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    Fun!

    This is the first book of what I discovered to be an exciting new series. In it, we are introduced to 3 very young, cute but different sibling cats and their human Becca. Becca has recently become unemployed, single, and has joined a coven in her search for herself. Having found a witch in her ancestry, Becca believes she has successfully performed a spell when it was actually one of her cats being careless. In this world, the cats have the magic. Excitement races through the coven as hope for successful, tangible spell casting seems to become a real possibility. One dead coven member later and Becca and cats are deep in a mystery to clear Becca from suspicion. I loved how we are able to see the perspective of the delightfully unaware Becca as well as her cats. Clara is the intrepid adventurer that moves our story forward for the most part as well as the youngest of the cats. Clara isn't listened to by her older siblings until Laurel starts to come around toward the end. The way that their character development is given the same attention as the humans was brilliantly done. The continuing struggle of trying to network, find a job, and basically adult made Becca a realistic and sympathetic character easy to relate to Layering a murder withing adultery, open relationships, skepticism and mockery of witchcraft and those associated with it, theft, jealousy, and multiple aspects of mundane life lent a sense of the believable to a story that brought a fresh spin to paranormal cozies. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it especially if you're looking for something a little different. Thank you to Polis Books, NetGalley, and Clean Simon for giving me the chance to read this book and share my honest thoughts and opinions with others.
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    Witches cats

    A Spell of Murder by Clea Simon is unique and different from all the stories I have read. This story is told through the eyes of tone of the three sister cats that are magic, Clara. They live with a young woman, Rebecca Callwin, and she doesn't know about their abilities. One time, Harriet, one of the cats, accidentally summons a pillow while Becca has her magic group with her and she is saying a spell. Now, "The Coven" believes Becca is a real witch. The main character is Clara the younger sister cat. The whole story is told by a narrator who tell what each character is feeling. The three cats are able to do magic and go through things, but usually it is Clara who follows her owner to keep an eye on her and what is going on in her world. On one of these trips, they find Becca's friend dead. When Becca become the number one suspect the cats help her find the killer. This is a great, cozy mystery with the right amount of death and suspects. It may feel off to a person who doesn't care for cats, because it takes time to give personality to the felines, along with telling the story. Some may find it intrusive, but I believe it adds to the story in a good way. It is great reading for anyone who likes cozy mysteries and animals.
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    I had high hopes for this book

    Hey, I love a good Cozy. I love cats, I love a witchy theme for a cozy. Those are the things that drove me to this book after reading the description. Unfortunately the first book into this new series was just did not deliver anything that makes me want to pick up the next one. Becca, a laid off library researcher with three cats, is a fledging witch. With three cats that actually do have magical abilities, the story is told from a cross between the cats and the human views. Between the constant switching and the fact that this just didn’t resonate for me, I’m sadly having to give it one of the lower ratings I’ve ever given a cozy. Getting through this book, because I kept hoping it would eventually click, was a struggle. I will be passing on future entries to this series.
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