by Dakota Cassidy
Narrator: Hollie Jackson
Published by Tantor Audio on June 13, 2016
Genres: Adult Paranormal
Length: 6 hours and 36 minutes
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Reading Challenges: 2017 Audiobook Challenge, 2017 Blogger Shame Review Challenge, COYER Blackout Winter Storm 2016
"Oh, good. Not a problem. I'll invoke the Gods of Pilates. I'm sure they'd be happy to help. Hang on just one sec while I dial them up. Oh, wait. I can't. Know why I can't? Because my hands are tied behind my back with zip ties, Win!"
A rib-tickling cozy mystery complete with an ex-witch, a dead British spy, a cotton ball bat and a cast of suspects that will keep you guessing right up to the end! Witch Slapped from USA Today bestselling author Dakota Cassidy is book one in her new cozy mystery series Witchless In Seattle. Join the hunt for a murderer with Stevie, Winterbottom, and Belfry in a race against time as the local police prepare an eight by ten cell for our intrepid ex-witch.
What's a girl to do when she's a broke, shunned ex-witch with a very tiny, very hungry bat familiar named Belfry to feed?
Hello. My name is Stevie Cartwright, and I've been witchless for thirty days.
If only there was a support group for down-on-their-luck ex-witches who've had their powers slapped right out of them (literally). Just as I was licking my wounds after returning to my hometown of Ebenezer Falls, WA, and navigating my suddenly non-magical existence with the help of my familiar, the only friend I have left in the world--things got sticky.
Enter an ex-spy and newly departed spirit named Winterbottom, who's infiltrated my life with his sexy British accent and a couple of requests...
Thanks to Belfry's successful attempt to use me as a human antenna to the afterlife, I can somehow hear Win. I should be ecstatic; helping departed souls used to be my witch specialty. It's like I got the teensiest piece of my old life back. Except Win's dropped me right at a dead woman's feet.
Madam Zoltar, the town's beloved fake medium, has been murdered, and Win wants me to catch the killer.
My old life won't be worth much if it gets me whacked before my new life has barely begun--and that seems to be exactly what the killer has planned!
Content Notes: This cozy mysteries women sleuths series has a complete cast of oddball characters from witches to ghosts and bats to psychics. Witchless In Seattle Mysteries is a spin-off of Dakota Cassidy's popular A Paris, Texas Romance Series.
Witch Slapped is the first book in the Witchless In Seattle series. I was drawn to this book because of the cover and to the hilarious synopsis. Witch Slapped is a cute and fun cozy mystery and is a good start for a new series.
What did I like?
- Stevie is an ex-witch with a fun personality. Despite losing her powers and having to find a job in the mortal world, Stevie kept a good attitude. Stevie often referred to TV dramas (for example Alias and Kojak) that made me laugh. She is a sassy character and is willing to help everyone (even though the town thinks she’s a murderer).
- Belfry is a talking bat and Stevie’s familiar. I never thought I would say a bat is “cute” but Belfry is a funny sidekick.
- Winterbottom is a recently departed British ex-spy who enlists the help of Stevie and Belfry. He is a ghost with a mysterious past and I couldn’t resist his charm. There are scenes with Stevie and Winterbottom that had me laughing out loud. They have good chemistry together and work well as a crime solving duo.
- The town of Ebenezer Falls is filled with likeable characters and I didn’t feel overwhelmed with a long list of suspects.
What didn’t I like?
- The pace was slow in parts of the story. I listened to the audio version so I found myself losing my concentration on the story.
- The mystery was ok with some twists but overall I didn’t think it was an exciting story. The characters is what stands out for me.
- The narrator’s performance was ok but I didn’t like her voice for Belfry. It was too high pitched. I also thought the narrator didn’t bring any excitement to the story. I think this I would have enjoyed this more if I had read the book.
Overall I liked Witch Slapped and look forward to reading more in the series. This is a fun read and perfect for readers looking for a little mystery and some quirky characters.
[Witch Slapped was the winner of My TBR List January 2017]