Stacy Justice is your average small-town reporter...who just so happens to be a witch. She’s never had the time or patience to mess around with the magic her grandmother and great-aunts are into, even though Grandma says Stacy has a higher calling. Right now, Stacy has stories to cover, her cousin Cinnamon’s bar to help run, and her cute cop boyfriend and flatulent Great Dane to keep her company.
But when someone sets Cinnamon’s bar ablaze - almost killing Stacy in the process - the green-eyed redhead will have to embrace her inner witch after all. Then her investigation into the crime reveals two things: Someone wants Stacy dead, and her so-called magic skills are rusty. If she doesn’t get her mojo back soon, she won’t live long enough to find out if Grandma was right.
A bewitching tale of mystery, magic, and mayhem, Opal Fire ignites a dazzling new mystery series.
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Very enjoyable mystery with a slight bit of magic
The story was very entertaining and I'm a sucker for a story that has an animal as part of the story (Stacy's pet dog). Not only was it comical in places, but it had a good mystery at the heart of the story. Her family provided several laugh out loud moments and added to the story. This was a cleverly written who-done-it, without getting bogged down in the details. It was a very easy listen and the narrator was very good. I look forward to the other two books in the series.
I really liked Stacy's character and her relationship with her dog and family. Even though she was a witch, that was not the main focus of the story. She is a very normal type of person who just happens to have magical abilities and a dysfunctional family.
If you are looking for a lighthearted, fun mystery with several quirky characters and a strong female lead character who is very likeable, then this is the story for you.
There are some holes here, but decent effort
Here we have a supernatural mystery where the supernatural doesn't overwhelm the story. It gives the story a good grounding while having enough wonder at what the supernatural side of things will contribute.
On the downside the characters were a little two dimensional. There needs to be a bit more development there. The villain of the piece was a little obvious and could have been more of a surprise with a few more tweaks and less mustache twirling.
I've already picked up the next two in the series. I listen to a lot of audiobooks and am always looking for promising authors.
A good narrator can make or break an audiobook. Additionally, the right narrator can really bring the characters to life. Amy R. does a good job here and I think can be safely added to the list of Narrators that I will gladly listen to.
- Jean "A five star rating is a rare occurrence from me, as is a one star rating. I primarily listen to sci-fi though I will branch out occasionally. Political satire/comedy and I did manage to laugh my way through that whole E.L. James series... you know the one..."