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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 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?


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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 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?

30 review for Ghostly Paws

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    I have no problem with ghosts appearing & talking to Wilhelmina Chance. I have no problem with cats directing her toward clues. (At first, I thought it was going to be dumb, but it didn't end up feeling that way.) What I did have a problem with was the writing style. First off, Wilhelmina Chance, supposedly, had been a crime journalist for 25 years; yet, in this story, she wasn't able to keep an open mind about fact finding, didn't think to look for a weapon, drew premature, self-confident concl I have no problem with ghosts appearing & talking to Wilhelmina Chance. I have no problem with cats directing her toward clues. (At first, I thought it was going to be dumb, but it didn't end up feeling that way.) What I did have a problem with was the writing style. First off, Wilhelmina Chance, supposedly, had been a crime journalist for 25 years; yet, in this story, she wasn't able to keep an open mind about fact finding, didn't think to look for a weapon, drew premature, self-confident conclusions about suspects, and was just plain dumb. Totally unbelievable. Secondly, Leighann Dobbs seemed to repeat descriptions of things way too frequently. For example, how many times did she talk about Pandora's eye color? Every time the cat was mentioned in the first nine chapters. What color are they? golden-green, greenish-gold, greenish-yellow, greenish-golden. Are you getting an image of the cat's eyes? Another example was all the concern going on throughout the book. "My heart warmed at the concern in her emerald green eyes." "light blue eyes tinged with concern..." "My heart pinched with concern..." "...melted a little at the concern in Striker's eyes..." "...the gentle tone of concern in his voice." "My heart warmed at the concern in his eyes." "Bing turned concerned eyes on me." "...heart warmed at the genuine concern in Hattie's voice." "Striker's concerned face came into view..." "Striker's eyes clouded with concern..." [repeated again on the next page] "...felt a flood of warmth at the genuine concern in ." I might have been more forgiving of these characteristics if the book had been billed as a children's book. But, would kids relate to a 40+ year old woman who is divorced with no children, has a bum leg and is noticing her aging eyes? In summary, the characters were not believable; the storytelling was repetitive & completely unimaginative; and Leighann didn't seem to have a target audience in mind.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anna's Herding Cats

    Amazon: https://amzn.to/2D8ZTOQ Bookstore owners, kitties with a mission, a murdered librarian. Oh. My! Ghostly Paws was a spooktacular good time. The Gist: On her way to work Willa noticed the library doors open earlier than they should have been and went investigating aaaaaaaand found the librarian dead at the bottom of the stairs. A simple fall...probably. Maybe. But something is off. She's sure of it. Especially when the librarian's ghost comes to visit her. O.o Willa's little older than most h Amazon: https://amzn.to/2D8ZTOQ Bookstore owners, kitties with a mission, a murdered librarian. Oh. My! Ghostly Paws was a spooktacular good time. The Gist: On her way to work Willa noticed the library doors open earlier than they should have been and went investigating aaaaaaaand found the librarian dead at the bottom of the stairs. A simple fall...probably. Maybe. But something is off. She's sure of it. Especially when the librarian's ghost comes to visit her. O.o Willa's little older than most heroines (48) and a bookstore owner. Yay! She was easy to like and tenacious. A little quirky in that she can see ghosts. There's the tiniest hint of a future romance with a cop who's come in to help work the case. I liked that element and the potential hero who's rather exasperated with her involvement but seems a good sort and is very caring and kind when need be. The mystery was well done, too. The hunt for a potential killer and motive kept me guessing with numerous potential suspects. All in all, Ghostly Paws was a nice intro to a new-to-me author and a new series. I enjoyed the characters, the mystery, the slight elements of woo-woo and how the cats were involved in the case-- the cats totally look out for their town and humans. I'll be reading more to see what happens next with Willa and her crew.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    This book made me realize my cats are slackers!😼 The cats in this book are busy helping solve murders and protecting their owners, all my cats do is sleep and eat and then sleep again.... I enjoyed the touch of magic in the town of Mystic Notch.... also like the characters especially Willa and the ghosts and of course the cats.... The mystery was very well-developed and there is a beginning to a love connection, and thank goodness it is only with one person, let’s keep it that way! Thought this w This book made me realize my cats are slackers!😼 The cats in this book are busy helping solve murders and protecting their owners, all my cats do is sleep and eat and then sleep again.... I enjoyed the touch of magic in the town of Mystic Notch.... also like the characters especially Willa and the ghosts and of course the cats.... The mystery was very well-developed and there is a beginning to a love connection, and thank goodness it is only with one person, let’s keep it that way! Thought this was a very good start to a fun cozy mystery series with a touch of the paranormal.... ****Narration: well then, I am writing this quite a bit after I listened, so nothing negative or positive is coming to my mind at the moment, it was very well done, but not exceptional and that’s OK❤️

  4. 4 out of 5

    ♛ Garima ♛

    I enjoyed this but not as much as A Twist in the Tail I guess I needed more cat playing detective but considering this was very early work of author, I don't have much complain about this. Still good a good cozy murder mystery to pass your time in stress free reading... I enjoyed this but not as much as A Twist in the Tail I guess I needed more cat playing detective but considering this was very early work of author, I don't have much complain about this. Still good a good cozy murder mystery to pass your time in stress free reading...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    Willa Chance has returned to small town Mystic Notch after a career as a crime reporter 'down south' when she inherits a bookstore, home and cat. When Lavinia, the town Librarian is murdered, her Ghost demands that Willa find her killer. I enjoy cozies with a paranormal twist. This is the first book in a series that I see the potential in. The characters are likeable and the book light and fun. What I found frustrating though, was Willa. I liked her and yet, she drove me nuts. She would obsess on Willa Chance has returned to small town Mystic Notch after a career as a crime reporter 'down south' when she inherits a bookstore, home and cat. When Lavinia, the town Librarian is murdered, her Ghost demands that Willa find her killer. I enjoy cozies with a paranormal twist. This is the first book in a series that I see the potential in. The characters are likeable and the book light and fun. What I found frustrating though, was Willa. I liked her and yet, she drove me nuts. She would obsess on a suspect to the exclusion of the facts, started off with an antagonistic attitude to the sheriff investigating the case with no real basis and jumped in with a dramatic reveal scene where she accused the wrong person. I hope to see more development of her character as the series progresses. I also had an issue with her friend Pepper (owner of the local tea shop and a fun character otherwise) dosing people with herbs without their knowledge or consent. Yet, I did enjoy the other elements of the story and felt that I will like the series more as it evolves. There are elements of magic that have yet to be explored and a cast of characters which are interesting and engaging. I also want to see more of the mysterious cats and their secrets. So: not my favorite but hopefully a good launching place for more to enjoy in the future.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gary Sundell

    I enjoyed this cozy with ghosts, cats and a hint of magic. I'll read the next one to see where it goes. Downside......arrrggggggg.....a cop boyfriend or potential boyfriend?

  7. 5 out of 5

    Wanda

    2.5 stars I am becoming a reluctant covert to the cozy mystery genre. It seems that an added paranormal angle makes this formula a bit more palatable for me. This book is like a cross between Vicki Delany's Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mysteries and Angie Fox's Southern Ghost Hunter series. Just like Delany's main character Gemma Doyle, Willa Chance left her small town to pursue a career, but ended up returning to Mystic Notch after her marriage foundered and she inherited a bookshop. Like Verity Lon 2.5 stars I am becoming a reluctant covert to the cozy mystery genre. It seems that an added paranormal angle makes this formula a bit more palatable for me. This book is like a cross between Vicki Delany's Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mysteries and Angie Fox's Southern Ghost Hunter series. Just like Delany's main character Gemma Doyle, Willa Chance left her small town to pursue a career, but ended up returning to Mystic Notch after her marriage foundered and she inherited a bookshop. Like Verity Long in the Southern Ghost Hunter series, seeing ghosts is a new skill that Willa isn't comfortable with yet. All three have connections to their towns' police forces, as ex-boyfriends, almost-brothers-in-law, and sisters. Each has a companion animal (dog, skunk, cat). I did have a couple of problems with this novel, however. For a woman who used to be a crime reporter, Willa is awfully clueless about investigation techniques. She blunders about, annoying everyone until she accidentally discovers something. My other, bigger beef is the cats. Not that they are included, but that they hold meetings and discuss things. I'd be fine with cat familiars with spooky attributes, but talking cats is just a little beyond where I'm willing to go. Dobbs' writing is serviceable, but not wonderful. The mystery portion of the story isn't too skilfully handled. Really, as a reader I didn't feel like I got enough information to be able to figure out who dunnit, which is a personal requirement for a good mystery. The scattershot clues that were provided seemed random, rather than well planned. The romance element was overly obvious, telegraphed too early, and to my mind unrealistic. The ghosts were really the best part. I am dismayed, as I had hopes about a series featuring an older woman, something that I can definitely identify with. I spent my own cash on this book and for that I am disappointed. I sincerely doubt whether I will read anything further by this author. I hope she has a loyal following, but I won't be among them.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Darcia Helle

    I wanted a light, fun read, and so I picked this one from the Kindle lending library. While it is a light read, the fun part is questionable from my perspective. My major problems were with the main character. Wilhelmina Chance is a 48-year-old woman who'd worked as a crime journalist before moving up north. She feels immature for her age, and she definitely does not behave as an experienced investigative journalist. She jumps to conclusions, has a narrow focus, and bumbles around as you'd expec I wanted a light, fun read, and so I picked this one from the Kindle lending library. While it is a light read, the fun part is questionable from my perspective. My major problems were with the main character. Wilhelmina Chance is a 48-year-old woman who'd worked as a crime journalist before moving up north. She feels immature for her age, and she definitely does not behave as an experienced investigative journalist. She jumps to conclusions, has a narrow focus, and bumbles around as you'd expect with an amateur sleuth. Clues practically slap her in the face and still she doesn't acknowledge them. She's also shallow, whiny, and difficult to like. Then there's the way Wilhelmina accepts that ghosts are real and she's able to talk to them, but she adamantly denies the possibility of witches and magic spells, despite clear evidence of these things surrounding her all the time. She supposedly grew up in this small New Hampshire town she returns to, and yet she shows no sign of understanding the people or the obvious weirdness of the place. Then there are the cats. We have two chapters in which Wilhelmina's cat, along with all the town cats, have secret meetings and talk to one another. These parts read like a children's book. I'm fine with people who talk to their animals (I talk to mine all the time!), and I'm fine with cats as familiars who help witches, etc. But I just can't take that extra step to cats holding meetings about how to help the humans. Maybe in a fantasy novel, but certainly not in a mystery. The murder mystery with the ghosts is straight forward and, in itself, would be an easy plot line to follow. But then the author adds in the magic tea, which we never explore. I assume the friend is a witch, though I don't know. We have a mysterious magic book that I assume will be important as the series goes on. And then there are the cats having meetings about good and evil and impending doom that doesn't make sense. The entire story, as far as the murder mystery, works without the weirdness of the cats and the hints of magic. All these side issues are like little teasers that are never fleshed out. Rather than build intrigue, the added stuff just feels like a messy launch for all things needed in the books to come. The writing itself is okay, though certain issues grated on me. People's eyes and vocal tones are constantly showing "concern", and seven times we're told that the cups are Styrofoam. Details repeated incessantly become irritating. But a lot of people have loved this book. We all have opinions, and this is just mine.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Imjussayin

    Ghostly Paws: Mystic Notch Mystery 1 I had read that this series is better than the author's Blackmoore Sisters mystery series. It was certainly different. Our heroine is former crime journalist, Wilhelmina Chance. A near-fatal accident has left her with the ability to see ghosts. That turns out not to be much of a blessing because the ghost does not help Wilhelmina to solve who murdered her. Willa did get help from her cat Pandora, who can communicate with humans. Willa has not learnt how to spe Ghostly Paws: Mystic Notch Mystery 1 I had read that this series is better than the author's Blackmoore Sisters mystery series. It was certainly different. Our heroine is former crime journalist, Wilhelmina Chance. A near-fatal accident has left her with the ability to see ghosts. That turns out not to be much of a blessing because the ghost does not help Wilhelmina to solve who murdered her. Willa did get help from her cat Pandora, who can communicate with humans. Willa has not learnt how to speak with her cat as yet, and I am sure that story will unfold in future books, but I won't be reading them. As much as I liked the love story between the local Sheriff and the protagonist, it's not the usual affair, they are sisters, and there was a good intergenerational blend, Willa is not my kind of sleuth. Willa takes circumstantial evidence (which could easily be explained by alternative explanations) as satisfactory proof for an allegation of murder. And this woman was a criminal journalist in another life? It is an easy read that will appeal to those who enjoy, light, formulaic, fluffy, throw away mysteries. It holds no challenges, beyond incredulity. Connect with me on Twitter: www.twitter.com/imjussayin2 Book Rating Sexual Content: U Language: U Violent: U Would I read the next one or reread ?: No My rating system (* = star) 0* Could not finish this book (waste of time) 1* Finished the book but didn't like it. 2* Finished the book it was okay. 3* A good read worth your time. 4* An excellent read often with a novel concept or unusual plot. 5* A magnificent read. A prominent example of the genre.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia

    Ghostly Paws by Leighann Dobbs is the first book in the Mystic Notch cozy mystery series. Wilhelmina Chance runs a bookstore in Mystic Notch that she inherited from her grandmother. An ex crime reporter she is able to see ghosts following a car accident and when she finds the body of the local librarian, the librarians ghost tells her that she had been murdered and asks her to investigate. I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would and I liked the mysterious cats. A nice, light-hearted Ghostly Paws by Leighann Dobbs is the first book in the Mystic Notch cozy mystery series. Wilhelmina Chance runs a bookstore in Mystic Notch that she inherited from her grandmother. An ex crime reporter she is able to see ghosts following a car accident and when she finds the body of the local librarian, the librarians ghost tells her that she had been murdered and asks her to investigate. I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would and I liked the mysterious cats. A nice, light-hearted mystery, although Wilhelmina was not much of a sleuth despite her background as a crime reporter, but luckily had a lot of help.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    I really loved this book, and I know that it's going to be a lot of fun unraveling all the mysteries of Mystic Notch in the coming books. Pandora was an awesome cat and it was so cool how a couple of the chapters were written from her viewpoint. Willa didn't know it when she first came back home, but there was a lot of magic floating around Mystic Notch. Her current issue was to help the librarian's ghost find her killer. There were tons of great red herrings, and I was never sure who it was unt I really loved this book, and I know that it's going to be a lot of fun unraveling all the mysteries of Mystic Notch in the coming books. Pandora was an awesome cat and it was so cool how a couple of the chapters were written from her viewpoint. Willa didn't know it when she first came back home, but there was a lot of magic floating around Mystic Notch. Her current issue was to help the librarian's ghost find her killer. There were tons of great red herrings, and I was never sure who it was until the reveal. The characters were just great! It made me want to meet and be friends with Elspeth, Pepper, Gus, Striker and the bookshop regulars. I liked how Willa herself was a bit older than the usual sleuth. I just knew that she and Striker might hit it off. I'm anxious to read on in the series!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    I enjoyed this book quite a bit; once I got used to the cadence of the narrator, I settled in for a good listen/read. Then chapter 3 hit and I was sure I knew who the killer was. I was 100% certain and thought that the author really needed to do a better job at disguising the "bad guy" better than that and resignedly settled back in to listen to 30 chapter leading up to the reveal. I. Was. Wrong. WHAT a red herring. Well done Ms. Dobbs, well done. One point Leighann Dobbs, Z E R O points to Dawn I enjoyed this book quite a bit; once I got used to the cadence of the narrator, I settled in for a good listen/read. Then chapter 3 hit and I was sure I knew who the killer was. I was 100% certain and thought that the author really needed to do a better job at disguising the "bad guy" better than that and resignedly settled back in to listen to 30 chapter leading up to the reveal. I. Was. Wrong. WHAT a red herring. Well done Ms. Dobbs, well done. One point Leighann Dobbs, Z E R O points to Dawn. Excellent read - this is a series that I am going to really enjoy reading.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    I loved this book. It pretty much has everything. A murder mystery, cats, ghosts, witchcraft all tied up with likeable characters. Willa is a strong woman who goes about investigating without being accusing or obnoxious. She has a good relationship with her sister, a group of likeable characters that appear at her shop every morning, a sweet neighbor but mysterious. I eagerly await the next.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Not exactly the brightest protagonist out there. While I do not mind amateur detectives, this one accuses people without evidence and rush in without thinking.... For someone who was once an investigative reporter she must have either faced libel suits all the time or forgot how to be an investigative reporter once she become a book seller. Will definitely skip this author in the future.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nikk the Sapphired Book Dragon

    I mostly enjoyed this book though it wasn't exactly what I expected it to be. I was expecting a mystery story with some paranormal, given the blurb, which, again, is mostly what i got but it seem to go quite in the direction I expected. The story flowed a little slowly at times, and I had to push a little in the middle to get it finished but by the end I was sufficiently interested to potentially read book 2. I quite liked MC Willa and I thought the romance side moved at a nice pace. However the I mostly enjoyed this book though it wasn't exactly what I expected it to be. I was expecting a mystery story with some paranormal, given the blurb, which, again, is mostly what i got but it seem to go quite in the direction I expected. The story flowed a little slowly at times, and I had to push a little in the middle to get it finished but by the end I was sufficiently interested to potentially read book 2. I quite liked MC Willa and I thought the romance side moved at a nice pace. However the paranormal magic part of things seemed a little weird and didn't seem to quite fit the story at first and while i am interested to see where it will go throughout the series, I am still not 100% behind it from a reader suspense of belief level. All in all, a little disappointed as I had been looking forward to this book and really wanted a little more from the read than I got. Though that being said I did like it enough that I will most likely pick up book 2 at some stage

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Do you like cats? Do you think cats have access to secret otherworldy ideas and magic? Then this is the book for you. Willa has inherited her grandmother's bookstore and cat. She can also see ghosts who talk to her and ask her to do things, like find killers of people. And then the cat Pandora has a side thing going because the cats in this cozy, little town fight the power of darkness. It is a pretty standard set up to a cozy mystery with fantasy elements. What I enjoyed most about it, outside Do you like cats? Do you think cats have access to secret otherworldy ideas and magic? Then this is the book for you. Willa has inherited her grandmother's bookstore and cat. She can also see ghosts who talk to her and ask her to do things, like find killers of people. And then the cat Pandora has a side thing going because the cats in this cozy, little town fight the power of darkness. It is a pretty standard set up to a cozy mystery with fantasy elements. What I enjoyed most about it, outside of the cats, was the friendship between Willa and various women. There is non of that superior feeling crap you see in so many places now. It was a fun read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nola Arganbright

    Ghostly presence A Cozy reader can never go wrong with a Leighann Dobbs book! I loved this paranormal cozy! The characters are fun and quirky. There are numerous feline sleuths and ghosts who hang around the book store. Move over Cat Who books there is another series to steal your thunder!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Betsy

    I found the book to never quite click with me. I wish that the story had more of the animals in it. In addition, the interaction amongst the ghosts seemed a little silly to me. 3 stars

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joanne Moyer

    “Former crime journalist Wilhemina Chance returns to her home town of Mystic Notch after a near death accident that has left her with a strange side effect - she can see ghosts. After finding the local librarian dead in the library, Willa is visited by her ghost in the bookstore she owns and asked to find her killer. There seems to be magic in the town of Mystic Notch that not all the residents are aware of, but a group of ferals and housecats can talk to each other and communicate with some hu “Former crime journalist Wilhemina Chance returns to her home town of Mystic Notch after a near death accident that has left her with a strange side effect - she can see ghosts. After finding the local librarian dead in the library, Willa is visited by her ghost in the bookstore she owns and asked to find her killer. There seems to be magic in the town of Mystic Notch that not all the residents are aware of, but a group of ferals and housecats can talk to each other and communicate with some humans and they of course help to solve the case. This is a cozy and follows all the rules of one .... small town where everyone knows each other... lots of murder suspects and many twists and turns until the murderer is found. Maybe not the best I've read but still enjoyable and worth the time. And I of course always enjoy a talking cat or two ... :

  20. 5 out of 5

    Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)

    Willa is settling into Mystic Notch having inherited her grandmother's house and having set up a bookstore, one morning she is heading to the shop when she sees the Library lights on and the door open, as Lavinia (the Librarian) is renowned for sticking to a rigid timetable Willa is worried and she heads in, only to find Lavinia dead at the bottom of some stairs, the problem is that Lavinia's ghost has latched onto Willa and is insisting she finds out who murdered her.  Add in some quirky townsf Willa is settling into Mystic Notch having inherited her grandmother's house and having set up a bookstore, one morning she is heading to the shop when she sees the Library lights on and the door open, as Lavinia (the Librarian) is renowned for sticking to a rigid timetable Willa is worried and she heads in, only to find Lavinia dead at the bottom of some stairs, the problem is that Lavinia's ghost has latched onto Willa and is insisting she finds out who murdered her.  Add in some quirky townsfolk, a sexy sheriff and lots of magical cats and Willa is in over her head!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    For an Indy book, this was very good. I loved everyone and everything about this cozy. I mean who could deny that cover? Ill deff be reading book 2.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jillian

    3.5 stars. Ghostly Paws is book 1 in the Mystic Notch series. This is a cozy mystery book with paranormal (ghostly) elements. It looks like there is also a setup for future magical elements to the series. The main character is Willa Chance. A 48 year old fairly recently divorced woman with no children. After her divorce, two years prior, Willa moved back to her home town where she had inherited her grandmother's house, business and cat, Pandora. This book is told primarily from Willa's POV but t 3.5 stars. Ghostly Paws is book 1 in the Mystic Notch series. This is a cozy mystery book with paranormal (ghostly) elements. It looks like there is also a setup for future magical elements to the series. The main character is Willa Chance. A 48 year old fairly recently divorced woman with no children. After her divorce, two years prior, Willa moved back to her home town where she had inherited her grandmother's house, business and cat, Pandora. This book is told primarily from Willa's POV but there are a couple chapters from Pandora's POV. It is set in New Hampshire. In this book, Willa happens upon a murdered body of the town librarian and it just so happens that Willa can also see and speak to ghosts. Of course, this ghost doesn't know who killed her so it is up to Willa to follow the clues to solve the murder. Willa used to have a career as an investigative journalist/crime reporter, yet she is not very good at following the clues. In fact, she is a complete jerk when she tries to call out the wrong guilty party and she looks like a complete fool. Her character isn't believable yet. This is just the first book so perhaps she will grow in the next book. The cats in this book and likely the series are the true sleuths and MVPs in the book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    H.L.

    (The rating is a 3.5 out of 5 stars) This was an interesting concept and kept my attention for most of the book. I feel this is a book you will have to read two or three times before being able to understand the overall theme of the book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Altivo Overo

    Amusing, entertaining, light reading. I guess when books are labeled "cozy mystery" that's what we expect. Characters who are not quite real, or sometimes pure cardboard, in settings that can't possibly be real. The town of Mystic Notch is somehow large enough to support a bookstore, a library, a tea shop, a fast food cafe, and a church (of unclear denomination, sometimes it sounds typical New England protestant yet some references suggest it might be Roman Catholic.) The cast of characters is s Amusing, entertaining, light reading. I guess when books are labeled "cozy mystery" that's what we expect. Characters who are not quite real, or sometimes pure cardboard, in settings that can't possibly be real. The town of Mystic Notch is somehow large enough to support a bookstore, a library, a tea shop, a fast food cafe, and a church (of unclear denomination, sometimes it sounds typical New England protestant yet some references suggest it might be Roman Catholic.) The cast of characters is small but eclectic, even if you don't count the ghosts (Robert Frost and Franklin Pierce haunt the bookstore, and the ghost of the murder victim appears in multiple locations.) As you can tell, this one was a bit too light-headed for me. The puzzle was interesting but not difficult, while the actual sequence of events was just too unbelievable. Still, it made me laugh. Probably I laughed at the wrong things, but it was funny. This is certainly not Dorothy Sayers or Agatha Christie material. But if you like the kind of mystery that has food in the title, you'll probably like this. I picked it up because the murder victim is the librarian, and the primary sleuth is the town's bookseller. I wasn't expecting the mysteriously hyperintelligent but non-speaking felines, but they fit right in with the rest of the furniture, including Frederic Remington western bronzes, antiquarian books, a mansion and occupants worthy of an Addams Family episode, and the aforementioned ghosts. Fortunately it doesn't take much time and effort to read it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    Many Cats This book has much that well hold your interest. It is a paranormal, ghosts, magic, cats that help their humans in many ways. Many cats lived in Mystic Notch where Willa has return home after a accident and is now able to see ghosts. She has inherited her Grandmother's house, bookstore and cat, Pandora. Willa finds the Librarian dead. Her sister Augusta aka Gus is the local sheriff. Gus asked the neighboring sheriff for help. Willa slowly learning about the ghosts she now sees and the m Many Cats This book has much that well hold your interest. It is a paranormal, ghosts, magic, cats that help their humans in many ways. Many cats lived in Mystic Notch where Willa has return home after a accident and is now able to see ghosts. She has inherited her Grandmother's house, bookstore and cat, Pandora. Willa finds the Librarian dead. Her sister Augusta aka Gus is the local sheriff. Gus asked the neighboring sheriff for help. Willa slowly learning about the ghosts she now sees and the magic that is awash in the town. Willa needs learn the answer in order to keep evil away and that good prevail.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    A vaguely amusing cosy cat mystery...with plenty of great cats but lots of eye rolling regarding the humans...especially the protagonist. Really? She was a crime journalist? I do not think so!!! She did have an accident though so perhaps her brain didn't work after that or something. She believes in ghosts but couldn't possibly believe in magic because that would be ridiculous!!! Yesssss...well...it was okay and I did finish it (audio version) but I wouldn't recommend it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cris

    Light reading, funny, full of cats, thanks to my sister Cintia I discovered this new trend called "cozy mystery"

  28. 5 out of 5

    Quenya

    I really wanted this book to be great but it wasn’t and I’m not sure if it was even good in my opinion. This book suffered from two of my least favorite things in a cozy mystery. First up – an annoying main character. Willa is a former crime journalist turned bookstore owner. Willa may not have been the best crime journalist – her instincts were all over the map and most of the time way off. Usually in a cozy the amateur sleuth is way ahead of the cops – not here- Willa just happens to stumble u I really wanted this book to be great but it wasn’t and I’m not sure if it was even good in my opinion. This book suffered from two of my least favorite things in a cozy mystery. First up – an annoying main character. Willa is a former crime journalist turned bookstore owner. Willa may not have been the best crime journalist – her instincts were all over the map and most of the time way off. Usually in a cozy the amateur sleuth is way ahead of the cops – not here- Willa just happens to stumble upon the solution and still doesn’t seem to grasp the situation. Second thing – vague mentors. I abhor books where there is an older wiser person who gives all this vague information to the main character trying to help them understand the situation, develop their new powers or lead them in the right direction. This book was chock full of vague mentors. Everything from Willa’s best friend, the cat and the librarian ghost. I kept wanting to knock someone in the back of the head and scream “out with it” already. This book seemed so fabulous in concept that I was extremely disappointed in the execution. Which is sad because I was so looking forward to a new series but I’m not sure I could sit through more of this or not. I will have to think on it before moving forward with another book in the series. The narrator did a fine job other than I occasionally picked up on an accent I didn’t recognize. It didn’t really affect the reading but it was enough for me to notice.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    This was a great start to this mystery series. I liked the vast majority of the characters. They are quirky. I like the cats in the book, and getting to hear them is fun. The mystery is well done, although not everything was cleared up by the end. Guess I'll just have to read more. ;) :)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kim Norman

    I am not in the habit of reading cozy mysteries but I really enjoyed this one. I found it engaging and it kept me interested. I will definitely read more by this author and will likely continue with this series.

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