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Any Witch Way You Can

(Wicked Witches of the Midwest #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  8,614 ratings  ·  890 reviews
Bay Winchester is having a tough week.

As the local editor of Hemlock Cove's only newspaper, she just happens to be present when a body is found in an area corn maze. To make matters worse, the police believe the murder may have something to do with the occult.

This wouldn't be a problem for a normal reporter, but since Bay is descended from a well-known line of actual witch
Kindle Edition, 2nd Edition, 270 pages
Published December 12th 2012 by WinchesterShaw Publications
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Ray Heuer To the best of my knowledge, this is the first book featuring these characters. Bay does introduce herself and the town in the first chapter. I think …moreTo the best of my knowledge, this is the first book featuring these characters. Bay does introduce herself and the town in the first chapter. I think the author was trying to simulate what it would be like if you just stopped by Hemlock Cove on your way somewhere else and decided to stay, meeting the other folks "on the fly" as it were. There are 14 more books in the series, witch are currently filling my quarantine, so by the time I read them all, I expect to be great friends with everyone.(less)

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Oct 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, urban-fantasy
2.5 stars...but I finished it and don't regret reading it, so I'll round up

In the author's note at the end of this book, Lee acknowledges that her book is not for everyone.


I won't say it was terrible, 'cause it wasn't. The author's ability to tell a story - in the choice-of-language sense - is not bad at all. The editing...well, it wasn't great by any means, but it wasn't too distracting. On paper, this sounds like it ought to be an enjoyable story.

It's got its issues, though.

1. Oh sweet
✨ Gramy ✨
I had this book checked on through Amazon Kindle Unlimited for months before I cracked it open. I suppose my subconscious self knew that it would be a fruitless endeavor. I was disappointed.

I had a very difficult time identifying with the characters for one thing. Second, I prefer inspirational tales. This was filled with hatefulness, spite, and gripey nonsense. Then the profanity slipped in little by little. In generations past, certain words were acceptable forms of profanity and some were n
When Bay discovers the body of a teen hung up on a cross in the middle of a corn maze she doesn't expect the ghost to come home with her. But he needs her help to solve the crime and get closure so it's up to her and her cousins to solve the crime before the killers turn their sights on them.

There is quite a lot to like about this book, but all the good just didn't quite add up to a good book. There is enough in there for me to try the next in the series but not enough for me to rate this book
Apr 13, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-cozy
after the first chapter, the banter between cousins became so predictable it ceased to be funny. Apart from a description of each of the witches' physical appearance most of them were unidentifiable by their dialogue, most of which was meaningless bickering.

The plot was so transparent that the who done it and who would do it were a foregone conclusion early in the book.

The only motivation for finishing it was to add it to my "Annual Book Challenge" book count. In retrospect, not a good reason.
If you like cozies with a lot of irreverence, then you will like this series. I liked the setting, it's close to home, and the characters were, well, interesting. These are super quick reads when you want something lighter than usual. ...more
Crime solving witches...........I was game

This book was pretty cute, but at times I found myself growing tired of the constant banter between the witches. It was non-stop and seemed to take away from the character depth and story development. I wont personally continue this series, but I can see it being enjoyable by someone looking for a quirky cute mystery type read that's simple and doesn't have a lot of depth or unnecessary angst. It still had me giggling a couple times but overall it was a
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it
3 Wavering Stars

Hemlock Cove is a picturesque town one that focuses on the supernatural and witches to draw in tourists, and yet the non-magical residents of Hemlock Cove rather than embracing the real witches they have residing in their town, look at them with distrust and distaste.

The book focuses on Bay Winchester who is a journalist and a witch, her gift involves talking to and seeing ghosts. When murder comes to town, Bay with her two cousins (Clove and Thistle) set out to solve the murde
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Absolutely loved the characters in this book, just not much to the plot....

Loved getting to know Bay and her family.... I enjoyed all the Snark and banter between the girls.... and how can you not love a ghost that watches GH??? Where this book lacked a little for me was definitely in the mystery, it was almost an afterthought, and for me who did it and why came out of the cornfield (quite literally).... my other problem is that I needed these witches to be Witchier... I needed more magic, hopin
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-books, i-own
Bay Winchester is a journalist and she’s also a witch. Her special skill is talking to ghosts. So when she is doing a story on the latest corn maze and the scarecrow at the center is actually a dead body with the heart cut out, she has some investigating to do.
The women in my family were witches also – obviously – but they were also spastic at times. Much like Clove, Thistle and I, they were ridiculously close. It didn’t help that they ran the bed and breakfast together – and were constantly
Sep 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
"Whatever" Seriously? Just an example of the great dialogue coming from the twenty something characters who act and talk as if they are teenagers! I was so excited to read a murder mystery involving witches and so disappointed with the character portrayals.I found the description of the three 50 something witches insulting and unrealistic. Velour track suits? Really? This is what 50 somethings even have in their wardrobes? The author portrays these middle aged women as doddering scatterbrains wh ...more
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing

What a great start to a new series. I laughed out loud through the whole book. The Winchester family (4 aunts and 3 cousins) own a B&B in small town of Hemlock Cove. The 3 cousins (Bay, Clove and Thistle) have grown up together and are more like sisters. It's a family of witches. Then murder comes to town. Teen boy killed and his heart cut out. Bay and her 2 cousins of course think they can solve the murder. Enters hot biker Landon who is more than he betrays. I don't want to give any real spo
Rating: 2 Stars

When two teenagers are found murdered with their hearts torn out, Bay Winchester gets pulled into the investigation whether she wants to or not. Finding a ritualistic serial killer isn't going to be easy, but Bay knows she can rely on her kooky family of witches to help her save the day. Hopefully her relatives don't kill each other before Bay can uncover the real murderers.

What a boring, travesty of a novel. There was such an intense focus by the author on the Winchesters family
Sharon Mariampillai
This was an enjoyable read. I was supposed to read this last month, but I never got around to starting the series. I am glad that I did because I thought that the story was great. The characters were really enjoyable and funny. I found the banter between the cousins funny and it made the book more enjoyable. I really liked the concept of a witch being able to see ghosts. I thought that it was really intriguing and it made the story different. I think the story would have been better if there was ...more
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
ABR's original Any Witch Way You Can audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

This book is the first in the series Wicked Witches of the Midwest, by Amanda M. Lee, Published December 12th 2012 by Winchester Shaw Publications. Narrated by Aris.

The genre of this book is paranormal, modern detective, fantasy and magic. Which are all my favorites.

This is a story of the Winchester family, a family of witches that consists of an old aunt (don’t let that fool you, she is quit
Jul 10, 2015 rated it liked it
2.75 . Sentence structure was poor. Plus, I was able to guess who done it right off the bat but I enjoyed the characters so much so that I might give book 2 a chance.
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Funny and quirky with a little mystery and a little romance!
Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: just-ok
It's a mystery with a tiny little bit of romance, not nearly enough to satisfy. It's an OK read, no steam lots (too much) snarky dialogue from the 3 cousins and their mothers. ...more
Parvati Patil
So funny.
4.25 * a generally good read, but I can see this not suiting everyone.

The story revolves around a family of witches and is soon a paranormal cozy mystery with ghosts. It is full of humour and I like that. The voice of the narrator is strong and snarky. That said, the whole of the family is strong and snarky and so full of drama-rama I was exhausted just reading about them. But they were fun. Although at times the dialogue, although funny in the main, it did seem to be decidedly new adult, and a
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
I put this down maybe 30% of the way in. At first, I spent most of my time listening to the audio trying to figure out if the problem was the writing or the narrator. In the end, I decided, the writing was... fine... but could have been better, but at the end of the day, it was the narrator I couldn't get past. Her inflections were bad and occasionally either too wooden or too animated (both facets of the "bad acting" club) and she made the main character sound really young. The writing really d ...more
Ellen (more books, please)
This book, oh, this book.

It has a great premise. Its execution is not even that horrible. It has as good a plot as you are going to find in this type of book. It has almost likeable characters. There is plenty of sequel bait if one likes it to have the opportunity for many more.

But the editing. Wait, there was no editing. If there was editing, the author needs a refund.

Here are a few of the phrases that stood out (note: I was listening to the Audible version and only wrote down quotes/words when
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'll review book one for the whole series, which I did get through (11 books plus collections of short stories). Parts of each book did make me laugh, so I kept going. Issues are the almost 30 year old characters (and their moms and grandmom) acting like 12 year olds and bullies. Its supposed to be endearing, how family behaves towards one another or funny, but came across as grating. Couldn't read the series one after the other due to the aggravating aspects, but one every once in awhile was ok ...more
This book was a quick, fun read that, at times, had me laughing out loud and others I was on the edge of my seat with suspense.... A cast of quirky characters and their dysfunctional relationships leads this story of magic and mayhem... I felt the initial chapters were a little slow to evolve; while they certainly introduced the characters, setting, and plot they seemed to drag in unfolding; however, the story gained momentum for me once it changed to a murder mystery that certainly was not all ...more
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started this series and had a hard time getting into the first book. However, once the "mystery" started, the book was very easy for me to finish. I always read reviews before I select a book and I read several of the reviews where they didn't like the dialog / banter between the cousins. This was not the case for me. I like the snarky dialog and the family interaction. These books are relatively light and move quickly. There is some romance and innuendo but no graphic scenes. I rate the first ...more
Bay Winchester discovers a body in the local corn maze. She lives in a town that was reinvented with a theme, and that theme is witches. You would think this would be cool for Bay, right? But it isn't so cool since she actually is a witch, and so is her whole family.

When Bay and her cousins set out to figure out what happened to the body they found, and who killed that person things get a little crazy. Especially when they run into a group of bikers with a man named Landon who Bay can't stop th
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, humour
Despite the glaring grammar faux pas (overusing '-ly' adverbs and odd descriptions of actions), the book moved at a really fast paced. The omnipresent sarcasm appealed to my dark soul and made me laugh at the recently deceased more often than I care to admit. I liked that the MC was so close to family and didn't abandon them at a sight of a hot guy. It was fun read after the heavy tones of Milk & Honey. ...more
Sarah Leenart
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great, light hearted fun with characters that are easy to like (if only slightly annoying in a way that family are with each other but oh so real :-) ) Whilst the mystery is easily guessable, the whole point to these stories is the cosy nature and the warm glow you get from reading about them. Delivered exactly what it said on the tin, I'll be back for more. ...more
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I found this story amusing. The characters and setting were very much rural Michigan. The interactions between the characters cracked me up.
sharry turner
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good read. Probably more for the younger crowd.

Well written. Felt it was written for young adults but good. I do like this kind of sense of humor.
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