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review 2018-02-22 23:34
#Audiobook Review: Murder's a Witch by Danielle Garrett
Murder's a Witch: Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries Series, Book 1 - Danielle Garrett,Tantor Audio,Amanda Ronconi

Holly, a powerful witch, has been tossed from the Haven, a secret system of living for paranormals. She’s been placed in a communal home for displaced paras, living in the small town of Beechwood Harbor. Working at a coffee shop to make ends meet, Holly is shocked when she shows up for work only to find her grumpy boss Peg murdered in the back alley. When her best friend is named as the primary suspect, Holly uses her witchy ways to get to the bottom of this mystery.


Murder’s a Witch is a fun, entertaining story. This is the first time I’ve selected an audiobook primarily because of the narrator, and I’m glad I did. I enjoyed the small-town, cozy paranormal mystery with a slight blossom of romance. Even though at first, I found the house infighting annoying, and the characters a bit over-the-top, I grew to like the residents of Beechwood Harbor. 


Holly is a bit of a mess, and she has secrets, of which we learned very little. Hopefully those answers will come in time, but the immediate mystery of who killed Peg was engrossing. I liked listening as Holly worked to put all of the pieces together. I loved the light-hearted nature of the story, watching friendships develop, seeing Adam’s genuine interest in Holly, etc. Some of the storylines were a bit cheesy - like the vampiress beauty queen, but mostly it is a good mix of fun. 


As I mentioned, I picked up this story because while it looked interesting, the narrator is one of my favorites: Amanda Ronconi. She does a wonderful job with the story, creating and maintaining unique and fitting voices for each character. Ms. Ronconi succeeds with the quirky, first-person female lead, and Holly is no exception. I’ve become familiar with most of her voices, yet never did I confuse Murder’s a Witch with another story.


In the end, I enjoyed my first visit to Beechwood Harbor. I like that there is still a lot of unknown around Holly, like why she was kicked out of the Haven system, and with town newcomer, Nick… I feel like there is more to him than meets the eye. I will definitely pick up future titles of the Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries with Amanda Ronconi narrating.


My Rating: B
Narration: B+


Review copy provided by Tantor Audio

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review 2018-02-18 23:40
Enough, Marvel
Avengers (2016-) #680 - Al Ewing,Mark Waid,Jim Zub,Kim Jacinto,Mark Brooks

I'm enjoying this, but a weekly, huge event is a little overwhelming given that it goes on for three months. 


Earth is a pawn in an interstellar battle.   But for serious, you're gonna play human checkers for three months?   Ugh, Marvel, kinda lame.   So knocking off one star, because I'm not that annoyed - yet.   

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review 2018-02-18 23:23
Wearing on me
Avengers (2016-) #679 - Jim Zub,Al Ewing,Jacinto Benavente,Mark Brooks,Mark Waid

But still, one of the more enjoyable crossovers.  I'm tired.  I have work to do, but will weep if I don't finish my old reviews.  I need some stress relief, so I'm taking tonight off because I can afford to.

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review 2018-02-18 23:16
One Avenger falls
Avengers (2016-) #678 - Mark Waid,Al Ewing,Jim Zub,Pepe Larraz,Mark Brooks

And I bet they'll be back in a couple months.   Takes away some of the emotional impact of the deaths, unless they're my absolute favorites, and then I'll cry all day. 


So, yeah, they didn't kill off the Vision.   You'll know when they do, because you'll hear the sobs. 

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review 2018-02-18 23:07
Quicksilver. Ugh. Quicksilver
Avengers (2016-) #677 - Mark Waid,Al Ewing,Jim Zub,Pepe Larraz,Mark Brooks

This is all Quicksilver angst.   Didn't Wanda decide he was a sociopath and she'd have nothing to do with him?    


It's 100% of Quicksilver being an ass, but I like where this storyline is going.

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