In the company of witches

Auralee Wallace

Book - 2021

"When a guest dies in the B&B she helps her aunts run, a young witch must rely on some good old-fashioned investigating to clear her aunt's name in this magical and charming new cozy mystery."--Back cover.

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1st Floor MYSTERY/Wallace Auralee Due Oct 16, 2022
Series
Wallace, Auralee. Evenfall witches B&B mystery ; 1.
Subjects
Genres
Detective and mystery fiction
Ghost stories
Cozy mysteries
Published
New York : Berkley Prime Crime 2021.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
Includes an excerpt from When the crow's away.
Physical Description
330 pages ; 18 cm
ISBN
9780593335833
059333583X
Main Author
Auralee Wallace (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Constance Graves, on the outs with her family—and most of the town, for that matter—is staying at Ivywood Hollow, a B&B run by the Warren family while renovations are underway at her vintage mansion, Graves House, in Evenfall, Connecticut. Nora and Izzy Warren, and their niece Brynn, proprietors of Ivywood Hollow, are the current generation of a long line of witches, each with different skills. Nora knows horticulture, Izzy food, and Brynn communicates with ghosts. One evening, exhausted by their guests' demands, the Warrens hear a crash in Constance's bedroom. Upon checking, they find Constance dead. After Nora is accused, Brynn tries to determine the real killer without using magic, but is startled when her emotions cause unintended supernatural events, some serious, others amusing. She learns more about the Graves family, her own family, and herself in the process. As much as this is a murder mystery, it is also a novel about finding out the truth about relationships and families. First of a new series, this novel will appeal to fans of the magical series from Clea Simon and Amanda Flower. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Wallace's ("Otter Lake") new series features young widow Brynn and her aunts Nora and Izzy who together own the Ivy Hollow Bed and Breakfast in the sleepy town of Evenfall, CT. The town doesn't know that Brynn and her aunts are witches who use their magic to try to help the town prosper. Their current guest, Constance Graves, is wearing her welcome thin and trying the patience of the aunts. Constance has reserved the B&B while her house is undergoing renovations. Unfortunately, Brynn and her aunts find the irritating woman murdered in one of the upstairs bedrooms. The three must team up to investigate when it appears that Aunt Nora is becoming the prime suspect. Brynn has the ability to communicate with ghosts and they need her to seek out Constance's. Sadly, ghosts tend not to remember much about their deaths and Brynn hasn't used her powers since her husband passed away over a year ago. Can they save Aunt Nora from jail and solve the case? VERDICT Wallace's wonderful Connecticut setting and quirky characters make this a fun new cozy mystery series.—Bill Anderson, Scott Cty. P.L., Scottsburg, IN Copyright 2021 Library Journal.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Wallace's ("Otter Lake") new series features young widow Brynn and her aunts Nora and Izzy who together own the Ivy Hollow Bed and Breakfast in the sleepy town of Evenfall, CT. The town doesn't know that Brynn and her aunts are witches who use their magic to try to help the town prosper. Their current guest, Constance Graves, is wearing her welcome thin and trying the patience of the aunts. Constance has reserved the B&B while her house is undergoing renovations. Unfortunately, Brynn and her aunts find the irritating woman murdered in one of the upstairs bedrooms. The three must team up to investigate when it appears that Aunt Nora is becoming the prime suspect. Brynn has the ability to communicate with ghosts and they need her to seek out Constance's. Sadly, ghosts tend not to remember much about their deaths and Brynn hasn't used her powers since her husband passed away over a year ago. Can they save Aunt Nora from jail and solve the case? VERDICT Wallace's wonderful Connecticut setting and quirky characters make this a fun new cozy mystery series.—Bill Anderson, Scott Cty. P.L., Scottsburg, IN Copyright 2021 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When a local woman dies while staying at their B&B and her Aunt Nora is the prime suspect, Brynn Warren, a witch who can commune with ghosts, must use the gift she once thought herself ready to give up forever to prove her aunt’s innocence. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When a local woman dies while staying at their B&B and her Aunt Nora is the prime suspect, Brynn Warren, a witch who can commune with ghosts, must use the gift she once thought herself ready to give up forever to prove her aunt's innocence.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

When a guest dies in the B&B she helps her aunts run, a young witch must rely on some good old-fashioned investigating to clear her aunt's name in this magical and charming new cozy mystery.For four hundred years, the Warren witches have used their magic to quietly help the citizens of the sleepy New England town of Evenfall thrive. There's never been a problem they couldn't handle. But then Constance Graves--a local known for being argumentative and demanding--dies while staying at the bed and breakfast Brynn Warren maintains with her aunts. At first, it seems like an accident...but it soon becomes clear that there's something more sinister at work, and Aunt Nora is shaping up to be the prime suspect.There's nothing Brynn wants more than to prove Nora's innocence, and it hurts her to know that even two years ago that might have been easier. Brynn, after all, is a witch of the dead--a witch who can commune with ghosts. Ghosts never remember much about their deaths, but Constance might remember something about her life that would help crack the case. But Brynn hasn't used her powers since her husband died, and isn't even sure she still can. Brynn will just have to hope that her aunts' magic and her own investigative skills will lead her to answers--and maybe back to the gift she once thought herself ready to give up forever.