Friday 2 December 2022

Feline Fiction on Fridays #219 at Amber's Library featuring **A Spell Of Trouble** by Leighann Dobbs & Traci Douglass PLUS Friendly Fill-ins

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Welcome to the Mewton-Clawson Library at BBHQ 

Thank mew for joining me in the stacks today.

Well, I don't know about mew, but I can't believe we're on another Catmas countdown already!

It doesn't seem like two shakes of a lamb's tail since it was this time last year. I'm not sure if it's a strange phenomenon but time really does seem to pass quicker the older mew get.

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Sadly the internet service is still out of commission, and this is really getting to the point of ridiculous, also the P.A. was late serving my fresh chicken lunch on Tuesday and I had to make my way into the kitchen to make enquiries as to why lunch was late and not being served in my bed!  Mew know mew just can't get the cat staff these days! MOL

Ah well, that's progress for mew, anyhoo let's dive into this week's book, as I'm sure mew're going to love it.

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Today the P.A. is also joining in Friday Fill-ins Blog Hop with the pawesome 15 & Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs.

1. I don’t like ____________________ in my ______________________________.
2. My to-do list for December includes: _____________, ________________ and ______________________________.
3. I still need to _________ before _________.
4. To me, _________ is the most important part of the holiday season.

The P.A.'s answers are...

1. I don’t like white chocolate in my festive treat selection. I really can't stand white chocolate; it's just like eating pure white sugar.

2. My to-do list for December includes: This years Crafting with Cats post, some new header graphics and making a video compilation of Melvyn's modelling. Exciting stuff for sure! LOL And if all has gone to plan the new blog header should be right above and The B Team are in the BBHQ Winter Garden.

3. I still need to post a few UK Christmas cards before the end of next week and avoid the postal strikes, but the good news is this; I managed to get all the overseas cards posted on the 30th of November, so if mew're taking part in this year's card exchange and are not in the UK, your card has left BBHQ, just look out for a really pretty gold envelope landing on your doorstep soon!

4. To me, a good Christmas dinner with family is the most important part of the holiday season.

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Let's see what I've got to show mew this time!

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This week's top book pick is...

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A Spell Of Trouble

  Silver Hollow Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series Book 1

Leighann Dobbs & Traci Douglass

         Here's a little snippet of the book blurb:      

When town trouble maker, Louella Drummond, drops dead in front of Isolde Quinn's pet store just minutes after threatening both Issy and her cousin Graeme, the police in the small lakeside town of Silver Hollow assume it's from natural causes.

... Until it's discovered that Louella was murdered.

Not just any murder, though. Murder by paranormal means. Dark magic that could only have been performed by a powerful witch. And every law-abiding paranormal knows that dark magic is forbidden and carries strict punishment at the hands of "the committee" - the mysterious entity that provides law and order within the paranormal community.

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As mew know I spend most of my summer break looking for and reading/listening to new books to share with mew ready for the new season, and believe me when I tell mew it's no mean feat to find good reads to share, as I typically need about 40 books per new review season.

Anyhoo, mew know how much I like the author Leighan Dobbs and the Mystic Notch Cozy Mystery Series is still one of my all-time favs, so mew can imagine my delight when I found another series called The Silver Hollow Paranormal Cozy Mystery series which is written with a co-author; Traci Douglass.

I was excited, as mew know how much I like my cozies! MOL 

So what did I think of the first book in this new series? As mew know if a book doesn't have any cats in it, I won't review it and this one has a furbulous feline called Brimstone who's got a witty/sarcastic purrsonality.

Set in a paranormal town, although with non-magical humans too, it's an interesting setting with lots of quirky characters including witches, plus other types of paranormals. There are quite a few different familiars throughout the book which bring an added dimension to the story.

As with all cozy mysteries, there's a murder and the prime suspect is usually the wrong one and this book follows that formula. The plot is lovely and twisty, the characters grow and become like old friends and there are enough clues and red herrings to keep mew turning the pages, so all the ingredients are there for a fab and fun read.  

I really did enjoy this book and look forward to getting my mittens on the next four in the series imminently.

Also, the pawesome news is if mew have an audible account mew can listen to this TOP PAW novel for free, and the narrator has a purrticularly nice voice and does a really top job voicing all the different characters.

Audio: 5 hours 50 Mins
Paperback: 353 pages
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Ratings of:

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I really hope mew enjoy the book as much as I did if mew decide to read it.

It's time fur me to say BFN or bye-fur-now as mew know the drill, so many books, so little time and I'll be back next week with another specially paw-picked book just for mew, and don't furget that all my previous reviews can be found on my Book Review page.

Until next time...

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  1. Those were good fill in answers and a darn good review sweet Amber, of course it was. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  2. I agree with you Amber, the older you get the faster time flies by (apart from when you are waiting for lunch!)
    I finished writing my overseas cards last night and will post them this morning along with as many UK cards I can get written by then.
    That sounds like another really good book, Amber.

  3. And here I was, all happy that I'd gotten my international cards out early too.
    That leaves the 100 plus left to send to family and friends in the States to finish...

  4. Love your fill-ins. I'm not a fan of white chocolate. I love dark chocolate very much.

    Amber does the very best reviews.

    Thank you for joining the Feline Friday Blog Hop.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday and weekend. Scritches all around and a big hug to mom. ♥

  5. Great fill-ins and recommendations too! Happy Holidays!

  6. Great fill ins and great review, Amber! Another intriguing mystery series and I agree, a book has to have cats!

  7. Amber, I am sorry your chicken was late. That is a very cute photo of you. Great review, that one looks really interesting. Thank you to the PA for participating in the fill-ins. I always enjoy her answers. I got my international cards mailed, but not the ones in the US. XO

  8. I need to hurry up with my cards...I will start with the overseas ones. Priorities!
    Nice portrait, Amber, but we are sorry you had to wait for your noms...

    Books with kitties always are better reads! (Or maybe even dogs!)


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