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Murder's a Witch

(Beechwood Harbor Magic Mystery #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  885 ratings  ·  105 reviews
Holly Boldt has a secret.

Well, technically, she has lots of them. After a scandal uproots her entire life, she is forced to relocate to a halfway house for displaced paranormals. It’s her last shot for a fresh start. But keeping secrets isn’t easy in a town that goes through gossip faster than tissue paper, even for a powerful witch.

When a grisly murder rocks the small t
Published January 30th 2018 by Tantor Audio (first published August 9th 2016)
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Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-2018
Holly Bolt, a potions witch is given one last chance for a fresh start and is residing in a halfway house, run by a ghost for paranormals. She lives with a shifter wolf, vampire and a strange man on the third floor who keeps odd hours. The manor is situated in the quiet town of Beechwood Harbor where Holly works fulltime as a barista.

The story that unfolds was an interesting one and begins with a man sneaking around their house. She confronts him, and he claims to be interested in hosting haunte
Feb 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommended to Lola by: Melanie
Shelves: audiobook
I was determined to finally read an audiobook with another narrator, as all the ones I had listened to so far were narrated by Nicole Poole. I love her style, but I wanted to broaden my audiobook horizons. One of my blogging friends recommended this one. Murder's Witch is a fun paranormal cozy mystery book. And after a rocky start I found myself quite enjoying it.

Having only listened to one narrator so far I had a bit of trouble getting used to the different style of this narrator. I think this
Tracy T.
This was a fun cute story. Good narration by Amanda Ronconi (audible reveiw)

I enjoyed it. I little relief from the serial killer, murder mysteries I have been reading lately. Even though this was a murder mystery, it was a light fun read.

The story line was good, it did take a while to get into the characters and it is written in the first person which did cause a bit of filler internal thoughts that were kind of unnecessary and sometimes annoying. But it was still a fun little read/listen.

As fo
This book was not really great. The idea in itself is nice, but the book is better suited for 10-14 years old. Also it is very slow. Seems like things take ages tohappen. This is ok by me, if I read a character driven novel, which was not the case.
Maybe the next parts will get better, so if I’m in the mood,I might give it another try.
Murder's a Witch was not the best paranormal cozy that I have ever read. The characters were ok, the story was ok....everything was just ok. I guess I find that I prefer a witch who struggles a little bit more with her magic; who isn't perfect in every spell that she tries. While in her situation Holly feels she isn't perfect--she is living in the human world, in a halfway house for displaced paranormals--she is mature in her magic. She does call on her ancestors for aid but once she does, all i ...more
Barbara Hackel
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Holly Bolt is banished to Beechwood Harbor as punishment, she doesn't expect to like where she ends up. However surprisingly, it feels like home and she has actually started making friends. Then her boss at the coffee shop is brutally murdered, and she learns that part of having friends is helping them out when they are the main suspect in a murder case! Also new to the town is Nick who is PI and has an interest in paranormal tours, specifically the house (Beechwood Manor) where Holly lives ...more
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Light paranormal fun with a spunky main character.
My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at

I will admit that I grabbed this audiobook because I thought the cover was cute, the blurb sounded interesting and most important of all, I LOVE Amanda Ronconi. This isn’t the first time that I saw a favorite narrator listed and I decide to look more closely at the book. I’ve found some really great stories by browsing by narrator. It is something I highly recommend. This was another winner for me.

So this book is abou
AudioBook Review:
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4

Holly Bolt is a witch, a potions witch with a ton of secrets, and a huge scandal that’s resulted in her being placed in the halfway house for paranormals. The small town of Beechwood Harbor is rife for gossip and scandal – and the curious house where she lives: owned by a depressed ghost, a vampire, a wolf-shifter and a strange man keeping strange hours are her new roommates, while she tries to maintain some ‘normalcy’ as she works as a bari
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Is Murder's a Witch a marketing ploy to get us to read more of her books? It's a genius. My fondness for paranormal fantasy and witches has been rekindled. Holly Boldt is a potion's witch that comes to live in a halfway house for displaced paranormals in Beechwood Harbor. The elusive reason why she ends up living with 4 other paranormals is not explained until we read the prequel novella, Witch of A Day , but we have a vampire, a shapeshifter wolf, a gargoyle and a ghost.
I don't know what it t
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a well-written cozy mystery with friendships, romance, magic and a cat. The prequel, A Witch of a Day, set up the series and this is the first book. A bunch of misfit paranormals are living in a half-way house owned by a ghost. Holly is now living there with a ghost, a shifter, a vampire, a gargoyle and her cat. Her boss is murdered, and her best friend is the main suspect. Can they all keep their secrets safe from the people of the town?
Anne - Books of My Heart
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: backlist, 2019, ku
I read this from KU in preparation for reading more of this series. It has the elements which I enjoy in a cozy mystery without having many of those I don't. I thought it was fun and well-written.
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
Holly, a powerful witch, has been tossed from the Haven, a secret system of living for paranormals. She’s been placed in a communal home for displaced paras, living in the small town of Beechwood Harbor. Working at a coffee shop to make ends meet, Holly is shocked when she shows up for work only to find her grumpy boss Peg murdered in the back alley. When her best friend is named as the primary suspect, Holly uses her witchy ways to get to the bottom of this mystery.

Murder’s a Witch is a fun, en
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)

Murder’s a Witch is book one in the Beechwood Harbor Magic Mystery by Danielle Garrett. It’s a cozy mystery, light and thoroughly entertaining.

Holly Bolt is not your normal Witch. She has been banished to Beechwood Harbor. I found Holly to be a delightful character with a mysterious past. I am wonder why Holly is banished. I did read another reviews review and they mentioned a prequel that explains this, so I’ll have to go and find it.

All the secondary characters were amusing and fun. It’s a
May 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
This book is sooooo slooooow. 'I stood up and I moved my legs and I walked to the other side of the room. There was an armchair there and I stretched out my arms and I shoved the chair aside. I was looking for a book and I looked for my glasses in my blouse, but I couldn't find it. I squinted at the bookcase, going from cover to cover. When I finally saw the right book, I picked up the book and stroked the cover with my hand and then I opened the book and went through the pages with my fingers a ...more
Barbara Boykin
Not my type of book

I'm sorry to say I did not enjoy reading this book. There was too much arguing and I just couldn't get into it.
Breanne Mast
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Murder's a Witch" has everything I love in a book: Paranormal, witches, romance and a coffee shop!

I did feel that the book jumped right into the plot without giving the readers much background information. This did cause me to start out the book a little slower than I normally do. However, once I got into the plot, I could not stop! I love the idea of paranormal characters all living together under one roof, despite their differences. I was surprised that there was not as much conflict as I wo
Bonnie Dale Keck
kindle unlimited 3 set {1-3 so not 4 or 5 or prequel}, couldn't remember that reviewed the individual books so going through and doing any that needed it

Holly Boldt has a secret. Well, technically, she has lots of them. After a scandal uproots her entire life, she is forced to relocate to a halfway house for displaced paranormals. It’s her last shot for a fresh start. But keeping secrets isn’t easy in a town that goes through gossip faster than tissue paper, even for a powerful witch. When a gri
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
“Murder’s a Witch” earns 5/5 Magical Journeys…with a Few Secrets!

Danielle Garrett has penned a delightful ‘witchy’ adventure introducing Holly Boldt in “Murder’s a Witch,” the opening book in her Beechwood Harbor Magic Mystery series. I was first introduced to Danielle’s work with her entertaining short stories “Cat, Bats, and Talking Hats” in "Witch or Treat” and “The Ghost Hunter that Saved Christmas” in “Spells and Jinglebells” collections of paranormal shorts and knew I needed to read more.
Marsha Spohn
Reviewed at Haunted Bookshelf

Murder’s A Witch is a fun Paranormal Cozy Mystery full of sass, snark and suspects. Holly has been banished from the Seattle Haven to a halfway house for, shall we say displaced supernaturals. She’s starting over again, and this time she’d better get it right. Her job at the local coffee shop has a grumpy employer, mostly nice customers and co-workers she’d call friends outside of work. Yet someone didn’t like the owner of the shop, didn’t like her enough that she e
Mary Wild
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good story

My favorite kind of story. The mystery is very convoluted. I guessed who the bad guy was several times, and I was still wrong!
It has a large variety of characters, all with different personalities. I can't wait to learn more and more about our little witch. The stories will continue past this book.
She lives in human town, but in a hidden away paranormal house. Most paranormals live in separate communities, but the ones who can't seem to get along with the others tend to be sent off
A thoroughly engaging read and recommended.


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Sexual Content: U
Language: U
Violent: U
Would I read the next one or reread ?: Yes

My rating system (* = star)
0* Could not finish this book (waste of time)
1*Finished the book but didn't like it not fulfilled
2* Finished the book it was okay.
3* A good read worth your time.
4* An excellent read often with a novel concept or unusual plot.
5* A magnificent read. A pro
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trouble Again?

Holly fell for the wrong guy and has been moved to a new half-way house for supernatural being. The past won’t let her do what she loves, make potions and her supervisor is running out of favors and patience. Of course with in days of meeting her ghost house manager, vampires and shifter house mates she stumbles on a paranormal investigator. He wants to give tours of the house to everyone’s dismay. Plus, Holly finds the dead body of her boss and her best friend at work looks to be
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admit I picked up this audiobook mainly because I like the narrator Amanda Ronconi. I seriously doubt I would have listened to this book if she hadn't narrated it. It was what I expected a cute cozy mystery. It is about a witch named Holly and she finds herself embroiled in a murder mystery to clear her friend the only suspect. Along the way Holly finds herself on a date with a shifter. Another date with a good PI. And, fighting for her life with a gargoyle. There isn't anything Holly won't do ...more
Karlene Browning
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this! I thought there were interesting and diverse characters. Some of them were a little silly, but I liked that. Holly (a witch) is new to living in the human communities and is trying to find her place and fit in. She's starting to make some human friends, and then there's a murder—and her human best friend is the prime suspect. It was fun to go on the journey with her, as she tried to figure things out without giving away the secret that she is a witch with magical powers.

Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it, have-read
Holly is sent to a half way house for displaced paranormals. This is it, her last shot to get her act together. Then a murder happens in Beechwood Harbor, and Holly unwillingly is involved with trying to solve it. Then there is a civil war brewing between her vampire and shifter roommates, and her ghostly landlord on the edge of a breakdown, and she is being followed around everywhere by a paranormal investigator how is she suppose to stay out of trouble and solve a murder? This really is a funn ...more
Eating Between
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought that our main character Holly was beautifully written and quickly grew on me. I found myself cheering her on as well as smiling constantly while reading this cozy. Holly had quickly become one of my favorite witches along side with Stacey Justice and Rachel Morgan. Holly is a perfect combo of the both – snarky and a bad ass!

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Alexandra Storm
Though, i have found some timeline continuity mistakes, it is really not a big deal and the story was so enjoyable, that i added the author to my list and will continue to read the other books in the series. It is a urban fantasy cute and cozy mystery, just the right thing to read to take your mind off and indulge, get enveloped like a warm bath.... No seriously, i did really enjoy the story and the timeline error, it is not big at all, I am sure not everyone will notice.

I am looking forward to
Lauren Aemmer
Ok book. Interesting enough that I made it through the whole thing, although that may have been because I kept waiting for it to pick up. Spoiler alert: it didn’t. There’s a decent base story here, but the lackluster murder “investigation” and its final outcome were frankly boring. I should probably give the next book a go and see if it’s any better, but I really want something with more umph for my next read.
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Holly is a witch who knows the rules, but can't help breaking the odd one even though this is what got her exiled to a "halfway house" for supernaturals. And her familiar is a cat who ignores her whenever it feels like it. There are laugh out loud moments in this story. And Holly's housemates are quite the characters as well - a wolf shifter, a vampiress and the landlady is a ghost. Lots of fun at times.
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