Book Review: Cocoa Curses by Erin Johnson

Cocoa Curses
by Erin Johnson
Indie Author: Yes
Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Publication Date: 11.11.2020

Genres: 
Cozy Mystery

Page Count: 143 Pages

Synopsis:

Have yourself a very Merry Witchmas in Holiday Haven, where the magic and mystery of Christmas is snow joke!

Hardworking witch, Rudie Hollybrook, adores her quaint town of Holiday Haven, located near Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole, but can’t help feeling like an outsider. Not only does she have the unique ability to see ghosts, but she also runs the Hollybrook Funeral Home with her sisters. In a town where the holiday cheer is turned up to eleven all year round, Rudie’s slightly eerie abilities make her feel like a misfit.

While volunteering at the Christmas Market days before the big celebration, Rudie witnesses a tragedy. One of the volunteer club’s chairwomen is murdered by poisonous hot cocoa, sending the charming town reeling.

When Rudie’s tasked by the dead woman’s ghost to find her killer, she teams up with her crush at the local paper to do some sleuthing. Together, they uncover embezzlement, bribery and an illegal potions ring, all with ties to the murdered woman. Could it be the rebellious teenage granddaughter with a less-than-stellar taste in men? Or maybe the town doctor with a mysterious past? Rudie’s investigation even leads her to suspect her nemesis, the bully with a history of getting what she wants–no matter the cost.

With the countdown to Christmas nearly at an end, and the restless spirit threatening to haunt her holiday, Rudie races to catch the cocoa killer and make her beloved town safe again.

Will Rudie unmask the culprit and prove she’s a vital member of this charming Christmas town? Or will a murderer roam free and ruin Christmas for all of Holiday Haven?

Grab your cup of cocoa, sit in a comfy chair by the cozy fire, and find out now in Cocoa Curses ! And be sure to check out the other magical mysteries of the Winter Witches of Holiday Haven series!

Sabetha's Review:

5/5

I was hesitant yet excited to check out this new world of Christmas. It’s not a holiday I celebrate, and I usually steer clear of holiday themed reads for it. BUT this book was fantastic!

I loved how Erin wove the magic of Christmas spirit into the town without making it majorly cheesy. If I were to imagine a town derived from Christmas it would be this world. From character names to the small attention to every detail it was a magical read.

With funeral home antics, personal growth and budding romance this book is going to be a must read to get you in the holiday spirit! I love how well Erin builds a mystery, always leaves me guessing, and turns out to be a oh that makes so much sense moment at the end.

If you love paranormal cozy mysteries, with witches, magic and small town drama you will love this book. (Note: LGBT characters, fist pump!)

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