author: Bella Falls
series: Winter Witches of Holiday Haven #1
published: 11 November 2020
publisher: Evermore Press
genre(s): romance, cozy mystery
source: Kindle Unlimited
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Have yourself a very Merry Witchmas in Holiday Haven, where the magic and mystery of Christmas is snow joke!
Aurora Hart hates everything Christmas, but how could she turn down the opportunity to serve one year of probation in Holiday Haven versus a full sentence for her crimes? Saddled with a talking squirrel roommate, Aurora is doing her best to keep a low profile as she bides her time. Everything is going fine…until Santa’s sleigh gets stolen.
Now, all eyes are on her and the other town Humbugs, and it’s up to Aurora to keep her behind from ending up back in jail. With the help of a very important person from the North Pole, she finds herself hot on the trail of the real culprit. But it will take her having to do something she’s never done before—accepting new friends and their assistance. Only then will Aurora be able to turn not only her own life around but also Christmas for the entire world!
Will Aurora be able to solve the mystery of who stole Santa’s sleigh in time? Or will the culprit get the final sleigh?
I’m a sucker for a cozy holiday read, and Sleigh Spells didn’t disappoint! It has everything I want in that kind of book… a snowy wonderland, holiday magic, romance, and a mystery.
I loved the world-building, turning the North Pole and the surrounding area into a real place with the fantastical just part of the every day. The characters were quirky and diverse… literally. Shifters, elves, ogres, witches, and even a talking squirrel.
Rory has been sent to Holiday Haven to serve out her sentence, an alternative to jail after being busted for theft. But her magic is wonky, as usual, causing her more problems as she is assigned to job after job. Then, when Santa’s sleigh goes missing, too many eyes look at her for it. But not everyone thinks she had anything to do with it, and she finds herself looking for the real culprit with her outlier friends.
I loved the dynamics between the characters, and how it created a story that was just as much about friendship and coming into your own as it was the mystery. If you love a great cozy mystery with a magical holiday theme, this is the book! I loved it!
- 2020 Christmas Spirit Readathon