Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review: Ghostly Paws (Mystic Notch Cozy Mystery #1) by Leighann Dobbs

Title: Ghostly Paws (Mystic Notch Cozy Mystery #1)
Author: Leighann Dobbs
Source: Self-Purchased
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Length: Novel
Release Date: March 12, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 1

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?

This was a really great cozy mystery.  The main character, Willa, is an ex-crime journalist that has returned home to run her grandmother's book store.  She has a hard time keeping her nose out of investigations and likes to know what's going on.  When she finds the local librarian dead - it doesn't look like an accident and the librarian's ghost confirms it.  Knowing the ghost won't give her any peace until the murderer is found, she dives right in.

Now Mystic Notch is a special place, with some very special people and animals.  The cats in particular are a special variety.  They help keep evil from taking over the town and were a really great addition to the story.  Pandora helps out whenever she can and I loved her personality.  The mystery seemed to be a simple one at first, especially with some inside information from the ghost.

The mystery takes some interesting turns though and Willa finds she may be the next target.  She needs to work with Officer Handsome and her sister, the Sheriff, to figure out what's going on.  I was surprised several times at the turn of events the story took - and that's always a great thing in a mystery.  The only downfall was right at the very beginning.  The writing style took me a bit to get used to - at times it seemed almost like the author was taking down to me.  Once I got used to it, it didn't bother me at all.  It was just not what I was expecting going right into it.

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