When the going gets tough....
Private investigator, Jill Gooder, has been hired to find a serial killer because, as usual, the police can't buy a clue. Jill, the not so proud owner of a crazy, one-eyed cat, probably can't expect too much help from her PA/Secretary, Mrs. V, who spends all day knitting.
And just in case all of that wasn't bad enough, Jill's just about to discover she's a witch.
...break out the custard creams.
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Any of the converstaions with Winky
An absolutely delightful and very entertaing start to a very appealing series.
So I read the reviews and thought well nice idea lets try this one. Urgh - the writing is pedestrian to say the least and the 'story' such as it is drab. If our heroine says 'I must be crazy' - 'you must be crazy', 'they must be crazy' once more..............!!!!!!!! Okay so finding out your a witch on your mothers deathbed is a little odd but hey this is fantasy -you know the drill. To continue to believe that your mother called you a witch as an offensive term was a little stupid to say the least but finding out you are an actual witch doesn't make you 'crazy'. The introduction of serial killer plot was a little bizarre but if the heroine was a little more sympathetic it would have sat better.
Perhaps a better editor is needed, but the writing sure does need tightening up.
This is another narrator that believe women 'of a certain age' should have crackly, off key voices - never heard one myself but then what do I know - I'm only a woman 'of a certain age'.
I am sorry that I can find no plus sides to this book - frankly I don't care how it began and, with another 3 hours to go - I definitely don't care how it ends
"Fun light-weight listen. Superb narration!!!"
Fun! A nice break from more intense complex mysteries. Suitable for listening when car pooling with children as there aren't any sex scenes or foul language. The narrator is absolutely superb!!! Hannah Platts is as good as such great narrators; Katherine Kellgren, Simon Vance, George Guidall, etc. With over 600 audible books owned, I truly appreciate a good narrator. They can make or break a book for me. She made this book come to life. I'm hopeful that she is at the beginning of her career and will continue to narrate more books (currently, she had only a few).
Interesting theme. A P.A. that knits and apparently that's her true calling, a talking one-eyed, cheeky cat and a P.I./newby witch who is the main character.
Add all these to the mix and stir well ... Now you have a sweet murder/mystery/witchy story. Quite entertaining.
"Fun story paired with the perfect narrator"
This is a great little story that has a lot of promise, magic and discovery. It ranks at the top because I can't wait to listen to book 2, the narration is FAB (and totally fits the character, story, and is simply delightful to listen to).
A fun little romp. Light and clean. Tried to be a mystery and a paranormal, didn't do either especially well, but the pace and tone were fine, so was an enjoyable few hours.
"Thrilled to have found this series!!!!"
Loved the narrator so much!! And the writing is brilliant!
Only saw one other book by this narrator which wasn't my style. It would be amazing if Hannah Platt narrated this entire series!!! I would buy each and every one!!!
"A fun listen"
A crazy one eyed cat...who talks!, a bran new witch just learning, a knitting nincompoop ( she drives me crazy) and a murder, no make that murders, makes this a fun book! I enjoyed listening to the reader, and although this is the start of a series Our detective got things done. I can see many things just bubbling on the edge awaiting development in the next book.
"Review are right this is a GREAT series!"
This is a wonderfully entertaining story that is delightful to read. I enjoyed the first book so well that I download the complete series before I finished the finished the book. The books end with a cliffhanger, usually with a startling revelation or socially awkward situations.
The story is driven by Jill’s discovery that her biology family is witches. So, she has a learning curve and all the comedic situations that a beginner witch can encounter when learning magic in secret, being pursued by the diabolical nemeses of the story, and trying to work as a detective. After solving the mystery in the first book, demand for her services increases and her time becomes determined by others.
Jill has two separate lives, her paranormal life as a witch, which must be kept secret from non-paranormals. The story always has one central mystery, which Jill may or may not get paid for and other peripheral things that are happening to her inner circle. Her mysteries in her human world put her is a situation where she must work with Detective Maxwell. Their relationship begins as contentious. Winky, the one-eyed cat, is the most delightful character. While at the office there is dissension with the cat and her secretary Ms. V. The main mystery is in the human world. The little peripheral mysteries are solved with the aha epiphany. There is no profanity or sex to disrupt and a light, funny story.
Action between the magic and human world is tried together with Jill unintendedly using her magic in her human life. Yes, the conversation is snarky, and there are a few characters whose primary purpose is to whine. I read the complete series in three days and through enjoyed them.
"Lighthearted Paranormal Mystery"
She's a PI, she's just become a witch, she has a talking cat, a sister she loves and squabbles with, and is more than a bit OCD- This was just the ticket for me to listen to while bedridden with a very nasty cold. It's lighthearted and charming, an easy listen. It reminds me most of Molly Harper's PNRs but with less romance, and of course, British - proper contemporary British, not some Heritage throwback. The mystery element could be more thought out, but the characters and performance are so charming that I gave it a pass on that, and bought the next one as soon as I finished this.
"Wonderful book from a wonderful series"
I absolutely love this series! The narrator isn't my favorite, but that's because I've read the book and no narrator is going to match the way I imagined it. The series is absolutely amazing! Seriously, it's one that I keep a constant look out for. I really do hope that they do audio versions of the rest of the books. I really like to listen to books at work and while doing chores around the house.
"Lite and enjoyable, but very lite..."
Sure. It's at least mildly interesting, and nothing really objectionable happens. There are many books I would recommend before this one, however.
She does a good job reading the story and differentiating the characters. She specifically does a good job with Jill and depicting her crippling, trajic OCD, and her painful non-relationship with her birth mother.
Not sure. The characters are lame. Jill tries to come off as the "only sane man", but she has a plethora of idiosyncrasies. Her sister is a wreck- borderline alcoholic, and alternatively pestering Jill and dragging her into things she does not want to do. The male lead is interesting not because of something he actually says or does, but only because of something Jill knows about him. Jill's cat, and her secretary, are too awful to be amusing either, and her birth mother dies and leaves her in danger and completely unprepared for it- but that's OK, because she's a ghost now(?!).
The mystery Jill is trying to solve is not deep enough to detract from the shallow characters.
I did like the Aunt, and the cousins, but we don't see that much of them.
The bottom line is that this book is not terrible, but there are other book series that I would recommend first.
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