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My book for today is: Scares and Dares: A Paranormal Witch Cozy Mystery by Lucinda Race

Publication Date: October 1, 2023

My Review

Welcome to Pembroke Cove, where witches and murders are multiplying. It’s Halloween in Pembroke Cove, Maine, and witch-in-training Lily Michaels, with the help from her magical and non-magical friends, is determined to give the town a haunted house event they’ll never forget. There’s an extra reason to celebrate too, the engagement of Lily’s best friends, Nikki and Steve.

Of course, Lily’s boyfriend, Gage Erikson—a.k.a. Detective Cutie—will be helping, too. A few weeks earlier they finally went on their first date, it only took fifteen years after they graduated college to admit they were more than just friends. They’re not ready to jump into the marriage pool, but working together on the haunted house will be a great change of pace from solving murders.

But scares and dares don’t always add up to fun. With cauldrons, and potions, and vampires popping out of coffins, everyone thinks the dead clown on the floor is just part of the haunted house festivities. Until it turns out he’s really dead. With so many people in disguise, and magic and spells abounding on All Hallows’ Eve, no one is above suspicion. Lily, with her clue chalkboard, is always ready to solve a puzzle, but Gage is worried about her safety. As Lily and Gage race to unmask the murderer, will the clown-killer get the last laugh?


First Sentence:

“Halloween is four days away.” Pointing at the calendar on the wall, I looked at my boyfriend, Gage; my best friend, Nikki; and her guy, Steve, who were relaxing around my kitchen table. We were done stuffing our faces with meat lovers and extra-cheese pizza. “I know it’s late in the game, but we’ve been tasked with taking over decorating and running the haunted house on All Hallows Eve. But if we’re going to be successful, we have to come up with a foolproof plan. Everyone in Pembroke Cove expects to be scared out of their boots after dark. So, we need to have two versions, one for the kiddos and an adult-orientated theme.”

Page 56:

I placed a checkmark next to Corbin Marks’ name on my list. He was quick to volunteer to move scenes out to Marshall’s place. Sharon Peabody was fast becoming one of my favorite people, to find a solution to our situation was above and beyond. Next, I needed to talk to Gretchen Wilson to see if she could spare a few hours. She answered on the third ring.

Todays Question Is: How long does it usually take you to finish a book? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

A: Well, that really depends on the length and how much I am into it. Normally if I enjoy the book and I am into it about a day of good reading hours and no interruptions.

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