I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Witchy Whiskers by Danielle Garrett
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Series: Nine Lives Magic #1
Published by Tantor Audio on September 28, 2021
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Paranormal
Length: 5 hours 45 minutes
Have you ever wished your cat could talk to you? If so, allow my story to be your cautionary tale.My life was going just fine by most standards. I ran a successful business in a tight-knit magical community, and lived just blocks from a beautiful lake and series of hiking trails.
Then Selene showed up.
According to some magical code I inherit my aunt’s ancient familiar; a grumpy ten-pound cat with a broken filter. She fancies herself something of a saber-toothed tiger, and claims to have wrestled the thread of her ninth life from the hands of the Fates themselves — although, I’m pretty sure that last part isn’t true.
I’m still looking into the magical fine print, but in the meantime I’m stuck as the guardian to a cat with the personality of Sophia from the Golden Girls. Oh, and by another cruel twist of fate, my ex-husband just moved back into town. I thought I couldn’t take any more, but when a murder rocks my small community, I wind up entangled in the investigation thanks to a handsome stranger.
If only life came equipped with a rewind button.
**Witchy Whiskers is the first book in a brand new series by paranormal mystery author, Danielle Garrett. Grab your copy now and dive into a colorful world filled with magic, mystery, adventure, and a spark or two of romance.**
My top thoughts:
Danielle Garrett is an author I’ve come to count on for a reliable, fun, cozy mystery. So when I saw this book was coming out and narrated by Amanda Ronconi – a top 5 narrator for me – it was a no brainer. In fact, I didn’t even check what the book was about, I just grabbed it. And I was not let down.
What I liked/didn’t like:
As is fairly typical of first in series books, this started semi slow as the characters and world were introduced. But since I immediately liked the character and the world, it wasn’t THAT slow. I love Selene, the cat “familiar” – her attitude provides real comedic relief to the story. And the world feels similar to other Danielle Garrett witch worlds… it could easily be in the same world as Nick and Holly, for example. Cora is an air witch and she also runs a candle shop – these candles are amazing. I need to get my hands on some of the relaxation candles!
The mystery was solid, I had some good guesses but stayed on my toes. There’s also a mystery for the series, surrounding Cora’s missing aunt that I’m very interested in seeing how it develops. There’s also some romantic interest – there’s some love triangle potential that I hope evaporates quickly. It has potential to be done already, so I’m hopeful. I like both guys, but seeing as one is Cora’s ex-husband, I feel like they’ve been there, done that, ya know?
As I mentioned, this was narrated by Amanda Ronconi, one of my top 5 favorite narrators, so I was very happy with the audio. The next book is out already, but not on audio and I will be waiting. I think Sophia, who I buddy read this with (and also gave it 4 stars) is also going to wait for the audio. She’s that good.
This book qualifies for COYER Scavenger Hunt item #1, first in the Nine Lives Magic Series.