exactly Angelina Jolie (and I am so tired of heroines who eat anything they want and don't gain weight!).  Mona can hold her own though, especially when it comes to working out problems.  I like that Mona is modest, even despite her position as high priestess.  She truly cares about those around her and isn't afraid to ask for help when she--or others--need it.

There's plenty of action with a side of romance as Mona tries to figure out who is out to get her.  There's a definite southern small town feel to the novel with the genial hospitality and the gossip that spreads like wildfire.  I enjoyed getting to know the people of Goodnight, and look forward learning more about a few favorites in future books.


Rating: * (Good +)

You can learn more about Jennifer Harlow and her books on the author's website

Source: I received an e-copy of this book for review from the publisher via NetGalley.



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16 comments:

  1. The cozy part appeals to me but I'm not sure about the paranormal part.

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    1. Kathy - I am not sure you would like this one as the paranormal aspect is a big part of the story.

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  2. Oh this sounds like my kind if book. I hope I can get it on kindle in Australia. Otherwise I will wait, patiently :)

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    1. Caspette - I think you'd like it! It's a great light read. I hope you can find it!

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  3. I'm not sure this one is for me, but I am glad that you found a new series that you are loving! Mysteries aren't usually my thing, but I find the premise interesting.

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    1. Heather - Probably the last thing I need is a new series. LOL I keep starting new ones though . . . :-)

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    1. Jenclair - It was! It was perfect for the mood I was in.

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  5. This sounds like a good read, and the heroine sounds like one I'd definitely warm up to. I really like the cover, too.

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    1. Steph - I really liked her. She was different enough and yet had some of the traits that draw me to heroines of books like this.

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  6. Love the idea, the mix of fantasy and mystery. It must have been done before but it sounds brilliant and so original!

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    1. Charlie - It's a good combination. I don't know what it is, but I like having the element of fantasy added in.

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  7. I like paranormal in my cozies!!! This sounds good!

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  8. I have this one on my reader and now I'm really looking forward to reading it. I love a little paranormal in my books so I know that I'm going to enjoy this one :)

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    1. Samantha - I hope you read it soon so we can compare notes. :-)

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