11.30.2021 | Tuesday

Solstice Spirits

category: Book Reviews

Solstice Spiritstitle: Solstice Spirits
author: Erin Johnson
series: Winter Witches of Holiday Haven #10
published: 7 July 2021
genre(s): cozy mystery, romance
pages: 118
source: Kindle Unlimited
format: eBook
buy/shelve it: Amazon | Goodreads

rating: five-stars | series rating: five-stars

the blurb

Have yourself a very Merry Witchmas in July in Holiday Haven, where the magic and mystery of Christmas is snow joke!
Rudie Hollybrook, here! I love my quaint, magical town of Holiday Haven. It’s basically like living in a snow globe.
I’m killing it (oops) directing my family’s funeral home where I work with my two zany sisters and am head over heels for my boyfriend, the editor of the local paper. It’s all going swimmingly until the annual Summer Solstice pool party...when it all goes down in an avalanche of trouble.
Suddenly, I’m not the only witch in town who can see ghosts! My arch nemesis, Hayley Swift, is being haunted by the spirit of a dead beauty queen who died sixty years ago amid rumors of murder.
Even worse? The ghost seems to be warning Hayley that she’s in for the same, tragic fate!
Now, I’ve got to team up with my least favorite grinch to solve the decades old cold case and keep her out of trouble (even though Hayley seems to go looking for it). And to complicate matters, I overhear something that makes me fear I’ll soon have to pick between my beloved hometown and the man who has my heart!
Can I melt the mystery around the beauty queen’s death in time to save Hayley? And how will I make an impossible choice?
Solstice Spirits is the stand-alone sequel to Cocoa Curses. It’s a clean, cozy mystery with no gore or profanity. “If you love paranormal cozy mysteries, with witches, magic and small town drama you will love this book.”
Curl up with a cup of iced cocoa and get comfy on your beach towel for an escape to a charming town full of lovable, memorable characters, imaginative details, clever mysteries and jolly jokes that’ll have you in the holiday spirit, any time of year.
And be sure to read the other magical mysteries in the Winter Witches of Holiday Haven series!

my review

Solstice Spirits is the author’s second book in the series, following Cocoa Curses.

Rudie is one of my favorite characters in the Holiday Haven world. The first book was so heartwarming, and this one is equally so. I think I love her so much because she is so misunderstood by others in her town simply because of her family’s occupation, running a funeral home. In reality, she’s caring and kind and willing to help anyone who needs her… dead or alive.

This one was a bit of a modernized A Christmas Carol, with Rudie cast as all of the ghosts to help Hailey, who is problematic at best. It was a story of lessons and redemption, but in a way that made it warm, funny, and wonderful. It was such a fun read with lots of twists and turns!

About Erin Johnson

A native of Tempe, Arizona, Erin spends her time crafting mysterious, magical, romance-filled stories that’ll hopefully make you laugh.

In between, she’s traveling, napping with her dogs, eating with her friends and family, and teaching Pilates (to allow her to eat more).

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