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Wisteria Witches (Wisteria Witches #1)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  1,969 Ratings  ·  202 Reviews
Zara Riddle moves to the town of Wisteria for a dream job as a librarian. She hasn't even unpacked her moving boxes when she and her teen daughter, Zoey, are swept up in a murder mystery. With all the ghosts and supernatural creatures around (Including a real hunk of a wolf shifter! Meow!) it's a good thing the Riddle women are tougher than they look. Now, if only they cou ...more
Kindle Edition, 198 pages
Published November 27th 2015
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Beth Bernier Pratt
By the end of the first chapter I found myself giggling at how adorable Zara and Zooey are. They reminded me of Lorelai and Rory on one of my favorite TV shows, Gilmore Girls. Just like in the first season of Gilmore Girls, the mother and daughter in Wisteria Witches are ages 32 and 16. They have an unusually close mother-daughter relationship, and alternate between clever wit and genuine emotion. They tease each other and take care of each other and feel like the best of friends.

The girls move
Aww, this one was kooky and fun. Actually, I think it was Zara herself who was kooky and fun. Zoey's not quite at her level of kookiness, but she's only sixteen. She has time to grow into her off-beatedness.

So. Wisteria. A small town with some big secrets. Moving there seems like a dream come true for Zara, but those secrets start popping up almost as soon as she rolls in. Things like ghosts and otherworldy critters and an aunt Zara hadn't seen in ages.


As the secrets beg
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindleunlimited
Those who know my reviews know I give 4 stars generously as long as there aren't horrible things (in my estimation) wrong with the book. Others may like the book and I don't want to penalize someone who wrote and published a book. Within the cozy mystery genre, there are things to expect. This one actually falls a bit short for me. It's another one of before-showing-any-redeeming-qualities the men just fall head over heels for her. The male characters aren't developed. The main character falls f ...more
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read! Many parts that had me lol. There were also parts that dragged. Over all I enjoyed the book and looking forward to the next.
Indie Editor Nancy
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Maybe it was just a trick of the light, wouldn't it be cool if there was a ghost? I've always wanted something cool to happen to me, to make me less boring."

This was one of the funniest books I have had the pleasure of reading 2015! Zara and her daughter Zoey move to the small town of Wisteria for a fresh start and a new Librarian job for Zara. Strange things start to happen as they move into the red witch house, as they meet their new neighbour who happen to be shifters and the rest of the in
S.K. Gregory
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Zara Riddle and her daughter Zoey move to Wisteria where they discover that they are witches. Chaos ensues as Zara becomes possessed by a ghost and gets cozy with the guy next door, who isn't all that he seems.
I really enjoyed this book. The dialogue was very witty and funny. I thought that the relationship between mother and daughter was great. I did think that the mystery sort of took a back seat at times as Zara played with her powers, but overall it was a good read and I would read other bo
Mary K
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Adorable start t a great new sert

I loved the way the characters were set up. The story was cute. I definitely plan on reading the rest of the series.
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Just what my heart needed - a fun, lighthearted, sassy read. A whimsical way to start a new series and I cannot wait for more. Zara and her daughter, Zoey, have moved to Wisteria, a fantastic town with witches, immortals, and shifters. Zara has a gorgeous, hairy, new neighbor that makes her swoon. Zoey, a very intelligent sixteen year old, is as funny and sarcastic as her mother. The two are a dynamic team ready to take on the murderer of the ghost roaming their new house. The flow of this book ...more
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: goodread-authors
Funny, weird and mysterious. I like it!
Diane Ritter
To be honest I'm not sure how I feel about this book. I thought it was just average, although I did learn some things I didn't know before! Being an avid reader I have a fairly large vocabulary, but I had never heard the word 'deaccessioned' before, so of course I had to access the dictionary for a definition!

I don't know yet if I want to read this entire series or not. I did read the entire Stormy Day series so far, and I did enjoy that. I'm just not sure whether or not I want to read more abo
Stacey Kennedy
2.75 stars- a quick, whimsical read.
**Recommended for those who love cozy mysteries**
This book wasn't terrible- it was sort of something you read to come down from your last intense read or to de-clutter from a busy day. The characters aren't hard to figure out in any way, the plot does not make you think deeply. At all. I am glad I grabbed it on Kindle unlimited and didn't pay.

Zara and Zoey Riddle move to Wisteria, to an old, red house with a mysterious past. The fellow residents are quirky. Za
Jun 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This cozy, witch, supernatural mystery had it all, even a little romance. Zara and her daughter Zoey Riddle move into an old Victorian house in a quaint town in Northern, CA called Wisteria. Zara is a librarian who moved to Wisteria to get her dream job and she purchases her dream house. To top it all off, she finds out her deceased mother’s long lost twin sister also lives in this town. Coincidence…I think not! Things get strange, when shortly after moving in, Zara and Zoey discover they aren’t ...more
Angelina Kerner
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title: Wisteria Witches
Author: Angela Pepper
Source: Downloaded free Kindle book from Amazon.
My Rating : 5 stars

Oh, what a fun read. It's about Zara and her daughter Zoey (age 16) move to Wisteria and what they find in their new house and learn about themselves. This is my second novel that involves librarians and magic and both of them are really different and for slightly different audiences.

Zara is a fun mom and her relationship with Zoey reminded me of the show Gilmore Girls. I liked that s
Heaven Law
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and fun

I don't often give books 5* but even tho it didn't take me long to read this - probably because I couldn't put if down. It was packed it wasn't a shallow story if that makes sense. It was also so funny to various degrees throughout the whole book at one point I laughed so hard I cried so if you like reading funny muder mystery witch stories with other supernatural drama then this is a book for you

This story is about a woman and her 16 year old daughter who move to a new town
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

A very nice, light-hearted easy read that will keep you entertained. Zara just moved to a new town with her daughter and finds out that there is more to her and her family then she knew. Add in some kooky characters and interesting neighbors then you get one fun-filled ride. Filled with lots of laughter and mystery. I really liked this story. The characters are what made this book so enjoyable. This is going to be a fun series. I can’t wait to see what the next installment has in store
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Entertaining Read!

I came across this book a few days ago while looking at Facebook. I liked the cover and the interesting title, so I clicked the link to the book and I'm glad I did. This was a fun book to read. I loved getting to know Zara and her daughter Zoey. To me, the story was engaging and fun, with quirky characters and things that make you wonder what's coming next. I can't wait to dive into the next book.
Good start to the series.
Dec 11, 2016 marked it as to-read
Shelves: witches
under Pepper, Angela
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it

So I liked the story line but I found Zora too childish. I will continue to read the series because I want to know what happens next.
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure how I feel about this series yet. There were parts I liked but the ending left you hanging. I'll try one more before I decide.....
Bonnie Keck
Some kindle unlimited some not at various times, some received free, some bought, some from kindle unlimited possibly.

Wisteria Witches - Witch Cozy Mysteries #1 Wisteria Witches #2 Wicked Wisteria #3 Wisteria Wonders #4 to be announced 3-Book Series Bundle: Wisteria Witches, Wicked Wisteria, Wisteria Wonders - Cozy Witch Mysteries

Writer suggested reading order:

Stormy Day Mysteries
#1 - Death of a Dapper Snowman #2 - Death of a Crafty Knitter #3 - Death of a Batty Genius #4 - Death of a Modern Ki
This novel follows Zara, a woman in her early 30s, and her teenaged daughter, Zoey, after they move to the town of Wisteria and discover that Zara is a witch. Zara also meets her hot new neighbor, his grumpy, oddball father, and his weirdo little kid. There's also a mystery surrounding the death of the former owner of Zara's house.

I really enjoyed most of this! Solid 3.5 read. The writing was fun and zippy, the main character, Zara, was spunky and lively but not in an irritating way, and there w
Marsha Spohn
Reviewed at Haunted Bookshelf

Wisteria Witches starts off this cozy mystery paranormal series with an attention grabbing story full of quirkiness, fun and things that definitely go bump in the night – and sometimes the day, too. Zara and her daughter Zoey have made the move from the hectic big city to small town life in Wisteria where Zara will soon begin her librarian duties. They have a new home full of character, history… and perhaps more. Odd neighbors fill out their first day in town and it
Bonnie Keck
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kindle Unlimited {pretty sure, though sometimes get ARC/review copy on her books}, this one has today's date but have read all of them 1-3 and about to go through and read 4. Read this one single maybe but more than likely in the 3 pack and just didn't do the review for this single one.

Angela Pepper's Wisteria Witches series features a wise-cracking mother and daughter witch duo, and has been compared to Gilmore Girls. This series is set in an alternative urban fantasy setting, with plenty of ma
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funny, Some Great Characters!

This is the first time I have ever read anything by this author. I honestly can’t wait to read the next book in this series. This book makes you laugh, it made me want to move to a little town like Wisteria, I really enjoyed the relationship between Zara & Zoey to a point! My Family is somewhat like Zara & Zoey. We can all be sarcastic, we love one another no matter what, but we know when enough is enough. Sometimes Zara took it just a bit too far to the poin
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wisteria Witches

Zara Riddle moves with her daughter, Zoey, from the city to small town Wisteria. Zara is in love with their new home a red Victorian house. However, she later thinks that the real estate agent should have revealed that there was a ghost attached to the house. Later, she finds out that she is a witch and her hunky neighbor who helped her move in is a shapeshifter.

Zara is also surprised when total strangers greet her like she should know who they are. Later, she meets her Aunt Zinn
This wasn’t what I was anticipating and so it’s not my style, but that’s not to say it’s a bad book. It’s just not something I would have chosen to read if I’d known what it was. I would catalog it as “very YA”, and while one mystery is solved, several others aren’t, so it does kind of end on a cliffhanger. The writing puts a lot of focus on just how kooky the town is, without really explaining much, so it leaves the reader feeling like we’re still waiting for the story to get going even 95% of ...more
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A small town with big secrets. A neighbor who bites. A librarian who discovers she can move objects with her mind and shoot blue lightning from her hands. Plus a house with a mind of its own. Welcome to Wisteria.

What's the first thing you'd do if you found out you had witch powers? Would you amaze your friends and family? Use magic to clean the kitchen in two seconds flat? Fight monsters and solve murders? For Zara Riddle, the answer is all of the above.

Zara moved to the town of Wisteria to star
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had really high hopes for this book, but it wasn't nearly as great as I anticipated. Zara Riddle and her daughter Zoey relocate to Wisteria for Zara's new job as a librarian. Zara reunites with a long lost relative and meets the man of her dreams. Almost immediately, Zara learns that she and Zoey are witches. The premise is good. However, the book reads like a conversation with a 12 year old. And if I had to read the words sleeptoasting or ding dong again, I thought I would lose my mind. It's ...more
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this quirky combination of a cozy mystery and a paranormal story. As other reviewers have said, the warm relationship and the16-year age difference between the mother-daughter team is reminiscent of the Gilmore Girls. As they are just finding their witch powers after moving to a new town, I have a feeling there will be more revelations to come, both about them and other folks in town in subsequent books in the series. I didn't think the solution to the murder was well supported by the ...more
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Angela Pepper lives with her family in the rainy Pacific Northwest, surrounded by spoiled kitties, deer, raccoons, and the biggest woodpeckers you've ever seen.
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