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Putting on the Witch

(Retired Witches Mystery #3)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  342 ratings  ·  79 reviews
In the latest mystery from the bestselling authors of Looking for Mr. Good Witch, the retired witches of Wilmington, North Carolina, are ready to kick up their heels...
With their coven’s spell book still missing, Molly and Elsie—along with their ghostly friend Olivia, her daughter Dorothy, and her boyfriend Brian—are all on edge, especially now that Dorothy’s infamously
Paperback, 292 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Berkley
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Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you want me to watch a fantasy series on TV or at the movies, the Retired Witches Mystery series by authors Joyce and Jim Lavene needs to be picked up for that option!

If you are expecting to read your typical para-cozy when you read PUTTING ON THE WITCH, you are truly in for a major surprise. I suggest you plan plenty of time to read this story, because once you pick it up, you’re not going to want to put it down.

PUTTING ON THE WITCH, book three in the amazing Retired Witches Mysteries, is
Linda 📚
The third book in the paranormal cozy Retired Witches Mystery series is an exciting, spellbinding example of the talent of the late husband and wife writing team, Joyce and Jim Lavene. Their imagination soars to new heights as witches Molly, Elsie and Olivia (now a ghost), are joined by Dorothy and Brian (apprentices) as they travel to a Witches Ball where powerful magic, mayhem and murder take center stage. Their loyalty to their families and coven is tested, and they must see through the decei ...more
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Lavenes' "Putting on the Witch (Retired Witches Mystery #3)" is one of the reasons I like the cozy genre. Unlike many other genres, there is a lot of variety here. This book was a real fun read, especially with Halloween coming up shortly. I also like the cover because, well - kitties!
Molly, Dorothy, Olivia, Elsie, and Brian are all likable characters and the plot was engaging, well-written and rather unique; I have never read a book quite like this one. I will definitely look into purchasin
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Epic. One word to describe this book.
From the first book in this series I was spell bound.
This series has taken me for an intriguing and enchanting ride with clever and well written plots, and engaging and colourful characters.
This third in the series grabbed me from the first page and did not let me go. I read it in one sitting and was transfixed.
I was thrilled to read and meet the often mentioned witches council and loved the set up and setting of this book. The witches ball and the library we
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars. I liked all three of the Retired Witches Mysteries. The stories were entertaining and the characters were very likable.
Abigail Bok
Dec 26, 2016 rated it liked it
I have enjoyed this series by Joyce and Jim Lavene and am very sorry to hear that the authors have both passed away. I shall miss the Retired Witches series and may well check out some of their other works.

Putting on the Witch is a sprightly entry in the cozy mystery genre with a supernatural twist. Molly and Elsie have been joined in their coven by Dorothy and Brian, and their powers have strengthened. They are invited to a birthday party for Brian at the mysterious castle of his grandfather, A
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Review: PUTTING ON THE WITCH by Joyce and Jim Lavene
[Retired Witches Mystery #3]

Don't be alarmed, if like me, you are new to this series. Just jump right in and enjoy! The authors gently interweave backstory throughout, so readers fit right in. This tale of a coven of (mostly) older witches, who had given up practice of magic, then taken it up again, is endearing, delightful, and as we expect from the Lavenes, excellent. Warm up to this wonderful group of women who must fit their magical lives a
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Putting on the Witch, was a whirlwind of a book, I honestly found myself dizzy at times. Fun to picture the setting and the characters, the murder, the mystery and the chaos that Putting on the Witch offers readers. I could see vividly the scenes described as only Joyce and Jim could write. With out giving too much away I was thrilled to have some much loved characters return from the previous books in the most unlikely of situations. This book was filled with fun and very imaginative scenarios ...more
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, paranormal, cozy
Putting on the Witch is a part urban fantasy, and part cozy mystery. I’ve read (and enjoyed) other paranormal cozies, but Putting on the Witch is in a class of its own. The fantasy element and magical world building was wonderfully done. The mystery is well-written, the characters are likable (at least most of them are!), and I loved every word of it.

NOTE: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: daniele

Putting on the Witch
A Retired Witches Mystery, Book #3
By Joyce and Jim Lavene
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With their coven’s spell book still missing, Molly and Elsie—along with their ghostly friend Olivia, her daughter Dorothy, and her boyfriend Brian—are all on edge; especially now that Dorothy’s infamously wicked father is back in the picture. So when they receive an invitati
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
**I voluntarily reviewed this ARC**

This was an absolutely magical book. I haven't read the first two, yet I was immediately swept up into their world and never felt lost. They give just enough information that you understand the characters, but never so much that it spoils previous books. The characters were beautifully written. I loved that the elderly characters were nontraditional yet still felt like real people. The magical twist on a locked room mystery was a nice change from typical books.
Oct 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries, 2016
Putting on the Witch by Jim and Joyce Lavene is the third book in A Retired Witches Mystery series. Molly, Elsie, and Olivia (who is a ghost) are upset when Dorothy’s father, Drago Rasmun shows up. They were hoping he would not find out about Dorothy until they had given her more training. Dorothy Lane is a librarian and only recently discovered her witchy background and legacy. The three elder witches are afraid that Drago will lure Dorothy to the dark side. Brian Fuller, Dorothy’s boyfriend, i ...more
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Joyce and Jim Lavene had imaginations that were truly out of this world and it was in full force in this 3rd installment of the Retired Witch Mysteries.

Molly, Elsie, Dorothy, Brian and Olivia are all back and we meet Drago, Dorothy’s father. The coven is invited to Brian’s birthday party, a party even Brian doesn’t usually attend but the other witches all convince him to go. They all need a little fun especially with the wicked Drago lurking around. The event is at a very spec
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free ebook of this title from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review and to participate in the book tour hosted by Escape with Dollycas . This is the third in the A Retired Witches Mystery Series written by the prolific team of Joyce and Jim Lavene, who have both recently passed away and are missed greatly by the cozy mystery community. Their website, which includes all their series is found here.

In this book the coven is still missing their spellbook and feeling the effects of its
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the saddest blog tour that I have ever been a part of. Joyce passed away October 20, 2015 and Jim passed on May 5, 2016.

I never met Jim and Joyce Lavene but I respected their abilities as authors. And as storytellers. Great storytellers. Putting on the Witch is the third book in the Retired Witches Mystery series. Let your imagination run wild and escape into this fascinating world of witches and spells. Even if you are not a fan of paranormal cozy mysteries I think you will find Puttin
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The third book in the Retired Witches mysteries we find the Coven preparing to attend Brian's birthday party at the Castle of his parents. This true fantasy as magic is everywhere. We find a shapesetter, Dragon magic, the Sea God, a ghost and the witchfinder all presented in the story.
Molly, Elsie, and Dorothy visited the Witches dressmaker to select gowns for the party. Arriving at the party, they are in awe of the glamour and beauty of the Castle, the Coven learns that Olivia is present in Dor
Teresa Kander
This is my favorite Lavene series! I love the paranormal aspect, as well as the close friendships, the humor, and the love.

In this book we are introduced to Dorothy's father, Drago...which has everyone's nerves in an uproar. When invitations to a Witches Ball arrive from Brian's family, they all look forward to the chance to dress up and have a good time.

Unfortunately, a member of the Grand Council of Witches is murdered during the party, so the castle is put on lockdown, a witch hunter is call
April Schilling
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the Retired Witches series by Joyce and Jim Lavene and it was as wonderful as the others! I really enjoy this series and hope that it will continue.

Brian's birthday is coming up and Dorothy, Elise and Molly have been invited to his family estate for the party. Even Olivia sneaks in, unwilling to be left behind just because she is a ghost. The party is not really their kind of thing but, they go for Dorothy and Brian. Once there though, things start to get out of contro
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Putting on the Witch is the third book in A Retired Witches Mystery. Written by the amazing Joyce and Jim Lavene who have both passed away in the last year. This was a bittersweet read for me.
The story is fantastic and fun in the way Joyce and Jim have written this series. Loved the settings and could see them in my mind as I read. Molly, Elsie,Olivia, Dorothy and Brian are all back finding trouble along the way.
This is a wonderful cozy not to be missed!

I received a copy from NetGalley through
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was concerned with the death of the authors how this series would go. I am very pleased that most of the story lines wrapped up, and made it feel like the series was a trilogy. Though I am very sad that these authors have passed on, I am blessed to have their body of work to read. This book can be read alone, but I recommend reading the others to get full character backgrounds. I do not expect more unless they had others already written or someone else takes over, but this series is worth read ...more
Dec 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book In the Retired Witch series. This book was just ok for me. I really enjoyed the first book and liked the second book. This book did not hold my interest as the first book did even though there was a lot going on. I do like the personalities of the characters. This book did not have the humor element of the first two. I do hope they get their chance to retire someday in Boca Raton. I pre-ordered the book so I was a fan of the series and thought I would enjoy it more than I ...more
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Shelle Perry
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Typically, I haven’t read the first installments of this series (something I intend to fix ASAP), so I was a bit adrift in the opening chapter. That didn’t keep me from being sucked in to the story immediately. The story centers around Molly, Elsie and Olivia, three witches who were hoping to retire and pass on their coven and spell book to a new generation of witches. Of course things don’t always work out as planned. Having made their lives in the non magic community through marriage, the witc ...more
Kitty Jay
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Molly, Elsie, Dorothy, Brian, and Olivia are back at it in Putting on the Witch. Dorothy's evil father, Drago, shows up and claims he just wants to spend time with his little girl, much to Olivia's protests. Brian's birthday is coming up and his parents are holding a fancy ball at the castle and the coven is invited.

But when they get there, they discover that a prominent member of the Council has been murdered. With the help of a terrifying 1500's witchhunter and Molly's own sleuthing skills, t
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the thirds book in the Retired Witches Mystery and it's a twist on the classic mystery where a group of people are stranded in a place and a murder occurs. I do love this series! I hope it continues since half of the writing team, Joyce Lavene, passed away.

Molly and Elsie, along with their late friend Olive's daughter Dorothy, are invited to a Witch's Ball at the castle of the enormously powerful witch family of Dorothy's boyfriend, Brian. The party is to celebrate Brian's birthday but
From the cover: With their coven’s spell book still missing, Molly and Elsie—along with their ghostly friend Olivia, her daughter Dorothy, and her boyfriend Brian—are all on edge, especially now that Dorothy’s infamously wicked father is back in the picture. So when they receive an invitation to an exclusive Witches Ball, the ladies jump at the chance to dress up and have some fun. The castle locale is spectacular and the party is hopping, but the festivities come to a swift end when a member of ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I think my expectations were too high since I really enjoy the Peggy Lee and Renaissance Faire mysteries. If I could give half star ratings, this book would get a 2.5.
While the story was engaging, I found it to be almost laughably ridiculous at times and boy, oh boy, did it drag on and on. Dorothy and her mother were an odd pair. Olivia often spoke to her as if she were a young child as opposed to a young woman. Dorothy's impetuous behavior made me wonder why a witch with a lineage like Brian wo
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
First of all, very sorry to hear that both members of this writing team have passed on. I really enjoyed their Renassiance series.

This is the 3rd book in the Retired Witches series. Molly and her coven are invited to the castle for Brian's birthday. While there, one of the council members is murdered. Everyone is imprisoned in the castle for 24 hours, while the investigation is going on. I felt like several items were brought to an end in this book. Dorothy and Brian will get married, Elsie wil
Kimberly Ann
Jul 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
Olivia, Dorothy's Mother, is now a ghost that hangs out with the retirees of her former coven. When Dorothy's father, the most evil & powerful witch, comes to meet Dorothy all hell breaks loose as Olivia, her friends, & Dorothy's boyfriend to keep her & her father apart.

I HATED this book:
1. The dialog was trite
2. The characters were cardboard
3. The occult information was Incorrect & Misleading (Either put it in w/ a blind or leave it out completely: Seriously, don't make shit up or be ridiculou
Emily Cullen
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
The retired witches receive invitations to an enchanted ball but when a member of the Grand Council of Witches is murdered, the castle goes on lockdown in an effort to catch the killer. The coven and their ghostly best friend is determined to find out who done ir. Meanwhile witch recruit Dorothy's infamously evil father is back into the picture. I really enjoyed this series but it unfortunately ended here. Unfortunately Joyce Lavene who wrote these books with her husband Jim passed away.
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aka Elyssa Henry and Joye Ames, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant

Joyce Lavene and Jim Lavene are a wife and husband team who have written and published more than 70 books since 1999. They live in North Carolina with their family and enjoy cooking, photography and ghost hunting.

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