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ASIN B018Y0PZ8Y moved to the more recent edition here and then here Jinx Hamilton has been minding her own business working as a waitress at Tom’s Cafe and keeping up with her four cats. Then she inherits her Aunt Fiona’s store in neighboring Briar Hollow, North Carolina and learns that her aunt has willed her some special “powers” as well. They say admitting you have a pro ASIN B018Y0PZ8Y moved to the more recent edition here and then here Jinx Hamilton has been minding her own business working as a waitress at Tom’s Cafe and keeping up with her four cats. Then she inherits her Aunt Fiona’s store in neighboring Briar Hollow, North Carolina and learns that her aunt has willed her some special “powers” as well. They say admitting you have a problem is the first step and Jinx has a major problem. She’s a brand new witch with no earthly clue what that means. Throw in a few homeless ghosts, a potential serial killer, and a resident rat and Jinx is almost at her wit's end. Thankfully she has the unfailing support of her life-long BFF, Tori and it doesn't hurt that there's a hot guy living right next door.


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ASIN B018Y0PZ8Y moved to the more recent edition here and then here Jinx Hamilton has been minding her own business working as a waitress at Tom’s Cafe and keeping up with her four cats. Then she inherits her Aunt Fiona’s store in neighboring Briar Hollow, North Carolina and learns that her aunt has willed her some special “powers” as well. They say admitting you have a pro ASIN B018Y0PZ8Y moved to the more recent edition here and then here Jinx Hamilton has been minding her own business working as a waitress at Tom’s Cafe and keeping up with her four cats. Then she inherits her Aunt Fiona’s store in neighboring Briar Hollow, North Carolina and learns that her aunt has willed her some special “powers” as well. They say admitting you have a problem is the first step and Jinx has a major problem. She’s a brand new witch with no earthly clue what that means. Throw in a few homeless ghosts, a potential serial killer, and a resident rat and Jinx is almost at her wit's end. Thankfully she has the unfailing support of her life-long BFF, Tori and it doesn't hurt that there's a hot guy living right next door.

30 review for Witch at Heart

  1. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    Loved this one. It was an easy, fun read, and yet a disturbing one, as well. Not gory but with substance. There was sadness, as well. I enjoyed the magic, and really liked all the main characters. The mc and her bestie epitomize the ideal in friendship. The thing about a missing necklace was, I think, left dangling (no pun intended) but, otherwise, it was a good one. I have the next one ready to read in the next week or so.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Darcysmom

    This book took me by surprise. I was expecting a run-of-the-mill paranormal mystery, instead, I got a compelling story that happened to have witches, ghosts, and a murder mystery. Jinx and Tori are a fabulous best friend duo. Together they come to terms with the new life that is thrust upon them when Jinx's Aunt Fionna dies and leaves Jinx her store. I ate this book up. I read it in one sitting, and now I *need* the next book. This book took me by surprise. I was expecting a run-of-the-mill paranormal mystery, instead, I got a compelling story that happened to have witches, ghosts, and a murder mystery. Jinx and Tori are a fabulous best friend duo. Together they come to terms with the new life that is thrust upon them when Jinx's Aunt Fionna dies and leaves Jinx her store. I ate this book up. I read it in one sitting, and now I *need* the next book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    I didn't like this book. Nope. I LOVED IT. Talk about sucking me in! I didn't want to put it down! It is book one of the series and I know I will be reading them all. The story revolves around Jinx Hamilton, a young lady who is rather tired of waitressing and wants to be her own boss. Her wishes come true - she inherits a store from her eccentric (putting it mildly) Aunt. The first revelation that things may not be mundane is when Jinx realizes she can suddenly levitate and move items at will. Sh I didn't like this book. Nope. I LOVED IT. Talk about sucking me in! I didn't want to put it down! It is book one of the series and I know I will be reading them all. The story revolves around Jinx Hamilton, a young lady who is rather tired of waitressing and wants to be her own boss. Her wishes come true - she inherits a store from her eccentric (putting it mildly) Aunt. The first revelation that things may not be mundane is when Jinx realizes she can suddenly levitate and move items at will. She's never been able to do this before, so why now? And this is no "normal" store. Weird things are happening. The building is an entity unto itself, which Jinx names Myrtle once she decides she isn't imagining things or having a nervous breakdown with the unusual things going on. It responds in various ways to her questions - including where to find any item that a customer needs. One day, in pops her late Aunt who was - and continues to be - a witch. She didn't just bequeath her beloved store to Jinx, she also gave her her magical powers. Oh - and there's a rat named Rodney. He's far from an ordinary rat. He lives in the back of the store in a cozy little nook, and he can communicate in his own way. He is a loving little rat, and he becomes a great help to Jinx. Enter Jinx's best friend, who moves to the little town of Briar Hollow. The two had wanted to go into business together - they planned it at age 6. That dream is about to come to fruition. Of course, there's a cemetery full of eccentric ghosts who, for reasons unknown, are bound to the cemetery and can't leave. Jinx's best friend can also see the ghosts as she is pretty "open" to the strange and unusual. The ghosts are led by a Civil War gentleman who befriends the girls. One of the ghosts is extremely despondent (hey, she's dead) because they never identified her body and she is buried with the name "Jane". The girls decide to find out who Jane really was so she can rest in peace. This all sounds like it would be extremely heavy and depressing and nothing could be further from the truth. The book is a delightful read to say the least. Definitely one of my favorites that I've read this year. I am on to book two.

  4. 5 out of 5

    A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)

    4.5 *Book source ~ Kindle Lending Library Norma Jean “Jinx” Hamilton inherits her crazy Aunt Fiona’s all and sundry store in the neighboring town of Briar Hollow, NC, but what she doesn’t realize until she takes up residence is that now she’s also a witch. How is this even a thing?! With the help of her best friend Tori, they figure things out as they go along. Can this really be her life now? A cute paranormal mystery story that had me turning the pages to see what would happen next. The character 4.5 *Book source ~ Kindle Lending Library Norma Jean “Jinx” Hamilton inherits her crazy Aunt Fiona’s all and sundry store in the neighboring town of Briar Hollow, NC, but what she doesn’t realize until she takes up residence is that now she’s also a witch. How is this even a thing?! With the help of her best friend Tori, they figure things out as they go along. Can this really be her life now? A cute paranormal mystery story that had me turning the pages to see what would happen next. The characters are likeable. Maybe too likeable and that’s my only complaint. Otherwise it is an enjoyable and entertaining read. I especially like Jinx figuring out her witchy powers and how she can help ghosts who are stuck on the earthly plane. The mystery is pretty decent, too. And creepy as hell. I will definitely be checking out more in this series. Bonus points for being set in NC, my current state of residence.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Norma Jean "Jinx" Hamilton inherits her 'Crazy Aunt Fiona's’ store and apartment and a little something extra, her witch’s powers. She and her friend Tori begin to explore Jinx’s new found powers which leads them to the ghost of Jane at the local cemetery and before long they are on the trail of a murderer. The book is filled with Jinx’s homelies I like the way Jinx talks almost as a character turning to talk directly to the camera in a movie: “Let me give you a word of advice disguised as a littl Norma Jean "Jinx" Hamilton inherits her 'Crazy Aunt Fiona's’ store and apartment and a little something extra, her witch’s powers. She and her friend Tori begin to explore Jinx’s new found powers which leads them to the ghost of Jane at the local cemetery and before long they are on the trail of a murderer. The book is filled with Jinx’s homelies I like the way Jinx talks almost as a character turning to talk directly to the camera in a movie: “Let me give you a word of advice disguised as a little literary foreshadowing. Most of the time when you think you only have one option? Think again.” “Give me a rabbit’s foot I’ll carry it. But frankly I think you’ll cultivate better karma leaving it on the rabbit where it belongs.” It is a charming harmless quirky little story - fluffy. If you want a light cozy mystery then Witch at Heart fits the bill, likeable characters (including the store which talks and her name is Myrtle and not forgetting Rodney the rat, and Aunt Fiona can’t help but pop in every now then to lend support), interesting setting and enough of a story without being overly complicated and both a murder mystery and supernatural. I enjoyed it and certainly will be reading more in the series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    Generous Heart I really liked the book. It is cute, clever, funny, and delightful. After her aunt dies, Jinx takes over her shop and her magic. I look the fact the Jinx's best friend believes her and helps her to solve the mystery. I also like the way Jinx's does not fight the knowledge of her powers. That was a pleasant surprise. So many writers have the hero fight being a witch. The Is is a fun read and hard to put down. I highly recommend this book. Generous Heart I really liked the book. It is cute, clever, funny, and delightful. After her aunt dies, Jinx takes over her shop and her magic. I look the fact the Jinx's best friend believes her and helps her to solve the mystery. I also like the way Jinx's does not fight the knowledge of her powers. That was a pleasant surprise. So many writers have the hero fight being a witch. The Is is a fun read and hard to put down. I highly recommend this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Relina Skye

    "Witch at Heart: A Jinx Hamilton Witch Mystery Book 1" by Juliette Harper, is a fun read filled with southern charm. Jinx Hamilton just inherited her Crazy Aunt Fiona's building. It comes with a shop filled with everything under the sun, probably including a kitchen sink, and an apartment full of her stuff. Sad but excited to start this new chapter in her life, Jinx moves into her aunt's apartment, and as she falls asleep thanks her aunt, but also asks her for her "magic" too. Not realizing, the "Witch at Heart: A Jinx Hamilton Witch Mystery Book 1" by Juliette Harper, is a fun read filled with southern charm. Jinx Hamilton just inherited her Crazy Aunt Fiona's building. It comes with a shop filled with everything under the sun, probably including a kitchen sink, and an apartment full of her stuff. Sad but excited to start this new chapter in her life, Jinx moves into her aunt's apartment, and as she falls asleep thanks her aunt, but also asks her for her "magic" too. Not realizing, the ghost of her aunt would take her seriously, Jinx awakens to find out that she's not just a new business owner, but a witch too. Now, with her best friend Tori in tow, Jinx learns the hard way how to be a witch while trying to solve a murder mystery too. Overall, I really enjoyed this story. Its a mix of coming of age, mystery, and a lot of magic too.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Delightfully enjoyable read I really enjoyed this book. This is a fun read about a young woman who inherits a store (and magical powers) from her aunt. Her aunt seems to be very busy enjoying her afterlife so much that she is not available to advise her niece about her new powers or the fact that the store is a sentient being. Through trial and error Jinx manages to fumble her way through things and in the process, with the help of her BFF, she solves a 30 year old mystery and helps the ghosts of Delightfully enjoyable read I really enjoyed this book. This is a fun read about a young woman who inherits a store (and magical powers) from her aunt. Her aunt seems to be very busy enjoying her afterlife so much that she is not available to advise her niece about her new powers or the fact that the store is a sentient being. Through trial and error Jinx manages to fumble her way through things and in the process, with the help of her BFF, she solves a 30 year old mystery and helps the ghosts of the victims find some peace. This book is full of adventure, humor, and lessons about the value of friendship. I would recommend this book for readers of all ages. I'm going to read the next in the series right now!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lacey

    This paranormal cozy was by far one of the best I've read in a while. I went into reading this with a bit of apprehension since the whole, 'by the way honey you're a witch' shtick has been done to death. But fortunately for me this novel handled itself with aplomb. Jinx is a really amazing main character, with a hilarious cast of secondary characters. One of the best aspects of this novel? It didn't take itself too seriously. It was a well written, fluffy, fun cozy mystery that left me smiling. This paranormal cozy was by far one of the best I've read in a while. I went into reading this with a bit of apprehension since the whole, 'by the way honey you're a witch' shtick has been done to death. But fortunately for me this novel handled itself with aplomb. Jinx is a really amazing main character, with a hilarious cast of secondary characters. One of the best aspects of this novel? It didn't take itself too seriously. It was a well written, fluffy, fun cozy mystery that left me smiling. I will definitely read farther on in this series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    wanda lindgren

    The book was a page turner. Had to stay up late to read most of nite. However clues were too easy to pick up. Would read rest of series. Reminds me of Kim Harrison's writing style. I chose the rating because it was the first in a series looking forward to seeing character development. Hope it doesn't evolve in to a romance novel but more fantasy. Will recommend to any one who likes this genre. The book was a page turner. Had to stay up late to read most of nite. However clues were too easy to pick up. Would read rest of series. Reminds me of Kim Harrison's writing style. I chose the rating because it was the first in a series looking forward to seeing character development. Hope it doesn't evolve in to a romance novel but more fantasy. Will recommend to any one who likes this genre.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Witt

    Love Jinx Hamilton! I knew within the first couple pages I was going to enjoy this book. I felt it was well written and I loved the characters. The characters have a lot of depth and you felt drawn in to their lives. I loved the light comedic way the author worked in the witchcraft and the craziness of the shop and the pet rat. Look forward to reading more of the Jinx Hamilton series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Runningrabbit

    Kindle Unlimited This took me a little while to truly get into, but by the time the solutions started coming and everything married up, I could appreciate the brilliant planning that has gone into the plotting of this tale. A good fun read with a fine dose of mystery and a touch of romance.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Sharpnack

    I wish Goodreads had different rating systems for different types of books! This paranormal cozy mystery shouldn’t be rated on the same system as a John Irving novel, but we’re stuck w/ what we have, so I’ll give this surprisingly-good cozy four stars. Jinx Hamilton’s crazy Aunt Fiona has just passed away, leaving her an old antique/hardware/jack-of-all-trades store in a small southern town near the Appalachian Trail. Aunt Fiona also leaves Jinx her magic powers as a witch. Wait, WHAT? That’s rig I wish Goodreads had different rating systems for different types of books! This paranormal cozy mystery shouldn’t be rated on the same system as a John Irving novel, but we’re stuck w/ what we have, so I’ll give this surprisingly-good cozy four stars. Jinx Hamilton’s crazy Aunt Fiona has just passed away, leaving her an old antique/hardware/jack-of-all-trades store in a small southern town near the Appalachian Trail. Aunt Fiona also leaves Jinx her magic powers as a witch. Wait, WHAT? That’s right: Jinx has inherited magical powers to move objects w/ her mind and to find out an object’s past by touching it. The antique store appears to be a sentient being as well, named Myrtle. Jinx’s interactions w/ Myrtle are pretty funny. Next door to Myrtle is Chase’s cobbler shop. Jinx befriends Chase’s cat and then hunky Chase. Throw in Jinx’s four cats and her best friend, Tori, and the cast is complete. Except for the ghosts. Jinx can talk to ghosts now, the first few in the town cemetery, where Tori has insisted they go. They meet a courtly Confederate general and Jane Doe—a young woman who was murdered but can’t remember her own name. So now we have a murder victim—de rigeur in a cozy mystery, but rarely is the murder victim a ghost! Myrtle obligingly provides a file which Aunt Fiona has started w/ info on the anonymous dead girl, which sends Jinx and Tori to the AT, where they find a skeleton—yet another murdered girl, who died the same way as Jane. This ghost Moves in w/ Jinx b/c she doesn’t want to stay alone. Jinx and Tori encounter a decidedly UNfriendly ghost who was also murdered. Their info leads them to a campground where they find a ginormous old hickory tree, which gives up ‘way too many secrets for Jinx’s immediate health in a telegraphed twist. It seems the cantankerous owner of the campground where the tree is located has a son obsessed w/ Seneca Indian lore, and bringing his dead mother back to life. Hmmm. Jinx and Tori escape from the twisted son in yet another interesting plot twist, and solve the identities of Jane Doe AND the live-in ghost, who goes on into the afterlife. Aww. The book ends w/ yet ANOTHER twist that I simply did NOT see coming. I had to download the next book in the series immediately. I realize that this all sounds a bit hokey, but as the late, great Johnny Carson said, “Buy the premise; buy the bit.” The book is written In a funny, snarky style, and I love the eccentricities of the store and the late Aunt Fiona. I’m looking forward to more info about Chase and his cat and the further adventures of Jinx and Tori.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shoshanna Ford

    I absolutely adore this story! Everything about it was fan-freaking-tastic. The Characters, the plot development, the world building, fan-freaking-tastic. Put the rest of your TBR on the back burner right now, and pick this book up. (It's available on prime reading, you know, if you're into that.) Jinx is an absolute treasure. She's cynical, sarcastic, hilarious, but with a loving heart. I fell in love with her in the first few pages. I found her very relatable. From her cats to her admiration of I absolutely adore this story! Everything about it was fan-freaking-tastic. The Characters, the plot development, the world building, fan-freaking-tastic. Put the rest of your TBR on the back burner right now, and pick this book up. (It's available on prime reading, you know, if you're into that.) Jinx is an absolute treasure. She's cynical, sarcastic, hilarious, but with a loving heart. I fell in love with her in the first few pages. I found her very relatable. From her cats to her admiration of her hot neighbor, I was with her 100%. I don't have a single negative thing to say about this book, and I ALWAYS have something negative to say. I even loved the rat! Do yourself a favor and get lost in this world.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    If you are expecting... A sort of Charlaine Harris style, a.k.a. The Southern Vampire Mystery novels, a.k.a. the Sookie Stackhouse novels, look elsewhere. The plot is thin, rushed, and frankly silly. The characters are two dimensional. The reveal at the end is unsatisfying, and it's sort of a "chick lit meets an episode of Supernatural with a little Charmed mixed in. So why three stars? Because I get the distinct feeling I am not in the target audience, what with testosterone and a literary bend. R If you are expecting... A sort of Charlaine Harris style, a.k.a. The Southern Vampire Mystery novels, a.k.a. the Sookie Stackhouse novels, look elsewhere. The plot is thin, rushed, and frankly silly. The characters are two dimensional. The reveal at the end is unsatisfying, and it's sort of a "chick lit meets an episode of Supernatural with a little Charmed mixed in. So why three stars? Because I get the distinct feeling I am not in the target audience, what with testosterone and a literary bend. Read at your own risk.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brenda .

    After the first book I wasn't too sure about this series. It was interesting but didn't really hold my interest for long. But thanks to Kindle Unlimited I decided to get the second book because it was 'free'. This book did not disappoint. I really enjoyed this one and now have high hopes for the next one in the series. After the first book I wasn't too sure about this series. It was interesting but didn't really hold my interest for long. But thanks to Kindle Unlimited I decided to get the second book because it was 'free'. This book did not disappoint. I really enjoyed this one and now have high hopes for the next one in the series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Ellis

    Secrets Secret murders, secret witches, and secret guardians. This was full of everything you could ask for. I can't wait to see how Jinx and Tori grow in their gifts. Secrets Secret murders, secret witches, and secret guardians. This was full of everything you could ask for. I can't wait to see how Jinx and Tori grow in their gifts.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    This was a fun book - well except for the murder. Jinx's Aunt Fiona has died and left Jinx her eccentric, haphazard shop. The shop has a bit of everything and Jinx can't find any logic to all of the. . .stuff is the best word Jinx probably thinks. Jinx has to figure out some type of order but while she's doing that she finds out her aunt hasn't just left the shop but Aunt Fiona has also left Jinx her magic. Small problem - Jinx's feet are planted firmly on the side of there isn't any magic. But This was a fun book - well except for the murder. Jinx's Aunt Fiona has died and left Jinx her eccentric, haphazard shop. The shop has a bit of everything and Jinx can't find any logic to all of the. . .stuff is the best word Jinx probably thinks. Jinx has to figure out some type of order but while she's doing that she finds out her aunt hasn't just left the shop but Aunt Fiona has also left Jinx her magic. Small problem - Jinx's feet are planted firmly on the side of there isn't any magic. But things keep happening. So what's an unbeliever to do? Call her BFF of course. Tori believes in all things supernatural so she convinces Jinx that she needs to believe and explore her new powers. Part of the exploration comes with finding out that Jinx doesn't only have magic, but that part of the magic includes seeing & communicating with ghosts. One of those ghosts has been murdered so Jinx and Tori decide they have to help the girl find out what happens to her. There's a bit of a love interest for Jinx who sounds to good to be true so I'm waiting to find out his story in future books. Read this if you enjoy mysteries & paranormal. If you are one of those who think witches are evil and don't want to read anything to learn differently give this one a pass. As for me, I'm looking forward to the rest of the books in the series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    The Cozy Review

    Witch at Heart: A Jinx Hamilton Mystery Book 1 Cozy Mystery Juliette Harper Jinx Hamilton is a witch but doesn’t want to be one. She has been working as a waitress at Tom’s Cafe since high school and spent her entire life believing that witches were evil. When her “crazy” Aunt Fiona dies, she inherits her shop in the town of Briar Hollow, North Carolina. It isn’t long after moving in that she finds out she has inherited her aunt’s magical powers as well as her business. Being a witch with no idea o Witch at Heart: A Jinx Hamilton Mystery Book 1 Cozy Mystery Juliette Harper Jinx Hamilton is a witch but doesn’t want to be one. She has been working as a waitress at Tom’s Cafe since high school and spent her entire life believing that witches were evil. When her “crazy” Aunt Fiona dies, she inherits her shop in the town of Briar Hollow, North Carolina. It isn’t long after moving in that she finds out she has inherited her aunt’s magical powers as well as her business. Being a witch with no idea of what it means or what to do about it throws her world into chaos. Being suddenly thrust into the world of business ownership she finds her life changing almost daily in ways she never expected. She can somehow talk and see the dead, causing her to become embroiled in a murder investigation in order to help the dead find peace. This is just the icing on the cake. She also has to deal with the almost human pet rat living in the shop's storeroom, the handsome neighbor, Chase, whom she can’t take her eyes off, and her 4 very demanding cats; it’s a miracle she isn’t in the looney bin. Luckily her best friend Tori comes to the rescue, making matters a bit weirder but far easier to deal with. ___ This book has a unique plot and great character development. The story has fun with the “witch” theme with an unwilling practitioner, and a BFF who is delighted by her friends new found magic abilities. Jinx's best friend Tori is a great character, she is funny, adventurous, loyal to her friend and takes the witch thing in stride. Nothing seems to phase her at all, but she shows grave concern for Jinx’s well-being. Jinx’s aunt is adorable. The way she talks to Jinx allowing her to make her own choices, even though she is always keeping an eye on her just in case, from a grave distance. One of the best scenes in the book is when Jinx first moves into the upstairs apartment over the shop and finds herself talking to her dead aunt. The focus of the story is a ghost, Grace (Beth) who has no idea of who she is. This makes for some memorable, heartfelt moments especially when all Grace wants is to see and talk to her mother one more time. This is very endearing and makes the reader care about the murdered girl and want her killer caught. Unfortunately, the inability to tell the police what Jinx and Tori learn hinders the investigation but works out in the end. The location is a quiet quaint old town, although the story lacks a good description of the town and its residents, it allows your imagination to fill in the gaps. The shop Jinx inherits is fantastic, a building that is almost human and expresses its emotions in delightful ways It is a surprising and original setting for Jinx and Tori to spend their time investigating the murder of three girls. The shop plays a significant part in the plot, helps with the investigation and adds enjoyment along with a bit of laughter to the story. Overall the characters are believable and likable; the story is fast-paced, a quick read. The only disappointment is that some of the principal characters are not introduced until the end of the book. Characters such as Jinx and Tori’s mothers are not introduced at all even though they are mentioned many times throughout the book. If all of the sub-characters were presented earlier the story could have been more rounded. There are also a couple of characters readers would have enjoyed play a bigger role in the story. All-in-all I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a cozy mystery that has a basis in the paranormal or is magic/witchcraft based.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Antonia Maritima

    Book 1 in the Jinx Hamilton series This is a great book! After a rapid introduction to Jinx and her best friend, we are invited on a whirling journey to examine some of the issues that have recently arisen. The light-hearted storytelling reveals characters who strive for self awareness. Each woman wants more than she has, and as additional details are revealed, both recognize that this--the situation that underpins this story--can provide opportunities to move forward. Current technology--smart Book 1 in the Jinx Hamilton series This is a great book! After a rapid introduction to Jinx and her best friend, we are invited on a whirling journey to examine some of the issues that have recently arisen. The light-hearted storytelling reveals characters who strive for self awareness. Each woman wants more than she has, and as additional details are revealed, both recognize that this--the situation that underpins this story--can provide opportunities to move forward. Current technology--smart phones and apps, along with other resources for research--are used with ease. Some of my favorite books are light-hearted, with elements of fantasy and fun. When the characters change and grow, I am willing to be drawn in for the entire journey. The authors who are Juliette Harper are an excellent team who have combined their experiences, strengths and skills to delightfully become the voice of Jinx Hamilton. It is worth your time to pick up this book!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Not sure why I let this sit in my to-read queue on my kindle for so long, but I finally got to it, and now I want to read #2. When Jinx Hamilton inherits her aunt's general store and the apartment upstairs, she decides what the heck--I'll move there and give it a go, so she quits her waitressing job and heads out, much to her mother's chagrin. She hadn't spoken with her aunt in years, but she has fond memories of hanging there in her youth. Turns out her aunt had paranormal powers, and Jinx begin Not sure why I let this sit in my to-read queue on my kindle for so long, but I finally got to it, and now I want to read #2. When Jinx Hamilton inherits her aunt's general store and the apartment upstairs, she decides what the heck--I'll move there and give it a go, so she quits her waitressing job and heads out, much to her mother's chagrin. She hadn't spoken with her aunt in years, but she has fond memories of hanging there in her youth. Turns out her aunt had paranormal powers, and Jinx begins to exhibit some, too...and the store has powers of its own, summoning items Jinx can't find, giving her a nudge in the right direction, and just helping her out in general. Oh, and there's Rodney, the rat, who knows enough to hide when customers come in. As Jinx learns more of her powers, she ends up trying to solve some murders from years gone by...seems there was a murder every five years, and no one put 2 + 2 together to make 4. Handy that one of her powers is talking to ghosts. Also handy is her psychometry. The mystery wasn't surprising, but I think this book's aim was to introduce the reader to Jinx's new world, not necessarily show off a mystery. Wit, humor, real personalities, an entourage of sideline characters who'll most likely come in handy in subsequent books, small-town charm, and protagonists who make mistakes...it's all here.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alice Hazelbaker

    This one has it all! A delightful story about Jinx coming to town to take over her deceased Aunt Fiona's shop. In the process she learns she has been gifted with "witch powers" by her Aunt. Her best friend Tory comes to help her organize the shop, with a little help from the handsome cobbler from next door. Between I learning how to use her witch powers and getting involved in solving a 29-year-old murder the two best friends manage to get into and out of plenty of trouble! They both have a great This one has it all! A delightful story about Jinx coming to town to take over her deceased Aunt Fiona's shop. In the process she learns she has been gifted with "witch powers" by her Aunt. Her best friend Tory comes to help her organize the shop, with a little help from the handsome cobbler from next door. Between I learning how to use her witch powers and getting involved in solving a 29-year-old murder the two best friends manage to get into and out of plenty of trouble! They both have a great sense of humor which really adds to the story! Looking forward to reading the other books in this series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    God, solid story. This is a great beginning to a series. I won't give a rundown of the story since that is in other reviews. The main character is easy to like, as is her best friend. They have an easy flowing manner that seems natural. I enjoyed the bits of Southern sprinkled throughout, it reminds me of my younger days in WVa. The plot is will laid out, flows smoothly and is done with a sense of humor and the growth of the central character struck me as logical. I'm going to start the next b God, solid story. This is a great beginning to a series. I won't give a rundown of the story since that is in other reviews. The main character is easy to like, as is her best friend. They have an easy flowing manner that seems natural. I enjoyed the bits of Southern sprinkled throughout, it reminds me of my younger days in WVa. The plot is will laid out, flows smoothly and is done with a sense of humor and the growth of the central character struck me as logical. I'm going to start the next book now. Enjoy your day.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Aggeliki

    "Together we always have the courage to do what we don’t believe we can do alone. That’s another kind of magic. It’s called friendship." This is a cute little book about a woman who inherits a magical shop and some magical powers and sets them to use in order to solve some not so cute murders. The characters are all very likeable, human and non human alike, and the quote in the beginning of my review encapsulates perfectly the atmosphere of the book. I'm definitely reading the rest of the series. "Together we always have the courage to do what we don’t believe we can do alone. That’s another kind of magic. It’s called friendship." This is a cute little book about a woman who inherits a magical shop and some magical powers and sets them to use in order to solve some not so cute murders. The characters are all very likeable, human and non human alike, and the quote in the beginning of my review encapsulates perfectly the atmosphere of the book. I'm definitely reading the rest of the series.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rose Mclaughlin

    Awesome Ok I read this is the first book and I'm totally hooked! I read a lot so finding a new way of writing A story about becoming a witch or getting powers has too be catchy for me too read it. Also a big plus is the books are all in kindle unlimited,I absolutely hate starting a series and having the authors make you pay for last book or two in the series,warning to authors will slam all in reviews who do this! Love jinx and sidekick tori slow enough too enjoy but fast enough not to get bored! Awesome Ok I read this is the first book and I'm totally hooked! I read a lot so finding a new way of writing A story about becoming a witch or getting powers has too be catchy for me too read it. Also a big plus is the books are all in kindle unlimited,I absolutely hate starting a series and having the authors make you pay for last book or two in the series,warning to authors will slam all in reviews who do this! Love jinx and sidekick tori slow enough too enjoy but fast enough not to get bored! Will probably finish next one today!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Denise Zendel

    Jinx Hamilton is a 20-something waitress who inherits a quirky store in a small town in North Carolina from her Crazy Aunt Fiona, and finds out she’s a witch who can see dead people. While building her business in Briar Hollow, she comes across the ghosts of murdered girls, and some spirits who are trapped in a cemetery. How many times has that all been done, right? But there’s something about this series that grabbed me. Jinx is an entertaining character. She doesn’t take herself to seriously, a Jinx Hamilton is a 20-something waitress who inherits a quirky store in a small town in North Carolina from her Crazy Aunt Fiona, and finds out she’s a witch who can see dead people. While building her business in Briar Hollow, she comes across the ghosts of murdered girls, and some spirits who are trapped in a cemetery. How many times has that all been done, right? But there’s something about this series that grabbed me. Jinx is an entertaining character. She doesn’t take herself to seriously, and her internal dialogue is pretty funny. Along for the ride are Jinx’s four cats, a BFF who has her back, a hot shoemaker next door, a brilliant rat who lives in the storeroom of the store, and the store itself, which has a personality all its own. In a nod to Harry Potter, Jinx also ends up with a house elf, er,” house brownie” who lives to serve her and makes a cup of coffee that causes choirs of angels to sing. This book bubbled to the top of my TBR pile, and there I was, on the treadmill, needing something to read, so I thought why not. I enjoyed this book way more than I expected. The plot does require a suspension of disbelief, but the characters are intriguing (especially the ghosts), and Jinx’s desire to help the spirits go towards the light, or wherever they go on to, is touching. The dialogue is snappy, and I enjoy the interaction between the characters, especially Jinx and the store. This book had a nice mix of cozy mystery, romance, and paranormal. I liked it enough that I purchased the second in the series as soon as I finished the first one. I’m reading the second one now, and I’m a little afraid it may progress to the point where I can’t suspend any more disbelief … we shall see. I have to say this first one was a quick, enjoyable, entertaining, light-hearted read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    S.J. Higbee

    Like a lot of urban fantasy whodunits, this one has a perky, enjoyable protagonist who I immediately liked. Jinx is a kindly, uncomplicated soul, who works alongside her best friend as a waitress and lives at home – until her Aunt Fiona dies. There are some appealing moments of humour and a chirpy upbeat mood, with the cats also contributing to the general cosy sense of small community and peacefulness. While there is a hint of romance, the overriding relationship that powers this book is the fri Like a lot of urban fantasy whodunits, this one has a perky, enjoyable protagonist who I immediately liked. Jinx is a kindly, uncomplicated soul, who works alongside her best friend as a waitress and lives at home – until her Aunt Fiona dies. There are some appealing moments of humour and a chirpy upbeat mood, with the cats also contributing to the general cosy sense of small community and peacefulness. While there is a hint of romance, the overriding relationship that powers this book is the friendship between Jinx and her friend Tori, which I really appreciated. It makes a nice change for the love pervading a book to be one between best friends, which can be every bit as powerful as any other kind, I think. However, this is also a murder mystery. It’s a balance, isn’t it? Cosy mysteries evidently aren’t going to be the gritted, gory type where there are body parts featured in profusion, or the backdrop is going to be the bleak, hopeless cityscape. And yet, any murder is tackling the business of one person wilfully taking the life of another. If the whole idea of deliberately killing someone isn’t to be devalued, there has to be a sense of shock over the event. It is a balancing act to successfully negotiate between these two extremes – and Harper manages it very well. While I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Jinx’s adventures in coping with the new store, the introduction of a murdered ghost who doesn’t know who she is gave a poignant edge to the story. I gobbled up this readable, engaging adventure in two greedy gulps and while the puzzle surrounding the displaced waif is very satisfactorily tied up, there are sufficient ongoing plotpoints that will encourage me to revisit this enjoyable world. Recommended for fans of cosy urban fantasy murder mysteries. 8/10

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gypsy Madden

    Admittedly, I was expecting a supernatural fantasy, maybe with some cozy aspects thrown in, along the lines of Halloweentown. What I got was Gilmore Girls (but starring two friends rather than a mother and daughter) attempting to solve a mystery with a dash of paranormal thrown in. There really wasn’t much romance at all (seriously, I think it just amounted to a couple of pecks on the cheek). The mystery itself was rather boring, and towards the end, Jinx started to look like a total idiot when Admittedly, I was expecting a supernatural fantasy, maybe with some cozy aspects thrown in, along the lines of Halloweentown. What I got was Gilmore Girls (but starring two friends rather than a mother and daughter) attempting to solve a mystery with a dash of paranormal thrown in. There really wasn’t much romance at all (seriously, I think it just amounted to a couple of pecks on the cheek). The mystery itself was rather boring, and towards the end, Jinx started to look like a total idiot when the author revealed everything in a vision and she still wasn’t putting two and two together. BTW, being able to see ghosts, move things around with your mind, and seeing a couple of visions doesn’t make you a witch (the girls in Charmed weren’t witches because of their powers, they were witches because they cast spells and mixed potions). She sounded dreadfully ignorant when she called them witchy powers (not to mention that the book falsely advertises this having “Witch” in the title when there weren’t any witches in this). The focus of the book was mainly on the mystery, the friendship between Jinx and Tori (which was nicely done), and the cozy town. I did like Rodney the rat, though I’m still expecting some supernatural explanation for him. The cats (which were a very large missed opportunity) had a large, colorful scene kicking off the book, and then nothing. Sadly, they were basically furniture in the background for the rest of the book. I think I’m not just into cozies, and definitely not cozy mysteries. At least, not cozies that aren’t predominantly fantasy.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Jane

    New beginnings.. When Norma Jean "Jinx" Hamilton inherits her Aunt Fiona's shop it's more than just a new beginning. Jinx has no idea of her true heritage, all she knows is that the people of Briars Hollow believed Fiona could help them find peace and blessings. After a long and tiring first day in the shop filled with memories of her Aunt's ability to sense what her customers need the most Jinx abstractedly wishes that she has the same magical ability, little realising that Aunt Fiona is still a New beginnings.. When Norma Jean "Jinx" Hamilton inherits her Aunt Fiona's shop it's more than just a new beginning. Jinx has no idea of her true heritage, all she knows is that the people of Briars Hollow believed Fiona could help them find peace and blessings. After a long and tiring first day in the shop filled with memories of her Aunt's ability to sense what her customers need the most Jinx abstractedly wishes that she has the same magical ability, little realising that Aunt Fiona is still around in ghostly form and more than happy to grant her wish. Jinx really didn't expect to suddenly find herself able to catch a falling ornament with just her mind and tries to put it down as a dream but when she sees Aunt Fiona and she admits that she's a witch and has granted her powers to Jinx, before blinking out Jinx knows she needs help.. BFF Tori comes to her aid and between them they find a graveyard full of trapped spirits, a rodent named Rodney and some surprising revelations about the store itself. With Tori by her side she's going to have help to control her new and exciting powers. After a hiking trip kind hearted Jinx takes home a lost ghost and endeavours to help her find peace.. little realising that it will bring her into the dangerous mind of a serial killer. "Juliette Harper" have created a loveable cast with a totally engaging world to keep them on their toes. Adeptly drawn even the side characters draw you in.. so pleased it's a growing series.. just wish you'd linked the books as such on Amazon.. makes it so much easier to keep track..

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Crawford

    I really, really liked this book since it's unusual in so many ways. Jinx is a witch who has inherited a relative's store in a small town. So she moves there with her four cats and is visited by her friend Tori. First task is to check out the store, go through the inventory and prepare to open it for business. What's unusual about that? The store itself is magical and definitely has a personality of its own. Then there's Rodney the white rat who lives in a cupboard, is extremely intelligent and f I really, really liked this book since it's unusual in so many ways. Jinx is a witch who has inherited a relative's store in a small town. So she moves there with her four cats and is visited by her friend Tori. First task is to check out the store, go through the inventory and prepare to open it for business. What's unusual about that? The store itself is magical and definitely has a personality of its own. Then there's Rodney the white rat who lives in a cupboard, is extremely intelligent and from the description cute as can be. Then there's also the ghost of her Aunt Fiona, the one to gave her the store. So, ramp it up some. Jinx starts seeing ghosts of murdered girls and sets out trying to find the murderer. At the same time she finds out she has an ability in psychometry (which is where you touch something and can 'read' about its past.) I liked every single aspect of the story from the store (Myrtle), Rodney, Jinx and Tori (her friend) and the mystery part too.

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