Friday 3 March 2023

Book Reviews with Amber at The Mewton-Clawson Library #232 featuring **Spells and Suspicions** by Morgan Vale PLUS Friendly Fill-Ins

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Hello gorgeous library guests 


Welcome to the Mewton-Clawson Library at BBHQ 

Thank mew for joining me in the stacks, and just look what I found while scrolling through photos yesterday!

Amber's Book Reviews #232 ©BionicBasil® Amber's Throwback To Fiji in 2018

This is a little throwback to 2018 and an excursion to Fiji for the Crotchety Cougars, sadly which I seem to be the last remaining memfur on this earthly plane.

That aside I can safely attest to the C.C.'s as a most gorgeous, impurresive, and highly furbulous clowder of senior kitties, the likes of which the world should bow down and worship daily. But that's just my humble opinion! MOL

So dearest furiends let's raise our glasses in a toast to all the late, great Crotchety Cougars, may they be raising all kinds of mayhem and mischief in The Rainbow Realm.

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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. __________________ is always ________________.

2. Did you ____________?

3. I know _________ all too well. 

4. I can’t explain _________

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

1. Fudge is always exactly the same, his constant mood is; chilled, happy and feed me, with a little bit of brush thrown in for good measure.

2. Did you ever think you'd be writing a cat blog? Twenty years ago, no, but I wouldn't change a thing, it's the best fun ever. Did you ever think you'd spend your whole adult life in service to cats? NO, but I wouldn't change a thing, I'd be lost without The B Team! 

3. I know blogger all too well. But WordPress is like my nemesis, I just can't seem to get a grip on it, I had another go last week, and ended up walking away telling myself I must get a Dummies Guide to learn how to use it! LOL

4. I can’t explain why blogger won't back up content at the moment? I've tried every browser, on three different computers. Three different wifi networks and 4G. I've cleared the cookies, cache etc... restarted the computers. I've posted in the blogger forum and sent feedback to google to no avail. I can download the blog template, but when I'm trying to back up content it gets stuck at 70.8MB and then tells me the network failed. The network didn't fail, blogger did. So if you have any ideas on how to overcome this hurdle, your input would be greatly appreciated.

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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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Spells and Suspicions 

Charmed and Dangerous Series book 3


Morgan Vale

       Here's a little snippet of the book blurb:      

When the biggest baking competition around comes to Haven, Kat's cousin Emily is ready to taste sweet victory. But the event turns sour when a judge keels over -- seemingly poisoned by her pumpkin pie!

With Emily's innocence at stake, Kat takes action. Delving deep into the world of competitive baking, she'll have to use more than a few tricks and treats to get to the bottom of things. Each contestant has something to hide, and any of them could have done it -- which baker isn't as sweet as they seem?

Join Kat, her black cat Albus, and her quirky friends as they embark on this deliciously dangerous adventure. Because this time, the desserts really are to die for.

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Remember last week when I wrote the wrong review? Well, this week I redeem myself and here is book three! MOL  After getting my fur all in a twist and losing my book list, I rewrote it and have now placed it in a secure location, hopefully, the library mice won't find this one! 

If mew missed the three previous book reviews here are the links:


So here we are with book 3, and if mew're looking for a cross between The Great British Bake Off, a Miss Marple Mystery with a smattering of Hogwarts, this is the purrfect paranormal mystery for mew.

Kat's cousin, Emily delivers a magically infused poisoned pie to the bake-off judges after the competition, and one judge kicks the proverbial oven door after tasting said pie. And another mystery is suddenly apaw in Haven!

And even stranger, the paranormal enforcement agency aka PEA just happens to be in the vicinity as the crime occurs. After the PEA carts Emily off for questioning, Kat and Albus declare their intentions to clear her name at any cost.  

 I like the premise of the bake-off and all the new characters that came with it. The main characters are fun, although Albus was not quite as snarky in this book, obviously, something is ruffling his fur the wrong way - no spoilers here.

  A highly entertaining, well-plotted story, and a good solid read. I did prefer this book to #4, but that's only my purrsonal preference. So far I've really enjoyed this series, and if mew have Kindle Unlimited, all four books are included.

I've just seen that Book 5 is more of a novella/short story at 60 pages long, and I can't find any further info on any more books being added to the series, but I'll check again when I review the novella soon.

Book 3 is a fun read, get it, read it, try it!

Paperback: 184 pages
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Ratings of:

Spells and Suspicions 

Overall Enjoyment

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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 for me to say BFN or bye-for-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...

Keep calm and read more books


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  1. I remember the Crochety Cougars, Amber. Do I remember rightly that you all wore red hats to show you were a member? Eric and Flynn were members of the Gorgeous Gingers but I don't think there are any of them left either.

    1. I forgot to say that was a great review. It sounds like another good story and I will have to get that series of books.

  2. Bummer about Blogger! They have problems from time to time, and usually by the time I get an answer to my question on the site, the problem resolves itself. Hope this happens for you too.

  3. Great review, Amber, and the books sound enjoyable! Sorry to hear of the glitches with blogger, hope they work out ok for you. If I ever get back to blogging, I'm not sure I can learn the new system on WordPress. They had a perfectly good posting system that I knew well. They just had to go and change it to a "Block Editor". Everyone called it the "Blockhead" Editor.

  4. That looks like a nice beach party. Those were good fill-in answers and a terrific review sweet Amber.

  5. Oops, I forgot to say thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  6. Thank you for the review. I agree with you about Blogger.

  7. I miss The Crotchety Cougars. I am thankful you are still with us. Great review. That looks like a fun series. Thank you to the PA for participating in the fill-ins, great answers, but I am sorry you are having trouble with Wordpress. I am clueless on most things. I use GoDaddy to host and end up spending a fortune having them fix issues. I love being bossed around by kitties too. XO

  8. Gosh, WP won't and hasn't let me into my own old WP back up, sorta, blog in years! It many times however seems to let me, or purposefully does so on it's own, use the WP blog's avatar to comment on WP blogs. Not by my choice.

  9. I really enjoy visiting your blog and am so glad you join Feline Friday, thank you!


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