author: Amanda M. Lee
series: Mystic Caravan #7
published: 5 February 2019
publisher: WinchesterShaw Publications
genre(s): cozy mystery, paranormal
source: Kindle Unlimited
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Mystic Caravan Circus is heading for the Midwest … and their first stop is Michigan. Hemlock Cove to be exact. Poet Parker is looking forward to what she believes will be a quiet time. Hemlock Cove isn’t big, after all, and Mystic Caravan is essentially serving as the centerpiece for a paranormal festival in a town where everyone pretends to be witches. There’s just one problem … real witches are afoot, and they’re unbelievably powerful. When a body drops close to the circus grounds, Poet finds herself facing off with local law enforcement, the town’s only reporter, and an elderly witch who is set in her ways … and knows exactly how she’s going to do things no matter who agrees with her or not. Yes, Poet is about to interact with the Winchester witches, and who comes out on top is anybody’s guess. The only thing both factions know is that they have to work together to uncover a killer and keep their true natures under wraps. That’s easier said than done, especially when Nellie and Aunt Tillie join forces and decided to take control of the situation. It’s a battle for supremacy, with Mystic Caravan in one corner and the Wicked Witches of the Midwest in the other. Both sides are going to come out swinging … and cursing. Place your bets.
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POV: 1st person
keywords/phrases: circus, magic, witches
- This has a slower pace than the rest of the series, but it lets the reader see the characters in a new light.
- The book is a crossover with the Wicked Witches of the Midwest series, with great new characters.
- The mystery had a lot of red herrings, which made it that much more interesting.
- Aunt Tillie is hilarious, quirky and unapologetic about it.
- Kade continues to annoy me with his overprotective, almost misogynist, alpha-male BS and his treatment of Poet.
Freaky Witches is a crossover with the author’s Wicked Witches of the Midwest series.
The pace of this one feels much slower than most of the series, but I enjoyed seeing a sense of “normalcy” for the circus folk. But nothing is ever truly normal for the Mystic Circus, especially when their gig takes them to a small town and a huge witch festival. I haven’t read the other series yet, so the new characters were fun. Especially Aunt Tillie, whom I adored! The mystery was great, too, with lots of twists and turns.
Kade is really the one part of these stories that I just don’t love. He just can’t accept that Poet managed just fine without him, that she’s a strong, capable woman. She’s headstrong, and yes, stubborn, and those things seem to, at least in his own mind, give him the right to treat her like a child. There’s a lot of time spent with him telling her what she does wrong and demanding she fix it. There’s always quite a bit of that, of Kade telling Poet what to do.
Read this if you love a cozy with a paranormal twist, quirky characters, and a fun setting.
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