Monday, February 26, 2018

Great Escapes Book Tours; Cookie Dough, Snow and Wands Aglow

Cookie Dough, Snow & Wands Aglow: A Cozy Witch Mystery (Spells & Caramels)

by Erin Johnson

About the Book

Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Self Published
Paperback: 264 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1983404115
Digital ASIN: B078MNJZFM
Book Blurb: Murder in a magical, merry town just brimming with secrets.
On the snowy road to the Earth Kingdom for the holidays, Imogen and the bakers are ambushed by Horace, villainous leader of the Badlands Army. They’re forced to detour to an idyllic, rural village, bedecked in lights, garlands and winter cheer…all a little too perfect to believe. At least that’s so for Imogen, who’s seeing burned out buildings and mysterious memorials that no one else seems to notice.
Hank’s royal presence gets them invited to the big bash at the governor’s mansion. The night is filled with dancing, stolen kisses under the mistletoe and fun, until a guest is found dead in the cauldron of punch.
As bodies and mysteries pile up, all the evidence points to the vampire Francis as the culprit. The gang must come together to clear their friend’s name and save themselves from the angry villagers. Even worse, Imogen struggles with having to keep her relationship with Hank hidden, while working with him to find the real killer.
As Imogen unearths more than a few town secrets, she finally solves the riddles of her past and discovers the truth of Horace’s pursuit of her. But will all the secrets be unraveled in time to stop the killer, or will Imogen and her friends suffer a monstrous fate?


Review: I've read all of the Spells and Caramels series. I'm not usually a paranormal/supernatural mystery gal, but this series is fabulous. It is one that you really get lost in.

Now unlike most cozy mysteries that I read, this particular series really should be read in order. It can be read as a stand alone, but the progression of events makes the reading much more enjoyable and this series is just that.  There are a lot of things that have happened before the start of this book that it can be a little difficult for a new to the series reader to get into, and the other books are so good that why wouldn't you want to read them in order?

I love the holiday theme. It really brings something special to this series.  Its kinda Christmasy, but the holiday in this land is called Bruma.

I adore Imogen and her relationship with Hank and all the other interesting characters.  Iggy, the flame is my absolute favorite of Imogen's friends. Iggy really cares deeply for his friend. I also enjoyed the little fling he had with another flame during the holiday party that started the ball rolling for the mystery.

The story progresses slowly as far as the mystery is concerned until the the first murder happens, but the prior events really set things up for what is going to happen. 

Imogen and her friends are stuck in Earth land while trying to make it to Hank's family for the holiday. They encounter Horace the leader of the Badlands Army along the way and they are rerouted to a small town that is not quite what it seems.

In the course of things one of the more annoying townspeople is murdered, and then another and it the evidence points to Francis, their vampire. As they start to sleuth, they learn more about Imogen's past, which really helps to keep the story going. The mystery isn't quite the most important part of this book, its the reveal.

I love Erin's writing. It is so easy to transport yourself into the story.  

If you haven't given this series a go, you should!

Rating: 5 flowers

About the Author

Erin Johnson is 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).

Purchase Link - Amazon Kindle  Amazon Paperback


Erin Johnson said...

Thank you so much for featuring me on your blog and for your review. I'm so happy you're enjoying the series! I'm working on book five right now. :)

Sabetha Danes said...

Love this series!

diannekc said...

Great series! Would love to have print copies if the books.

Erin Johnson said...

Thanks Sabetha and Dianne! :)

John Smith said...

I think these stories sound very fun, and I'm quite intrigued!

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