I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Witch Slapped by Dakota Cassidy
Length: 6 hours and 36 minutes
Genres: Paranormal, Mystery
Published by Author on June 16, 2016
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Hollie Jackson
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Also by this author: Talk Dirty To Me, Quit Your Witchin' (Witchless In Seattle Mysteries #2), Dewitched (Witchless In Seattle #3), The Old Witcheroo, Prawn of the Dead, Play That Funky Music White Koi, How the Witch Stole Christmas
"Oh, good. Not a problem. I'll invoke the Gods of Pilates. I'm sure they'd be happy to help. Hang on just one sec while I dial them up. Oh, wait. I can't. Know why I can't? Because my hands are tied behind my back with zip ties, Win!"
A rib-tickling cozy mystery complete with an ex-witch, a dead British spy, a cotton ball bat and a cast of suspects that will keep you guessing right up to the end! Witch Slapped from USA Today bestselling author Dakota Cassidy is book one in her new cozy mystery series Witchless In Seattle. Join the hunt for a murderer with Stevie, Winterbottom, and Belfry in a race against time as the local police prepare an eight by ten cell for our intrepid ex-witch.
What's a girl to do when she's a broke, shunned ex-witch with a very tiny, very hungry bat familiar named Belfry to feed?
Hello. My name is Stevie Cartwright, and I've been witchless for thirty days.
If only there was a support group for down-on-their-luck ex-witches who've had their powers slapped right out of them (literally). Just as I was licking my wounds after returning to my hometown of Ebenezer Falls, WA, and navigating my suddenly non-magical existence with the help of my familiar, the only friend I have left in the world--things got sticky.
Enter an ex-spy and newly departed spirit named Winterbottom, who's infiltrated my life with his sexy British accent and a couple of requests...
Thanks to Belfry's successful attempt to use me as a human antenna to the afterlife, I can somehow hear Win. I should be ecstatic; helping departed souls used to be my witch specialty. It's like I got the teensiest piece of my old life back. Except Win's dropped me right at a dead woman's feet.
Madam Zoltar, the town's beloved fake medium, has been murdered, and Win wants me to catch the killer.
My old life won't be worth much if it gets me whacked before my new life has barely begun--and that seems to be exactly what the killer has planned!
Content Notes: This cozy mysteries women sleuths series has a complete cast of oddball characters from witches to ghosts and bats to psychics. Witchless In Seattle Mysteries is a spin-off of Dakota Cassidy's popular A Paris, Texas Romance Series.
What I thought of this book.
Witch Slapped is the first book in a new series by Dakota Cassidy, and even though she is one of my favorites I am not real sure what I think of this one. I think a lot had to do more with the audio narration than the book itself. At times it just seemed a little silly.
Stevie is an ex-witch and she literally got her witch powers slapped out of her by an angry warlock from the grave. So she has moved out of the witching community of Paris and back to her hometown. She is broke and has a hungry bat familiar who needs food, but she can’t seem to find a job.
Then Belfry, the bat, hears a voice from beyond who wants them to come to a certain place and when they do they find a dead woman. Stevie who used to be able to commune with ghosts can not see the ghost who is talking to her but she can hear him. It seems a British spy who has died wants her to help him find out who murdered Madame Z. The only thing is, now that she has found the body the police show up and she is accused of murder.
So she really needs to figure out who the killer is and does so with the help of a ghostly British spy and her bat.
Witch Slapped is a snarky, and fun mystery. The best parts are the banter between Stevie and Winterbottom, the spy. I am not real fond of the bat. I like the play of names as one of the characters names is Forrest Sherwood.
It has all the fun of Dakota’s books and I am sure I will get use to it as I did start liking it more towards the end. Overall, I did like it and I am curious to see what kind of trouble that Stevie and Winterbottom can get into.
If you like cozy mysteries with paranormal elements and a snarky tone then you might like this one.
I know Hollie Jackson took over doing the accidental books but since I haven’t listened to those yet this was my first time with this narrator. I am not sure if it was her or just the voices she gave the characters but something just bugged me from the beginning. I am sure I will get used to it but I didn’t think her English accent for Winterbottom sounded very English and the bats voice was just kind of annoying.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Audiobook Challenge 2016
- Cloak and Dagger 2016
- Craving the Cozies 2016
- Cruzin' Thru the Cozies 2016
- New Release Challenge 2016
- Summer COYER