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(The Witches of Doyle #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,124 ratings  ·  164 reviews
Bound by magic, bound by love, bound by murder…

The Bonheim triplets live seemingly ordinary lives, hiding their magic from the neighbors in the small, mountain town of Doyle, California. But when a body is found in big sister Jayce’s coffee shop, Karin, the practical one, is determined to prove Jayce innocent.
A murder isn’t the only bizarre event in Doyle. Why are hiker
Kindle Edition, 216 pages
Published November 21st 2016 by misterio press
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Linda There is no sex in it and very little violence. So long as you are ok with the "witchy" aspect of it, it should be fine for your 12 year old.

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Witchy triplets?
Witchy triplets trying to solve a mystery?

Heck yes.

I don't know about you guys, but back in my teenage years I used to be an openly obsessed fan of Charmed.
I kind of grown out of it with time, but reading Bound brought back some nostalgic feelings I didn't know I was still holding on to.
We have a modern and paranormal setting, three sisters who care for each other endlessly, spells, magic, love, feeeeeels, and a mystery on the side that you know only our protagonists will be able to solve.
Ring any bell
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
I started this seres with book 5 and ended up wanting to go back and read from the beginning.

Bound was fun and enjoyable. It has a few different mysteries to keep us entertained and intrigued. I enjoyed the magical elements and meeting the three sisters; Lenore the youngest, Jayce the oldest, and Karin the middle.

Doyle is an interesting town with some interesting people. Karin takes us on our mysteries as she try’s to prove that her sister Jayce didn’t have anything to do with the murder in her cof
An absolutely amazing book. The mystery is well written and I didn't know who did it until the end. A very well written book.

I highly recommend it.
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read Bound By Kirsten Weiss, yesterday. I had been wanting to read it for quite sometime and I was very much in the mood for a paranormal cozy. Bound is a story about triplet witches and their aunt. This is as much a fantasy book as it is a paranormal cozy. It really has something for everyone who loves a good fairy tale. It was not what I expected, I thought it would be quite predictable but I happily found that it was not. This is an established series I was happy to find and that I can pick ...more
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: discarded-shelf
Looks like this book holds a lot of promise: the plot is rich, the characters are vivid and the prose is amazing.
This time the fault in not liking the book is in me not enjoying the lecture.
Michelle Willms
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great witch tale

Interesting story about witch triplet sisters who are cursed to die in childbirth. The town they inhabit is filled with beautiful people. When Jayce, the oldest sister, is accused of murder, their lives become even more complicated. Well-written and fun. I look forward to the next book in the series.
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Got this book on a promo and, despite the fact it's the first in a series, I decided to read it anyway. It's not, to me, a true four-star book (3 1/2), but for lack of the half stars or a 10-star system, it gets 4. And, to be honest, there was a point in the book I was thinking about 5. But, alas, it went south.

The story is a murder mystery (murdery?) that takes place in a small California town. A cast of characters parades in front of the reader and the whodunit begins. But then we
Jul 23, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-but-unowned, arc
I received this free eARC novel from Red Coat Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Karin and her sisters Jayce and Lenore have lived int he town of Doyle their whole life. When their mother died in childbirth with the three of them, their aunt Ellen took them in and raised them, while also teaching them about the magic in their family.

Bad news is about to hit the town of Doyle for the Bonheim sisters. Their aunt's cancer came back and it is in her bones, spreading throughout their whole
This book surprised me with how good it was. I bought this a while ago as a BookBub special and read it in one day. I even read it on my phone, which I never do, but once I started it, I didn't want to stop and read it entirely on my phone.

I liked pretty much everything about this. I loved the town and the history of the triplets and their family. I liked the supporting characters. I loved the way the murder mystery played out, and how Karin went about taking care of things. She was
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I picked up this book because it is set in the Sierra Foothills near Angels Camp. A trio of sisters, raised by their aunt are now caring for her as she dies of cancer. The three sisters are witches but one has far fewer talents than her sisters. Her aunt tells them there is a curse on the family from an ancestress who fell in love with a man who left her. Since then every woman dies in childbirth and their husbands die within a short time of that birth. There have been no males born in the famil ...more
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was entertaining. It wasn't my favourite book ever, but I did like Karin. I also like Nick, her love interest. I was generally entertained. The villain was fairly obvious, but also, whatever. The thing is, Karin was the character I was most interested in, and I'm not sure I'm all that interested in the other sister's stories. Jayce is generally the type of character who grates, although she also shows enough common sense to avoid the excesses of her trope (she's the less responsible, drop-d ...more
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Light and fun - a great cozy. Terrific blend of witchy mystery and light romance.
Nola Arganbright
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Witch mystery with spells included

I have read many of the Witch cozy mysteries but this one drew me in and I was at the point of believing. Good characters and a very strong plot. Three Witch sisters raised by a Witch aunt find they have been cursed. A very engrossing tale!
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
Nice little story about triplet sisters, all grown up and living in the small town of Doyle, where they were born with magical gifts. One sister can see spirits of the deceased, another sister has a flare for people skills and plants and herbs. The third sister, whose story this book covers, has a gift for magic using knots - until she's told by the aunt that raise them, she has much much more power inside her to discover. A murder happens in one of the sister's coffee house, called "Ground" and ...more
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Cozy witch fans, paranormal romance
I first found Kirsten Weiss thru Instafreebies and her Rita Hegworth series. The Amazing Amy Vansant and her axpreader website introduced me to Weiss's Wits End. The fabulous Grace Risata has a really cool newsletter that mentions fun, new and discounted reads from other authors, and voila! I found myself reading a new to me series:Witches of Doyle. Bound is book one about three sister witches, triplets, and new awakenings in their powers and relationships around the time of the death of the Aun ...more
Meh. At first I was thinking that it was better than I had expected, but it tapered off. Protagonist rather self-pitying and dumb, not much explanation of the world, resolution (to the extent that there was one) was telegraphed early on. Not sure I'd bother to read another, but certainly not the worst paranormal cozy I've read.
Milton Edgeworth
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Just ok

Finished it but won't buy the second. Character development is poor and story too spotty to keep my interest. Wish it could have been better.
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
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BOUND is the first story in Kirsten Weiss’ Paranormal Cozy Mystery The Witches of Doyle. It’s been available for a few years now, but I’m not a reader who must have only the “hottest off the presses” releases to make me a happy reader. A good story is, well, a good story no matter its release date.

Most of what you’d need to know to pick up BOUND is in the Cover Description. I enjoyed this introduction to the Bonheim triplets and their strange small town of
Theodora Vanyar
Representation and Sexism Tests:
• Bechdel–Wallace Test: PASS
Do two female characters talk about something than a male character? YES
• DuVernay Test: FAIL
Are there fully actualized characters of color? NO
• Ellen Willis Test: PASS
Would two related characters still work to carry the story if their genders were reversed? YES
• Mako Mori Test: PASS
Is there a female character? YES
Does she get her own arc? YES
Does it do anything other than serve to support a man’s
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall I didn't mind this book. A bit of mystery, a bit of romance, some magic and danger thrown in. It kept me going to the end. Overall, the book was well-written, as well.

There were, however, a few things that lost it a star.

1. I did struggle to accept Karin's scepticism. She and her sisters are witches from a long line of witches. I didn't accept that she really doesn't believe in curses. Doesn't that sort of go with the whole witch thing? And then there is the family bible tha
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the first book in The Witches of Doyle Cozy Mystery trilogy. Although Karin already knows she’s a witch, she’s not a powerful as her sisters. That is until her dying aunt tells her that she had bound Karin’s powers when she was younger. After the unbinding her powers begin to grow and she will probably become the strongest of the triplets.

As I’ve mentioned in numerous other reviews, a witch (or witch sisters) coming into their powers is my jam. I wanted to switch it up a bit an
Amy McK
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Karin's aunt is sick, and when one of her triplet sister's picks her up from the hospital, they find a dead body in the cafe. Amidst all the adjective fill sentences, plot happens, and romance blooms between Karin and the lawyer. In the end, we discover who the murderer was and why.

I listened to most of this on audible. The sentences were so adjective heavy, that they were clunky and cumbersome for the narrator, who tripped over sentence structure often. There were unnatural pauses in sentences
I finished this book on Thanksgiving Day 2017 and, not knowing what to expect from this author, I was spellbound (pardon the pun) and could not get enough of this story and her way of writing in vivid detail making me feel like I was right there with each character!!! I am from a small town and I have 3 sisters so I can fully relate to the part of the book where things are happening in small towns that are usually not happening in bigger towns. The magical mystery and story was most intriguing a ...more
Robert Lovell
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Will cast a spell on you.

Normally, books like "Bound" are not my cup of mochachino. However, Kristen Weiss has a woven a pretty good tale. Aunt Ellen is dying from cancer, sister Jayce is being arrested for murder, and the town of Doyle is under a curse. Karin Bonheim must solve the murder of her sister's rival while she is coping with her Aunt's imminent departure from life.She and her two sisters, triplets, are witches in the small town of Doyle, CA. It seems that her family is under a cu
Part-time attorney and romance writer Karin Bonheim has a lot on her plate. Her Aunt Ellen is dying from cancer and a woman’s been found murdered in her sister Jayce’s café. Add to this Ellen’s revelation about a 150-year-old curse that kills family members, Jayce’s attractive lawyer, and an evil presence lurking in the forest behind Karin’s home, and you understand why Karin isn’t always thinking clearly.

Author Kirsten Weiss handles the plotlines deftly in this first installment in
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
The three sisters live in Doyle, a very strange town. Everyone looks unusually young and perfect and people seem to have strong bad or good luck. Every seven years a hiker disappears never to be seen again. The sisters have a curse attached to them. Every woman in their family dies in childbirth while giving birth to a daughter and the husband dies either just before the birth or shortly after.

Jayce, the older sister, finds a body in her coffee shop and is taken in by the police. She
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Three sisters grow up under a curse in a small California town. The girls are witches and just learning of this curse now, as their aunt lies dying and one sister is being investigated on charges of murder. This book follows Karin as she researches the curse and the murder and keeps coming into contact with the sexy lawyer her sister hired.

A cute, cozy mystery romance, my enjoyment was only hindered by the curse, not the nature of it, but the wording. It's from 1850, but written like
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-kindle
I really enjoyed this cozy (slightly paranormal) mystery and would be happy to read the 2nd and 3rd books in the series. Each book is about triplet sisters but this #1 is from the POV of one, Karin, the middle sister (they were born 3 minutes apart). The sisters are all witches with different magical powers. There are deaths, murder and otherwise, a good mystery, intriguing characters, set in Doyle, a small town in the California Sierras where people don't seem to age, where hikers go missing, a ...more
"Bound" is the first book in a series concerning the Bonheim sisters and their little town of Doyle, California. Karin, the youngest, is with her sister Jayce when a dead body is found in Jayce's coffee shop ... and so she's in the mystery up to her eyeballs.

Oh ... and the sisters all have different magic powers that turn out to be important in solving the mystery at hand.

I had a great time with this little tale; the mystery is well-constructed, and the paranormal element
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Kirsten Weiss has never met a dessert she didn’t like, and her guilty pleasures are watching Ghost Whisperer re-runs and drinking red wine. The latter gives her heartburn, but she drinks it anyway.

Now based in San Mateo, CA, she writes genre-blending cozy mystery, supernatural and steampunk suspense, mixing her experiences and imagination to create vivid worlds of fun and enchantment.

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