Saturday, October 15, 2016

A Charming Voodoo - Blog Tour Review + Scavenger Hunt Giveaway

A Charming Voodoo by Tonya Kappes (Amazon link) Rating: Good
Source:  Author


Bubble. . . bubble. . .
Whispering Falls is abuzz with the new
housing development and new shops
popping up all over the magical
village right before the annual All
Hallow’s Eve celebration.

Cures and trouble. . .
June Heal’s intuition
is on high alert and she just can’t shake
that something bad is about to happen.

Magic stirs . . .
June finds Violet Draper standing over a dead body
In the new pumpkin patch hours before it’s supposed
to open for hayrides.

And trouble doubles . . .
Once again, June has to put her sleuthing skills to work
and figure out who the real killer is before the new
citizens pack up and move right back out of town.

Genre: Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  I've enjoyed other books by Kappes before and liked the setting for this one.  Who doesn't want a magical village?

My Impression:  This book was absolutely bonkers and I mean that in the best possible way.  For starters this isn't just a pretty village with hints of magic this is a full on magical village where shops magically appear and have exactly what you need.  Candles change scents depending on what the smeller really wants to smell and the perfect item of clothing, book or cure for whatever ails you is right at your finger tips.  I'm so in love with the concept I can't even begin to describe it!  But things are completely unicorns and rainbows as there are new policies at work that are opening the town to "mortals" or non-magical people and there is the usual problems popping up with that growth.  Oh yeah - there's also a subdivision built around a 200 acre farm that constantly has a market going.  Seriously, I wish this village existed!

This is definitely a cozy mystery in the coziest of meanings with an amateur detective, her police officer husband and each character quirkier than the next.  There's a pretty good dash of busy body-ness as June pokes her nose into the doings of other people as she tries to figure out just who left the rather dead body on top of a pumpkin.  However, since it is a really small town and her husband is the detective in charge it does give her some credibility.  There are a lot of subplots and a lot of character that at times got a little confusing.  I sorted it all out pretty easily but occasionally I would have to think "Okay who was that again?"  Not a big problem but a pretty small hiccup.  Part of that could be that this is the 10th book int he series.  While I had no trouble understanding who everyone is and what they can do it might have been easier to keep track of the characters if I'd started with an earlier book.

All and all, this is a fun cozy mystery perfect for Halloween!  In addition to the fabulous Grand Prize Tonya Kappes is giving away a audio book at every tour site.  All you have to do is leave a comment below with your email address and let me know your absolute favorite Halloween candy!  My favorite are those little mini Reeses Pumpkins.  Anytime I spied one of those in one of my kids' Halloween bags I'd have to confiscate it!  That and Baby Ruths.  What are your favorites?

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Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Definitely!  I have several of her books from other series waiting on me and I've really enjoyed every book I've read.

Would I Recommend this Book?:  If you love cozy mysteries and enjoy a good dash of magic than don't pass this one up!


  1. I love Reese's pumpkins ! Thank you for a chance to win !

  2. Love Reeses peanut butter cups on any shape and size. I like that they have shapes for all the holidays. I am probably abnormal in that I love the white chocolate ones the best.

  3. I'm with you, love Reese pumpkins!

  4. I'm with you, love Reese pumpkins!

  5. Peantut butter anything but the Reeses cups are a fav!
    Great giveaway, I entered this time!

  6. Kit Kat bars.
    kckendler at gmail dot com

  7. This book definitely fits the urge to read a cozy :) New-to-me author, but I see many different series that she write also, to check out or recommend to my daughter. Thanks, Katherine.

    As far as Halloween candy, I love the bags of mixed mini chocolate bars: especially 3 Musketeers.

  8. I love Butterfingers. Yummy.

  9. Yum. Stickers

  10. This book sounds great. I love this author.
    My favorite Halloween candy would be those M&M mini-packs.

  11. Butterfingers, could eat the whole bag.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  12. Which candy isn't my favorite? LOL I will go with Mallow cups although they can be hard to find these days or Twizzlers. I have to admit that I haven't had the Reese's pumpkins, I go crazy with the eggs at Easter, I have got to look for these. Thanks!
    momzillasteel at gmail dot com

  13. My absolute favorite candy is Snickers...the bite-sized version are wonderful frozen!

  14. My favorite are Butterfingers and Babe Ruth's. Truth be told I love most of the candy except Snickers for some reason.

  15. I love her books, I haven't read this series yet but can't wait to give it a try. I love Reeses! Or well anything chocolate and Peanut :)


  16. My favorite are the Orange Kit Kats! I know they are just white chocolate but there is something about them being that orange color that makes them magical! Thanks for the contest. :) 2boys4me (at) gmail (dot) com

  17. Candy corn or any dark chocolate musiqmom(at)yahoo(dot)com

  18. This sounds like a fun one!

  19. I love the sound of this one! It sound like such fun. I will have to add it to my wish list.