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Witch Summer Night's Cream

Bewitched by Chocolate Mysteries, Book 3
Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)
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Summary

Murder, mystery, and a chocolate love potion...  

Caitlyn is looking forward to Midsummer's Eve in the tiny English village of Tillyhenge. Celebrating the summer solstice can be fun - especially when your grandmother is a witch with an enchanted chocolate shop! But when a teenage girl is murdered and a priceless love potion goes missing, Caitlyn and her cousins are plunged into a puzzling mystery. 

Is the girl's death connected to the midnight bonfires at the ancient stone circle? What about the two strangers who recently arrived in the village? With her naughty black kitten and toothless old vampire uncle (not to mention handsome British aristocrat, Lord James Fitzroy!) all lending a helping hand, Caitlyn sets out to do some magical sleuthing. 

But Midsummer's Eve is fast approaching and spells are going disastrously wrong... can Caitlyn use her newfound witch powers to find the killer - and maybe even mend a broken heart?                              

©2017 H.Y. Hanna (P)2019 H.Y. Hanna

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  • cstardancer
  • 14-03-19

Chocolate Magic plus

H.Y. Hanna sets a number of her cozy mysteries in the English countryside, which brings a sense of nostalgic comfort to me, having grown up reading about murder in these settings. Her books, however, bring a modern sense of whimsy and familiar young adult dilemmas into the world she creates. The Bewitched by Chocolate books, voiced perfectly by Pearl Hewitt, are both cozy mysteries and fantasy romance, with an added a unique twist of the idea of chocolate magic.

Witch Summer Night's Cream, as the title suggests, uses the notion that Shakespeare's tale of bewitchment has a basis in fact, which lures characters seeking the referenced potion, each for his own individual desire. This provides numerous possibilities for nefarious motives, which keeps the story moving. The real stars of this book, however, are the quirky characters and a generous dose of humor. It's an enchanting, lighthearted listen.

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  • Julie
  • 01-03-19

Great summer or winter read

I really enjoyed this story. Like all H.Y Hanna books they are a funny easy read with great characters that become like old friends the more you get into the series.
This time there is a lot more spell casting and mishaps to add to the mystery of the murder. So much so that some of the villagers are getting in on the act and casting spells.
A body of a young girl is found behind the widow Mags chocolate shop and Caitlyn fears her young cousin might be involved and then when it turns an usual plant extract is missing and only a witch can get it she has no choice but to help the police.
Pearl Hewitt is for me the voice of Caitlyn and her friends and I hope she continues to do so as she does such a great job.

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  • April Goldman
  • 01-03-19

Fun twist on Shakespeare 's Midsummer night's drea

This is such an enchanting series! Hy Hanna does an incredible job creating characters and a world you find yourself wanting to return to over and over again.
This story to finds Caitlyn learning about the widow Mag' s chocolate sauce that has everyone heads over heels in love with. As well as a quirky historian who believes Tillyhenge is the location in Shakespeare's play. Caitlyn sees another bonfire on the hill and rushes out to investigate only to find the body of a girl from town. You are keapt guessing on the identity of the murderer and will be surprised as to who it actually is. The dashing Lord Fitzroy and Caitlyn's sassy cousin,Pomona are also featured.
This series just keeps getting better and I'm excited for the next book and getting more information about Caitlyn 's mysterious parentage.
Disclaimer : I was given a copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.

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  • Pat Kuhn
  • 13-05-19

Witch Summer Night’s Cream

A great mystery comes about when a teenager is killed and Caitlyn tries to protect her young cousin and someone wants to get her grandmother ‘s chocolate sauce recipe. All this with the summer solstice and a missing love potion. Just another day in Tillyhenge!

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  • Roger Fauble
  • 06-05-19

Good read, looks like an enjoyable series

Witch Summer Night's Cream, my seventh read/listen from author H.Y. Hanna. An enjoyable cozy mystery. I love the narrator’s British accent; I was impressed and enjoyed the vocal variety & inflections of the narrator & really enjoyed the read. Cozy mystery/romance, captivating primary character, what other blurbs can I use to describe these books? Oh well, buy the book, read the books, get into a good author and some good characters as I have. I was given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reviewing it. Now I just have to find Witch Mocha Morsel(RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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  • Kathleen C.
  • 25-04-19

5+/5 Vials of ‘Love-in-Idleness’ Extract…Clever!

YES! I am so engaged in this series which is why I refer to it as one of my top five favorites of all time. It is H.Y. Hanna’s entertaining writing and humor that sparked my interest, but it is the strong and loyal character in Caitlyn, quirky personalities in Widow Mags and Pomona, hint of romance with the handsome Lord Fitzroy, the enigmatic Thane Blackmort, and the underlying mystery of who Caitlyn is that makes me drop everything to read, even reread by listening to my favorite narrator Pearl Hewitt. Additionally, “Witch Summer Night’s Cream” is extremely creative weaving in the premiss that a favorite classic, Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” is based on realty where the fairies, the magic, and the love potion really do exist. This is not juvenile ‘hocus-pocus,’ but a realistic approach to the idea that magical creatures beyond our perception exist and are delightful, helpful, and even dangerous. There are several marvelous paranormal cozies that I enjoy, but this is the absolute best!

Pearl Hewitt is an extraordinary narrator who can transport the reader/listener into H.Y. Hanna’s world in the cotswolds. With a range of accents (I love Viktor) and British dialects and a great effort at the voices of the male characters, she presents the tone, emotion, and various personalities enriching the cozy experience. Although you can enjoy this series in print/eBook format, the audio version is outstanding!

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  • Nancy
  • 17-04-19

Very Enjoyable- have listened to 4 books so far

Easy listening, relaxing with fun plots.
The narrator is also very enjoyable to listen to.

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  • LilMissMolly
  • 10-04-19

Fun Cozy Mystery Around Ancient Stone Circle

Witch Summer Night’s Cream is an enchanting cozy mystery in the Bewitched by Chocolate series by H.Y. Hanna. The series revolves around Caitlyn Le Fey who lives in an attic room in her grandmothers chocolate shop in the Cotswolds village of Tillyhenge.

Witch Summer Night’s Cream begins with excitement in the air as tourists come to celebrate Midsummer's Eve in and around the village’s ancient stone circle. Two tourists in particular stand out from the others: an older professor on a quest to prove fairies do exit as described in Shakespeare’s play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and, an obnoxious businessman who tries to bully the Widow Mags into giving up her secret ingredient that she puts in her chocolate sauce (it is one drop from a mixture made from a crushed rare flower).

Soon after Caitlyn learns how to make the infamous chocolate sauce, the secret ingredient is stolen, and Caitlyn soon stumbles over a dead body outside the chocolate shop. As in the prior two books in the series, Caitlyn can’t help but get involved in piecing together clues of who might have done it and ultimately solving the murder.

There are a couple of humorous side stories nestled in this gem of a book. The first is Caitlyn’s shy teenaged cousin has a serious crush on a boy. Her attempt at a love potion is absolutely hysterical. The second is a local dairy farmer is perplexed when all the lady cows ignore a new bull after he is introduced into the herd. It’s as if the bull has feelings and prefers human interaction, but by the end of the story, the bull is quite love-stuck.

I listened to the audiobook version of this story narrated by the impeccable Pearl Hewitt. She narrates with such enthusiasm that it’s impossible not to become totally engaged in the story. Simply put, I highly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys lighthearted cozy mysteries.

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  • Christina
  • 17-03-19

Evie is unbearable

Evie is unbearably annoying in this book. She’s constantly causing problems and with her high pitched narration I found myself skipping past her parts. She really ruined the story for me this time around. I also find the narration of the cat to be obnoxious, as she makes it SO loud (compared to the rest of the audio). So if you’re relaxing while listening to the book then you’ll get shocked awake when the cat meows. I have this issue with all the books in the series. She doesn’t need to make a loud yowl every single time the cat is supposed to meow. The story was good but the cat and the annoying personality of Evie really made this book hard to get through.

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