Sunday, 18 September 2016

Pumpkintown Perils - Aubrey Law


Firstly I'd like to thank Aubrey Law who provided me with an e-book copy of their book Pumpkintown Perils: Volume 1 in exchange for an honest review.

Pumpkintown Perils is a collection of four short cozy mystery stories. I have discovered cozy mysteries in the past twelve months and I absolutely love them. I love the mixture of a mystery and the lighthearted (usually) way that the main character ends up solving them. 

Wanda is our main character and she is a witch who owns her own witchcraft shop and is on her way to being a very efficient investigator of mysteries, working side by side with Sam Shamrock, a police inspector who is not a witch but a leprechaun. Wanda often works out plots before Sam and puts herself in danger by trying to get things done herself even though she knows the she should really follow the rules, if they weren't so boring. 

Wanda is extremely sassy, confident and very vain. She knows how to get what she wants and will do pretty much anything to get it. She has a soft spot for hot guys and can let that get in the way at points. I'm really not sure how I feel about Wanda as she just has so much personality it can over power the story a little bit at times, but she is a strong woman and she wants to be successful in both her businesses. 

There are a cocktail mix of other characters, her family (including her passed on mother who "visits"), gnomes, humans and a leprechaun (Sam Shamrock). All the characters work very well together and when they're having a coffee or a drink (or ten), you can't help thinking how much fun it'd be to join in with the group. 

The four mysteries themselves are all interesting in their own way and are well thought out and some are even intertwined. I was going to try and say which mystery I liked the most, but as I came to write this I can't decide! Maybe the last one, only because it was the last one I read and so clearest in my mind! 

Pumpkintown Perils is a lot of fun and a very quick read, so if you're a fan of cozy mysteries definitely pick it up. 

I gave this book 4 stars
I started this book on the 7th of September 2016 and finished it on the 12th of September 2016.

Pumpkintown Perils: Volume 1 - synopsis

Deep in the Jagged Wood enchanted forest, wild witch Wanda Tempest owns a magic supply shop, practices witchcraft, drinks too much, dances and frequently falls prey to a weakness for attractive men. She also happens to be a promising, if only part-time, Private Investigator. She’s talented, beautiful and has earned the respect and admiration of the equally talented, though far less striking, Police Inspector Sam Shamrock, an overweight leprechaun. He’s crazy about her… she’s crazy about her cat food refusing whiskered companion, Jinxy.

Join this formidable, if mismatched, crime-solving duo, as they tackle mysteries ranging from the scandalous to the outright strange. Talking trees, evil gnomes, murderous wood trolls and homicidal humans will keep Wanda and Sam fighting for justice, and their very lives.

Troublesome twin sisters, a crazy great-aunt, a kiss that shouldn’t have happened and a spoiled Siberian cat with a smart mouth all guarantee that Wanda’s life remains full of surprises. As long as Sam doesn't drink too many Irish Coffees everything usually works out.

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