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Magic and mystery are only part of the Southern Charms of Honeysuckle Hollow… Charli Goodwin doesn’t expect her homecoming to go without a hitch—after all, she skipped town, leaving her fiancé and family without a clue as to where she was going or why. Now that she’s ready to return home, she plans to lay low and sip some of her Nana’s sweet tea while the town gossips com Magic and mystery are only part of the Southern Charms of Honeysuckle Hollow… Charli Goodwin doesn’t expect her homecoming to go without a hitch—after all, she skipped town, leaving her fiancé and family without a clue as to where she was going or why. Now that she’s ready to return home, she plans to lay low and sip some of her Nana’s sweet tea while the town gossips come out to play. Unfortunately, on her first night back, Charli discovers the body of her crazy great-uncle (hey, everyone has one). She suddenly finds herself at the center of a mystery that threatens the very foundations of Honeysuckle Hollow and the safety of every paranormal citizen in it—starting with Charli herself. With the clock ticking, will Charli’s special magical talents be enough to save not only the town but her own life? Find out now in Moonshine & Magic: A Southern Charms Cozy Mystery Book 1!


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Magic and mystery are only part of the Southern Charms of Honeysuckle Hollow… Charli Goodwin doesn’t expect her homecoming to go without a hitch—after all, she skipped town, leaving her fiancé and family without a clue as to where she was going or why. Now that she’s ready to return home, she plans to lay low and sip some of her Nana’s sweet tea while the town gossips com Magic and mystery are only part of the Southern Charms of Honeysuckle Hollow… Charli Goodwin doesn’t expect her homecoming to go without a hitch—after all, she skipped town, leaving her fiancé and family without a clue as to where she was going or why. Now that she’s ready to return home, she plans to lay low and sip some of her Nana’s sweet tea while the town gossips come out to play. Unfortunately, on her first night back, Charli discovers the body of her crazy great-uncle (hey, everyone has one). She suddenly finds herself at the center of a mystery that threatens the very foundations of Honeysuckle Hollow and the safety of every paranormal citizen in it—starting with Charli herself. With the clock ticking, will Charli’s special magical talents be enough to save not only the town but her own life? Find out now in Moonshine & Magic: A Southern Charms Cozy Mystery Book 1!

30 review for Moonshine & Magic

  1. 5 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    . Moonshine & Magic is the introductory installation in the Southern Charms Mystery by Bella Falls. BOOK DESCRIPTION: Magic and mystery are only part of the Southern Charms of Honeysuckle Hollow… Charli Goodwin doesn’t expect her homecoming to go without a hitch—after all, she skipped town, leaving her fiancé and family without a clue as to where she was going or why. Now that she’s ready to return home, she plans to lay low and sip some of her Nana’s sweet tea while the town gossips come out to pl . Moonshine & Magic is the introductory installation in the Southern Charms Mystery by Bella Falls. BOOK DESCRIPTION: Magic and mystery are only part of the Southern Charms of Honeysuckle Hollow… Charli Goodwin doesn’t expect her homecoming to go without a hitch—after all, she skipped town, leaving her fiancé and family without a clue as to where she was going or why. Now that she’s ready to return home, she plans to lay low and sip some of her Nana’s sweet tea while the town gossips come out to play. Unfortunately, on her first night back, Charli discovers the body of her crazy great-uncle (hey, everyone has one). She suddenly finds herself at the center of a mystery that threatens the very foundations of Honeysuckle Hollow and the safety of every paranormal citizen in it—starting with Charli herself. With the clock ticking, will Charli’s special magical talents be enough to save not only the town but her own life? Charlotte Goodwin, Charli to her friends and family, returns to her magically protected hometown of Honeysuckle Hollow after a year's absence. Now she is back and looking forward to some of her Nana's sweet tea and compassionate company. Charli is a daring young lady, swept into the murder investigation of her Uncle Tipper. She discovers she enjoys assisting the intellectually appealing detective trying to solve this crime. But fate also keeps her in the path of a wolf-shifter, that captivates the attention of her wild side. She has a gang of friends, plus other witches, fairies, gnomes, trolls, vampires, and more, that readily assist her in her endeavors. But she is racing against time to escape the death curse she was accidentally hit with. You will discover an engaging and well-paced mystery in the 'Southern Charms Cozy Mystery' paranormal series. I appreciate that it is clean and wholesome read and it is able to stand on its own. Bella Falls delivers a winner with this series and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys this genre! ..

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amber J

    “I swear, you don’t go looking for trouble. You hunt it down, tackle it to the ground, and claim it as yours.” Bella Falls As always my reviews are based off of my true and honest opinion and I do my best to keep all reviews spoiler free. Charli Goodwin has returned to Honeysuckle Hollow. Her home, and sanctuary to all magic creatures. Here you will find vampires, werewolves, witches, and more. It's good to be home. Till Charli finds her Uncle Tipper dead. Due to Charli's powers o “I swear, you don’t go looking for trouble. You hunt it down, tackle it to the ground, and claim it as yours.” Bella Falls As always my reviews are based off of my true and honest opinion and I do my best to keep all reviews spoiler free. Charli Goodwin has returned to Honeysuckle Hollow. Her home, and sanctuary to all magic creatures. Here you will find vampires, werewolves, witches, and more. It's good to be home. Till Charli finds her Uncle Tipper dead. Due to Charli's powers of finding lost things, she assists Mason a detective in solving the murder. When Charli's life ends up in danger she has no choice but to solve it and she has to solve it fast. This book was my very first introduction to the Cozy Mystery genre and I fell in love, with both this book, the series, and the genre. The characters are so loveable. Charli is strong and independant, plus she has two hotties interested. Her group of friends seem obviously close, although the crushes happening there seem a bit too juvenile for me. I'm a huge fan of paranormal books so I liked the presents of it here, but it wasn't a huge focus of the story, and I think with a small amount of tweaking this book could have easily been done without it. There was so much happening in this book that it never got boring. It's an easy to read, comfortable book, and I'm excited to see where this series leads.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Danyelle

    2.5 ⭐ Started out good but by the end I was kind of bored. I also guessed the killer (30 Pages in)as soon as they were introduced. But there were lots of paranormal creatures throughout this book you name a paranormal or magical creatures this book had it from unicorns to Goblins to fairies to the shapeshifters and shape shifting werewolves this book had it so if you're looking for a various cast of Supernatural a magical creatures this could be for you. 2.5 ⭐ Started out good but by the end I was kind of bored. I also guessed the killer (30 Pages in)as soon as they were introduced. But there were lots of paranormal creatures throughout this book you name a paranormal or magical creatures this book had it from unicorns to Goblins to fairies to the shapeshifters and shape shifting werewolves this book had it so if you're looking for a various cast of Supernatural a magical creatures this could be for you.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    Charli's life isn't exactly going to plan - to put it mildly. Forced to return to a place she didn't plan on going back to after skipping town with her fiance and leaving no forwarding address, Honesuckle Hollow is a magical town full of gossips, mysteries, and secrets. She should have known better than to expect to slide into town without raising a ruckus, preferably unnoticed (that would never happen) and let the inevitable gossip die down while she lays low. Ha! Fat chance of that when, on her f Charli's life isn't exactly going to plan - to put it mildly. Forced to return to a place she didn't plan on going back to after skipping town with her fiance and leaving no forwarding address, Honesuckle Hollow is a magical town full of gossips, mysteries, and secrets. She should have known better than to expect to slide into town without raising a ruckus, preferably unnoticed (that would never happen) and let the inevitable gossip die down while she lays low. Ha! Fat chance of that when, on her first night, she finds the body of her, well, slightly crazy and most definitely alcoholic great-uncle. Now, along with everything else, she becomes a suspect in the investigation. Just great. And if that's not enough to make her want to leave town again, good ol' Uncle Tipper accidentally put a death curse on her. I really enjoyed this book, cover to cover. There are elements of fantasy included, which I always love, along with magic and a few other creatures who live in Honeysuckle Hollow. Even the name "Honeysuckle Hollow" draws me in. The characters in the town are varied, just like you'd find in most small towns. Everyone knows everyone else's business, and if they don't, they can make something up to keep things interesting. This is book 1 of a series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    SciFiOne

    2019 grade B This book started out so like the other fantasy cozy mysteries I have read, I wondered if some editor or publisher was curating them to make sure they fit the formula. But it diverged soon enough. This story spent more time on the magic than the mystery. Very few leads were followed. Very few people were interviewed. No one ever really obtained any data from the few things they did investigate. The final solution was actually mentioned early in the story and if the protagonist had li 2019 grade B This book started out so like the other fantasy cozy mysteries I have read, I wondered if some editor or publisher was curating them to make sure they fit the formula. But it diverged soon enough. This story spent more time on the magic than the mystery. Very few leads were followed. Very few people were interviewed. No one ever really obtained any data from the few things they did investigate. The final solution was actually mentioned early in the story and if the protagonist had listened to all the people who wanted to talk to her, the solution would have happened much earlier. But then we would have missed all the delightful secondary characters. The story concentrates on the protagonist's illness, her other problems, and developing secondary characters instead of the mystery. Since it is all from her POV, the illness does get a little tedious. And yet, I did not feel the need to speed read until the conclusion. At about 2/3 of the way through, my tentative grade was B-. But the final solution and epilogue worked well bumping it up to grade B. Overall, it does follow the cozy mystery and fantasy southern charms genres properly. I enjoyed it, but am not sure I will read more unless I can read book two at a low price. It is worth a read if you like the genre. I do.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mummy's Naughty Corner

    This was a nice start to a world of paranormal mystery. It has well thought out characters, the mystery was good and there was hidden humor too. I liked the story idea and enjoyed the ook into this new world. Now that mystery has been solved I'm looking forward to see what happens next. Who she ends up falling for and what other creatures we might meet. This was a nice start to a world of paranormal mystery. It has well thought out characters, the mystery was good and there was hidden humor too. I liked the story idea and enjoyed the ook into this new world. Now that mystery has been solved I'm looking forward to see what happens next. Who she ends up falling for and what other creatures we might meet.

  7. 5 out of 5

    K C Parsons

    Latest read book I love the series. .. so many books so little time! Keep them coming and we will keep reading! Thank you!!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    What a mystery This is a great story! I loved the characters and the feeling of family & love was dominate throughout. I look forward to delving deeper into this charmer of a series!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Emily Speed

    I really enjoyed this southern take on modern paranormal slicing among us. This was a fun read. Enjoyed the characters and the setting in the South. Well written compared to a few other books I have read in this sMe category. Reading the next one!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    quinnster

    I really liked this! It was a mix of Heather Blake's Wishcraft series and Barbara Bretton's Sugar Maple series. I liked Charli and her family (except for her aunt) and while the story wasn't twisty and turny it was entertaining and fun. I really liked this! It was a mix of Heather Blake's Wishcraft series and Barbara Bretton's Sugar Maple series. I liked Charli and her family (except for her aunt) and while the story wasn't twisty and turny it was entertaining and fun.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lawona

    Charli comes back to her home town after leaving an engagement ring with a letter explaining why she had to leave in the first place. She never thought she'd come back only to discover her favorite great uncle passed away after their short reunion. Loved it. Charli comes back to her home town after leaving an engagement ring with a letter explaining why she had to leave in the first place. She never thought she'd come back only to discover her favorite great uncle passed away after their short reunion. Loved it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

    Another cozy witch story. Read 2 in a row and they are so similar, difficult to nail it down. This also hit the ok but certainly not great button.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Burke

    This was a surprisingly good book! An original story line, with plenty of action, it kept my attention and when I got to around 60%, I really didn't want to put it down until I was done. Better than most in this genre. Appropriate for younger readers. Nice happily ever after ending. This was a surprisingly good book! An original story line, with plenty of action, it kept my attention and when I got to around 60%, I really didn't want to put it down until I was done. Better than most in this genre. Appropriate for younger readers. Nice happily ever after ending.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Charlie Jean Hamilton

    I grabbed this little gem whilst looking for something "FUN and LIGHTHEARTED" (despite the murderous happenings) to read in-between more serious novels. And, let me just say, I will be acquiring ALL of Bella Fall's work. What compelled me to grab this book specifically; I am a witch named Charlie...presently living in the town of Bellows Falls (VT), having come here from North Carolina. This story is about a WITCH named Charli, taking place in the Carolinas and written by Bella Falls....who lives I grabbed this little gem whilst looking for something "FUN and LIGHTHEARTED" (despite the murderous happenings) to read in-between more serious novels. And, let me just say, I will be acquiring ALL of Bella Fall's work. What compelled me to grab this book specifically; I am a witch named Charlie...presently living in the town of Bellows Falls (VT), having come here from North Carolina. This story is about a WITCH named Charli, taking place in the Carolinas and written by Bella Falls....who lives in North Carolina. I couldn't help myself and I couldn't be more pleased. My 2020 self needed this wonderous little pick-me-up.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Scribbling Kat

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Overall a quick and fun read, with a couple of issues. World-building: Nice touches, swearing is “pixie poop”, the uses of unicorn manure are hinted at but not explained, Charli’s nan has a cross-stitch that says never to accept a dragon’s invitation to a BBQ. Feels very small town indeed. Not sure whether magic disables the usage of phones, but nobody seems to have one, including landlines. And nobody seems to know where anybody else lives either, hence why you can only find whoever you’re looki Overall a quick and fun read, with a couple of issues. World-building: Nice touches, swearing is “pixie poop”, the uses of unicorn manure are hinted at but not explained, Charli’s nan has a cross-stitch that says never to accept a dragon’s invitation to a BBQ. Feels very small town indeed. Not sure whether magic disables the usage of phones, but nobody seems to have one, including landlines. And nobody seems to know where anybody else lives either, hence why you can only find whoever you’re looking for at festivities. Characters: Possibly too many of them. I still know next to nothing about some of her friends except for which girl has a crush on which boy. This comes out in the naming too. The detective / warden is called Mason Clairmont. He shares a scene with Doc Mason at some point. Why give characters the same name in fiction? Charli and her nan are likeable and following Charli is generally fun. Unless she talks about men. Love triangle and petty behaviour ahead. She is not dating either of these guys in this book, but I am certain that’s what future books of the series have in store. The first time she meets contestant 1, his dark voice terrifies but fascinates her. Note: If a guy truly terrifies you, YOU ARE NOT ATTRACTED TO HIM. Those are mutually exclusive feelings. Contestant 2 appears cold as first but melts towards Charli in no time. Both candidates act like children fighting over a toy in regards to Charli and it annoys the hell out of me. Some of it ties to unreasonable expectations: Charli informs guy no. 1 that the wardens are aware of his illegal joint venture in moonshine production and he skips town. When he returns Charli is mad at him and tells him he should have stayed to support her. HE DOESN’T OWE YOU ANYTHING, WOMAN. They’ve known each other for about three days tops at that point. Same when she wants to know about his past. He clearly doesn’t want to talk about it and her take is “he still doesn’t trust me”. Well, he doesn’t know you at all, does he? At some point she tries to convince guy no. 2 that she is capable and tells him that she managed to get by for a whole year by herself… That’s called adulting and we all do it. Despite the fact that she was the one who left, she gets really pissy with her ex-fiancée, who given the circumstances, acts quite maturely and friendly. She even suspects him of the murder at some point but it’s obvious it’s not him. As a reader you can guess the murderer pretty much the first time they appear on the page. Shoddy detective work. Did this detective not question anybody? Couple of things spellcheck won’t catch. “Hey, I resemble that remark.”

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)

    Moonshine and Magic, the first title of a quaint, paranormal cozy mystery series, centers on the return of Charli Goodwin to her hometown of Honeysuckle Hollow, a place where non-humans can live together peacefully. Charli is a witch with an rare talent for finding misplaced items and people. She abruptly left Honeysuckle Hollow, and her finance, roughly a year ago, and her return goes a bit south when first her ex-finance proposes to her bratty cousin in front of the entire town, followed by Ch Moonshine and Magic, the first title of a quaint, paranormal cozy mystery series, centers on the return of Charli Goodwin to her hometown of Honeysuckle Hollow, a place where non-humans can live together peacefully. Charli is a witch with an rare talent for finding misplaced items and people. She abruptly left Honeysuckle Hollow, and her finance, roughly a year ago, and her return goes a bit south when first her ex-finance proposes to her bratty cousin in front of the entire town, followed by Charli’s discovery that her favorite uncle is dead. Moonshine and Magic was a rough start for me. First I was confused as to how long Charli was gone from her hometown. At times it was “forever ago,” but then “not that long ago.” Additionally, Charli came off selfish, not telling her loved ones that she was leaving or where she went. Additionally, I had issues with her older brother, who in his effort to “protect” Charli, was pushy, vague, and unable to stand up to the “paranormal police” when Detective Mason went after her for her involvement in her uncle’s death. The mystery was slow starting and I found myself annoyed with the characters. However, after taking a short break, I jumped back into the audiobook and found it more appealing. Once things settled in and other characters introduced, the mystery of who killed Uncle Tipper picked up speed. Charli is in the middle of it all, and has a few stumbles before capturing the culprit. And although several characters are somewhat stereotypical (bitchy aunt and stuck up cousin, alpha males, potential love triangle, etc.), I grew to like them and enjoyed the story. My biggest issue with Charli is that she got precariously close to “too stupid to live” territory when her stubborn behaviors nearly killed her three separate times. The narration by Johanna Parker took me a bit to get used to, but only because I have been listening to her read the SPI series by Lisa Shearin, one of which I completed just before starting Moonshine and Magic. This caused some mental confusion for a good quarter or more of the book, thinking I was listening to Mak (SPI) instead of Charli. However, once I finally got into the story and warmed up to the characters, I found Ms. Parker’s performance enjoyable and well-suited for the story and setting. She conveys a charming southern attitude, which fits the small town of Honeysuckle Hollow. She is able to put a bit of desperation into Charli when needed, but generally keeps her voice calm and steady. The supporting characters each have their own unique voice, some of which are a bit odd, but once again, fitting to the unconventional cast of paranormal characters that inhabit the story. Overall, I enjoyed Moonshine and Magic, even with the rough start and my few misgivings. The author set the stage for conflict and intrigue for any upcoming tales, and after warming up to Charli, I look forward to uncovering more mysteries with her. My Ratings: Story: B- Narration: B Review copy provided by Tantor Audio

  17. 5 out of 5

    Marsha Keeper Bookshelf

    Reviewed at Haunted Bookshelf There is enough magic and a huge puzzle to solve in Moonshine & Magic that will satisfy any Paranormal Cozy Mystery reader. I easily fell into this story and was chasing clues almost as quickly as Charli was. I enjoyed the twists and turns in this story. While I had my suspect firmly in mind there was always enough going on to make me wonder if I was on the right track. Since this is the introductory tale to this series I expected world building, and found that what Reviewed at Haunted Bookshelf There is enough magic and a huge puzzle to solve in Moonshine & Magic that will satisfy any Paranormal Cozy Mystery reader. I easily fell into this story and was chasing clues almost as quickly as Charli was. I enjoyed the twists and turns in this story. While I had my suspect firmly in mind there was always enough going on to make me wonder if I was on the right track. Since this is the introductory tale to this series I expected world building, and found that what I needed to create this world in my mind was easily given to me in dialogue and woven into the story itself. No information dump which I greatly appreciated. Charli’s return home has opened some old wounds, and the death of her beloved great-uncle only opens up more situations that are going to hurt along the way. We have a wonderful variety in the cast of secondary characters – many, I”m sure, will one day be the focus right alongside of Charli as this series moves forward. As I don’t intend to give away anything I’ll simply say that I completely enjoyed my time in this world and will be continuing this series to know what happens next. If you love a good mystery, the magic of witches, shifters, vampires and more or simply love a good Paranormal Cozy Mystery then Moonshine & Magic is right up your alley. I’d definitely recommend this story to any Paranormal Cozy Mystery reader. You’ll find an in-depth storyline, likable characters, villains to loathe and a good puzzle to solve. I read this title through my Kindle Unlimited subscription.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kacey

    I just saw this as I was looking around for things to listen to on my way to work. It's pretty cute and captures the feel of a small town and the South pretty well. I also liked all the casual magical/supernatural creatures living in the town. While I did like it for the most part, there were some things that bugged me, thus the lower rating. I think the most annoying part was the male posturing. I'm glad that Charli smacked the boys down, but it was still irritating as hell. I especially didn't I just saw this as I was looking around for things to listen to on my way to work. It's pretty cute and captures the feel of a small town and the South pretty well. I also liked all the casual magical/supernatural creatures living in the town. While I did like it for the most part, there were some things that bugged me, thus the lower rating. I think the most annoying part was the male posturing. I'm glad that Charli smacked the boys down, but it was still irritating as hell. I especially didn't care for Dash's character. He acted so shifty (no pun intended) and threw a fit that wrecked Charli's bike. Mason was better, but they both got so interested in Charli so suddenly and then proceeded to act all Alpha Male about her even as she constantly reminded them she was her own person. Her ex also made me want to punch him for how he was acting around her-- while engaged to her cousin, no less. I also feel like there was a lot of background missing. Like, why was Charli's aunt such a bitch to her constantly? And why did her uncle run that story without telling her first? And why weren't non-witch creatures like vampires not allowed on the town council? The writing style was a little awkward at times, too. The girl reading it did a good job with giving characters distinct voices, though. The mystery itself was a bit anticlimactic once the murderer was revealed. And the murderer got caught monologuing, what a shock. It was really more the atmosphere of the town and the fact I liked Charli and some of the other characters that kept me going. I can see myself going back for more of this.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    Ehhhh. Charlie has more personality when we're first introduced to her via a broken down motorcycle, and then quickly devolves into a pixie poop sayin', sugar-honey-iced tea cursin' witch/tracker who almost immediately ends up with two guys interested in her. Oh, and her ex-fiancee is stalking her, wanting a second chance, so I guess three guys? However, there's a really fascinating world going on here. Fairies, gnomes, witches, vampires, shifters, all live together in relative harmony in Honeysuc Ehhhh. Charlie has more personality when we're first introduced to her via a broken down motorcycle, and then quickly devolves into a pixie poop sayin', sugar-honey-iced tea cursin' witch/tracker who almost immediately ends up with two guys interested in her. Oh, and her ex-fiancee is stalking her, wanting a second chance, so I guess three guys? However, there's a really fascinating world going on here. Fairies, gnomes, witches, vampires, shifters, all live together in relative harmony in Honeysuckle Hollow, a place the outside world seems to know nothing about. Charli doesn't preach, constantly talk about how hot the guys are, has a lot of supportive friends and family, and overall seems like the type of friend you want in your corner. The town, and people, has charm, and several other little mysteries to get your attention for the rest of the series. If you listen to the audiobook, right away you'll be comparing Sookie Stackhouse and Charli, because Johanna Parker reads both series. Aside from the Southern drawl and neither woman being 100% human, that's where the similarities end, thank goodness. ...well, Charli might have blonde hair, I honestly don't know. Aside from being a tracker, and liking sweet tea sweetened with honeysuckle syrup, I have no idea what she looks like or even what her personality is. She's stubborn, independent...and that's all I remember. Oops. I'll continue reading the series, just not all at once. This is a very sappy series, so it's best read in small doses.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Claude Goeminne

    This is a solid entry into the Paranormal Cozy Mystery genre and will gently scratch such a PCM itch. As a reader, I respond to solid world-building, engaging characters and characterisation, the author playing fair with the reader and a good story. While this doesn't have all of these in buckets, it does do all of them competently. The character relationships are explored reasonably well though there may be a few too many references to "warm stomachy" feelings and the change from dislike to melty This is a solid entry into the Paranormal Cozy Mystery genre and will gently scratch such a PCM itch. As a reader, I respond to solid world-building, engaging characters and characterisation, the author playing fair with the reader and a good story. While this doesn't have all of these in buckets, it does do all of them competently. The character relationships are explored reasonably well though there may be a few too many references to "warm stomachy" feelings and the change from dislike to melty insides is a little abrupt. A reader who is paying attention is going to determine the murderer from that character's interaction with the main character rather than from the clues in the text. A few minor typos do not substantially detract from the reading experience. Tropes: Outsider MC - check MC with a special/unique power/insight - check Love/Like Triangle - check Attractive Law Enforcement Officer - check Town hidden from the world - check There are no stumbles with the world-building - its sensible, different enough from all the other urban fantasy settings to be engaging and has created a canvas for the author to create further. Overall, the book was good enough to encourage me to read the next in the series and sample Bella Falls' other books though not so engaging that I could not put it down. 3.5 Stars

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    A light, magical cozy mystery that focuses on a stubborn witch's determined effort to figure out who cursed her... before the curse kills her. I mean, all in all, an understandable reason for wanting to be involved in the investigation into her great-uncle's death, and the misplaced curse crawling up Charli's arm. While I liked the majority of the characters, I found the shifter character to be an annoying, over-the-top rendition of an alpha male. I appreciate the fact that Charli had no problem A light, magical cozy mystery that focuses on a stubborn witch's determined effort to figure out who cursed her... before the curse kills her. I mean, all in all, an understandable reason for wanting to be involved in the investigation into her great-uncle's death, and the misplaced curse crawling up Charli's arm. While I liked the majority of the characters, I found the shifter character to be an annoying, over-the-top rendition of an alpha male. I appreciate the fact that Charli had no problem telling him, or the other obvious love interest, that she's perfectly capable and doesn't need to be coddled, but the fact that despite his backwards, sexist attitudes, Charli kept Dash around as a maybe-more-than friend interest was... irritating. Mason, the other part of the apparent love-interest-triangle, treated Charli with a lot more respect. (In fact, generally I place books with characters like Dash in the DNF pile, because they rarely face repercussions for their sexist attitudes and it's often written as sexy, rather than sexist. Charli calling Dash out on his behavior is what kept me reading.) The conclusion–and villain–was an easy thing to figure out, but you don't really read books like this for the mystery, but for the way they feel and the escapism they offer.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Avery LuBell

    This book reads like the mashup of Sookie Stackhouse and the 90's TV show Sabrina the Teenage Witch, but without any of the importance of the magic to the world/ambience/plot. And the "cozy" elements of the book don't build a comforting atmosphere, so much as complete a Southern Living Bingo chart. Here's a barn dance, here's a pecan pie, here's some sweet tea, here's a mechanic in a tight shirt... but do I FEEL any which way about them? Not a jot. Secondary to "a girl comes home during a founder This book reads like the mashup of Sookie Stackhouse and the 90's TV show Sabrina the Teenage Witch, but without any of the importance of the magic to the world/ambience/plot. And the "cozy" elements of the book don't build a comforting atmosphere, so much as complete a Southern Living Bingo chart. Here's a barn dance, here's a pecan pie, here's some sweet tea, here's a mechanic in a tight shirt... but do I FEEL any which way about them? Not a jot. Secondary to "a girl comes home during a founder's festival, and galavants around with a bunch of hot guys, but ultimately picks herself" is a murder "mystery" plot. But the suspicious characters are so very obvious: A jealous, covetous aunt; a social-climbing ex-fiance; a mysterious outsider who seems to have quickly ingratiated himself into the family, all fighting over an inheritance. Too obvious, and could have existed in any other framework, the connection to magic or the southern setting being tenuous. This book wasn't lacking in strong, whimsical characters, so it's not a complete waste of time. But it was thin and boring, for me. Avid readers, don't bother, you can find better magical worlds and better woven mysteries than this. Cozy readers, you do you, enjoy your popcorn book, no shame ^_^.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Karissa

    Series Info/Source: This is the first book in the Southern Charms Cozy Mystery series. I got this as an audiobook from Audible. Audiobook Quality: The narration here was decent, I didn’t have any issue with it. This is a fine book to listen to if you are into audiobooks. Story (3/5): This was an okay investigative urban fantasy set in the south. The mystery itself was really predictable and I kept getting frustrated that the characters here were so dense. Characters (3/5): The characters were so-s Series Info/Source: This is the first book in the Southern Charms Cozy Mystery series. I got this as an audiobook from Audible. Audiobook Quality: The narration here was decent, I didn’t have any issue with it. This is a fine book to listen to if you are into audiobooks. Story (3/5): This was an okay investigative urban fantasy set in the south. The mystery itself was really predictable and I kept getting frustrated that the characters here were so dense. Characters (3/5): The characters were so-so; I didn’t really engage with any of them all that well. The characters lacked depth and were pretty typical paranormal characters. The other thing that bothered me was the lack of any character description; I have no idea what our main character looks like and that just kept niggling at me the whole time I read this book! Setting (3/5): This is set in a small town in the modern Southern US called Honeysuckle Hollow. The setting is fairly well described and does a good job of capturing southern cozy charm, but it’s also a fairly generic setting. Writing Style (3/5): The writing was fine but nothing all that exciting. Technically it is decent and the story flows at a good pace. The mystery was incredibly predictable though, and I didn’t find any of the characters all that intriguing. The relationships between characters felt forced and awkward. Like I keep repeating...it was okay. My Summary (3/5): Overall this book does a good job of capturing good ole Southern charm. I don't plan on continuing the series though because this just wasn't all that entertaining or well done. It's just typical, cutsy, paranormal fare, in a southern US setting. Okay if you are desperate for something but there are much better series out there with similar settings, better plots, and more well developed characters.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    WOW! This book opened me up to a whole new genre! Well, not new but new to me!!! and I am in LOVE! It has excited me to read everything in this genre I can get my hands (and ears) on. This audio was amazing too, but I am now reading cozies. They are fun, charming feel good reads! The magical cozies like this one are so comfy, cozy and you just want to devour the books, but I am also really enjoying contemporary cozies! Now onto the actual story review. This was a great story! I love Charli and he WOW! This book opened me up to a whole new genre! Well, not new but new to me!!! and I am in LOVE! It has excited me to read everything in this genre I can get my hands (and ears) on. This audio was amazing too, but I am now reading cozies. They are fun, charming feel good reads! The magical cozies like this one are so comfy, cozy and you just want to devour the books, but I am also really enjoying contemporary cozies! Now onto the actual story review. This was a great story! I love Charli and her friends and family, also Peaches! You actually find clues right along with the Charli and discover who "dun it" as she is discovering the murderer. I think this kind of the "formula" of a cozy. It takes the pressure off with trying to figure out who did it, you can sit back and enjoy the ride with the main character. I can't wait to move on to the next book in the series! Honeysuckle Hollow is a place I plan to visit as long as the author continues the stories. Bella Falls is an awesome writer!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Darcysmom

    Can you really go home again? Charlotte "Charli" Goodwin is about to find out. She has returned to Honeysuckle Hollow just in time for the annual Founder's Day celebration. Shortly after arriving in town, Charli reconnects with her great-uncle Tipper, only to stumble on his body. She manages to get a nasty death curse when she touches him in hopes he is just passed out. This sets up the mystery that has to be solved. Who killed Uncle Tipper? Time is of the essence - if the real killer can't be fou Can you really go home again? Charlotte "Charli" Goodwin is about to find out. She has returned to Honeysuckle Hollow just in time for the annual Founder's Day celebration. Shortly after arriving in town, Charli reconnects with her great-uncle Tipper, only to stumble on his body. She manages to get a nasty death curse when she touches him in hopes he is just passed out. This sets up the mystery that has to be solved. Who killed Uncle Tipper? Time is of the essence - if the real killer can't be found, Charli will die. While the killer was easy to guess, the journey to the discovery was full of fun twists and turns. Charli is going to be a strong main character. Honeysuckle Hollow is an excellent setting for a cozy mystery series - there will be a lot to discover and many interesting people for Charli to interact with. I am looking forward to reading more of the Southern Charms Mystery series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Mingle

    This is the first book i have had the pleasure to read and review for Bella Falls. I can without a doubt say this is on of my favorites its loaded with tons of drama , suspense, touch of romance and loads of Humor you will fall in Love with the characters of this book Charlotte aka Charli aka Birdy you'll just have to buy the book and read it to understand all the names. Ohhh i cant forget to mentions the characters to want to learn more about beside more of Charli there is Nana for course and, This is the first book i have had the pleasure to read and review for Bella Falls. I can without a doubt say this is on of my favorites its loaded with tons of drama , suspense, touch of romance and loads of Humor you will fall in Love with the characters of this book Charlotte aka Charli aka Birdy you'll just have to buy the book and read it to understand all the names. Ohhh i cant forget to mentions the characters to want to learn more about beside more of Charli there is Nana for course and, Matt and Tj, Mason the Warden and lets not forget Dash the handsome shifter, Lily, Alison and Lee .There is just to many to mention them all just know you cant go wrong with this book oh i forgot there is ton of Moonshine and Magic to "lol" I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Fleur

    This was a great cozy mystery and so much more, the pace was great and a story line that kept you hooked. Chari has just arrived back in town after leaving for her own reasons but is obviously wary after leaving her fiance in the lurch when she went. She hasn't even been back in town for a day before she comes across her Great uncle Tippers body and it is all down hill from there. Now Chari has to try and find Tippers killer or she will die herself from the Death curse boy is that girl a trouble This was a great cozy mystery and so much more, the pace was great and a story line that kept you hooked. Chari has just arrived back in town after leaving for her own reasons but is obviously wary after leaving her fiance in the lurch when she went. She hasn't even been back in town for a day before she comes across her Great uncle Tippers body and it is all down hill from there. Now Chari has to try and find Tippers killer or she will die herself from the Death curse boy is that girl a trouble magnet! There are plenty of red herrings along with twists and surprise while we go along for the ride and Charli along with Mason to work out who the killer is. You get to meet many of Charli's friends and family as well as town folk that makes you want to visit Honeysuckle Hollow. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nannette

    Charlotte Goodwin is coming home. She is familiar with the old adage "you can never go home" but she is going to try. Before she faces her family and friends, she has to get through the barrier at the border. It is an invisible barrier and a very special border. Honeysuckle Hollow is home to witches, fairies and all types of magical beings. Charlotte is home to rebuild burned bridges and no amount of magic can help her. Johanna Parker does a wonderful job of bringing the world and inhabitants of Charlotte Goodwin is coming home. She is familiar with the old adage "you can never go home" but she is going to try. Before she faces her family and friends, she has to get through the barrier at the border. It is an invisible barrier and a very special border. Honeysuckle Hollow is home to witches, fairies and all types of magical beings. Charlotte is home to rebuild burned bridges and no amount of magic can help her. Johanna Parker does a wonderful job of bringing the world and inhabitants of Honeysuckle Hollow to life. Her male and female characters. It was an enjoyable listen. Moonshine & Magic is the first book in Bella Fall's A Southern Charms Cozy Mystery series. I will check out the rest of the series when I have time. I won a free copy of the audiobook from the author's Facebook contest.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Crawford

    Charli (Charlotte) is returning to her home in the South. Her ability is finding things and pretty soon she is going to have to put that ability to the test. Either that, or die. It's not long after she arrives that her uncle dies. This is complicated by the fact that where she lives is magical with vampires, werewolves and other beings. Her uncle knew he was in danger and set a curse to kill whoever killed him. Problem is she touched him just as he was dying so the curse was passed on to her. Now Charli (Charlotte) is returning to her home in the South. Her ability is finding things and pretty soon she is going to have to put that ability to the test. Either that, or die. It's not long after she arrives that her uncle dies. This is complicated by the fact that where she lives is magical with vampires, werewolves and other beings. Her uncle knew he was in danger and set a curse to kill whoever killed him. Problem is she touched him just as he was dying so the curse was passed on to her. Now she's dying. She has to find out who murdered him, how and why. Doing that will involve a shifter, a new lawman, her relatives, a homeless (sort of) vampire, a missing will and a really nasty aunt. The story stays interesting throughout and it's different from the typical witch story so the series can carve out a niche of its own. Quite enjoyable.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    A great start to this cozy paranormal mystery series! Charli returns back to her hometown of Honeysuckle Hollow, a safe haven where paranormal beings live under its spell of protection. Her arrival isn’t the only surprise, as trouble brews and Charli quickly finds herself as a suspect in a murder investigation—that if not solved, could literally be the death of her! I loved Charli’s spunky character… her stubbornness and determination to solve the mystery leads to some really funny moments, all A great start to this cozy paranormal mystery series! Charli returns back to her hometown of Honeysuckle Hollow, a safe haven where paranormal beings live under its spell of protection. Her arrival isn’t the only surprise, as trouble brews and Charli quickly finds herself as a suspect in a murder investigation—that if not solved, could literally be the death of her! I loved Charli’s spunky character… her stubbornness and determination to solve the mystery leads to some really funny moments, all while catching the eyes of two potential love interests. The rest of the town folk are also entertaining with their quirky personalities, adding a lot of humor and color to this magical tale. I really enjoyed all the southern charms in this paranormal world. I look forward to sipping on my sweet tea as I read on further to see what mystery comes next for Charli and the Honeysuckle gang.

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