I will admit, I was a little apprehensive about starting this one. I just finished a different witch cozy mystery that was pretty painful and was nervous starting a new one. Thankfully this book was pretty fantastic! I adore Penny, the main character, if she was a real person I swear we would be best friends.
Penny is a private investigator in this tiny town where everyone knew everybody and nothing new ever really happened. With that being said, her P.I business was not doing so well, in fact she was about to close it. That was until a man by the name of Gunther came into the office with a box of valuables and a note. What was so special about the note you ask? Well, it stated that one of the town’s prominent woman was in fact murdered! All Penny had to do was take this letter to the cops, keep his name out of it, and the box of valuables was hers to sell or do with as she pleased. If only things were that simple.
Yes, this task allowed her to save her business but it started a chain of events that would change her life. I don’t want to spoil what happens in the book, but let’s say there is a little magic involved.
There were several things I loved about this book. First, there was Penny! She just blurts out what is in her head without pausing to think. There were moments where I literally laughed out loud at her attempts to be sly! She really is a bit of a derp, but in lovable way! Second, her cat Turkey was fantastic! I loved that he enjoyed doing crosswords. Third, the murder mystery portion was seamlessly integrated in the story. You would be surprised how many cozies I have read that seemed disjointed in this aspect.
This is the kind of book that sets the foundation for a series and I am looking forward to reading it. What makes this witchy cozy stand out to me is that I wasn’t set in this world where you are born a witch. Penny was not from a line of witches, one of the books Gunther gave her unlocked her inner witch. She even shared this book with her knitting group and after they all read it they too began their journey into witchdom. Hopefully in the next book we will get to learn a little more about magic and see Penny grow as a witch. And hopefully in the next book we get a lot more Turkey! He is such a neat familiar!
Overall, if you are looking for a cozy mystery that has a touch of magic and will make you laugh, this is the way to go. It was a fast read and was extremely enjoyable. I really do look forward to reading more books by this author!