BOOK REVIEW: Ghostly Paws (Mystic Notch #1) by Leighann Dobbs #BookReview


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Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Release Date: March 13, 2014

Genre: Adult Fiction / Cozy Mystery


Goodreads Blurb:

Middle age can be murder …

At least that’s how it seems to former crime journalist, Wilhelmina Chance, whose near-fatal accident has given her a strange side effect … she sees ghosts.

After a messy divorce sends her fleeing back to her hometown of Mystic Notch, nestled in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Willa finds herself haunted by the tenacious ghost of the town librarian who insists Willa solve her murder.

Luckily, she has lots of help, including a quirky cast of small-town characters, the cat she’s inherited from her grandmother, and her best friend, Pepper, who claims her herbal teas can work magic.

But just when Willa thinks she’s discovered who the killer is, she finds out that things are not what they seem in Mystic Notch, and the case takes a strange turn that has Willa adding even some of her long-time friends to her suspect list.

Can Willa find the real killer in time to keep the magical balance in Mystic Notch on the side of good, or will evil prevail?

My Thoughts:

That’s right, I just finished another cozy mystery by Leighann DobbsGhostly Paws was another fun read in the cozy genre and I loved the fact that it involved both magic AND ghosts.

While I wouldn’t call this book laugh out loud funny, it was definitely very entertaining, and it kept me smiling almost the whole time. I love that there was a tiny bit of a romance aspect to this one and Willa’s character was a lot of fun as well. The only thing I would ding this book for is the fact that it does get a little repetitive, especially for descriptions, and that Willa doesn’t seem like she would have been a crime journalist. I think she should have had a different former profession to make her character more realistic but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment at all.

I didn’t see the ending coming, which is something I really appreciate, and of course I loved the cats in this book. While there is a POV from Willa’s cat Pandora, it is pretty minimal, and the book is mostly told from Willa’s POV. I also liked that Ghostly Paws had its serious moments as well and there was actually one point where my eyes got a little misty! I would recommend reading this if you don’t mind repetition in books and love cozies with paranormal elements.

MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

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