Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery
A witch, a kitty and dark chocolate magic…
Caitlyn is used to being the ugly duckling in her glamorous showbiz family… until the day she learns that she was adopted as an abandoned baby. Now, her search for answers takes her to the tiny English village of Tillyhenge where a man has been murdered by witchcraft – and where a mysterious shop selling enchanted chocolates is home to the “local witch”…
Soon Caitlyn finds herself fending off a toothless old vampire, rescuing an adorable kitten and meeting handsome aristocrat Lord James Fitzroy… not to mention discovering that she herself might have magical blood in her veins!
When she’s dragged into the murder investigation and realises that dark magic is involved, Caitlyn is forced to choose. Can she embrace her witchy powers in time to solve the mystery and save those she loves?
WARNING: May contain traces of “Hahaha!”
This book follows British English spelling and usage.
Clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language.
Genre: humorous paranormal cozy mysteries / cat cozy mystery series / women amateur sleuth / British cozy mystery
This book was a great read! I love HY Hanna her Oxford Tearoom series and it’s easily one of my favorite cozy mystery series, so when I heard she was starting a new series I was really excited. I haven’t read a lot of cozies with a paranormal touch so far, but I really liked how that aspect was handled here. Dark, Witch & Creamy is a solid start to a new series. We get to meet some fun characters, visit this nice small english town, there’s a mystery to solve and chocolate! It’s just as good as her other series and I see this one quickly joining the list of my favorite cozies series. I couldn’t get enough of this book and had this urge to keep reading.
This book really reads like a first book in a series, we get introduced to the characters, get a feel for the town and the people who live there and there’s a lot of focus on Caitlyn finding her way there and meeting people. t’s very introductory in a sense, but I did enjoy that part. And even with all that going on, it still has a solid mystery going on as well. I didn’t figure out the murderer until Caitlyn did, although I did cross off some people I was pretty sure wouldn’t be the murderer and did got those correct, lol. The mystery was a fun one and I liked the touch of magic interwoven in everything. There were some great red herrings and I kept wondering if this was a red herring or a real hint, it’s almost easy to miss the real hints with everything going on.
I would classify this book as a paranormal cozy mystery as the magic and paranormal aspect is a big and important part of the plot. It doesn’t overtake the plot, but it is an important part of it and is nicely interwoven into the story. I am impressed with how HY Hanna handled the magic aspect. While I like reading paranormal books, witches aren’t my favorite and I wasn’t sure how well paranormal and cozy mystery would go together. But I really liked how the author wrote the paranormal aspect and the magic. I like how Caityn slowly got to believe in magic, instead of all at once. I found her response very believable and realistic. And while I wasn’t sure if I would like the paranormal aspect added to a cozy mystery I found that in this book the magic really added to the story.
I quickly warmed up to Caitlyn the main character, she’s fun to read about. She is curious about her past and goes to investigate. I liked how she was proactive and curious, but also friendly and open minded. She was fun to read about and I can’t wait to read more of her adventures and figure out who her real family is. And besides Caitlyn we meet a great cast of side characters as well, like Widow Mags, the Kitten, James, his dog, Victor and more. And there even is a small cameo appearance of the Old Biddies from the Oxford Tearoom series at the start, which was a nice touch.
Lastly I want to mention the setting and the chocolate. Like the Oxford Tearoom mystery series this one is set in a small english village as well, but while at first I feared they might be too similar, but that wasn’t the case at all. I quickly formed a vivid image of this small town and it has a completely different feel than the village in her other series. I also liked the touches of magic that were interwoven into the history of the town. Then there is the focus topic of this series namely the chocolate. Gah this book made me crave chocolate. There are description of the most delicious chocolate and I enjoyed reading about the chocolate store.
To summarize: this was a great and solid start of a new series and I already am looking forward to more books in this series! Dark, Witch and Creamy is a paranormal cozy mystery book and it’s so much fun to read! I liked meeting Caitlyn and all the side characters. The mystery kept me guessing and I only figured it out when Caitlyn did. The paranormal aspect was very well written, it was an important part of the plot and nicely interwoven into the story. It was a great addition! The setting was well done and I was able to visualize the town very well. I also loved reading about the chocolate shop and all the delicious chocolates. This book sure made me crave chocolates! I can’t wait to read more in this series!