Oct 022015

looking for mr. good witchLooking for Mr. Good Witch
(Retired Witches Mysteries)

2nd in Series
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Setting – North Carolina
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (October 6, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Mary Ann Lasher
Cover Design by Lesley Worrell
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425268261
E-Book ASIN: B00SI0279Q



Everyone’s favorite retired witches from Spell Booked have returned and are diving into troubled waters to find a sinister sea witch…


A sea witch has been leaving bodies in her wake up and down the Carolina coast, baffling authorities who are finding drowning victims with no water in their lungs. The fin-icky female will continue to kill young male witches until she finds her perfect man—the one who survives her mating ritual—so she can live for another hundred years. And now coven hopeful Brian Fuller is about to be ensnared in her net.

Retired witches Molly and Elsie, along with the ghost of Olivia and her daughter Dorothy, need all the help they can get to stop the sea witch. Aided by a selkie and a crème puff–craving mermaid, they’re determined to keep Brian out of her murky clutches. But are they all about to get in over their heads?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Molly, Elise Olivia, and Dorothy are back and trouble is brewing. Their spell book is still missing, Olivia is not happy as a ghost, and young male witches are dying at the hands of a very feisty witch. Even their own Brian may not be immune. The elderly witches are still hoping to retire and were hoping that with Brian and Dorothy they only needed to recruit just one more witch to join their coven. They need to free the coast from this wet witch and hang her out to dry but they may seal their own fate in the process.

Fantasy has never been my genre and things like werewolves and selkies would usually have me running for the hills but Joyce and Jim Lavene eased me into their paranormal stories slow and easy, a ghost or two here, then a witch or two there, then Larry the werewolf in this series, how could you not like a werewolf named Larry.  The witches in this story are charming as well. They are like Samantha and Endora on the old Bewitched television show. Living and even working in the world among us mere mortals. There powers are to be kept secret but with a shop like Smuggler’s Arcane and all the events taking place it is easy to forget to keep their abilities on the Q.T.

This story was fun and entertaining. I must say my favorite character was a mermaid named Muriel who is quite fond of pastry, even her sharp little teeth didn’t scare me away. But Muriel is just one of many amazing characters the Lavene’s bring to life on these pages, even though a few of them are dead 🙂 or living their second or third or more lives in other bodies.

So much happens in this story but the pace isn’t rushed. I usually spread a book over 2 evenings but I couldn’t do that with this one. I kept thinking, just one more chapter, just one more and soon it was way past my bedtime but I couldn’t stop until I reached the end. To say I was totally engaged would be an understatement. This story had me spellbound.

Kudos to Joyce and Jim, they had me completely captivated!




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I just love this picture of Joyce and Jim

I just love this picture of Joyce and Jim

About The Authors –

Joyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. They have written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family.

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  31 Responses to “Review/Giveaway – Looking for Mr. Good Witch by Joyce and Jim Lavene”

  1. I like pastries too.

  2. Sounds like a great book! Thank you for the giveaway.

  3. Thanks for the awesome review, Lori!

  4. Love there books, can’t seem to get enough of them, keep those wonderful books coming, I’m a big fan.

  5. Sounds like an interesting book! Adding to my TBR

  6. This series looks so good! The covers really drew me in especially this time of year. I just recently bought Spellbooked for my Kindle & will be reading it very soon. I love the title, Looking for Mr. Good Witch.

  7. sounds like a fun series. I have the 1st one on order at the library

  8. I enjoyed the first book in this series.

  9. I loved “Spell Booked”! Can’t wait to read this new release! Thank you — and please keep them coming!

  10. Looks like a fun read.

  11. I like the premise this time, with the sea witch and sea creatures.

  12. I love sea creatures!!! This sounds like a fun read. I just read and reviewed Ellie Jordan and loved it. I follow the authors to keep up with anything new 🙂
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  13. Sounds like a great addition to this series.

  14. I am sure this will be as great as the first in the series. Joyce and Jim do a wonderful job of pulling the reader into each of their books and making them feel like they are a part of the story. Thanks for your review. robeader53@yahoo.com

  15. What? I missed a series by Joyce and Jim? How could that happen. LOL I must get on this series while it’s still new.

  16. […] Looking for Mr. Good Witch (Retired Witches Mysteries) I was so excited for this one I reviewed it last Friday! My Review […]

  17. Oh my gosh, I usually don’t read a lot of fantasy either, but Lori’s review made this sound so fun to read that I immediately added it to my to-read-list!!

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