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Witch Is When It All Began

(A Witch P.I. Mystery #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  16,539 ratings  ·  1,091 reviews
When the going gets tough...

Private investigator, Jill Gooder, has been hired to find a serial killer because, as usual, the police can't buy a clue. Jill, the not so proud owner of a crazy, one-eyed cat, probably can't expect too much help from her PA/Secretary, Mrs V, who spends all day knitting.

And just in case all of that wasn't bad enough, Jill's just about to disco
Kindle Edition, 208 pages
Published August 24th 2015 by Implode Publishing Ltd
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I'm not really sure what you would call this particular sub-genre. I guess 'cute, quirky mysteries with a female sleuth who also happens to be a witch'. So when it comes to CQMWAFSWAHTBAW (err...that's the sub-genre) I'm usually a little disappointed.

Honestly the CQMWAFSWAHTBAW books are a little like Fords. They're unreliable, they generally don't make sense, and it doesn't matter if you're driving a 1971 Ford Pinto, a 1990 Ford Explorer or a 2016 Ford Mustang you'll end up frustrated.

But Ford
Siobhan (tigress5cubs)
Nov 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
I was always told to start any critique with something positive, so... I'm positive I don't like this book.

Let me try again. I got this book for $.99. I'm happy I didn't pay more.

Okay, I'll try yet again. The premise is good. I like the basic storyline of a woman finding out she's a witch and having to meld that with her human life while keeping it a secret from her sister. That's about all I can say on the positive side. Oh no, maybe this, too..... I like Winky. Hate that she leaves him alone o
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
4,25 stars - Free Ebook- I have dyslexia - That was the understatement of the decade. Mrs. V and Winky did not see eye-to-eye, and that had nothing to do with his defiency in the ocular departement. -
Jill Gooder who is a P.I., a trade she learnt from her father, is adopted and has a sister Kathy who is married and has two kids. As a client asks her to look into the murder of his girlfriend, he mentioned that it is possible that their are two other murders connected to the murder of his girlfrien
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
cute, light & funny read. kept me curious till the end.
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Take your average British sitcom and mix in the paranormal and you have this series. It's cute, quirky, original, and just a lot of fun to read, especially if you're a lover of British humor. The author also loves wordplay, though, word to the wise, some of it only works with regional British accents and/or knowledge of British slang, so if you feel like you just missed a joke, chances are you probably did. It took me a while for some of them.

These books are being pedaled as mysteries, and they
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I listened to this book on audible books and the narrator made it quirky and fun to listen to. She had a british accent and just the way she told it, and the predicaments she was in at times made me laugh, which felt good. Fun read. 😁
It's not the best thing I've read. There is a bit more telling that showing. The only reason why I ma giving it three stars instead of two is Jill is a pretty good character. She knows her flaws and her hang ups and doesn't really feel guilty about them. ...more
Lighthearted witchy mystery

This is such a cute little mystery story. The story is about Jill Gooder, a private investigator and budding witch, and the story follows her journey from learning she is a witch to solving the apparently unsolvable case of 3 murdered women.

The mystery itself is a cute, light hearted effort so it would be a great book to break into the genre. It leaves a lot of questions unanswered so there is lots of room and material to follow up with in the follow on books. There a
Sydney Scothon
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I highly enjoyed this story I thought it was fantastic and I can't wait to read the second one it was that good.
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
The first England-based paranormal cozy I've read in a while, except for the Aunt Dimity series. Written in a light, entertaining style, with more than a few fourth-wall breaks. Likeable characters, a very sarky cat, and a fun take on magic. A little bit too obsessed with custard creams, though... ...more
Obtained via Kindle Unlimited, and I'm glad I didn't strictly pay for it. Given a finished date as I read a fair bit of it, but it's going on my DNF pile. I'm too bored by the mediocre plot and irritated by the slapdash and hopelessly ungrammatical writing style to waste more time on trying to complete it. I have far too many books on my TBR list to waste time with reading something I feel reluctant to revisit.

1.5 stars.
Tara♥ {MindforBooks}
DNF @ 30%

I'm trying to not torture myself with books I'm not enjoying anymore. It's difficult. I don't think this is particularly bad it's just very silly and the writing is a little odd. I do like the premise but I just can't get into it. I tried to stick it out for Winky the cat but I just can't!

I wonder would I still love Sabrina the Teenage Witch now?
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, humour
Considering it started with a serial killer, it was rather boring and slow. The murders weren't the central focus at all. However, the witch business wasn't much of a focus either. It seemed as if the author was more hung up on tidy places and spilled crumbs. It wasn't awful but not worth a read either. ...more
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Overall, an easy, fluff read. It started out slow, it gained a bit of speed, but generally failed. Too many holes and too much jumping about.

Jill was an okay protagonist, a bit annoying at times and a bit wishy-washy. One minute she's dead set against being a witch, and then the next she's completely accepted it. One minute she hates her birth mother and the next she's completely accepted her (view spoiler). And her OCD is a bit much. Jack Maxwell is mentioned a lot,
Jan 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2016
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Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m not sure if paranormal cozy mystery is a new-ish genre, but this falls into that category. Jill is a PI in a small town in England. She learned the business for her adoptive father. Just as she’s ready to start a new case which involves a potential serial killer, she gets a call that her biological mother wants to see her. She was abandoned as a baby so this was a surprise, but even more surprising was the news that her mother passed on about her heritage.

Most of this book was focused on the
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an easy, light read. Not deep but that's fine as I needed that at the moment. Needed a little editing for commas, etc., but nothing terrible. I had already downloaded the second in the series sometime back and look forward to seeing what direction the story takes. ...more
Jan 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-for-me
I began this book back in October what feels like forever ago. Since it was spooky month and I fancied something at least tenuously linked to Halloween. I first went with the Discovery of Witches because a friend was watching it and said it was great, but I couldn't even get through the preview. So this was kind of a spur of the moment choice. The premise kind of reminded me of the Dresden Files which I wanted to enjoy and probably would have done if I didn't find Harry Dresden so irritating.

Star Rating: 1.5 Stars

Trying to maintain her private investigating business, Jill Gooder, takes on her largest case ever when she gets hired by a bereaved loved one to find the serial killer responsible for their fiances death. To top off her already enormous workload Jill finds out that biologically she's a witch and in danger of being targeted by an evil being known as the 'Dark One'. With her new book of spells, Jill sets out to find a killer and learn all about her new heritage in one fell s
Julie Hillman
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyable read

Well written with fun, believable characters. A dry sense of humour mixed with a murder mystery gives you Jill Gooder PI. Recently finding out she is a witch she reluctantly meets the other side of her family. Winky the one eyed cat and Barry the dog also become part of her OCD life. Will the handsome Police Detective? Fun cosy that is definitely worth the read.
Better than ok. Not by much, though. This is another paranormal cozy mystery series. The mystery is not that complicated. Jill getting her magic and learning spells was entertaining. Many of the side characters have distinct personalities.

It's a decent fluff piece and the first in a series. There are 32 novelas in the series so far. Based on reviews of the last 5 books, most of the people who stick with it are diehard fans.
Tony Hisgett
Jul 17, 2016 rated it liked it
I actually enjoyed this book, but I don’t know why. Normally I would hate this book, the main character Jill is irritating, the mystery is almost none existent and the paranormal aspects are so ‘cozy’ its almost nauseating. BUT! I kept reading and at the end of the book my first thought was where can I get the next one in the series.
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's a cute start to a series about a witch who doesn't know she is one, and her struggles to make it as a detective. While the writing could be polished up a bit, it still flowed smoothly. If you like cozy witch mysteries, this is worth picking up. ...more
Angela James
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love a good mystery and the paranormal element made it very entertaining! I'm looking forward to reading more from this author and this series.
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindleunlimited
Paranormal Cozy Mystery, not as silly as many. Cozies are sweet, fluff little reads. This fits the simple escape bill. I’ll read the next in the series. Do appreciate that it is a stand alone story and not yet another Kindle Unlimited serial.
Dawn Frazier
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved everything about this book!!!
Kayla Sheppard
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

This was amazing y’all! It reminded me of the Halloween Town movies with a murder mystery 💜
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: popsugar2015
It started out great, and I enjoyed Jill's voice. She was fun and sincere, I liked her sarcasm, too. The witch thing was also interesting, I found Abbott's take on how spells work quite fresh (though I have to admit I'm not very educated as far as magic systems are concerned). The fact that Jill accepted her being a witch without a real transition after resisting it for long was a little weird but I could have forgiven the book for that.
What really annoyed me was how the murder mystery was trea
Karen Barber
Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it
This is like Angela Lansbury crossed with Bewitched...a 'cosy' mystery where someone solves a crime without seeming to do anything, while the actual police bumble around seemingly missing obvious things. This all takes place against a backdrop of our main character learning she's a witch and finding out how to cast spells.
There's nothing very dramatic here. The main character is likeable enough, but her inability to move on from the past was frustrating and her chatting with a one-eyed psychotic
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fun story and characters

Super surprised at how fast I read this one :-) I was into the story in a heartbeat. Fun writing style, quirky main character just the way I like them and a decent enough plot. Kudos to the originality of having a P.I. and a witch in one character. It makes for a great beginning. Also enjoyed the fact that the author doesn't end the story at just solving the main mystery, but rather keeps going with the main character's life events. Simple and efficient, I'm hooked :D
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A Witch P.I. Mystery (1 - 10 of 40 books)
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  • Witch Is When Things Fell Apart (A Witch P.I. Mystery, #4)
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