This romantic cozy mystery (211 pages) was published in December of 2018 by Eventual Mayhem Media. The book takes you to Salem, MA. Melissa read Basic Witch and loved it; it wouldn't be on our site if she didn't recommend it.
Our heroine Gemma is, as the internet kids would say, ‘basic.’ She loves a Starbuck’s pumpkin spice latte, she thrives on Facebook, and Netflix is her go-to companion. And she’s fine with that.
But then Gemma learns she’s inherited a magic (magick?!) shop in Salem, Massachusetts, and is descended from a long line of witches. Now who’s basic?!
On her first day in this new life, an old man very inconveniently winds up dead in her shop. When suspicion falls on Gemma, she’s determined to clear her name by solving the murder. She’s aided and abetted in her quest by a cast of supernatural creatures, including fairies, leprechauns, witches, vampires, shapeshifters, and more.
Her task is made a bit sexier when the Coven assigns her to a magical tutor: the irresistible and irresistibly handsome Professor Beauregard Bacchus.
At just 200 brisk pages, this light-romance-meets-cozy-murder-mystery is the bookish equivalent of eating an entire bag of miniature Reese’s peanut butter cups. It’s cute, sweet, fun, and delivers on all your expectations. No tricks, all treat.
Salem’s retail district was pretty at night, but it was breathtaking during the day. A scattering of trees adorned in rich fall colors of ruby red, burnt orange, burnished gold and emerald green lent a charming New England feel bolstered by the already-bright canvas of the main street. As we made our way toward the Town Center, I spotted a pretty blonde woman with a sea grass basket swinging on one arm, her silky silver wings beating rapidly as she glided along with her feet just inches above the ground. — Harmony Hart
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