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Autumn Alibi

(A Wiccan Wheel Mystery #6)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  138 ratings  ·  58 reviews
After a hectic year, Edindale, Illinois, attorney Keli Milanni is ready to welcome autumn by counting her many blessings. But a case of murder could cause her to fall behind . . .

Keli is hoping that Mabon, the Wiccan Autumn Equinox, will bring balance back into her life. But it’s death that comes calling when she’s asked to consult on an estate case. Recently passed, Ela
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Bookworm Extraordinaire
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
description I'm enjoying this series a lot. 🙌 I love the Wiccan angle, and the mystery in this one was particularly well done. 🎨 There was also a great cast of secondary characters. 👤👤👤 I hope we see more of Arlen (the necromancer), and Crenshaw is always I delight. 💗 Keli remains a strong and likable lead, and her and Wes continue to make a cute couple. 💑 So yea, this was a strong addition to the ongoing A Wiccan Wheel Mystery Series. 👍👍



Now that the snow has melted and it feels like Autumn once again, I wanted to read some books set during this season. Luckily, the next book in the Wiccan Wheel Series was exactly what I was looking for!

I began reading The Wiccan Wheel mysteries earlier this year partly because I was in a cozy mystery mood and partly because I’ve always been fascinated by various beliefs and religions that people choose to follow. What I discovered was a delightful series centered around, of course, the Wiccan W
Autumn Alibi by Jennifer David Hesse was another exciting addition to this series. I have enjoyed each book in this series as the mysteries are all intriguing and the characters are developing in a natural progression.

Keli assists Crenshaw in this investigation and I enjoyed getting to know Crenshaw better. Farrah and Wes also join into the investigation which moved the mystery plot into other avenues that I hadn't considered. I was pleased to meet Arlen and I look forward to seeing more of him
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

I'm not going to lie, reading has probably been on the bottom of my to-do list lately...because of Pokemon! But when I had a minute or two I continued this story, and I really did enjoy this gem of a cozy mystery. There were times I felt a little lost with the characters as this was the sixth book, but essentially it is a book you can just pick up and read and understand. Keli is a great character, and her version of witc
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Edindale attorney Keli Milanni is ready for Mabon, the Wiccan Autumn Equinox, when she gets an offer from former law partner Crenshaw to help him settle up an estate. It seems Elaine Turnbull died, and her heir, Lana, is missing, and has been since the day after her father died by suicide. There is also talk that Elaine had written a new will, that is now missing.

While boyfriend Wes is in Chicago on a work assignment, he searches for Lana, since that is the last place she was seen. Meanwhile, Ke
Sue Em
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Resourceful and intelligent, Kell Milani practices law in Edinton, IL. In this sixth book in the series, she is becoming more open about her religious practice...that of a Wiccan. Her harmony with nature and her senses allow her intuition to flourish. A fellow lawyer and friend recruits her help in the resolving of the estate of a wealthy woman. But was there a reason to be suspicious of her cause of death? And the heir to the estate has been missing for over a decade. Red herrings and potential ...more
Sarah {The Bookish Knitter}
4.5 Stars

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Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

This is the sixth book in the A Wiccan Wheel Mystery series by Jennifer David Hesse.

I was fascinated from the word go. Keli has a complex relationship between her spirituality and her job as a lawyer. It’s not easy mixing the two since there are so many judgements based on her beliefs. Her idea of religion is different than normal folks. And different isn’t wrong. It’s just… different. With all the LGBTQ acceptance these days, I’m surprised there is not more acceptance of Wicca, mediums
Peggy R
I have enjoyed this series from the very first book and eagerly look forward to each new entry in the series. I seemed to connect with Keli from the very beginning and enjoy the way the author has written her character. She comes across the page as an intelligent, warm, curious, open person. I think the author has done a terrific job growing and developing her character as well as the secondary characters. This time around, we get to visit with the regular cast of secondary characters as well as ...more
Lisa Morin
This is a great series, especially for anyone who is interested in Wicca and their beliefs.
Keli is a solid character who is slowly becoming more in tune with her beliefs.
In this book, Keli is asked to consult on a case of a runaway teen, who is about to inherit a small fortune.
It seems that people are insisting the girl will never be found, and someone else insists there is a second will.
Before long, Keli finds herself in a whirlwind mystery and uses her inner strength to find the answers.
I had
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing

The Sixth book of the Wiccan Wheel mysteries has Kali Milanni looking forward to Wiccan celebration of Mabon, the Autumn Equinox. She hopes it will bring balance back into her life.
Elaine Turnbull has died and her WILL leaves everything to her Granddaughter, Lana who has been missing for a long time. Kali learns that Elaine might have written a later WILL is no where to be found. Her friend and attorney Crenshaw is the executor of the estate and called Kali as he knows she good at finding
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This was a lovely seasonal cozy full of secrets, magic, and an eclectic group of liars.  I always love an old house with secrets of its own and this mansion had plenty of surprises up its sleeve.  Keli is not only a smart lawyer, but she is also Wiccan who has solved mysteries in the past. I don't know much about the Wiccan religion and I love how pieces of it were not only included, but vital to solving the mystery.  It is definitely something I am intrigued to learn more about and I love how i ...more
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Keli has finally settled into her new business, she knows she needs an assistant but getting that sorted needs to take a back seat when her ex colleague and friend Crenshaw asks for her help and says she will be paid for it.  They need to track down the heir to a local estate and this gets Keli's boyfriends interest as he went to school with her and feels bad that they lost contact.  A problem arises when it seems there could be another, later will, and also there is a possibility that the clien ...more
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been reading cozy mysteries a lot lately, probably because it’s my second favorite genre. I’ve read all the books in this series so far, this one being the sixth, and I think this one is my favorite of them. I have to admit that Keli’s character didn’t always win me over, but finally in this one she’s completely won me over. She seemed never true to herself, but finally she is. The book also has an interesting plot, and I wasn’t really sure who the culprit was because I kept changing my min ...more
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this series and think that each book is better than the previous, this one was no exception.
I loved to meet again the cast of characters, read about their developments, and meet some new. This time we're left with a cliff hanger, not related to the mystery, and I hate to wait for the next book to know what will happen.
The mystery was complex and very good, I had some doubt about the culprit but the solution came as a surprise.
It was entertaining and engrossing and I read it in one setting
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Keli Milanni is ready for Mabon and is thankful to the Goddess for all she has. When she is asked by her former colleague to help with an estate he is working on, Keli finds herself immersed in a murder mystery. But will Keli be able o celebrate Mabon and be thank the Goddess for being able to solve the case.

This is the first book I have read in this series and I was pleasantly surprised. There are a lot of cozy series that touch on Wicca and Paganism, but this felt much truer to a practitioner
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another good read that will get you in the mood for Fall and Halloween although I don't celebrate Halloween.
I am beginning to love cozy mysteries and have really been enjoying this series.
In this story there is a murder involved and it will make you keep guessing as to who it is!
I thought the book well written and for the most part very entertaining. Great characters and an overall great read.
As I've said before you'll want to be in your cozy place maybe with some pj's, robe the whole nine yar
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book. This author has a wonderful gift of combining an intriguing mystery along with realistic Wiccan practices, and a wonderful feel of the season she describes along the Wheel of the Year. I'm also very glad to see Arlen being added to the cast of characters. I always jump at the chance to read these books ...more
Aug 09, 2019 rated it liked it
An enjoyable book. I found the wiccan stuff slowed down the storyline a bit. The focus was a bit scattered so it didn't feel very tight or easy to read. I would call it average. #AutumnAlibi #NetGalley ...more
Karen Hollins-Stallman
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Autumn Alibi" is the 6th book in the "Wiccan Wheel Mystery" Series by Jennifer David Hesse. I own the first 3 books in the series but haven't got around to reading them, with that said I was able to read this as a stand alone.

After a hectic year, Edindale, Illinois, attorney Keli Milanni is ready to welcome autumn by counting her many blessings. But a case of murder could cause her to fall behind . . .

Keli is hoping that Mabon, the Wiccan Autumn Equinox, will bring balance back into her life.
Heather K Veitch
Autumn Alibi is book six in a series of cozy mysteries set around the eight Wiccan sabbats (festivals), as found in the Wheel of the Year. The protagonist, Keli Milanni, is an attorney who is also Wiccan, which adds a spiritual touch to this book. When a wealthy estate owner dies, it’s up to Keli and her friends to find the missing will and the missing heir — and to find the killer, when it is made apparent that the death wasn’t as natural as it initially seemed…

This was a good book but, comin
The Cozy Review
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Series: A Wiccan Wheel Mystery - Book 6
Author: Jennifer David Hesse
Genre: Cozy Mystery/Paranormal/Witch
Publisher: Kensington Books
Page Count: 368

Publishing Date: September 24th, 2019

The much anticipated cozy book addition to the “A Wiccan Wheel Mystery” series from Kensington books hits stores on September 24th. Written by author Jennifer David Hesse, Autumn Alibi was worth the wait, (not that readers had to wait long, but it felt like it).

The “A Wiccan Wheel Mystery” series is one of my fav
Nick Hendry
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-owned
Another witchy adventure with Keli Milanni has come to an end and this one takes place around Mabon or the Autumn Equinox. Reading this book I wasn't fully impressed with it and have been noticing that the books in the series are just keeping somewhat of a repetitious flow to it and there doesn't seem to be much growth with the character's, especially with Keli and her path as a Wiccan. Earlier in the book Jennifer David Hesse gives sort of a timeline peek and how much time had lapsed from her o ...more
Cozy Cat Reviews
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the 6th book in the Wiccan Wheel Mystery Series. This is another intriguing mystery with wonderful Wiccan practices and a perfect Autumn feel of the season . I loved this book and have enjoyed and recommend each book in the series.

Keli is looking forward to a quiet Mabon celebration with her friends and coven while her boyfriend is out of town. She is ready for some peace and quiet in her busy life as a attorney and practicing Wiccan. Her hopes for quiet celebrations are dashed when her
Susan Johnston
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Princess Fuzzypants here: Leading up to Halloween there seems to be quite a few witchy cozies to read. Keli, is a Wiccan, and while she does her incantations, she is not a spell casting witch. In fact, as a lawyer, that might come in handy. It certainly will not hurt as she is engaged to help her former colleague sort through the estate of a very wealthy woman. Her late husband was a collector and there are all sorts of treasures in the mansion once they figure out what is there. But it seems so ...more
Darla Taylor
It's been a busy year for attorney Keli Milanni. Now the Autumn Equinox is coming which is the Wiccan holiday of Mabon and Keli's looking forward to relaxing and counting her blessings. But when her friend and previous business partner, Crenshaw Davenport asks for her help, she gladly agrees. Elaine Turnbull has passed away and Crenshaw is the executor of her sizable estate. He must also find Elaine's granddaughter, Lana, who ran away years earlier. However, all is not as it seems as it's very p ...more
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After a hectic year, Keli Milanni is ready to welcome in the autumn season. She is hoping that the Mabon, Wiccan Autumnal Equinox, will bring her balance. But when her former colleague is handling a probate case of the recently deceased Elaine Turnbull he calls in Keli for help. This case is anything but the balance for Keli. is looking for. Elaine’s will leaves everything to her granddaughter who has been missing for years. Some of Elaine’s friends insist that Elaine wrote a new will before she ...more
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Autumn Alibi is the 6th installment in the Wiccan Wheel mystery series. I have not read all the stories in this series but was able to follow the mystery and enjoy. Keli Milanni is an attorney who happens to be wiccan and is looking forward to Mabon the Wiccan Autumn Equinix. Holiday is supposed to bring balance back into your life. Unfortunately, she is working on the estate of Elaine Turnball who has recently passed away and left her estate to her missing granddaughter Lana. There is a missing ...more
Kathleen Gray
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a mess! First Elaine, sadly, died, leaving everything to Lana, her granddaughter who is missing. Then it turns out that Elaine was actually murdered. Keli, an attorney and Wiccan, has been enlisted both help catalogue the estate but also find Lana, who was a high school classmate of her boyfriend Wes. Elaine, as it turns out, wasn't a particularly nice person so there's more afoot that Keli first thought. At the same time, she's prepping for Mabon, an important Wiccan holiday. I particularl ...more
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adore this series!!! Once again we are following Keli as she navigates her law practice, her wiccan culture and the mysteries she gets tied up with time and again. In this novel we se Keli get involved with one of the wealthiest families in Erindale in helping her former colleague Crenshaw track down not only the former matriarch's supposed "revised" will and the missing granddaughter and heir to the fortune. Along the way Keli begins to suspect the woman's death is not accidental and someone ...more
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Jennifer David Hesse is the author of two cozy mystery series: the Wiccan Wheel Mysteries and the forthcoming Flower House Mysteries (under the name "Jess Dylan," coming May 25, 2021).

Born and raised in Central Illinois, Jennifer earned her undergraduate degree as an English major from Eastern Illinois University and her law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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