Bewitched Beginnings by Mara Webb

Posted August 19, 2022 by Marsha in Booksprout ARC, Cozy Mystery Paranormal Style, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Paranormal Women's Fiction, Series / 0 Comments

Broken hearts and fresh starts. The winds of change are about to sweep me off my feet…

The good thing about rock bottom is that things can’t get any worse. After walking in on my husband in flagrante with a young nurse I’d been mentoring, I packed my bags and got out of there. I wish I could say I boarded a plane to start again somewhere tropical, but when you get to my age you tend to have too many things anchoring you to one spot.

My ‘new life’ was going to take place roughly two miles away from my old one. Forty, financially unstable, and fumbling my way into a new career courtesy of the run-down motel my grandmother left me in her will.

Then fate intervenes.

A body in the motel pool, a town full of people pointing fingers at me, and my only alibi? A ghost that keeps telling me that I’ve come of age, whatever that means. Who’s going to believe me though?

I’ve heard people say ‘life begins at forty’, but if I don’t want that to be a life sentence for murder, then I better figure out what happened on Saturday night. A dusty old box of books in my attic might hold some answers…

I’m going to have to save myself because no one else is going to do it for me. Life has changed, and now when adventure calls, I answer. Age is just a number, after all.

Titles in the Midlife Strikes series include — Bewitched Beginnings —◊—

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Title:  Bewitched Beginnings
Series:  Midlife Strikes #1
Author:  Mara Webb
Genre:  PWF, Paranormal Women’s Fiction
Released:  August 16, 2022
My Rating:  4.5 stars

I had fun with Bewitched Beginnings including more than a few chuckles, a mystery to figure out, and some delightful characters to encounter.  When Tess finds herself divorced and starting over again it isn’t quite the adventure she would have wished for.  Being accused of murder was the last thing she would have expected… right up there with seeing her dead grandmother’s ghost.

Unfortunately for Tess, her ex-husband’s soon-to-be bride ends up dead in the swimming pool of Tess’s recently inherited motel and for various reasons – mainly one officer’s stubborn bull-headedness she’s the main person of interest.  And if she doesn’t figure out who really is the killer, well her newly discovered witchcraft and the ability to see the dead aren’t going to be of much use in prison!

Bewitched Beginnings delivers a strong story, lots of quirky and unique characters, a touch of magic, and some extremely suspicious people.  If you love Paranormal Women’s Fiction, getting in at the start of a new series, a mystery to solve, and suspects galore to choose from… then this start to the Midlife Strikes series is right up your alley.  I enjoyed my time in this story and will definitely be looking for the next one to come.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the author or author’s team via Booksprout. The opinions expressed in this review are my own – good, bad, or indifferent. I was not financially compensated for this review and no expectation of a positive review was promised.*

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