I really enjoyed Witch Upon a Star. This series is quickly becoming a favorite. I think Josie Way is a great character. I like how the author is evolving her character and making her more confident in her powers. It was interesting having one of her sisters visiting, especially considering this particular sister knows nothing about their witchy powers. The murder mystery was interesting and stumped me until all was revealed. This is definitely one of the best books in this series.
I really enjoyed this and I absolutely love this series. I can't wait to read the next one when it comes out!
I received this book for free for an honest unbiased review from Netgalley.
I wish more books were this well written. Characters were witty and the setting fantastic.
This was a delightful entry to an enjoyable paranormal cozy mystery where the librarian-witch can speak to books. It has all of my favorite cozy-tropes: bookish-setting, magic, and precocious pets. The sister-angle in this story was well-thought-out and a great addition to the series. Recommended.
I am always a sucker for a good cozy mystery, and Angela Sanders always manages to catch me by surprise in a good whodunnit! I love that Sanders is not extremely predictable in her "bad guys" in her stories. This is the fourth book in the series, and continues to follow the story of Josie Way, a witchy librarian who just also happens to live IN the library. Well done, well-written, and enjoyable the entire way!
This was a fun read and a great installment to the series. I enjoyed visiting with Josie again and following along on her investigation. I loved the theme of magic involving books.
Many thanks to Kensington and to Netgalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Josie is a book whispering librarian and a justice seeking witch with a crush on the local sheriff, Sam Wilfred, who smiles when he is angry and frowns when he is happy. Welcome to the quaint and cozy town of Wilfred, Oregon and by quaint, I mean that it is quite possibly the smallest small town in the cozy universe. The library also serves as a bath house for the local fortune reader, a replacement café while Darla’s is being rebuilt, which means that people are constantly coming in and out of the library kitchen. Definitely not a run of the mill library as it is also home to Josie and her witch familiar, Rodney. Once a corporate town of old it is now home to a new retreat center that is hosting the one and only Cookie Masterson, life coach, and health guru. Josie’s sister Jean is in town to attend the conference because she has a calling. Ah but is it the family magic that is calling Jean or is it the siren song of the “Ready, Set, Go” scheme? You see, Jean doesn’t know about big sister Josie’s gifts and there is a good chance that Jean has her own but doesn’t really know it. This one had me stumped and second guessing who the guilty person was because there were plenty of suspects for both murders. Such the pity that the café’s big re-opening had to be marred by a little breaking, entering, and stabbing. I have read all books in the series but you do not have to know the series to know what is going on in the story. There is plenty of backstory to keep you in the loop as you “arm chair detective” your way through the clues and redirects. While food isn’t mentioned often the reopening of the café was a big deal, and I love that Darla was so inspired by her time in the south that she offers southern dishes, like shrimp and grits, which I felt was the perfect pairing.
I was so happy to return to Wilfred, Oregon and the absolutely delightful Witch Way Librarian series by Angela M. Sanders.
Newly-minted witch Josie is hosting her visiting sister Jean, eager to show her around her beloved library, the small town, and introduce her to her new friends, but she has to make sure to keep her magical powers hidden. The town is excited for the reopening of the remodeled Darla;s Cafe - until the doors open to reveal a dead man. Not long after that, a corpse is discovered at the new retreat center, where Josie’s sister is supposed to be attending a workshop. When her sister is threatened, Josie steps in to help the sheriff determine who the culprit is.
I love this series. The characters, the setting, the plots of each book have kept me hooked from the very beginning. The author keeps the storylines interesting, and I love her take on writing about the magic inhabiting Josie and the library. I so want to be the librarian there and have powers of my own.
Thank you to Kensington Books and NetGalley for letting me read an advanced copy of the book. I’m looking forward to the next in the series!
Fourth in a series, this book just drops you into the story, so you definitely want to have read the previous books so you know what's what. However, once situated, it's a sweet story that will have you looking forward to the next one.
Thank you Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Witch Upon a Star is book 4 in a magical bookish cosy mystery series. While I hadn't read any of the earlier books in the series, the book was well written in a way that made it easy to pick up the characters and their story without feeling bogged down in the backstory. The magical and bookish elements were woven in well to make an interesting story. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would definitely read the rest of the series.
This was a NetGalley review.
Witch Upon a Star by Angela M.Sanders is the 4th book in the Witch Way Librarian series. I've read this whole series set in a magical library Wilfred, Oregon. Josie the librarian is a witch who can sense what people need and get clues through the books at the library and around town. They give her clues, support her magic and even protect her from danger.
In this installment, Josie's little sister Jean is visiting town to take part in a "life coach" workshop at Wilfred's new retreat center led by her idol, Cookie Masterson. The day the workshop begins not just one, but two people turn up suspiciously dead. Josie wants to protect her sister in case she's next, so she starts investigating. She also struggles with telling her sister about her magic and feels guilty for keeping this huge family secret from her.
We also get more from Josie's adorable cat, the great townsfolk and more romance with Josie's neighbour/local sheriff. A magical and wonderful cozy!
I'm a sucker cozy mysteries involving librarians. But I especially love this one and this series because it gives me practical magic vibes. My favorite rom com yes it's a rom com with mystery . But this series gives me more on the mystery side of things.
Witch Upon a Star by Angela M Sanders
Such a great cozy series. I think this one is my favorite out of the four in the series. For those not wanting to read a series I believe that this book could be read as a standalone.
What I liked
~Small town vibes.
~Mystery with a touch of magic.
~Super quick easy read.
~Rodney the cat.
~Perfect amount of coziness.
~Josie discovering her powers and her spot in her newish community is engaging.
~The murder mystery was fun to try and figure out.
Thanks to Net galley and Kensington Books for the arc in exchange for an honest review.
Witch Upon a Star is the fourth book in the Witch Way Librarian series set in Wilfred, Oregon. Josie is well settled in her life as the town's head librarian now and is looking forward to her younger sister's visit. Josie's sister, Jean, cannot be more excited about taking part in a workshop at Wilfred's new retreat center about how to become a life coach, led by her idol, Cookie Masterson.
On the first day of the workshop, two people end up dead, one of which is for sure murder. While one of the deaths occurred at the local café and the other at the retreat center, the two deaths seem to be connected. Josie is even more worried about her sister now, which only increases her determination to conduct her own investigation. Yes, she trusts her neighbor and crush, the sheriff, to do his job--but it's in her blood to help him along.
Interwoven with the mystery is the big secret that Josie is keeping from her sister. That Josie is a witch with a special connection to books. Josie's skills have come in handy at solving crimes (and saving lives) in the past, and she cannot resist using them now.
This series continues to be a big hit with me. I just love Josie and the quirky characters of Wilfred. I admit I had a slight concern going into this one that it would be too much like the last--celebrity/well-known person coming into town, murder and havoc ensues--but I worried for nothing. Yes, there's murder and a bit of havoc, but that's where the similarities end. The mystery in Witch Upon a Star is solid with an interesting cast of suspects. I wasn't sure who was behind everything until close to the end.
Jean and Josie have a fairly good relationship, but not without some tension and misunderstandings as can be expected. Jean still feels like the baby of the family even if she is an adult in her own right. Her mother tasks Josie with keeping an eye on Jean, worried she's in over here head with her new venture. I could appreciate Josie wanting to protect her sister, yet I could also understand Jean's wanting to be trusted to make her own decisions and not be questioned or doubted at every turn.
The library really is a character all its own in this series. It is a Victorian mansion turned library. And the way the books respond and speak to Josie is a booklover's dream come true. And of course there's a cat. Rodney, who is an awesome character on his own. I thoroughly enjoyed Witch Upon a Star and look forward to reading the next book in the series.
This was another enjoyable addition to the series. The only thing I would have liked to see more of was more magic. This one had a lot less in my opinion. I did see some character growth which was really nice. I also liked the mystery!! I couldn’t figure out who the killer was, so I enjoyed it. Overall a good cozy.
I haven't read a cozy mystery in awhile and this one came out in May. I thought this was a really fun read. It's the fourth book in the Witch Way Librarian series, but can most definitely be read as a standalone. I made sure of that before I requested it. I just enjoyed this one alot and I will definitely be reading more in the series now, starting with the first. I love Josie's magic with her mind, being able to move and interact with the books and she can go into the mind of her cat. I laughed quite a few times and the murder mystery was unpredictable and never slow. So glad I had the chance to read this one.
Taking place in small town Wilfred Oregon, Josie is a witch in training and the town librarian. The new retreat center and cafe is now open and Josie is hosting her sister Jean and others for the "Ready, Set, Go" workshop for becoming a life coach. When it starts though, a man is found dead. Turns out he's not the only dead body in Wilfred. So her sister also ends up with the killer's calling card, and she now is willing to involve herself and her powers to find out who the murderer is!
Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for the gifted copy. All opinions are my own. My review will be posted on Instagram, Bookbub, Goodreads, and Amazon.
Super accessible, not-so predictable cozy mystery/paranormal title. This is the fourth in a series following Josie as she matures in her newly found magical abilities. But this isn't a series that requires you to read all of them to keep up with this new addition. A cozy mystery shouldn't be too heavy and escapist. The balance isn't too easy to maintain, but Sanders does it beautifully.
Character development and relationships are well-done. Readers can easily relate with Josie and her sister Jean--the typical sibling to sibling struggles, even as adults. It's a dimension this story needs to drive why the mystery is important for Josie to follow up on.
This checks all the boxes--small town, quirky community members, wholesome but intriguing story line.
I really enjoy this series. I hope Jean returns...I love Josie's family and the way the books talk to her and feed her information. I love the book that was given to her that she's still learning from. I like the possible slow romance with the town sheriff. This was a fun mystery that kept me guessing. I hope to see Josie's family again in future books!
This is the third book in the Witch Way Librarian series. Josie's sister, Jean, is in town to attend a life coach seminar. A body shows up at the retreat center, and Jean becomes threatened by the killer. Josie starts investigating to make sure her sister is safe from harm.
I always enjoy Josie's magic lessons and how she communicates with the books. They mystery was good. I can't wait to read more.
I enjoyed this book. I liked the characters and the setting. The mystery kept me guessing.
Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest review.