Reviewed by Jeanne
Becca Colwin, witch detective, is walking home from her job at
the New Age shop Charm and Cherish when she sees a kitten darting into the
street. Becca springs into action,
chasing the kitten into an alley to rescue it—and finding a dead body in the
process. It’s not just any dead body
either: the deceased is Becca’s former
Of course, that’s when the police show up.
While Becca isn’t arrested, she is a person of interest in the
slaying. After all, she was found standing over the body. In order to clear her name, Becca is going to
have to use all her powers, supernatural or otherwise, in order to solve the
case. This means she’s going to have to
find out about the people in Jeff’s life and about the software program he was
working on—one that people are saying could have been an electronic game
Fortunately for Becca, she’s not the only one on the
case. Her three cats also have a vested
interest in keeping her out of jail—and her cats are the ones with actual
Nowadays, there are many mystery series with some otherworldly
touches, but this series stands alone in that, unbeknownst to her, Becca’s cats
are the ones with magic. In fact, Becca’s
belief that she has powers is due to luxury loving Harriet deciding to conjure up
a more comfy pillow. Harriet and Laurel,
the two older cats, are more concerned that Becca bring home the cat food and
attend to their every need, while Clara is devoted to Becca as her person and
tries to help in every way she can. The new
kitten adds a layer of intrigue to the story as well: is she just an ordinary cat or is she a witch
cat as well?
The characters are well drawn.
Becca is an appealing protagonist, with her kind heart and empathetic
nature. There are some intriguing supporting characters as well, especially the
enigmatic Elizabeth, whose sister owns Charm and Cherish. The suspect gallery
in this one is quite good. But I have to
say that the cats steal the show—as well they should.