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Witch Cake Murders

(Sweetland Witch #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  587 Ratings  ·  94 Reviews
Witches and humans have always existed peacefully in Sweetland Cove... until now. 
Someone is killing humans and drawing unwanted attention to the supernatural residents of Sweetland Cove.

Ava Rose just turned twenty-one, and with her birthday came a few surprises.
One: she's a witch.
Two: she's part owner of a magical bakery she never knew existed.
Three: Someon
Kindle Edition, 353 pages
Published April 23rd 2017 by ReedFoster Press House
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Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
Witch Cake Murders is the first book in the Sweetland Witch series by Zoe Arden. It's a cute, fun, and magical mystery.

Oh my what a prologue… It’s impactful for the reader and characters setting the stage.

Ava doesn’t know about her heritage until two zany people arrive in her life, claiming to be her aunts and wanting to take her home to Heavenly Haven.

At first it’s fun being part owner of a magical bakery and learning about her magical nature, but soon the fun is over when people start dyei
books are love
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I felt for Ava’s dad. he did so much to protect Ava and now she is in danger. He even risks everything to go to her.

Ava is a fun sweet character. Watching her grow into a witch and crush on a boy is adorable as she tries to figure out her life and who is framing her for murder or murders. she is a character that you will definitely fall for as are her aunts. those two will crack you up. there isn’t a lot of character building it’s more like a meet and greet and learn your neighbors in a small t
Margaret Appel
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful New Cozy Mystery Series

Witch Cake Murders
This is the second book in a new cozy mystery series by Zoe Arden, and follows Cake Spell Disaster. They are stand-alone books with no cliff hangers! I love these books and am looking forward to the next one!
The day Eli returned home from his wife's funeral he finds his wife's killer on his doorstep. In a case of self defense & to protect his child, Eli kills the man, packs a couple bags, takes his child Ava, and runs far
A really cute cozy mystery. Ava Rose is a young woman who just turned 21. She finds out that she's a witch and that she and her aunts co-own a bakery. And she finds out that someone is killing people in her new hometown. I really enjoyed this book and read it in one sitting.
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is my first book by Zoe Arden and it was a fun, cozy, paranormal mystery involving witches and humans. Ava Stone lives with her dad, Eli, in NYC--they both work at a diner where he's a line cook and she's a waitress. It's kind of a boring life because her dad is a homebody. When Ava turns 21 two odd looking ladies come into the diner and ask for her--she finds out 1) they're her aunts, Trixie and Eleanor Rose 2) her real name is Ava Fortune and 3) they're witches like her mom, and herself!! ...more
Mar 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindleunlimited
Fluff. Reads as though target audience is young adult. Cute little cozy witch story but the author slaps an un-necessary and tacky cliff hanger to the end of her almost complete story. Unfortunately, I do expect less of most Kindle Unlimited - so if you like cozy style witch (mystery seems too strong a word, I'll stick with stories) and can stomach cliff hanger endings - go for it.
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Overall, the book was decent and I do plan on giving the next in the series a chance.

I found the prologue intriguing and it definitely reeled me in. The premise of the story is pretty much what the description says and the author builds on that rather well. The writing flowed smoothly and I really liked the series concept and setting.

In regards to the characters - because it's Book 1 of a series, I tend to give a lot of leniency that I won't bond with many of what might be series regulars and I
Ann Croce
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I enjoyed this book and the characters. It's the second book in the Sweetland Witch Series by Zoe Arden. I'm looking forward to Book #3.
Michelle Randall
Ava has been raised hidden in the middle of New York, never attracting any attention, never doing anything fun or exciting and now she is turning twenty-one and the only thing different is the necklace her father gave her for her birthday. Then there are the two ladies that seem to know her name and look sorta like her. Oh the secrets her fathers has been hiding!

Guess what, Ava is a witch and she actually has family, two aunts, her mom's sisters and they run a witch bakery on an island where hum
Caitlin Copp
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: april-2018
It's Ava's 21st birthday, to Ava just another day of working at the restaurant and coming home to a quiet evening with her dad. Things take a turn when her aunts, who she didn't know existed, show up to tell her that she is a witch! They whisk her back to Sweetland Cove to work in their magical bakery and follow in her mother's footsteps. As soon as Ava sets foot on the island things start going horribly wrong. She looses her wand (a big witchy no-no), almost kills one of her aunts by mixing up ...more
Alice  📚
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This was sooo good! I loved the setting and the plot and the characters. the setting reminded me a bit of Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls.
Karin Corneau
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm still undecided as to whether I actually liked this or not, so I am giving it 3 stars.

The premise of the book is pretty straightforward. On her 21st birthday, Ava finds out that she comes from a family of witches. She moves back to her family's hometown of Heavenly Haven, where humans and supernaturals co-exist, somewhat peacefully. When people start dying after she arrives, the main suspect is Ava herself. What follows is absolutely a cozy mystery, and I have to admit that I did not see th
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ava is 21-years old living in New York with her dad. When two women visit her at work and claim to be her aunts, Ava's world as she knows it crumbles and fades away. Ava's past is not exactly as her father has been describing it to her. In an effort to come to learn more about her witch lineage, Ava returns to her place of birth, Sweetland Cove, and island off the coast of Florida. Except, as she soon learns, her lineage has some skeletons in its closet.

She no more than steps off the boat when
Marsha Spohn
Reviewed at Haunted Bookshelf

I had a blast with Witch Cake Murders. It’s funny and dangerous, lively and snarky, with lots of suspects to puzzle over as you try to solve this particular mystery.

I’m really glad we got the prologue scenes of Eli leaving the island, it truly sets up the story so well and adds understanding to Eli’s protectiveness, and maybe his mistakes as well. Ava has no idea that she’s a witch or that her life did not begin in New York City but on an island far from there. Once
Laura Thomas
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
When Ava Rose was one year old, her mother was killed for being a witch. For her protection, her father leaves the magical town of Sweetland Cove on the island of Heavenly Haven and disappears with Ava into the large city of New York. Twenty years later, Ava is visited by two strange women claiming to be her aunts, and her past is revealed. Angry at her father for hiding what she is, she leaves with her aunts and returns to the island.

At first it’s fun. She’s part owner of a magical bakery and a
Gayle Pace
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it

This is a fun cozy read with witches and humans, a little good, a little not so good with emotions galore. This is the second book in the mystery series. The first was Cake Spell Disaster. You can read them alone or in series.

Eli takes Ava, his little girl and flees to New York City. He has to take care of Ava after his wife's murder. He changes their names, finds jobs for him and her as a short order cook and a waitress. Heavenly Haven island is in their past, or so they think.

Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Witch Cake Murders

Imagine that one day you are approached by two eccentric women claiming to be your aunts when you have grown up thinking that your father is your only living relative. Next, imagine that your name is not your name and the aunts want to take you back to your birth place. Now, for the ultimate surprise, the aunts are witches and so are you. This is what happens to Ava Fortune on her 21st birthday.

When she returns to Heavenly Haven, the first thing that happens is that she loses h
Aug 26, 2017 rated it liked it
A pleasant read

There are a lot of names right at the beginning. A bit too many to remember. But once you get to know ‘m all it was a pleasant read. Really suspenseful! I liked it. Though at one point I thought ‘OMG is she REALLY THAT DUMB?’ I can’t tell you what happened, because that would be spoiling. And I figured out whodunit at about 60% percent of the book… that was a bit of a shame.

Snowball (Ava’s familiar, a talking kitten) was my favorite character. It is a white cat so I think it’s a
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I love the idea of a cozy mystery and a bit of paranormal thrown together. How fun! It was especially fun because Ava had no idea she was a witch and was constantly fudging things up. But everyone on the island is keeping secrets, not to mention the murders, what in witch’s name is going on?

I initially liked Ava. She was spunky and a bit overwhelmed. Unfortunately, she was also immature. She’s twenty-one but gets a crush on a boy who won’t even speak to her? Her witchy swear words were cute, bu
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Cozy mystery lovers, pet sleuth fans
Love this fun series. I got an arc copy from the author, but got the prequel from several sources, including a pet mystery fan friend.

Sweetland and Mistmoor are enchanting, and at least partially enchanted, locales.

The series features a number of folks, both old and young, exploring and finding themselves, and sometimes also finding some pretty cool companion animals, and sometimes sweet romances.

Mystery, magic, mayhem and baked goods. A yummy and fun combo, with insightful glimpses at the hap
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a fun, charming, cozy mystery read. This book is full of entertaining characters, good storyline, some mystery and mayhem, and sweets. What more could you ask for in a book. The Witch Cake Murders is the icing on the cake. A perfect start to this series.

Ava was so cute. She was native but in her case it worked. As I would not expect Ava to find out she was a witch and then just start performing miracles. Ava's Aunts, Eleanor and Trixie helped to keep the story interesting. Ava could not as
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Too cutesy, DNF

There is a trend in "cozy mysteries" to insufferably cute. This book is firmly part of that trend. The book is well written, but I just couldn't get past the manic, forced adorableness of the characters. I finally stopped reading about 20% of the way in when they were describing magical cupcake flavorings and the first one was "Fluffenutter root". Just... Seriously? Even in a book about a witch/baker/detective there are levels of ridiculous I just can't deal with. But, clearly thi
May 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
It looks like I'm in the minority here with my review. For me, the problem with the book was that it read like a Young Adult book --and that's not to pan YA books; some of them are fabulous. Ava, the main character is 21 (just), but acts like a teenager. Yes, 21 is still young, but she's a very young 21. The same is true of many of the characters. Damon is supposedly 27, but he acts about 18. Some things about the book were good and interesting, but this immaturity was a real turn-off for me. I' ...more
Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it
So... I feel like some of this book was really good, and other bits were a bit... cheesy? It was clean but a bit more cozy than I normally go for in mysteries, so maybe that was my problem. I like things to be a bit more fleshed out, but that's not a problem with the writing but rather my personal preference.
Nit picky thing... I didn't care much for her phrases like, "oh my roses!" and "toad's bottom." Which is ironic, considering I say "Oh my pirate" and "Toad in a Hole" myself.. I just found
Myra Ball
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written mystery series with a strong female protagonists

Arden knows how to capture the audiences attention and keep it. Once I started reading, I didn't want to stop. Ava is such a strong smart female protagonists with a well rounded crew of supporting characters. In other words, this a smart This book has come up on my Kindle numerous times but the book order is not listed for the series on any of the books so I did not start the series. I had no idea which book was book one. Plea
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Overall fun

A fairly intricate mystery plot with some nicely done red herrings. A few minor plot holes, mostly convenient rules of magic that seem to exist only to keep the plot moving. That and the withholding of info from the h for no foreseeable reason than to create drama made it frustrating in places but the characters are interesting and the mystery played out nicely. The writing was solid from a technical aspect, so good marks for readability. I enjoyed it and am looking forward to the nex
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Family Secrets

This series is based on the secrets of the Rose/Fortune families. Ava didn't find out who she was until she was 21. She is told that she is to guard her wand, but loses it the first day and won't tell anyone. She gets a special necklace, and again does not tell anyone. This is the first in the series. It is an entertaining and the different things going on with the characters blend into a great book.
Jamie Puleo
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a light and entertaining read. I wasn't expecting much from a practically free Kindle book, but I enjoyed the story. Ava turns 21, is whisked away to her birthplace by her aunts, and she finds out that she is a witch. In the meantime, people are getting killed, and it looks like Ava may be the one committing the crimes. I'm not running out to read the next one, but it was a nice break from heavier reading.
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book, mystery
Ava turns 21 in New York and within a few days learns she is a witch. She goes with her new found aunts Eleanor and Tricia to Heavenly Haven island off Florida. Witches, warlocks and humans live on the island. Right after Ava arrives humans start to die. Sheriff Knoxx thinks Ava is guilty.
There are some crazy things going on in Sweetland.
It is a pretty interesting ride finding out who is behind the murders.
Paulette C. Kent
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Zoe does it again .So many twist and turns . I kept thinking I had things figured out , but I didn't. Love the mixture of humans and witches .The quirky characters and the familiars are endearing. She has painted the two islands and its inhabitants so well that you can picture them clearly. Can't wait to read the next book in the series and anything else she decides to write. Way to go Zoe. You have a gift and I for one am glad you chose to share it with us.
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Like what Marilyn Stasio, who has been the Crime columnist forThe New York TimesBook Review since the late 1980s, recently wrote: “The abiding appeal of the cozy mystery owes a lo

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