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Meows, Magic & Murder (Lake Forest Witches Book 1)

by Madison Johns

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I really wanted to like this book. I tried. I read it to the very end. But ...

I never warmed to the main character. She is so totally clueless. She turns her boyfriend into a cat and doesn't realize she is a witch? I mean, really. Her salve has an elderly woman who was arthritic moving as well as a girl in her teens and Petunia (yes, that's the heroine's name) doesn't get that she is a witch? I could maybe overlook this, but she is so insensitive that she doesn't realize that her actions will be hurtful to the victims' families. She thinks she can show up at a function in the small town and not be recognized. She's rude, callous, insensitive, and shouts too frequently for me to ever like her.

On top of that, the book urgently needs an editor. The words are all spelled correctly but one of my pet peeves shows up over and over: the use of "you" instead of "your." You is not a possessive. And when the author used "empathically" instead of "emphatically" as part of a description (not dialogue where I could pass it off as a character's ignorance), it made me reread the sentence until the light went on as to what was meant.

I'm not sure who would like this book, although obviously some people must have done for there to be more entries in the series. Maybe if you like cozy paranormal mysteries and can overlook the editing issues, then you could give it a whirl. For me, there are more books out there in the world to be read than to even try the second book in the series. ( )
  Jean_Sexton | Sep 29, 2016 |
Meows, Magic & Murder (Lake Forest Witches Book 1) by Madison Johns is a cute cozy mystery about Petunia Patterson, a witch who had a cat named Pansy who had actually been Jeremy Walters, a man she gave a love potion to which transformed him into a cat.

This story is about her interaction with her new neighbor, detective Noah Becker. She became a person of interest in a murder & he is determined to help her clear her name.

It's a fun read & I gave it four stars.

I received a complimentary copy from Amazon. That did not change my opinion for this review. ( )
  carolyninjoy | Apr 17, 2016 |
For some reason, when I saw this on my emails, I thought the magic related to being a magician or a magician's assistant. I didn't like the witchcraft angle of this book. At first I thought it was just the small town gossip that didn't want to let go, but at the end of the book, the witchcraft angle was confirmed.
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  JenniferRobb | Jan 17, 2016 |
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