Cookie Dough, Snow & Wands Aglow: A Cozy Witch Mystery
Spells & Caramels, Book 4
Paperback: 264 pages
Digital ASIN: B078MNJZFM
About the Book:
Murder in a magical, merry town just brimming with secrets.
On the snowy road to the Earth Kingdom for the holidays, Imogen and the bakers are ambushed by Horace, villainous leader of the Badlands Army. They’re forced to detour to an idyllic, rural village, bedecked in lights, garlands and winter cheer…all a little too perfect to believe. At least that’s so for Imogen, who’s seeing burned out buildings and mysterious memorials that no one else seems to notice.
Hank’s royal presence gets them invited to the big bash at the governor’s mansion. The night is filled with dancing, stolen kisses under the mistletoe and fun, until a guest is found dead in the cauldron of punch.
As bodies and mysteries pile up, all the evidence points to the vampire Francis as the culprit. The gang must come together to clear their friend’s name and save themselves from the angry villagers. Even worse, Imogen struggles with having to keep her relationship with Hank hidden, while working with him to find the real killer.
As Imogen unearths more than a few town secrets, she finally solves the riddles of her past and discovers the truth of Horace’s pursuit of her. But will all the secrets be unraveled in time to stop the killer, or will Imogen and her friends suffer a monstrous fate?
Imogen, Maple, and the rest of the bakers along with Hank, are headed to London to spend the holidays with the Earth Kingdom royalty. During Bruma, the kingdoms' winter holiday, Hank organized a bake-off between the royal bakers for the Water and Earth Kingdoms. The group unfortunately encounters Horace and are forced to abandon their trek to London and into a small town. This almost too perfect town is a lot more than it seems and the perfect facade crumbles before their very eyes into something more sinister.
When some of the townspeople are found dead under mysterious circumstances, Francis seems to be the person of interest in the deaths. Knowing Francis isn't responsible, it's up the royal bakers and Hank to solve the mysteries. As Imogen and Hank, and the rest of the royal bakers investigate, Imogen finally learns more about her family history and some of it is truly shocking - but also explains Horace.
Getting out this small town is not going to be very easy!
I have really taken to this series. Imogene, Hank, Maple, and Sam, along with all the others, are being developed well. The continued world building provides more information about the magic practiced by various characters, describes scenes very well, and helps the reader develop deeper connections with the characters. I really enjoyed getting to know everyone better in book 4.
Imogen is a fun, caring, and interesting character. She has embraced the magic she was born into and is still learning how to harness or use the magic. Imogene and Maple are great friends and I love their friendship. I love the dynamics between Imogene and Prince Harry. They are cute together. And Iggy is the best! He's mouthy but Iggy and Imogen have a great relationship and love to watch it continue to grow.
I really enjoyed the fourth book in this cozy mystery series and found the setting and characters to be interesting and exciting. I was completely engaged in the story. There were some twists and turns in the quest to catch the killer. There are multiple threads woven through Cookie Dough, Snow & Wands Aglow that keep the story fresh and interesting. The book was fast paced and easy to follow. I look forward to the next book and the continued exploration into Imogen's past and development of the relationship between Imogen and Hank - as unconventional as it may seem.
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