Sunday, February 21

Book Review: Haunted And Hexed by Misty Bane

Misty Bane
Title: Haunted And Hexed
(Blackwood Bay Witches #1)
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Paranormal, Fantasy
Format: ebook
Pages: 232 
Published: January 16th 2019
Where I Got It: My shelf (Amazon freebie)

Welcome to Blackwood Bay, where magic and murder have come out to play...

Okay, if that had been on the sign when I drove into town, I probably would’ve thrown it in reverse and kept the pedal to the floor until I made it safely back to Las Vegas. Probably.
Instead, I'd been lured in by the cute little beach town, a handful of instant friends, and a hunky local.

My name is Dru Rathmore Davis, and In my defense, my life had pretty much just fallen apart. So, after learning that I'd inherited a bookstore from a grandmother that I never even knew existed, I was desperate to make this my fresh start. I daydreamed of owning a quaint little bookstore and spending my weekends reading on the beach. Sounds great, right? And what could possibly go wrong?

Turns out, everything. The bodies start piling up along with my arrival in town, someone may have murdered Granny… and that’s only the beginning. As a former private investigator, I really can't help but find myself drawn (or pushed) into doing a little investigating of my own. It also helps that the Police Sergeant is super hot… cliché, I know, but what's a girl to do?

Things are much more complicated than they first appear though, and being new in town certainly has its disadvantages. No one is who they seem to be. Not even me.

The only ones I can trust are the dead. Well, and my cat. But none of them are talking. Or are they?

This was a freebie and I've been itching for a cozy mystery. 

We follow Dru has just inherited a bookstore from her grandmother she never knew. After her own life has pretty much fallen apart, she is excited for a fresh new start in a new town. However, things are not as they seem and the bodies start piling up and murder is starting to look like the cause. The only ones she can trust are the ghosts and the cat. 

This started off fun and I felt bad for Dru especially with all the twists and turns thrown at her. 

Which....I enjoyed the twists and turns at first....but then they kept coming. It got old esp when we learn about a secret about Dru's parents (no spoiler). Don't get me wrong...I love twists and turns, but there has to be a limit. For such a short story it seemed like the author was shoving so much into this that I really stopped caring. Maybe if some of these secrets were revealed in the next book? Somethings could have waited. I felt like it took away from the murders and from learning about our main character Dru. 

I want to love this town and these witches. Maybe book 2 will be better? Sighs. If I randomly stumble upon it maybe I'll give it a try. How many more reveals can we really get at this point!!

In the end, I'll give this 2 stars. It started off good, but the story seemed to get lost from all the big twists and turns. I want to know more about Dru and this I'm not ruling out book 2.



Melliane said...

Oh that's too bad, it looked fun!

Carole Rae said...

RIGHT? Maybe book 2 is better.

Blodeuedd said...

I want a cozy too, but not this one ;)

Carole Rae said...

LOL I don't blame ya.

Jen Twimom said...

Hmmm... I will see what you think of the second book. Too much in one book - space it out and develop a stronger story.

Carole Rae said...

Jen, yes! agreed 100%