Basic Witch: Witches of Salem (Gemma Bradbury Magical Cozy Mysteries Book 1) by Harmony Hart

“Basic Witch” is a delightful Cozy Mystery about a girl, Gemma Bradbury, and her cat, Titus, who fall into a magical world which is inhabited by creatures of fairy tales and folk lore. Gemma finds out through the Witch’s Coven that, not only is she stuck in this strange place, but she’s a witch and Titus is her familiar. If that’s not enough, she is accused of murder by an oaf of an detective. While she’s learning how to use her new skills she, along with her new friends (who are great characters, by the way), try to clear her name.

Ms. Hart has a style and imagination to be envied by other writers of the genre. I truly enjoyed this, sometimes laughing right out loud. I gave this book 5 stars and I can’t wait to read Book 2 of the series.

“My Cat Hates My Vet” by Amy Shojai

This book is written in the usual style of Amy Shojai who, as you know, is one of my favorite animal behaviorist.   It covers what to do when your cat has trouble with all of the stages of going to the vet, or anywhere else.

“My Cat Hates My Vet”  starts out with the first stage…getting her used to the carrier.  Amy suggests a few different carries, depending on the size of your cat.  For example, the carrier should have plenty of room for her to move around comfortably.  Getting your cat used to her carrier as she rides in the car may not seem like a big deal; but for those who have heard the heart-wrenching mews of a scared kitten, or the ear-splitting yowls of a mad cat while driving, know that this is not the case.  IT IS A VERY BIG DEAL!!

Ms. Shojai also suggests helpful tips like taking your cat into the vet when there isn’t anything wrong.  You do this to let the cat know that the vet and staff are not the enemy, and it is sometimes a fun place in which she can romp and play.  This way, there is less anxiety when she needs to go for her checkups, etc.

As usual, I found Amy’s “My Cat Hates My Vet” informative, as well as entertaining.    I give it 5 stars and wholeheartedly suggest it to any cat guardian.

“A Motive for Murder” by Morgana Best (Volume One)

I love Morgana Best. “A Motive for Murder” is the first of a four book series in which Misty Sales, an Aussie journalist for a paranormal magazine, who inherits her aunt’s house, strange neighbors, and a cat, Diva.  Together, Misty and Diva get in the middle of a war between two witch covens. It is a true battle of good versus evil and a race to see who will find a page from a book of witchcraft that enables the holder to stay young forever.

Misty is swept off her feet by Douglas, a seemingly honest man, with good intentions.  However, Diva does not approve and shows her dislike every time he comes around.

Then there is Jamie. Everyone around Misty is warning her to stay away from this man only Diva seems to trust him.   So, what is this page that everyone is seeking and why do all her new ‘friends’ think that she has it? Who can she trust?

Even though it was the second time around, I enjoyed this cozy mystery and give it 5 stars.

Click below to get this series

Supernatural Psychic Mysteries: Four Book Boxed Set: (Misty Sales Cozy Mystery Paranormal Suspense series)

“Curiosity Thrilled the Cat: A Magical Cat Mystery”

Curiosity Thrilled the Cat: A Magical Cats Mystery“, by Sophie Kelly, is book one in one of my favorite cozy mystery series,  Magical Cats Mysteries.

The book is centered around Kathleen Paulson, a librarian, who is called to a small town to restore a hundred year old library.   Two unusual feral cats followed her home and showed their tricks they use to help Kathleen solve a murder.

The victim is found dead by Kathleen one morning. In looking into the murder, Kathleen finds out that Mr. Easton has a secret which she suspects is the reason for his death. Meanwhile, the cats surprise Kathleen by the “tricks” they can do to help her out.  In the end, they use their tricks to save Kathleen when she reveals the killer to all.

This cozy mystery has everything; romance, intrigue, secrets and, most important of all, murder! I was entranced by Curiosity Thrilled the Cat: A Magical Cats Mysteryfrom the very first page, when we are introduced to Kathleen, Owen, Hercules and Freddy, the Funky Chicken. Kathleen comes off on paper as a “real” person. Ms. Kelly’s other characters were great as a support cast. All in all, I found this book a lighthearted story, during which, when I wasn’t trying to figure out what was coming next, I was laughing at the cat’s antics.

I give Curiosity Thrilled the Cat: A Magical Cats Mystery five out of five stars and strongly urge anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries and cats to read this series.

If you want to meet these zany cats, too, click the link below.

Curiosity Thrilled the Cat: A Magical Cats Mystery

Other Magical Cats Mysteries:

Sleight of Paw: A Magical Cats Mystery

Copycat Killing: A Magical Cats Mystery

Cat Trick: A Magical Cats Mystery

A Midwinter’s Tail: A Magical Cats Mystery

Final Catcall: A Magical Cats Mystery

Faux Paw: A Magical Cats Mystery

Paws and Effect (Magical Cats)