Review of Chili Cauldron Curse

Chili Cauldron Curse
Kitchen Witch Mysteries, Book 0.5
Lynn Cahoon
5 Stars

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New York Times bestselling author Lynn Cahoon introduces a new heroine with her own special brand of culinary magic in this novella to introduce her Kitchen Witch series.

When Mia Malone’s grandmother asks her to take a week away from her restaurant job and come to Magic Springs, Idaho, she’s happy to oblige. Like Mia, Grans has witchcraft running through her veins, and life with her is never boring. Plus, the cause is a good one—helping Grans get the local food bank up and running again. But there’s an unappetizing surprise in store. While Mia is knee-deep in boxes of donated produce, she encounters the body of Dorian Alexander.

Dorian was a warlock, leader of the local coven. He was also her Grans’ new beau. There’s no potion that’ll make this trouble disappear. But if Mia wants to keep her Grans—now a prime suspect—from serving a spell in prison, she’ll have to unearth the real killer fast. . . . (Goodreads)


This novella is an introduction to a new series by author Lynn Cahoon. We meet Mia and her grandmother and the citizens of Magic Springs. When Mia and her grandmother and friends are getting a food bank in order to meet the needs of the school-aged children, they find a body. Mia feels she needs to find the culprit because it was her grandmother’s boyfriend.

The character’s are well developed and well rounded. I enjoyed getting to meet Mia and her grandmother to get to know them a little bit better. The writing style flows smoothly and the novella was an easy read. The descriptions from the author and actions from the characters kept me engaged and wanting to know more.

I would recommend this novella to anyone who enjoys a well crafted story. I cannot wait to read the first book in this series.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.


New Releases For The Week Of September 6th, 2020–Part 1

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of September 6th, 2020. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for the week. Today is the first day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


Witch's Tale: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (The Spellwood Witches Book 1) by [Melanie Snow]Can she awaken her dormant powers and stop a desperate killer destroying the forest?

Sarah Spellwood feels she’s hit bottom. Divorced and jobless, she relocates to the enchanting village of Witchland intent on solving the murder of her late mentor. But as she pursues clues buried in the man’s fight to save the endangered forest-dwelling lynx, she makes an enemy of a ruthless land developer.

Encountering fairies in the woods, Sarah discovers she’s been repressing unique gifts passed down from her ancestor and founding witch, Lativia Spellwood. But though she can now hear her deceased friend’s dog speak, she isn’t sure her abilities are enough to expose the greed and corruption covering a killer’s lies.

Can Sarah work with the magical beings to bring a murderer to justice?

Witch’s Tail is the charming first book in the light-hearted The Spellwood Witches cozy mystery series. If you like paranormal puzzles, delightful canine companions, and environmental enlightenment, then you’ll love Melanie Snow’s wagging-ly fun whodunit.

Buy Witch’s Tail to set a snare for an assassin today!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













Bait on the Hook: A rural mystery, full of suspense (Dan Mallett Investigations Book 4) by [Frank Parrish, Roger Longrigg]A cosy English mystery full of suspense! Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, M C Beaton, Sophie Hannah and Faith Martin.

Dan Mallett chases a faceless gunman…

1979, West Country of England

When Dan Mallett arranges a secret meeting with the local police constable’s daughter — Julie — in the grand home of her employer, he gets more than he bargained for.

During their liaison, an intruder breaks into the house and is shot by an unknown assailant.

When the police arrive to find Dan’s bicycle outside, it seems he is moments away from being arrested for the crime. Unwilling to use Julie as an alibi, Dan goes on the run, determined to unmask the perpetrator.

Unarmed and with almost no leads, Dan must deploy his full arsenal of tricks and traps in order to survive the deadly chase…

Why was the gunman lurking in the house? Were they expecting the intruder?

And could Dan be the killer’s next target…?

Bait on the Hook is the fourth cosy village mystery in the Dan Mallett Investigation series: private investigation murder mysteries set in rural England.

Book One: Fire in the Barley
Book Two: Sting of the Honeybee
Book Three: Snare in the Dark
Book Four: Bait on the Hook
Book Five: Face at the Window
Book Six: Fly in the Cobweb
Book Seven: Caught in the Birdlime
Book Eight: Voices From the Dark  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













Nightshade: A Livy Nash Mystery (LIVY NASH MYSTERY, A Book 2) by [M. L. Huie]
Nightshade: A Livy Nash Mystery (LIVY NASH MYSTERY, A Book 2) by [M. L. Huie]M. L. Huie returns with the next Livy Nash historical mystery, perfect for fans of Susan Elia MacNeal’s Maggie Hope series and Kate Quinn’s The Alice Network.

How far would you go to rescue a friend?

British spy Livy Nash has never had many friends. But fellow agent Margot Dupont was the exception to the rule. At least, until she disappeared during one of their missions in World War Two, never to be heard from again. Since then, Livy’s made do. Some people, you just can’t replace.

But when the British pick up Margot’s call sign–NIGHTSHADE–years after the war, Livy can’t help the glimmer of hope that she might see her old friend again. But Livy has her doubts: what their enemies are using it to lure out Livy and her team? What if it’s all a trick?

Despite her unease, Livy dives headlong into finding Margot, aided by her boss, the charming Ian Fleming. When evidence arises that a handsome Russian spy might have information about Margot, Livy agrees to her most dangerous mission yet: going undercover as a double agent to spy on the infamous “Red Devil”.

As Livy is pulled deeper into the shadows of treachery, the possibility of finding Margot alive diminishes as the danger grows. How much will she have to sacrifice to find a friend she thought she’d lost forever? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook












Little Bookshop of Murder: A Beach Reads Mystery by [Maggie Blackburn]

Little Bookshop of Murder: A Beach Reads Mystery by [Maggie Blackburn]

A Shakespearean scholar inherits a beachside bookshop–and a murder mystery–in this delightful new cozy series for fans of Kate Carlisle and Ellery Adams.

Summer Merriweather’s career as a Shakespeare professor hangs by a bookbinder’s thread. Academic life at her Virginia university is a viper’s pit, so Summer spends her summer in England, researching a scholarly paper that, with any luck, will finally get her published, impress the Dean, and save her job. But her English idyll ends when her mother, Hildy, shuffles off her mortal coil from an apparent heart attack.

Returning to Brigid’s Island, NC, for the funeral, Summer is impatient to settle the estate, sell her mom’s embarrassingly romance-themed bookstore, Beach Reads, and go home. But as she drops by Beach Reads, Summer finds threatening notes addressed to Hildy: “Sell the bookstore or die.”

Clearly, something is rotten on Brigid’s Island. What method is behind the madness? Was Hildy murdered? The police insist there’s not enough evidence to launch a murder investigation. Instead, Summer and her Aunt Agatha screw their courage to the sticking place and start sleuthing, with the help of Hildy’s beloved book club. But there are more suspects on Brigid’s Island than are dreamt of in the Bard’s darkest philosophizing. And if Summer can’t find the villain, the town will be littered with a Shakespearean tragedy’s worth of corpses–including her own. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook













Witch Bat To Swing (Wavily Witches Book 2) by [Amelia Ash, Vered Eshani]Everyone’s a suspect.

Blood magic is illegal, but the law never stopped the Wavily witches before. After all, Evian’s family runs The Hotel Wavily, which caters to the criminally-inclined. While there’s no self-help spellbook for amateur blood witches, her batty familiar Squeaks and best human friend Rita are more than willing to experiment with — and on — her.

Classes are interrupted when livestock starts mysteriously disappearing around town, and Evian suspects the thief is anything but human. Determined to practice her spells and prove she has what it takes to be a Wavily witch, she sets off to catch a demon — and possibly get a driver’s license along the way.

Witch Bat to Swing is the second case in the Wavily Witches Cozy Mystery series set in Tea Town, Kenya. Welcome to The Hotel Wavily where the guests are wicked, the owners are witches, and the service is to kill for. If you enjoy exotic locations, eccentric characters, and bewitching stories, then check into The Hotel Wavily for Case #2 to start your spellbinding African holiday today.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Murder at Hotel 1911: An Ivy Nichols Mystery by [Audrey Keown]A hotel clerk prone to panic attacks turns amateur detective in this elegant and atmospheric murder mystery.

If you want to spend a night amid the luxury and charm of the early 20th century, book a room at Hotel 1911. You’ll find 28-year-old Ivy Nichols behind the reception desk. The hotel is Ivy’s only link to the family that abandoned her when she was a small child. Now, plagued by panic attacks, she pedals her sea-green Schwinn bicycle to work every evening, hoping desperately to hold on to her job.

When wealthy, imperious Ms. Swain arrives at the hotel and belittles Ivy, the young woman seeks consolation in the welcoming kitchen of George, the hotel’s chef. Despite her tormentor’s barbs, she dutifully informs George that Ms. Swain has a deadly allergy to shellfish. So when Ms. Swain collapses at dinner and dies, the police suspect that the chef made a tragic, inexcusable error. Desperate to save George’s career, Ivy sets out sleuthing. She learns that numerous people in and around the hotel had motives to contaminate Ms. Swain’s plate. Among them are Jeffrey Swain, the victim’s son and heir; painter Rose Jewett; and British expat Hemal Sandeep.

Even after the police find traces of shellfish in George’s kitchen, Ivy is determined to clear her friend’s name. But the stress of the investigation, in a hotel filled with suspects, threatens to precipitate another terrifying panic attack…or something more deadly. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle. Hardcover, Audiobook













In a Midnight Wood: A Jane Lawless Mystery (Jane Lawless Mysteries Book 27) by [Ellen Hart]
In a Midnight Wood: A Jane Lawless Mystery (Jane Lawless Mysteries Book 27) by [Ellen Hart]Beloved heroine Jane Lawless finds that some secrets don’t stay buried forever in Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Ellen Hart’s In a Midnight Wood, the 27th mystery in this cultishly popular series.

Minnesota private investigator Jane Lawless is headed on a little getaway. She and her best friend, Cordelia Thorn, plan to visit their old friend Emma in her hometown of Castle Lake, while also participating in the small town’s local art festival. Between the festival and an upcoming high school reunion for the class of 1999, no one in Castle Lake is quite sure who will make an appearance.

But back in 1999, Emma’s boyfriend and Castle Lake high school senior Sam Romilly went missing. Everyone thought he ran away, though the town rumor mill has always claimed his father murdered him. Today, within a week of his class’s 20th reunion, Sam’s remains are found in someone else’s burial plot. Suddenly the case is warming up fast. People who knew Sam—friends and enemies alike—will be in town for the much anticipated reunion. It’s up to Jane to sort the innocent from the guilty, before it’s too late. (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook













Murder at Farrington Hall (A Dodo Dorchester Mystery Book 1) by [Ann Sutton]



The Honorable Lady Dorothea Dorchester – Dodo to her friends – has a nose for crime and fashion. Unlucky in love but adept at sleuthing, she navigates the world of high society with intelligence and panache.
When she and her sister, Lady Diantha, are invited to a party at Farrington Hall they eagerly accept. The weekend begins with a lot of promise until disaster strikes. A theft leads to murder and Dodo is called upon by her hosts to help the police, who are less than happy to have an amateur interfering. Can she win them over and solve the crime?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback


















Broom Mates (Familiar Curses Mysteries Book 2) by [Corrine Winters]A witch and her feline familiar move into town.
A murder happens.
I guess you could call it…

Paws and effect?

Sweetwater Falls has another murder, and this time Zoe Cross is just relieved she’s not the main suspect.
That doesn’t mean that she’s not getting involved, though.
Witch, please.

Sean Peabody, the handsome warlock detective that has his eyes and hands all over Zoe, is leading the investigation. And while he may be pretty, Zoe knows that he needs all the help he can get. It’s up to Zoe, her cat familiar, Paws, her psychic Aunt Zelda, and her mortal friend Lissie to figure out who it could be.

Whoever it is will go to any length to hide themselves. They’ll kill anyone in any way needed to keep their activities secret.
Too bad they’ve never gone up against a gang like this. And even if they did, they probably would be no match for Zoe.
After all, everyone agrees on one thing.

She really is a world class…witch.  (Amazon)

Editions  Available:  Kindle












Murder Most Sweet: A Bookish Baker Mystery by [Laura Jensen Walker]Murder Most Sweet: A Bookish Baker Mystery by [Laura Jensen Walker]In this series debut for fans of Jenn McKinlay, baker Teddie St. John spends her time away from the oven writing murder mysteries. But is she herself a murderer?

Everyone in Lake Potawatomi, Wisconsin, knows Teddie St. John. Tall, curly-haired Teddie is a superb baker, a bohemian bon vivant, and a mystery writer. Teddie is walking her American Eskimo dog, Gracie, when her four-legged friend finds Teddie’s missing silk scarf. Only problem: the scarf is tied tightly around the neck of a beautiful blond woman, the fiancée of a touring British author.

Before you can say “Wisconsin kringle,” Teddie becomes a murder suspect. Everyone in town knows all too well that the distinctive scarf was hers. But there are more layers to this case than there would have been on poor Kristi’s wedding cake. Tavish Bentley should be bereaved after his sweetheart’s strangling. Instead, the dashing Brit takes a shine to Teddie’s witty wisecracks and to-die-for cookies, and soon he’s mooning over her instead of mourning his bride. That is, when he’s not dodging the attentions of Annabelle, an obsessive fan who’s taken to stalking him.

And when a second murder shocks the community, the plot thickens to the consistency of fondant as Teddie stands accused of not one, but two, murders. With the help of her friends Sharon and Char, can Teddie clear her name and deliver a killer’s just desserts? (Amazon)

Editions Available: Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook