I received this book for free from Berkley Prime Crime in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Putting on the Witch (Retired Witches Mystery #3) by Jim Lavene, Joyce Lavene
Series: Retired Witches Mystery #3
Published by Berkley on October 4th 2016
Number of Pages: 304
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Paranormal
Source: Berkley Prime Crime
Purchase: At Amazon
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...
Olivia irked me a bit because she was constantly getting into trouble and trying to guilt trip her daughter and friends. I get that life as a ghost must be a let down. She can’t do the stuff she used to do when alive, can’t go everywhere and has to hide sometimes. But it was without fail, the moment she decided to do something, Murphy’s Law went into effect.
I liked Molly, and the mystery was done well. I had one guess as to the killer for the first half the book or so, which turned out to be wrong. My next guess was right, but I had no idea of the why. I also really liked Brian, and disliked his family.
There are sea gods, dragon powers, shape-shifters, witches using forensics, and lots of little old ladies getting in trouble in the book! I haven’t read the first two books in the series, but there was just enough explanations about how the world works in the book to make everything make sense.
This was a quick read, once I started reading it I had to know what would happen next. There were very few slow spots, and those weren’t slow so much as a temporary cease of the shenanigans Molly and her friends got into.
If you’re looking for a good paranormal cozy, that has witches with powers more like a fantasy than Wiccan ways, you should try this book.