MINi-Review: Chili Cauldron Curse (Book #0.5: Kitchen Witch Mysteries Series) by Lynn Cahoon

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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. . . .

Source: NetGalley and Kensington Books Rating: 3/5 stars

The Bottom Line:  Generally speaking, I liked this book, but it is a bit of a wobbly start to a new series.  First in a series books are always hard as there is so much information, characters, backstory, plot, etc. that must be introduced.  Unfortunately, the novella format of this book didn’t allow for enough time or space to really develop much of anything and the book just stops rather abruptly.  While this makes it sound like I didn’t like the book at all, that is not the case.  There is just enough in this book to make me want to come back for more.  Mia and her grandmother are solid characters, the idea of an actual practicing coven makes me happy, and the help of familiars is always a bonus.  Lynn Cahoon is an accomplished author, and I can’t see the next book in the series being anything other than thoroughly interesting, packed with details, and fully developed.  I’m hanging on for round two!

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