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Cursed Claws by Danielle Garrett
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Series: Nine Lives Magic #3
Published by Tantor Audio on December 14, 2021
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Paranormal
Length: 5 hours, 32 minutes
Amazon, Audible, Audiobook
Have you ever wished your cat could talk to you? If so, allow my story to be your cautionary tale.
Tracking down Aunt Lavender’s kidnapper is proving to be more difficult than running through a swimming pool filled with peanut butter. Every lead we uncover ends with more questions than answers.
We’re running out of ideas—and time, too. The mysterious Golden Lotus seems to hold the key to the investigation, but no one can tell us what it does or why Aunt Lavender might have been looking for it.
And if that wasn’t enough to keep both my cranky feline familiar and me completely occupied, we find ourselves thrust into the center of another criminal investigation—this time as the lead suspects.
We have to work together to clear our names and get the Winterspell PD off our tails so we can continue our hunt for Aunt Lavender and the mysterious Golden Lotus.
Time is burning faster than the wick on one of my enchanted candles, and I fear it’s about to sputter out.
After solving another mystery, advancing in her love life, and still wondering how they will ever find Aunt Lavender, Cora the air-illusion witch and Selene her cat familiar find themselves the suspects of the latest mystery to hit Winterspell.
Cursed Claws is the third Nine Lives Magic mystery series and works best read/listened to in order, since the main series plot threads are continuation through the series.
Cora’s in high cotton these days after settling things with her ex and feeling good about where things are at with newer love interest, Clint. Her Wicked Wicks is doing good business enough to hire an assistant even for the off season. The only real fly in the ointment is that she and Selene have hit a brick wall with their investigation into Aunt Lavender’s disappearance.
But, before Cora can get too settled with her situation, Selene catches the assistant with her hand in the candle basket, a rich business capitalist wants her to think big and franchise, and some of her candles cause a malicious mayhem that lands her on police radar. Clint and a few friends stand by her, but this time Cora is in real trouble.
I like how these are light and easy, but are ever so well developed. The mysteries are clever, but also the way the reader is drawn in to Cora and Selene’s hilarious and acrimonious witch-familiar relationship, her romance with Clint, but also her need to finish off the past with ex, Roger, her time with her family, and also her search for her aunt. Cora’s own need to acknowledge and accept her strengths and needs to grow in certain areas. It all blends to make a fabulous story.
I was pleasantly surprised by how much further the romance and their investigation for Lavender advanced in this one leaving me in high anticipation for the next book. All in all, it was sensational and I can heartily recommend it to other paranormal cozy lovers.
Amanda Ronconi continues to deliver stellar narration work. She makes Cora and Selene shine and has an easy mastery of all the voices and the tone of the books.
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