Review: Open for Witchness by Ada Bell

Posted December 5, 2023 by Lola in Fantasy, Mystery, Review / 0 Comments

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Open for WitchnessOpen for Witchness (Haunted Haven #3)
Ada Bell

My Rating: 3 stars

Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Age Category: Adult
Type of romance: MF

Enjoy this bewitching third installment of the Haunted Haven series by award-winning author Ada Bell.

With two solved murders under her belt, Emma agrees to tackle a mystery that’s been haunting the residents of neighboring Shady Grove for years: what supernatural presence keeps the only bar in town from operating? Emma’s been in haunted places before, and no one else ever noticed. The ghosts she’s encountered may not have all been warm and fuzzy, but they were peaceful. Intrigued, she and her friend Ben head to the bar he hopes to take over. The last thing she expects is to find a ghostly sentry at the door, preventing anyone from going in. Since ghosts don’t wear clothes, Emma’s thread magic is of little use. Still, she made a promise, so she’ll do her best to find out who died and what they need to be at peace.

Her inquiries reveal a murder in the bar twenty years ago. The only way to help Ben fulfill his dream of owning his own bar is to solve the mystery—but the trail has been cold for decades. Can she close the case to help Ben reopen the bar before the spirits close her down for good?

Open for Witchness is a paranormal cozy mystery set in a small town, with ghosts, witches, and a talking cat. Oh my! Fans of Angie Fox, Amy Boyles, and Annabel Chase will love this bewitching series.

My Review

I received a free copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed it.

Open for Witchness is the third book in the haunted Haven series and follows witch Emma who can see ghosts. In this book she’s helping her friend Ben to investigate if the property he wants to buy is indeed haunted. It quickly turns out something strange is going on in the property and Emma gets involved figuring things out.

For some reason the plot of this one didn’t fully grip me. It didn’t keep my attention and I just wasn’t as invested in what was going on. The progress was slow at times and I just had trouble staying interested in the plot. I did really like the wrap up, that was done really well and there were some really good twists and reveals. It all made sense too and I liked that part of the book.

I like reading about Emma as well as her friends. I also like how her magic is an important part of the story and helps her with the mysteries. I am not really feeling the romance in this one, but I do like how Emma interacts with her friends and those staying at her B&B.

To summarize: I like this series, but this book didn’t hook me as much as the earlier ones. The plot in this one wasn’t as engaging and felt a bit slow to progress. I did really like the wrap up and there were some good twists and reveals when everything falls on it’s place. I like reading about Emma and how her witchy powers are part of the story.

3 Stars


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