Thursday, May 11, 2017

Blog Tour & #Review ~ Witch Cake Murders by Zoe Arden #CozyMystery

Title: Witch Cake Murders
Author: Zoe Arden
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 330
Genre: Cozy Mystery

About the Book:

Witches and humans have always existed peacefully in Sweetland Cove... until now.

Someone is killing humans and drawing unwanted attention to the supernatural residents of Sweetland Cove.

Ava Rose just turned twenty-one, and with her birthday came a few surprises.
One: she's a witch.
Two: she's part owner of a magical bakery she never knew existed.
Three: Someone wants her dead.

The day Ava arrives in Sweetland Cove, murders begin occurring…
Witches and wizards are quick to blame her, but Ava's aunts won't let the town they love turn against her.

But murders follow Ava everywhere.

Soon, she finds herself on the receiving end of the killer's mad spree. With a crazy wizarding sheriff who wants to lock her up, and an even crazier wizarding detective who wants to lock her whole family up, Ava must solve this case alone.

But as the days pass and the only clues point to her, Ava starts to wonder if maybe the sheriff is right.

Maybe she really is the killer.

The only thing Ava knows for sure is that the witches of Sweetland are not happy with her. Especially those witches who have something to hide.
And they all have something to hide.

Can Ava stop the killer before they strike again... even if that killer is her?

Witch Cake Murders is available at Amazon.

Read an Excerpt:

"Let me ask you something," Brendan said. "You're a witch. Why do witches like human men?" He was looking at me so earnestly I felt compelled to answer him. I just didn't know what to say.
"Um..." I stammered. "I don't know. I grew up around humans, so I guess I'm just drawn to them." I looked back through the glass patio door at Damon, who was dancing with Megan again. Brendan followed my gaze, looking miserable.
"Love sucks," he said, then shoved the purple stem he'd been twirling into his pocket and skulked off. I turned back to the stars and sighed.
An earth-shattering scream rose into the night, making me jump.
Through the patio door, I could see a crowd gathering around the perimeter of the room. A woman was screaming. I hurried inside. The crowd had opened up, leaving two people in its center.
Felicity stood there, her mouth hanging open. Campbell was dancing around her, his hands flying unnaturally through the air. His head was tilted at an odd angle and his tongue lolled out the side of his mouth, like a thirsty dog. He was making strange grunting noises that almost resembled words.
"He's drunk!" someone yelled.
Campbell swung his hips around and bumped into Felicity, who stumbled away from him.
"All right, all right, break it up," Felicity's boyfriend Lincoln said.
Lincoln was the sheriff of Mistmoor Point, and the crowded parted for him as he came through.  Even if he hadn't been a sheriff, I suspected the crowd would still have parted for him. At six feet tall with bronze hair and blue eyes, he made quite a figure in the middle of a crowd.
"Okay, Campbell. Time to go home," Lincoln said, clamping one hand down on his shoulder.
Campbell yanked Lincoln hard, sending him flying across the room. Everyone gasped. Campbell stopped, looked around, then let out a strange gurgling sound. He fell to the floor. His face was bright blue.
Felicity hunkered down next to him. She gave him one hard shake then looked up at the rest of the room, her mouth gaping.
"He's dead," she cried. "Campbell's dead!"
Who would be next?

My Review:

Ava is 21-years old living in New York with her dad.  When two women visit her at work and claim to be her aunts, Ava's world as she knows it crumbles and fades away.  Ava's past is not exactly as her father has been describing it to her.  In an effort to come to learn more about her witch lineage, Ava returns to her place of birth, Sweetland Cove, and island off the coast of Florida.  Except, as she soon learns, her lineage has some skeletons in its closet. 

She no more than steps off the boat when calamity strikes.  Things really heat up when it appears that Ava is leaving dead bodies in her wake - unintentionally, of course.  In order to protect her aunts livelihood as bakery owners, Ava tries to figure out who is responsible, even though it seems everyone has fingers pointed at her or her family.

Witch Cake Murders is a cute paranormal cozy mystery by Zoe Arden.  Ava is pretty much left in the dark about her heritage, but accepts the knowledge almost without question.  Her abruptness at leaving the only life she knows was a bit unbelievable since she had to much information tossed at her all at one but it didn't detract from the story.  

When not dealing with the untimely deaths of certain Sweetland Cove residents, Witch Cake Murders is a fun romp in the paranormal world created by the author.  The book is fast-paced and doesn't have a heavy or dark plot.  The author did a good job mixing up the potential suspects and providing clues that turn the suspicion onto various secondary characters.

Witch Cake Murders is engaging and nice, relaxing read.  I enjoyed the characters, the setting, the mystery, and how the author wrapped everything up.  The character development, world building, and event creation that leads up to the divulgence of the suspect is done well.  If you enjoy paranormal cozy mysteries, I recommend this book.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of the book provided to me at no cost.  I was not compensated for this review and all opinions are my own. 
My Rating:

Meet the Author:

It was from reading Agatha Christie’s mystery books that inspired Zoe to write cozy mystery novels. Zoe liked the fact that cozy mysteries are able to offer readers a form of escapism that typical detective stories can’t.

Like what Marilyn Stasio, who has been the Crime columnist forThe New York TimesBook Review since the late 1980s, recently wrote: “The abiding appeal of the cozy mystery owes a lot to our collective memory, true or false, of simpler, sweeter times.” It is Zoe’s desire that her writings will evoke that nostalgic memory in all of us; those memories of the good old days.

What sets Zoe apart in her writings is her fusing of Mystery with Paranormal elements, a combination which will bring about fantasies that are intriguing and engaging. Her stories contain unexpected twists and sometimes light-hearted moments that will make one smile at Zoe’s quirkiness, fun and wittiness in her writings.

You can connect with Zoe at Facebook.

Zoe Arden is giving away 7 cozy mystery paperbacks by Amanda M. Lee, Agatha Frost, H. Y. Hanna, Joanne Fluke, Leighann Dobbs, Gina Lamanna and Lilian Jackson Brown. BONUS: All entries will receive a free copy of Cozy Mystery: Cake Spell Disaster by Zoe Arden.

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  • This giveaway ends midnight May 31.
  • Winner will be contacted via email on June 1.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
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Margaret Appel said...

Witch Cake Murders is a great cozy murder mystery. I really enjoyed reading it and I loved the cover. Zoe, how did you come up with the idea for this series, and what's next?

Sapphyria said...

Hi Margaret,

I'm glad you enjoyed this book! Thank you for visiting :)