Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery
A witch, a kitty and a wickedly delicious mystery…
Since arriving in the tiny Cotswolds village of Tillyhenge, Caitlyn is discovering that there are lots of perks to being a witch (although sadly, magic still can’t make your thighs thinner or stop you acting like an idiot every time you meet handsome “lord of the manor”, James Fitzroy).
But when the nasty housekeeper at Huntingdon Manor is murdered and Caitlyn becomes the main suspect, she finds herself surrounded by suspicious villagers. With the help of her sassy American cousin, a mischievous black kitten and a slobbering English mastiff – not to mention the old village witch and her shop of enchanted chocolates – Caitlyn sets out to clear her name.
She soon realises that this is no simple murder. Her sleuthing leads her to an ancient ring with mythical powers – a ring worth killing for. But with a few clever spells and some chocolate magic, Caitlyn just might solve the mystery – and find her real family too!
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
I received a free copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed it
The first book in this series was so good! So I was eager to return to this series and it was awesome that book 2 was already available too. Witch Chocolate Fudge is just as good as the first book. It continues the story of Caitlyn her stay in Tillyhenge, her search for the truth about her family, mouthwatering chocolates and her involvement in another murder mystery! I love the blend of paranormal and cozy mystery in this book! And while it means there’s a bit less focus on the mystery, that’s totally fine with me as all the other stuff going on is just as fun to read about.
This one had a nice mystery. In this case it’s an unlikeable character who has been killed and I always like how in those cases there seems to be an abundance of suspects. Even Cailtyn is a suspect. Some new information comes to light and I liked how the paranormal was also intertwined with the mystery. While I wasn’t too surprised when we found out who the murderer was, it was still a fun mystery. What has me most curious is how each book leaves a small plot line open connecting to the mystery and I am curious if and how that will play a part in later books. I can’t wait to see how that all plays out.
Besides the mystery we have Caitlyn finding her place in Tillyhenge, getting to know some people better and she’s trying to figure out who her family is. That storyline about her family is one that’s progressing slowly, but I like each new piece of information we learn. We got an important piece here, I already had guessed this might be the case, but it was fun to see it confirmed. I also have my theories surrounding Caitlyn her mom and it will be interesting to see if they are true or not. It’s nice to have plot lines ie that slowly progressing throughout the series There’s a bit of magic and paranormal as well, which is a fun addition. Caitlyn slowly gets a bit more confident in her magical abilities and sometimes uses them in this book. I like how the magic isn’t overdone, but nicely sprinkled in between the pages.
Another thing I always enjoy about HY Hanna her books are the characters. They are all fun to get to know, they all have their own characteristics and ‘they are fun to read about. We see more of Panoma, James, The Willow Mags and ofcourse the kitten and the English mastiff dog, who make some fun appearances. We meet some new side characters again. And the unlikeable Angela is there as well, I don’t get why she’s so nasty to Caitlyn. I also liked seeing how the chocolate shop slowly gets more well known, while they still battle some prejudice and superstition towards the shop and the Widow Mags.
To summarize: I was eager to return to this series and Witch Chocolate Fudge was a great read! I really enjoyed this one and was a bit sad when I finished. This book continues the story of Caitlyn. Besides the mystery there are other plot lines as well and it’s nice to see everything progress and have a good mystery as well. The mystery didn’t surprise me too much, but it was a good one. I also like how there are some small plot lines connected to the mystery in each book that stay open and I wonder if those will connect later on or play a part, I am so curious about this. Caitlyn learns a new piece of information about her family and we get to see more of the already familiar characters from book one and meet a few new ones. Overall this was another great read and I am already eagerly anticipating the next book in this series!