Putting on the Witch, the latest entry from the writing team of Jim and Joyce Lavene, is a potent potion of witchcraft and mystery, seasoned with secrets and murder, and topped with a dollop of romance.
Like all the best stories, this is at heart a story of family. The family we are born into and the family we create through the simple act of loving another human - or inhuman - being.
With a cast of engaging characters, an intriguing world, and complications galore, the Lavenes have put a unique twist on the locked room mystery- or, in this case, a locked castle mystery.
Retired witches Molly and Elsie are back, along with Dorothy and Brian from earlier volumes in the series (Spell Booked, and Looking for Mister Good Witch) and the ghost of Dorothy's mother, Olivia. New additions include Dorothy's father, the renegade Draco, all the members of the Grand Council of Witches, and a centuries-old Inquisitor, direct from the Spanish Inquisition.
Putting on the Witch is a worthy addition to the rich trove of mystery goodness the Lavenes have provided us.
Unfortunately this is the last book from this talented couple. Their passing has left a huge hole in the cozy mystery community, and saddened those of us who counted ourselves among their friends and fans. I felt very lucky to have known them, and am grateful for the opportunity to share in one last tribute to them for all they contributions to the cozy world.
They will be missed.
If you'd like to win a copy of this book, here's a link to a giveaway. Good luck!!