Monday, July 6, 2020

Book Review, Feature, & #Giveaway ~ Witch Hunt (A Full Moon Mystery, Book 1) by Cate Conte @Lizmugavero #CozyMystery #witches

Witch Hunt
A Full Moon Mystery
Book 1
Cate Conte

Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Kensington 
Publish Date: June 30, 2020
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages 
ISBN-10: 1496717600 
ISBN-13: 978-1496717603 
Digital ASIN: B083TQX2CT

About the Book:

Murder isn’t always crystal-clear . . . especially when the prime suspect discovers she’s a witch.

Violet Mooney owns The Full Moon crystal shop in quaint North Harbor, Connecticut. Still grieving her beloved grandmother’s recent unexpected death, she takes comfort in her fat orange cat Monty and her work. Not everyone in town is thrilled with her business, however. When disagreeable town councilwoman Carla Fernandez picks a fight over Violet’s "voodoo shop," the two have a very public confrontation. Of course, when Carla turns up dead, Violet gets little sympathy from the police as suspect #1.

But the shock of two policemen showing up at her door pales in comparison to the sudden appearance of her estranged mother Fiona and a surprise sister, Zoe. What Fiona reveals will rock her world and her sense of self—and reawaken her long-dormant mysterious power. Good thing. She’s gonna need it . . .

My Review:

I'm a huge fan of Liz Mugavero's Pawsitively Organic Mysteries and and her alter-ego, Cate Conte's 
Cat Cafe Mystery series, so when I saw Cate launched a new series, I was all-in.

Violet Mooney is a Connecticut resident who owns a crystal shop. When one of the local councilwomen aggressively confronts Violet in a coffee shop one morning about her unorthodox shop, things get quite heated. After returning home and calling it a day, Violet is questioned by the local police after the councilwoman is later found dead....with an item owned by Violet at the scene. The hits keep coming when Violet leaves the police department and walks into a confrontation with two women who claim to be her long-lost mother and sister. It's been 27 years so who is this person and if it really is her mother, why now after all these years? The family reunion is anything but joyous for Violet, especially after learning she's from a long line of witches.

Witch Hunt is a wonderful first book in this new series. I was completely engaged in the story from beginning to end. Violet's past collides with her present, blindsiding her with a life she was never told about. Raised as a human, Violet is anything but. Her reaction to her mother and the wildly spun tale of her heritage was apt. I felt her disbelief, irritation, and sense of abandonment. Violet's fear of being arrested for something she didn't do permeated the pages as she tried to rectify her mother's return, her discovery of witches, and find out who really killed Carla. The story flowed along and was well-written. The author did a wonderful job of stacking the deck of suspects. I didn't consider the culprit until almost the big reveal and even then I questioned the motive. Of course, everything fell into place perfectly. I can't wait for the next book in this series.

I was provided a copy of this book to review.

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About Cate Conte:

Cate Conte is the alter ego of Liz Mugavero. Liz is the author of the Pawsitively Organic Mystery series from Kensington Books, the first of which was an Agatha nominee for Best First Novel. Cate is the author of the new Full Moon Mysteries for Kensington and writes the Cat Cafe Mystery series for Minotaur Books. As you can imagine, her canine and feline rescues demand the best organic food and treats around. She is a member of Sisters in Crime National, Sisters in Crime New England, Mystery Writers of America, and the Cat Writers’ Association. She currently lives in Connecticut.

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