Witch Trial review

This is the second book in the Full Moon Mysteries by Cate Conte. As Cate, she also has the Cat Cafe Mysteries, and as Liz Mugavero, she writes the Pawsitively Organic Mysteries. The last of those was written in 2019, so I’m glad she’s writing again under at least one of her names. I hope Full Moon continues on because with this second book, I’m really more acquainted with the characters and wishing for future adventures.

My Goodreads review:

Witch Trial (A Full Moon Mystery Book 2)Witch Trial by Cate Conte
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It seemed like it’d been forever since I read the first book, so it took me just a little bit to remember what had gone on, but the author did a good job of reviewing without spoilers. I really do recommend reading the first book first because much of this book is a continuation of something that happened in that book.

There were a lot of different characters and possible suspects for both the continuing witchy situation and the murder of a mortal in this book. I loved Violet’s references to Samantha and Darrin in one place in the book, lol. In this world, guys and girls are both just witches for simplicity purposes I guess, but it’s still just as hard to get the nerve up to tell a mortal that you’re a witch just like back in Samantha’s day. We got to know Violet’s sister Zoe a little better this time as well as their mom, Fiona. I really like Zoe, and I guess my liking of Fiona’s character might be selective. I only like her sometimes or if I know she’s trying to help one of her girls. She’s growing on me, lol.
I wasn’t sure about Blake’s role in this, so I just kept an open mind and read on.

Toward the end, there was a surprise I didn’t see coming, and I hadn’t been able to guess whodunit. The ending after the killer was caught honestly seemed a little abrupt, but it did make sense and didn’t really leave anything hanging. I do hope there’s going to be another book so at least the conversation being had could continue.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by Kensington Publishing via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own. This book releases tomorrow, December 28, 2021.

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Witch Hunt review

This is the first in a new series by Cate Conte who writes the Cat Cafe series, a series that I really love (although I admit, I’m a couple of books behind in it, oops!). I knew I’d like this series too, and it definitely didn’t disappoint. Violet aka Vi was trying to come to grips with an information overload from her witch mother and sister who popped in while Vi was trying to clear herself of being the prime person of interest in a murder. Vi’s sister Zoe turned out to be my favorite secondary character. She’s just fun! And it was cool to see who else in town was actually magical that in the beginning the readers (and Vi) had no clue that they were.

As Liz Mugavero, this author has written the Pawsitively Organic Mysteries series, and I’ve really enjoyed the first two books in that one.

My Goodreads review:

Witch HuntWitch Hunt by Cate Conte

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was an awesome start for a new witchy series (I’m still not sure what the series is called though, since I can’t find it on the GR or Amazon page) by Cate Conte, the author of another favorite series of mine, the Cat Cafe. Violet aka Vi was a great main character and I absolutely loved her mom and sister when they came into her life. I wasn’t thrilled at all with her boyfriend Todd, and I think Syd her bestie could grow on me, but since she was having issues of her own, it wasn’t like the usual sleuth and bestie go sleuthing together.

I hadn’t guessed the killer–there were some great red herrings, and the showdown was very low key, but then it wasn’t like it was a beloved person who they killed or that Vi had been up in this person’s face a lot. Vi had her own suspicions and worries that it could have been some of her friends. Once she learned about the witch world, she was surprised and probably pretty happy that some of her favorite people were witches. This is going to be a great series, and I can’t wait for the next book!

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