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Enjoy a magical afternoon relaxing with Putting on the Witch

Putting on the Witch

by Joyce and Jim Lavene

Berkley Publishing Group


Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 04 Oct 2016


If I had to choose only two words to describe Putting on the Witch, I would pick "enjoyable" and "relaxing". It is a light mystery, perfect for escaping the stress of everyday life. Despite the characters being two dimensional caricatures and the straightforward plot, the novel was fun to read. The story moved along at a fast clip and there was plenty of action to keep a reader's attention - not to mention a healthy dose of humor.

Although it has paranormal aspects (it is after all part of the Retired Witches mystery series), it is definitely more of a cozy than a fantasy novel.

In Putting on the Witch, Molly, Elsie, Dorothy and her mother Olivia's ghost are tasked with uncovering which of the guests at Brian's party murdered one of the Grand Council of Witches. If only to protect themselves, Molly and the gang opt to teach a Spanish Inquisitor modern investigative techniques and lead the search.

If you are looking to sit back and escape your troubles, Putting on the Witch is the perfect choice. The novel gave me a few hours of fun and left me with a smile on my face.


I received a copy of Putting on the Witch from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review.



In the latest mystery from the bestselling authors of Looking for Mr. Good Witch, the retired witches of Wilmington, North Carolina, are ready to kick up their heels...

With their coven's spell book still missing, Molly and Elsie—along with their ghostly friend Olivia, her daughter Dorothy, and her boyfriend Brian—are all on edge, especially now that Dorothy's infamously wicked father is back in the picture. So when they receive an invitation to an exclusive Witches Ball, the ladies jump at the chance to dress up and have some fun.

The castle locale is spectacular and the party is hopping, but the festivities come to a swift end when a member of the Grand Council of Witches is murdered. With the whole place on lock down, the coven is determined to find the cunning killer, even with an angry council and a real Spanish Inquisitor breathing down their necks

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