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!FREE EPUB ♑ How the Witch Stole Christmas ☦ The game is afoot in Ebenezer Falls, Washington, and this time someone is trying to ruin Christmas With twists, turns, and suspects aplenty, amateur sleuth Stevie Cartwright is determined to find a murderer and her missing familiar before the silver bells tarnish USA Today bestselling cozy mystery author Dakota Cassidy serves up mayhem and murder in How the Witch Stole Christmas, Bookof her bestselling series, Witchless in Seattle MysteriesIt s beginning to look a lot like Christmas Er, not so muchIt s Christmas, and I, ex witch, Stevie Cartwright declare this my favorite time of year I love the decorations The food The Hallmark Channel holiday specials This year promises to be better than ever because for the first time in a very long time, I m going to have than just Cheez Whiz, Triscuits and the wish to be surrounded by family and friends My carefully planned holiday bonanza includes all the usual suspects My bat familiar Belfry, my dog Whiskey, my ever present ghostly spy friends dashing Brit Winterbottom, stalwart Russian Arkady and my parents However, nothing comes easy for this amateur sleuth, not even a neighborhood decorating contest You know, the one I ve been painstakingly prepping for months Something goes horribly awry with my Christmas display think bikini clad carolers, pink flamingos and real, live turkeys to start But the worst The dead body of the famous Chef Pascal Le June in my nativity scene It becomes clear someone s trying to ruin my Christmas, and that someone must pay But when Belfry goes missing, and the danger takes on a paranormal edge, I find I have to lose than ever beforeThis cozy mystery has a complete cast of oddball characters from witches to ghosts and bats to psychics Witchless In Seattle Mysteries is a spin off of Dakota Cassidy s bestselling paranormal romance series, A Paris, Texas Romance I know I said the last one was one of my favorites, but this one beats it for sure First of all, it s just ridiculous, in the best way If you love Christmas, like I do, you can relate to Stevie s excitement over the holiday and all her plans for the town s decorating competition And when it gets sabotaged in the most ridiculous ways, I both felt for her and laughed so hard I could cry Until the murder of course And even that was kinda ridiculous though The mystery element was really good i I know I said the last one was one of my favorites, but this one beats it for sure First of all, it s just ridiculous, in the best way If you love Christmas, like I do, you can relate to Stevie s excitement over the holiday and all her plans for the town s decorating competition And when it gets sabotaged in the most ridiculous ways, I both felt for her and laughed so hard I could cry Until the murder of course And even that was kinda ridiculous though The mystery element was really good in this one and I liked the way it brought the paranormalto the forefront Belfry was absent for most the book which was hard, as he s a favorite character I m loving the addition of Arkady, his butchery of American sayings cracks me up and the narration really breathes life into his great character I enjoy these books So our ex witch is all excited about the upcoming holiday Stevie is taking part in the local Holiday Home Decorating contest, and she s been cautious taking care to follow all of the rules She even hired Chef Pascal Le June to make mouth watering pastriesonly he ends up dead in her nativity scene She comes home moments before the judges are scheduled to arrive, and her decorations have been replaced by half naked carolers, Mardi Grad revelers, a pooping Easter bunny andIt was over t So our ex witch is all excited about the upcoming holiday Stevie is taking part in the local Holiday Home Decorating contest, and she s been cautious taking care to follow all of the rules She even hired Chef Pascal Le June to make mouth watering pastriesonly he ends up dead in her nativity scene She comes home moments before the judges are scheduled to arrive, and her decorations have been replaced by half naked carolers, Mardi Grad revelers, a pooping Easter bunny andIt was over the top hilarious Of course, the judges are aghast, and Belfrey Stevie s familiar is missing.Her roommates the ghostly Brit, Winterbottom, Arkady a former Russian spy now deceased , and her dog Whiskey set out to help her find Belfry Along the way, they will try to discover what happened to the Chef and uncover who sabotaged her Christmas.This series is a lot of fun with character development and growth as Stevie begins to get some of her powers back Within the story is a clever murder mystery whodunit and a missing familiar Stevie has become quite the armature sleuth and is learning to trust her instincts Her friendship continues to strength with Winterbottom I loved their back and forth banter and his protectiveness There is almost an air of romance, but of course, he resides on a different plan The motley crew Stevie has surrounded herself with make me smile The motley crew Stevie has surrounded herself with make me laugh From cute names to advice they all care for Stevie but also add some humor and aid the investigation The villain ties into the overall ARC, and I look forward to seeing it resolved The current case was interesting with a few twists complicated by the paranormal factor Stevie never has a dull moment, but she is growing on the town folks I adore the name calling and snark between her and a certain local police officer.Hollie Jackson continues to narrate the series, and aside from Belfrey s voice, I think she is perfect for this series Her Winterbottom and Arkady accents are fun, and she nails Stevie Belfrey is a little high pitched, but the little guy was missing throughout most of the story, so we got a reprieve He is, however, a cute little fellow.audio provided by the publisher This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer Not great. 4 stars Review to come Someone is trying to destroy Stevie s Christmas and doing it very well All her efforts are being undone and now Belfry is missing, possibly batnapped Another fun and exciting book in this delightful series But this time I was disappointed in the ending Yes, the story wraps up appropriately but I wish Dakota had spent the time to describe what happened after the mystery is solved I would have enjoyed reading about the Stevie s perfect Christmas. I think this series is adorable Maybe it is just how the narrator plays with it This was a much shorter story than the other and while it had fun aspects, there wasn t much to it and yet it had aconvoluted plot.This is a Christmas story which came out in December but the audiobook was just released and I do enjoy the narrator on this series so I waited.In this story, our favorite magicless witch, Stevie Cartwright is looking forward to competing in this year s holiday decoration contest I think this series is adorable Maybe it is just how the narrator plays with it This was a much shorter story than the other and while it had fun aspects, there wasn t much to it and yet it had aconvoluted plot.This is a Christmas story which came out in December but the audiobook was just released and I do enjoy the narrator on this series so I waited.In this story, our favorite magicless witch, Stevie Cartwright is looking forward to competing in this year s holiday decoration contest This is the first year in a long, long time that Christmas will bethan just Stevie and her familiar, Belfry She almost has a full house with her dog Whiskey, two ghostly spy guys in her heard and her parents coming in for the holiday Stevie is really looking forward to Christmas this year.That is until she gets home and finds all of her Christmas decorations have been replaced Santa on the rooftop is now an Easter Bunny, shooting eggs out his butt, the carolers are not dressed in bikinis and singing Def Leopard, and why the hell are their scantily clad women on her balcony throwing Mardi Gras beads As if this chaos isn t enough, the very angry judges find something worse behind her trashed nativity scene the body of the pastry chef who had prepared the treats for the judges.Stevie is forced to keep to a budget set by the Judges so everything is fair between households Stevie makes a paper mache nativity in the snow but she has money for carolers Oncemurder finds Stevie in the small town of Ebeneezer Falls, and it is up to the ex witch and her two former spies to figure out who killed the pastry chef and who is killing Stevie s Christmas How the Witch Stole Christmas by Dakota CassidyBook 5 in this paranormal cozy mystery series Best to read them in order.Full of kooky and bumbling mystery solving with characters that feel like family Amusing and entertaining Excerpt And these tombstones Can you explain why our names are on them Are you mocking our committee and the contest A contest that has been a tradition for fifty years in Ebenezer Falls, Miss Cartwright Or need I remind you I cocked my head at Mrs Vanderhelm and How the Witch Stole Christmas by Dakota CassidyBook 5 in this paranormal cozy mystery series Best to read them in order.Full of kooky and bumbling mystery solving with characters that feel like family Amusing and entertaining Excerpt And these tombstones Can you explain why our names are on them Are you mocking our committee and the contest A contest that has been a tradition for fifty years in Ebenezer Falls, Miss Cartwright Or need I remind you I cocked my head at Mrs Vanderhelm and her question, peering at her in the glow of the red light in an attempt to read her facial expression What No I would never Wouldn t you, then she asked, lifting a penciled in eyebrow as she tapped her clipboard with her red pen of death Wasn t it you, in all your sarcasm, who asked all those questions about whether the stringent rules we take quite seriously for this contest allowed for one to breathe Oh Okay Yeah, I had asked that But they only had a million and two rules, and as Mrs Vanderhelm had set about the tedious task of reading them aloud, I d tried to lighten the boredom Obviously, I needed to learn to read my audience better or shut up, the latter probably being my best bet.I shot her a guilty look as another stiff breeze ruffled my thin caftan, slicing through the fabric and making my knees quiver I did, but I swear to you, Mrs Vanderhelm, despite my crass jokes, I took this contest very seriously and I adhered to all the rules I adhered so hard, I was like Gorilla Glue Swear it on my secondhand Kenneth Coles Excerpt From Cassidy, Dakota How the Witch Stole Christmas All Stevie wanted was to have a great Christmas but everything was going wrong Someone had ruined her decorations that she had outside and traded some in for horrible ugly non Christmasy types She was so distraught over this that she didn t even notice the dead body until after those coming to judge her holiday decor found him Then Stevie realizes her bat Belfry is missing and she can hear him calling for help but has no clue where he is and she is the only one who can hear him Neither of he All Stevie wanted was to have a great Christmas but everything was going wrong Someone had ruined her decorations that she had outside and traded some in for horrible ugly non Christmasy types She was so distraught over this that she didn t even notice the dead body until after those coming to judge her holiday decor found him Then Stevie realizes her bat Belfry is missing and she can hear him calling for help but has no clue where he is and she is the only one who can hear him Neither of her ghostly friends Winterbottom or Arkady can hear him The only thing they can think of is it must be the work of Alex, the witch that slapped her witchy powers out of her a while back Though she has slowly be getting back some powers she is not getting excited about it as it could be a fluke Meanwhile, she also needs to figure out what happened to Chef Pascal Le June and there are a few suspects but she is a little distracted by her bat being gone I love Stevie, she is so funny I almost feel as if she is a collector of sorts It seems like she gains either an animal or ghost with each mystery There is now two ghost, a bat, a dog and now a turkey It s a fun combination and they are just fun characters to read about This was a short holiday mystery and I enjoyed it as much as the others Is it bad that I was kind of glad that Belfry was missing cause his screech little voice is slightly annoyinglol