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Dee is a Good Witch but she wonders if she could be a better witch.
She wonders if there’s more to life than Disney movie marathons, eating a whole box of chocolates for dinner and brewing up potions in her bathtub. So when she’s offered a chance to go on a personal development course in the English countryside, she packs her bags, says goodbye to the Shelter for Unloved Animals charity shop and sets a course for self-improvement.

Caroline isn’t just a Good Witch, she’s a fricking awesome witch.
She likes to find the easy path through life: what her good looks can’t get for her, a few magic charms can. But she’s bored of being a waitress and needs something different in her life. So when a one night stand offers her a place on an all-expenses-paid residential course in a big old country house, she figures she’s got nothing to lose.

Jenny is a Wicked Witch. She just wishes she wasn’t.
On her fifteenth birthday, she got her first wart, her own imp and a Celine Dion CD. She still has the imp. She also has a barely controllable urge to eat human children which is socially awkward to say the least and not made any easier when a teenager on the run turns to her for help. With gangsters and bent cops on their trail, Jenny needs to find a place outside the city where they can lay low for a while.

For very different reasons, three very different witches end up on the same training course and land in a whole lot of trouble when they discover that there’s a reason why their free country break sounds too good to be true. Foul-mouthed imps, wererats, naked gardeners, tree monsters, ghosts and stampeding donkeys abound in a tale about discovering your inner witch.

324 pages, Kindle Edition

First published January 13, 2018

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1,467 reviews718 followers
March 7, 2018
5☆  Spellbinding with plenty of Laugh out Loud moments

A Spell in the Country is full of mishaps, fun, magic, humour, friendship and mystery.
I can really see this as a film or a mini series I loved it.

Ok so first of all I must say I haven't ever read a witch book where I've liked every character and have been laughing so hard at the witty one liners of Jizzimus the mishevious, naughty Imp!

Jizzimus had me in fits of laughter he made the story for me with his cheeky behaviour. He is Jenny's Imp. Jenny is a wicked witch. Although I never really felt she was wicked at all.

Dee worked in a charity shop for unloved animals. She loved herbal witchcraft and was a fixer.

Caroline is a good witch who can enchant people to do what she wants them to.

All three come together with a group of other witches. To learn to become better witches and to learn about their powers.
Mixing potions and spells what could possibly go wrong!

I loved that the book was well researched and had a fair amount of witching history weaved in.

If you are looking for a Witchy read with adult humour, then a spell in the country is definitely the book for you!
I really hope there will be more from the witches.

Thank you to Rachel Random Resources for this copy which I reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

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1,432 reviews101 followers
February 25, 2018
4.5 stars.
Three seemingly unconnected witches are approached by a rather bizarrely dressed flaming hat wearing man called Madison. He offer them a free 3 week retreat after they had completed a survey. There they meet other witches, only they do not mention they are witches initially. They discover they are the first for a course on trying to make them all more modern and progressive. So, with a free course, a huge house, witches, spells you know something is going to go awry!

This is a great read with good mystery and mayhem added into the boiling pot (or should I say cauldron). The mystery and mayhem pretty much start from the outset as we are introduced to the women, it has a humorous feel to it at times but with an underlying feeling of something not being right. I am a great believer of “you don’t get anything for free” or “you don’t get ‘owt for n’owt”, this is the case with the witches. But even though there are things going on, they do build a bond and form friendships and I think they definitely benefited in a round about way from the course.

There are several characters that are both human and definitely non human, I have to admitting to liking a certain little chap called Jizzmus the best. He is rude, crude says the most inappropriate things and just really appealed to my sense of humour with his antics. There is a plot that gradually unfolds in this story that I am not going to delve into as I don’t want to spoil it for others, but it has darker and wicked elements. This is a really well paced book with quick chapters. I did however find myself backtracking a couple of times as I lost track of which character I was following, but I think this is more a kindle thing as I didn’t always notice the line breaks as the characters were alternated.

A great cosy paranormal mystery read that I really enjoyed. Some really imaginative and well described characters, good plot and well paced. This is a book I would definitely recommend.
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2,648 reviews175 followers
February 24, 2018
The genre of which these authors write in is not one I would normally go for. Having read and fell in love with Clovenhoof though, I have become a bit of a fan of their books as they take me well out of my comfort zone and make me have a very good time whilst there.

A Spell in the Country is a book that can be enjoyed by most age groups. You have very different characters, or in this instance witches, that could be a little bit of any of us. I don’t know whether it’s because I’m quite a goody two shoes myself but I have to say Jenny was the one I was drawn to the most. Saying that though it could be because of her imp, Jizzimus.

Jizzimus is a fabulous character. You really have to read it for this devilish imp alone as it’s all very tongue in cheek and will certainly put a smile on your face, probably for all the wrong reasons but you will smile never the less!

The course that the characters find themselves on turns out to be a little different to what each of them imagined. You know how the saying goes? Anything to good to be true, probably is. Well I guess this is what all of the witches should have really thought about before signing up. Sign up they did though and what entails from then on turns into a fun and entertaining read.

A Spell in the Country is a fun filled read that you won’t want to miss! If like me it is a bit out of your comfort zone then I really urge you to read it, you won’t be disappointed.

My thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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405 reviews1 follower
January 25, 2021
The story is about a rag tag group of witches invited to a self-help retreat in the countryside, where they learn about themselves, the value of teamwork, and being the best witches they can be. There are some darker themes as well, hidden in the comedy, which adds another layer to the story.

It’s the characters in this book that make it brilliant – I adored all of the witches in their own way (apart from Caroline, who’s a bit of a dick). Dee is a sweet witch who works in a charity shop and specialises in communicating with animals and mending clothing; Jenny is a wicked witch who doesn’t really have a bad bone in her body but is discriminated against anyway; Nora is a haughty older lady with a secret rebellious streak and Shazzam, a hilariously naïve witch you can’t help but love.
However, these are all honourable mentions because the title of ‘Best Character Ever Written’ goes to Jizzimus the imp. He’s fiercely loyal to Jenny but otherwise a total disgrace with a fart or dick joke for all occasions. His antics cracked me up every time!

I’ve listened to most of Diana Croft’s audiobooks at this point because it’s a pretty safe bet I’ll enjoy the book, but I would venture that this is the best book she’s ever done. She brings the fantastic characters to life, each one with their own distinctive personality and voice, especially Jizzimus the imp.
I rarely relisten to audiobooks but I can happily play this one on repeat!

If you need something genuinely funny, adventurous, silly and uplifting – this is the book you need in your life.
Profile Image for Margaret McCulloch-Keeble.
774 reviews10 followers
February 13, 2018
A smashing gung-ho adventure full of good witches, odd witches, wicked witches, foul mouthed imps and enchanted strimmers. I'm intrigued to know more about Norma and Lesley-Anne's relationship. Shazam was sweet, I loved the bees, and really loved Zoffner the Astute. (For some reason I kept visualising a cross between Paul Kaye in Zapped and George Harrison). Easy to read, unless you're on a train or bus and find it uncomfortable being looked at by other passengers each time you titter out loud, in which case you'd probably want to read it somewhere less public. And titter you will. Personally I like a bit of public tittering, so it's ideal as far as I'm concerned.
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1,898 reviews68 followers
January 31, 2018
A fun read!

Full review to follow in February for the Blog Tour!
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1,381 reviews222 followers
November 6, 2018
Actual rating: 3.5/5

Dee is a Good Witch but she wonders if she could be a better witch. Caroline isn’t just a Good Witch, she’s a fricking awesome witch. Jenny is a Wicked Witch. She just wishes she wasn’t.

For very different reasons, they end up on the same training course and land in a lot of trouble when they discover that there’s a reason why their free country break sounds too good to be true. The story represents various cast of hilarious characters including foul-mouthed imps, wererats, naked gardeners, tree monsters, ghosts and stampeding donkeys.

ASINC is well plotted, nicely paced, and witty. It’s saturated with a gentle humour that leans toward the slap-stick and absurd. Even when it explores body-related jokes, it never does it in an offensive or gross way. The plot unfolds gradually, slowly revealing clever twists. Criticism? Well, I feel in some parts the book is bloated and gives way too much space to meaningless (but funny) banter that doesn’t move the plot in any significant way. I definitely recommend this book to those of you who look for lighter, uplifting book with a proper sense of humour. Just don’t pay attention to this atrocious cover–the book is much better than it would suggest.

TL;DR: Well worth the read, especially if you're looking for something lighter and witty.
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557 reviews5 followers
February 23, 2018

This book is utterly brilliant and bonkers at the same time. The authors clearly have fantastic imaginations and such a way with words that you can picture all the odd “imps” and the settings seem so real. The fact that this book is about witches, good and wicked, shouldn’t put you off. You will laugh out loud at the ridiculous characters and the seemingly unrealistic scrapes the witches get into but you are pulled so far into the story that you could almost believe you were with them! This book gets a massive five stars from me and will definitely read more of their books! In my opinion an absolute triumph!
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583 reviews8 followers
February 24, 2018

This book was absolutely ridiculous and I loved it.  I actually, honestly, literally laughed out loud a few times.  From surveys where the only right answer is commenting about the survey taker's flaming hat to absolutely perverse imps to flying landscaping equipment, it took every stereotype about witches and twisted them delightfully. 

This is a book that you don't try to hard to make perfect sense.  It is a madcap romp and you should just go along for the ride.  There are witches of all ages and abilities.  Some use herbs.  Some use whatever is laying around.  Others have a complete set of every type of mystical craft available in occult stores. 

My only complaint is that with all the action the characterization took a back seat.  Sometimes it was hard to keep track of which witch was which.  But that is a minor quibble.  Pick this one up for a light, silly story.This review was originally posted on Based On A True Story
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1,789 reviews56 followers
January 31, 2018
I loved this, such an entertaining read. Think witches at school and then a wonderful finale. There are different sorts of witches as we all know. Dee is a good witch but wants to be better. She works in a charity shop for an animal rescue centre as she has a soft spot for even the “ugly” animals that no-one wants.. Caroline in her own words isn’t “just a witch” she is “ a frickin’ awesome witch”. Jenny however is a bad witch who has her own invisible imp- Jizzimus who gets up to all sorts of mischief- of course he does, he’s an imp! They have all met a Chugger who has “sold” them three weeks on a free self development course. Too good to be true?They have crossed paths briefly and now on the course realise they all have one thing in common- witchcraft. This is one of those books that you can’t help but smile at from the start. Antics as you would expect when a little magic is at hand, but there is also another plot afoot. Very clever how a real name was woven into this. Some “real” people entered to have their names in the book- how lucky are they! To be a witch- wow! Dear Heide…. please please please? What an honour. A book to enjoy, a book to make you smile. Witchcraft? Think again with a Spell in the Country.
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109 reviews9 followers
February 9, 2018
Received a copy in return for review*
Having read Clovenhoof I was excited to read a new series from this duo, I enjoy witch stories anyway so win win. Well I loved it, the characters all have distinctive well rounded personalities and back stories, the plot was intricate and came together nicely and most of all it was fun! We meet three witches at the start, good witch dee, amazing witch caroline and wicked witch jenny, through a series of coincidences they all end up going on a 3 week residency program for witches in the country. But wicked witches are evil and should never be trusted, or should they? Along with a hilarious imp familiar and a long suffering black cat, the ladies start to forge bonds together, which is handy to face what comes next.
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4,681 reviews52 followers
April 29, 2018
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Dee is a Good Witch but she wonders if she could be a better witch.
She wonders if there’s more to life than Disney movie marathons, eating a whole box of chocolates for dinner and brewing up potions in her bathtub. So when she’s offered a chance to go on a personal development course in the English countryside, she packs her bags, says goodbye to the Shelter for Unloved Animals charity shop and sets a course for self-improvement.

Caroline isn’t just a Good Witch, she’s a fricking awesome witch.
She likes to find the easy path through life: what her good looks can’t get for her, a few magic charms can. But she’s bored of being a waitress and needs something different in her life. So when a one night stand offers her a place on an all-expenses-paid residential course in a big old country house, she figures she’s got nothing to lose.

Jenny is a Wicked Witch. She just wishes she wasn’t.
On her fifteenth birthday, she got her first wart, her own imp and a Celine Dion CD. She still has the imp. She also has a barely controllable urge to eat human children which is socially awkward to say the least and not made any easier when a teenager on the run turns to her for help. With gangsters and bent cops on their trail, Jenny needs to find a place outside the city where they can lay low for a while.

For very different reasons, three very different witches end up on the same training course and land in a whole lot of trouble when they discover that there’s a reason why their free country break sounds too good to be true. Foul-mouthed imps, wererats, naked gardeners, tree monsters, ghosts and stampeding donkeys abound in a tale about discovering your inner witch.

Clovenhoof (Clovenhoof Book 1) (Jul 26, 2012)
Pigeonwings (Clovenhoof Book 2) (Aug 10, 2013)
Godsquad (Clovenhoof Book 3) (Clovenhoof Book 3) (Apr 23, 2015)
Hellzapoppin' (Clovenhoof Book 4) (Oct 1, 2015)
Beelzebelle (Clovenhoof Book 5) (Apr 14, 2016)
Clovenhoof & the Trump of Doom (Clovenhoof Book 6) (Dec 18, 2016)

Satan's Shorts (Clovenhoof, #3)
Satan's Shorts is collection with the books listed below but there are others
Clovenhoof goes to Night School.
Patron Saint of Nothing At All.
Clovenhoof and the Snowmen.
Saint Nicholas and the Krampus.
Detritus at the Church Fete.
Clovenhoof and the Spiders.
A Cat in Hell's Chance.
The Non-Specific Prayer Assessment Unit.
The Hoof.
Clovenhoof's Shed

Oddjobs 2: This time it's Personnel


A Spell in the Country
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1,745 reviews37 followers
August 4, 2021
What a fun, silly book! Toss a bunch of ladies together for a free 3-week self-development course in the countryside with a bit of mystery, a bit of magic, and at least one very vocal and naughty little demon. lol Jenny and Jizzimus had me laughing often. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect with this story but I enjoyed the ride nonetheless. Since the tale starts off a little serious with Jenny rescuing young Kay from some sort of human trafficking, I wasn’t sure if this book was going to be a thriller or a comedy. But if you’re looking for something light-hearted, I think this fits the bill, and then some. Kay and Jenny get to meet out some justice along their way to self-improvement while in the country.

Jizzimus is a little entertaining smartass. He often had me laughing (often in an inappropriate and juvenile way). I could just picture Jenny face-palming often, at a loss for how to rein in Jizzimus. And yet the little guy seems to have a little heart of gold too, always watching out for Jenny when it really matters.

And Jenny’s secret (which we know right away) is that she’s a wicked witch (even though she denies herself the worst of her witchy ways like eating kids). It causes her some angst but her will is strong and refuses to give in to the bad habits that give her kind a bad reputation and end them on an impromptu pyre.

Meanwhile, the self-development course is full of all sorts of surprises! Indeed, Jenny finds out she has a lot in common with these other ladies. They are an eclectic lot and there’s a lot of fun personalities to mesh and collide and bounce off each other. It also turns out that not all of them are as benevolent as we first think. The plot thickens! By the end, we have a lot of questions answered, some solid justice handed out, and a good place for a sequel to launch off of. 5/5 stars.

The Narration: Diana Croft was a good fit for this book. I felt her voice for Jenny was spot on and I loved her voice for the irascible Jizzimus. My one little quibble would be that a few of her male character voices could use a bit more masculinity. Croft did have unique voices for all the characters so it was easy to keep them straight, which was especially important for all the quick back-and-forth conversations and quips. The pacing was spot on and there were no tech issues with this recording. 4.5/5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own.
Profile Image for Karen Cole.
927 reviews119 followers
February 27, 2018
A Spell in the Country isn't the usual sort of book I choose to read but we're a Harry Potter loving household so I couldn't resist the lure of a story about witches in training. It has to be said that these witches are a long way from Hermione - and Jizzimus the imp is definitely not child-friendly... It is however, a fabulously enjoyable book that made me laugh many times and features a madcap story which becomes really quite exciting as the book progresses.
The characters in the book are all completely wonderful. Dee, Caroline and Jenny are joined on the course by Norma, Shazam and Kay, and together they eventually form what could perhaps best be described as a sort of dysfunctional Scooby Gang as they uncover a wicked plan and join forces to defeat evil. Before that happens though, their adventures on the witches training course are a joy to read. Whether it's accidentally creating a mutant rat creation, hypnotising cows or seducing the gardener, there's never a dull moment. Being from very different backgrounds means their relationships with one another aren't short of dramas too, especially when it comes to the interactions between Caroline and Jenny who are both fluent in sarcasm and not averse to underhand tactics. The most memorable character though has to be Jenny's familiar, Jizzimuss; he is foul mouthed, rude and desperate for Jenny to fund his imp porn plan or better yet to give in to her urge to eat a child - and yet there is something strangely endearing about this twelve inch loyal little beast.
I thought A Spell in the Country would just be an amusing tale of the mishaps of a group of disparate witches but the plot that draws everything together turned out to be something really quite dark and as the action grows ever more frantic, it all becomes very exciting. There are surprising secrets, unexpected friendships are formed, lessons are learned and there's some real drama, laced throughout with that fantastic humour. A Spell in the Country is a gripping and witty read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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27 reviews
April 2, 2018
A Spell in the Country reminded me a bit of The Golden Girls, if they’d been British, witches, and had a foul-mouthed imp following them around (Sophia doesn’t count).

At times, Jizzimus (the imp), was a little bit too crude for my personal taste, but that was easy to overlook in light of the rest of the story.

The premise of the story was amusing and played out skillfully, with the world building giving a lovely feel for the way witches deal with daily life.

Don’t be fooled by the cartoonish cover. The story is not for children, and unless teenagers have changed drastically since I was a teen (definitely possible), I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone younger than 16. Hell, even at my age there were comments and scenes that had me blushing in mortified horror, mostly instigated by the imp whose tastes tended towards the perverse.

Having said that though, by the end of the book, Jizz had somehow endeared himself to me in spite of his foul mouth, and I found myself thinking that having an imp around might be quite fun. Especially if I can send them out for fudge and chocolate in the middle of the night.

As for the witches; I absolutely adored their individual personalities, their snarky comments to and about each other, and in general, appreciated how their friendships developed.

Dee, Jenny and Caroline are the main characters of course, and I enjoyed their individual personalities, but in this story at least, the side characters stole the show for me.

Norma was a firecracker of note, and my personal favourite; closely followed by Sabrina, whose dialogue I kept reading out loud, trying to get the “Ur” sound right. (If anyone can direct me to a recording of an upper class British, “ur,” I’d appreciate it.)

Having said that, the way the three very different witches came together in the most unlikely manner, left me feeling like I’d known them for years and would happily sit down with them for a cup of tea.

After checking for rats of course.
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2,015 reviews23 followers
February 27, 2018
Dee is a good witch that wants to do more. Caroline is an awesome witch that likes to find the easy way to do everything. And then there is Jenny, unfortunately she is a wicked witch with a hilarious imp and a teenager on the run. All three women are approached by a strange man that asks them a survey and given them a three week retreat in the country.

A group of women arrive in the country to attend a three week training course. But they don’t realize in the beginning is they are all witches and this is supposed to help them modernize their witch craft. But there is no such thing as a free meal or stay in the country. Sinister things are about to happen and it will be up to the witches to stop them.

I loved this story. It is a wonderful story filled with snark, humor, and a great mystery. Each of the women are great characters but I have to say that I fell in love with Jenny and her imp Jizzmus. He is such a minion of evil that causes so much trouble and is so inappropriate that you can’t help but want him in your life.

I really enjoyed this story and recommend it to those that like paranormal cozy mysteries. I can’t wait to read more from Heide Goody and Iain Grant.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
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1,394 reviews10 followers
February 1, 2019
Beware Free Offers

Recently having read a lot of books by these authors, this one really intrigued me. Very different from any of the others, so I gave it a try.

This book is just as dryly funny and slapstick for which I know these authors.

I usually write my reviews as I write. I did not with this one. It grabbed my interest and I had to keep reading with no time to write.

Hopefully, you've read the synopsis of the book. Because it is all of that and more.

Trying to find your way in the world is difficult. Even more difficult is doing it when you are very different from everyone you know. You are a witch, you're pretty sure, but without knowing other witches.

When the opportunity arises for several witches to learn how to be the best witch they could be next to a luxe spa-like environment, all eagerly agreed.

Broken into groups at the beginning of classes, the witches have to learn to get along. Do they? What if some of them get along better with members of the other group? What if some seem not to get along with anyone else. What if there is a wicked witch in their group? What if there are one or more wicked witch that doesn't know about?

Delving into the intrigues of all women in new situations, every female type is here. As for men? They are pretty much those who hang out with wicked witches.

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698 reviews54 followers
March 13, 2018
After reading the description for this book I couldn't wait to start reading and see where this story would take me. It really is like a whirlwind that picked me up and took me on quite a journey with Dee, Caroline and Jenny. There is a brilliant humour throughout that made me giggle and smile with the antics of this group of witches. A special mention has to go to Jizzimus as he was just hilarious, I loved him especially with his brilliant one liners. There are quite a few characters in the story but each one had a certain special type of personality that guarantees you will remember them.

I had no idea what would happen next and to be honest it was so refreshing to just sit back and enjoy whatever was in store next. With a story that moves at a good pace sending the reader on a fun filled adventure. If you love magic, witches and funny but inappropriate imps then this story is definitely the one for you.

A Spell in the Country is fun, quirky and held my attention all the way through!

Four stars from me!

With thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.
Profile Image for Margaret Gore.
31 reviews
July 17, 2021
A Spell in the Country
By: Heide Goody, Iain Grant
Narrated by: Diana Croft
Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
Release date: 29-08-20

Having listened to a few story's about witches, this one took me by surprise and went in a totally different direction to the usual format, it was quite unusual and very enjoyable.

The characters were well thought out, and what made the book extra special to me was that it was set in the area I grew up in, which is now 240 miles away from where I live now, hearing the place names where I lived, the correct distance between Skegness and Boston, village names and even the mention of Pilgrim Hospital took me back home. When facts are correct in a book I think it makes it far more enjoyable.

My favourite character was Jizzimus, the naughty imp, foul mouthed and full of naughty humour. I would love a Jizzimous but I am not a wicked witch and only wicked witches can have an imp. Interestingly the Imp is the symbol of Lincoln and the story is set in Lincolnshire.

Diana Croft is a super narrator and I have never known her disappoint, she did a fantastic job of narrating this story, and really bought the characters to life.
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Author 4 books47 followers
February 16, 2018
Hilarious. Entertaining. Full of Action. Absolutely funny. These are the words I'd use to describe this book.

Right from the start, A Spell In The Country has been nothing but a roller coaster ride of jokes, hilarious one liners and heart touching moments.

What do you get when you gather up a bunch of different kinds of witches and make them befriend each other? You get stomach cramps from too much laughing, and you get aching cheeks because of too much grinning!

I read this book a couple of days before my final exams, and trust me, this is exactly what I needed. A good laugh is the best before-exam therapy, and I got that from reading this book.

I'm unable to choose a favorite character because all of them were so awesome in their own ways.

I can go on and on about this book because I loved it so much, but I also need to study so I don't fail. (shivers!)

So I'll take a leave now, and do get your hands on a copy of A Spell In The Country soon because no one should miss out on this one! In Zoffner's words, this book is fab and groovy!
5,419 reviews25 followers
August 9, 2018
This is a book with a lot of humor in it. Several witches are given invitations to attend a three-week course on how to improve their lives. One of them is a good witch (works in a shelter for unloved animals). One works as a waitress and seems to be sort of a neutral witch. The third is classes as a wicked witch who has her own imp, invisible to everyone but her. There's also Kay who doesn't reveal she's really a witch until well into the story.

None of them are incredibly efficient at what they do and this leads to some pretty funny situations. The imp, Jizzimus, is as coarse as possible but he helps out when needed. The location for the course is interesting being a grand house, seemingly.

The witches have a lot of different things to do which often result in rather interesting disasters. There's also quite a few bees, a cat that hangs around the neck of one of the witches, an uber-evil wicked witch, a giant moving tree with a really bad attitude and poor Effie who has been duped about everything but still tries to do the best she can.
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Author 14 books74 followers
February 9, 2018
Life gets a little complicated when you’re an actual witch in modern-day Britain – especially if you’re a reluctant wicked witch on the run accompanied by your invisible familiar, a deeply unhelpful and rampantly out-of-control imp by the name of Jizzimus. So Kate decides to lie low and do a little off-the-job team building and corporate bonding at a residential training course for 21st witchery in an out of the way country house. What could possibly go wrong?

Heide Goody and Iain Grant have done it again with A Spell in the Country. They have once again pulled a batch of fabulous characters out of the magic hat and their faithful readers will totally suspend belief and travel breathlessly along with them for another fast and furious high comedy ride.

I was laughing at the dialogue from the very first page and I’m sure that I’m going to have to read the book again because I’ve missed half of the jokes.

A very clever and funny read; highly recommended.
142 reviews5 followers
March 4, 2018
Well Heide Goody and Iain Grant have only gone and done it again with A Spell In The Country. I love their writing style, and once again they didn't disappoint.

This is a story of three very different witches thrown together in what they thought was going to be a free three week 'retreat' but turns out to be oh so much more, and it is absolutely hilarious. From all the different characters, including Jizzimus the imp and his inappropriate behaviour, to the general anarchic mayhem of witches fighting, this book is cleverly written and witty. There are some genuine laugh out loud moments, where Heide and Iain's comedy talent really shines through, and the mental image of the flying strimmer will live with me for a long time!

If you want a funny, engaging read that will make you smile, then this is definitely worth a try.
16 reviews2 followers
February 14, 2018
I don't know how they do it but this was another wonderful read which had me (much to my husbands disgust) laughing out loud.

I think I identified a little with all of the characters and could just imagine being part of the group trudging through the fields looking for magical cows and plants that smell like week old corpses.

Jizzimus left me giggling even now with his quick one liners and inappropriate behaviour, I'm no witch but I want in on the next self improvement course.

This is a riotous romp around the countryside filled with imps, witches, ice cream and an often naked gardener.

Every one should read this book, it certainly had me spellbound as I was compelled to finish it on one go.
347 reviews11 followers
February 26, 2018
I have not read a book like this for a long time. It is a highly imaginative, clever romp of a book: full of magic, memorable characters and moments. The witches are all distinctly different and though I love them all, the star of the story has to be Jenny’s imp, Jizzimus with his outlandish quips and antics.* He made me splutter my tea more than once.

Throughout the book, the humour,  plot, and strength of personalities made it worthy of four stars but the concluding chapters rocketed it to a fantastic five. Full of action and unexpected turns this book is very visual and would make a wonderful film if done correctly.  I felt like a child again reading Roald Dahl’s The Witches for the first time and was sorry I had reached the end. I may have to just go back to the beginning and start again.

I am thrilled to know there are other books written by the duo to catch up on and they are on my TBR list.
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130 reviews5 followers
May 2, 2018
Dee, Caroline and Jenny are all witches, who are not really getting the best out of being a witch and in Jenny’s case not really enjoying it. Whilst the other are two are good witches Jenny is a wicked witch but wishes she wasn’t. Through different routes, all 3 find themselves at a country retreat training course for witches and there the adventure begins. Friendships are formed, and the witches begin to improve themselves and their lives. This story is hilarious and some of the characters are just brilliant. Heide Goode and Iain Grant have a style of writing that is utterly captivating and incredibly funny, meaning it is very hard to put this book down. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a light-hearted and heart-warming read about friendships and magic.
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1,002 reviews
March 3, 2018
Witches have a holiday!

The story centres on Dee a hippy witch who is good and a big animal lover, Caroline an awesome witch mainly good but uses her powers to charm her way out of or into situations that are to her advantage and the last is Jenny a younger witch who is deemed wicked though she actually tries to be good and avoid all the pitfalls of her kind.
A young girl is rescued by Jenny then assisted by Dee and they take up an offer from a street questioner for a break in the country.
An enjoyable romp of a book showing to never judge a book by its cover and some people are just trying to survive. Absolutely adore Jizzimus Jenny's imp he's hilarious.
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March 5, 2022
This book is wicked awesome. At first, though, I wasn't sure where the book was going. I mean, it was a fun ride, even then, but I was all like 'what?' Still, I was having too much fun to stop, so I stuck it out and sure enough, the author pulled all the threads together into a well-woven cloak of awesome. I read the last half of the book straight through, staying up way past when I'd normally close a book and go to bed. Could NOT put it down. It's quirky. And interesting. And fresh. With loads of action. And did I mention fun? Super well-written novel, too. If my budget allowed, I'd be slapping down all my book monies for more of this author.
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150 reviews9 followers
March 2, 2018
Fun, Flying and Frantic Antics in this amusing tale of witches off for a training course. There are wicked and good witches, although what’s in a name, a very rude imp who steals many scenes and some great witchy bonding.
As ever with these writers you have a great tale, wonderful comic characters yet also ones you care about, and it builds to an exciting adventurous ending. A great romp that is beautifully described so I felt I could visualise the situations and people very clearly; lovely to curl up with as it snowed outside!!
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414 reviews9 followers
March 6, 2018
A Spell in the Country

I must confess this is my first read for these authors; however their reputation preceded them and so I was really excited to read A Spell in the Country!

OMG, I couldn’t put this book down! This is such a fun, crazy and entertaining read! I always enjoy a ‘witchy’ read and so the blurb really drew me in; I wasn’t disappointed. I’m not going to regurgitate the blurb...you can read that for yourself but rest assured you’re in for a rip roaring roller coaster ride of belly laughs and craziness! Five witchy stars from purplebookstand!
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