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When Nann (that's with 2 nn's please) moves to her late Aunt Nancy's home in Calamity Corners, she wonders why there's a little pig running amok with a toilet seat in its mouth. But that's the least of her worries. She has a bookstore to open. Cemetery Center doesn't sound like an up and coming place to open a new business, but the square footage is huge and the rent is r When Nann (that's with 2 nn's please) moves to her late Aunt Nancy's home in Calamity Corners, she wonders why there's a little pig running amok with a toilet seat in its mouth. But that's the least of her worries. She has a bookstore to open. Cemetery Center doesn't sound like an up and coming place to open a new business, but the square footage is huge and the rent is right. Her shop neighbor Zinnia owns the art gallery next door. But Zinnia has a secret, one that occurs on the full moon. Werewolf? Not exactly. When Nann searches for a vehicle to buy, she's sent to the only car repair shop in town. However, Tink, the shop mechanic, has Spock ears. Okay....And what's going on on the third floor of her bookstore building? Men get together and drink beer around a coffin. Someone mentioned the VHS. Vampire Hunter Society? Van Helsing Society? This town is getting weirder by the minute. But that's just the way Nann likes it. She's a Druid witch, just like her late Aunt Nancy. She's come to take over her aunt's home and move the family bookstore business. Pokey the Pig is Aunt Nancy's familiar and by lineage becomes Nann's familiar. She communicates through the radio, and depending on what station you're on, Nann either gets a red-eyed feisty porker or 'I just want to be held' piggy. So when boys begin to go missing in neighboring towns, Nann is convinced it's magic gone haywire. Could it be the giant pointy eared mechanic named Tink has taken to kidnapping, or does her neighbor shifter Zinnia have an appetite for humans? Or could whatever is in the coffin on the third floor have a hand in it? The gang is also looking at Nann....they all remember Hansel & Gretel. Nann must find Aunt Nancy's witch books so she can put a stop to the disappearances, but she's in for more than she bargained for when forces come at her from different directions. ***This is the first book in the Calamity Corners Witch Cozy Mystery Series***


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When Nann (that's with 2 nn's please) moves to her late Aunt Nancy's home in Calamity Corners, she wonders why there's a little pig running amok with a toilet seat in its mouth. But that's the least of her worries. She has a bookstore to open. Cemetery Center doesn't sound like an up and coming place to open a new business, but the square footage is huge and the rent is r When Nann (that's with 2 nn's please) moves to her late Aunt Nancy's home in Calamity Corners, she wonders why there's a little pig running amok with a toilet seat in its mouth. But that's the least of her worries. She has a bookstore to open. Cemetery Center doesn't sound like an up and coming place to open a new business, but the square footage is huge and the rent is right. Her shop neighbor Zinnia owns the art gallery next door. But Zinnia has a secret, one that occurs on the full moon. Werewolf? Not exactly. When Nann searches for a vehicle to buy, she's sent to the only car repair shop in town. However, Tink, the shop mechanic, has Spock ears. Okay....And what's going on on the third floor of her bookstore building? Men get together and drink beer around a coffin. Someone mentioned the VHS. Vampire Hunter Society? Van Helsing Society? This town is getting weirder by the minute. But that's just the way Nann likes it. She's a Druid witch, just like her late Aunt Nancy. She's come to take over her aunt's home and move the family bookstore business. Pokey the Pig is Aunt Nancy's familiar and by lineage becomes Nann's familiar. She communicates through the radio, and depending on what station you're on, Nann either gets a red-eyed feisty porker or 'I just want to be held' piggy. So when boys begin to go missing in neighboring towns, Nann is convinced it's magic gone haywire. Could it be the giant pointy eared mechanic named Tink has taken to kidnapping, or does her neighbor shifter Zinnia have an appetite for humans? Or could whatever is in the coffin on the third floor have a hand in it? The gang is also looking at Nann....they all remember Hansel & Gretel. Nann must find Aunt Nancy's witch books so she can put a stop to the disappearances, but she's in for more than she bargained for when forces come at her from different directions. ***This is the first book in the Calamity Corners Witch Cozy Mystery Series***

30 review for Calm Before the Witch Storm

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dallass

    Books, a talking pig, and some missing kids. Had a lot of fun with this book. Nann was a fun character, and the friends she made were with 2 unique and quirky women. Loved Pokey the pig, with his radio split personalities, plus ya can’t forget Cricket. The mystery of the missing children wasn’t utilized that much as I thought it would be, and Barb (the pushy realtor) has a subplot that I was hoping would be wrapped up in a bow, but alas, it looks like she might become Nann’s nemesis.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Marsha Keeper Bookshelf

    Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf I love a good Paranormal Cozy Mystery, so I went in search of a new series earlier this week and decided on CALM BEFORE THE WITCH STORM by Constance Barker. New series, new-to-me author, a winning combination. Most of what you’d need to know to pick up this book can be found in the Cover Description – actually, there’s quite a lot up there. I was surprised by that. CALM BEFORE THE WITCH STORM begins the Calamity Corners (Witch Cozy Mystery) series with a funny, delightf Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf I love a good Paranormal Cozy Mystery, so I went in search of a new series earlier this week and decided on CALM BEFORE THE WITCH STORM by Constance Barker. New series, new-to-me author, a winning combination. Most of what you’d need to know to pick up this book can be found in the Cover Description – actually, there’s quite a lot up there. I was surprised by that. CALM BEFORE THE WITCH STORM begins the Calamity Corners (Witch Cozy Mystery) series with a funny, delightful (mostly) group of wild and crazy, zany, quirky and interesting cast of characters. Oh, how I loved Pokey the pig. Not everything is fun and games though as there is something really bad happening in this area, something that Nann and crew will get to the bottom of – eventually. There is world building to a small extent, actually, the Cover Description really does set you up very well for diving into this beginning story. I don’t willingly give away spoilers so you’ll have to pick up CALM BEFORE THE WITCH STORM to find out “exactly” what happens – but it’s a bit mysterious, a touch dangerous, and a whole heck of a lot of fun, lively characters, quirky habits, and interesting people to spend a series with. I’m having a blast and I’m about to dive into the second story. If you love a really good Paranormal Cozy Mystery then you’ll want to check this out. I read this story through my Kindle Unlimited subscription.

  3. 5 out of 5

    kelley kingman

    This is the start of a new quirky series. No one writes quirky like Constance Barker. It starts with Nann(with two nn's) moves to her late aunt Nancy's house in Calamity Corner. She is moving her book store, so she can live and work in the same area. On her first day at her new home, Barb the lical realtor is showing her around her aunts house trying to get her to sell it when out of the corner of her eye, she sees a pig run across her yard with a toilet seat in its mouth. When she tells Barb th This is the start of a new quirky series. No one writes quirky like Constance Barker. It starts with Nann(with two nn's) moves to her late aunt Nancy's house in Calamity Corner. She is moving her book store, so she can live and work in the same area. On her first day at her new home, Barb the lical realtor is showing her around her aunts house trying to get her to sell it when out of the corner of her eye, she sees a pig run across her yard with a toilet seat in its mouth. When she tells Barb that she is not selling but she wants her to find a store front for her book store. When she sees the cost to rent a store, she can't believe how high the rents are. Thats when she meets Zinnia. She owns a gallery in Cemetery Center. There is a store front for rent beside her gallery. Barb turns up her nose at Zinnia. This is where the story really takes off. Nann meets and makes friends with Zinnia, Tink, Marge, the VHS guys (vampire hunters society), cricket the car and pokey the pig. No one is really who you think they are. This was a fun read that didn't disappoint. You will laugh out loud and you won't want to put it down. I was given a copy by the author for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Krystyna

    A rather strange tale A good read. Strange but good. However although one aspect has been sorted more still remains unclear. A weird collection of characters who actually meld well together. Even if it is in a shambolic, zany way. I must admit that Pokey, the pig familiar, is cute even though he tries to act demonic. She has arrived to take over the empty house, that's if she can get rid of the realtor who wants to buy it from her, now all she has to do is find premises for her bookshop. Luckily A rather strange tale A good read. Strange but good. However although one aspect has been sorted more still remains unclear. A weird collection of characters who actually meld well together. Even if it is in a shambolic, zany way. I must admit that Pokey, the pig familiar, is cute even though he tries to act demonic. She has arrived to take over the empty house, that's if she can get rid of the realtor who wants to buy it from her, now all she has to do is find premises for her bookshop. Luckily a new acquaintance knows a place. The place definitely has possibilities and the rent is right. But there seems to be a problem with the residents - young boys are going missing. Cleaning up, finding her aunt's familiar, creating new friendships, a car with a mind of it's own, an underhand corporation, an attempt to get the house away from her and an evil in the woods. An evil that takes young boys. Add in Fae, werealligators, a vampire and a showdown. Will she get rid of the evil? Will the corporation be stopped? Will her store open?

  5. 4 out of 5

    Judith Post

    When Nann moves into her deceased aunt's house, she plans on living there for free and opening a book shop in town. She soon finds out that, as a Druid witch, she's not the only one with magic in Calamity Corners. She makes friends with an alligator shifter, a trapped vampire, and a house goblin. But not every supernatural in the area is nice. Young boys are going missing, and the Vampire Hunters Club finds one of them dead without a mark on his body. Nann and her friends are determined to find When Nann moves into her deceased aunt's house, she plans on living there for free and opening a book shop in town. She soon finds out that, as a Druid witch, she's not the only one with magic in Calamity Corners. She makes friends with an alligator shifter, a trapped vampire, and a house goblin. But not every supernatural in the area is nice. Young boys are going missing, and the Vampire Hunters Club finds one of them dead without a mark on his body. Nann and her friends are determined to find the two other boys at the same time she's setting up her book shop and saving her house from greedy investors. Oh, and don't forget Nann's familiar--a potbelly pig. This was a fast read. The writing is direct, and the characters and storyline were fun.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dora

    Calm before the Witch Storm Nann moves her bookstore to the most depressing town of Calamity Corners. Nann is a Druid as was her aunt who left her home in a living trust for Nann. Nann and her friends, Zinnia a werealligator, and Tink, a shop Goblin, decide to help find some missing boys. By the time that they figure out that a pied piper has been summoned by someone who cannot pay, it is nearly too late. The friends also uncover a land scheme. I think that the thing that bothered me most about th Calm before the Witch Storm Nann moves her bookstore to the most depressing town of Calamity Corners. Nann is a Druid as was her aunt who left her home in a living trust for Nann. Nann and her friends, Zinnia a werealligator, and Tink, a shop Goblin, decide to help find some missing boys. By the time that they figure out that a pied piper has been summoned by someone who cannot pay, it is nearly too late. The friends also uncover a land scheme. I think that the thing that bothered me most about the book was the town of Calamity Corners and how pervasively depressing it was. This book is number 1 in a series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bobbi

    Calamity Corners is one town you need to visit. The residents are a strange mixture of paranormal and regular old humans. Nann is a practicing Druid an fits right in with her friends, a shop goblin and a werealligator. Together they are a formidable force to be reckoned with. All Nann wants to do is open her bookstore and move into her aunt’s old home that was left to Nann when her Aunt Nancy passed away. Nann is trying to open her new bookstore, but between children disappearing, an adorable bu Calamity Corners is one town you need to visit. The residents are a strange mixture of paranormal and regular old humans. Nann is a practicing Druid an fits right in with her friends, a shop goblin and a werealligator. Together they are a formidable force to be reckoned with. All Nann wants to do is open her bookstore and move into her aunt’s old home that was left to Nann when her Aunt Nancy passed away. Nann is trying to open her new bookstore, but between children disappearing, an adorable but persistent pig, and land schemes she is totally running out of time. This is a fun and entertaining cozy mystery and a new series that I am hooked on.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Crawford

    This is another in the type of books that have a young woman who is a witch moving to another town to inherit a house. There's a familiar but this one is a pig. It talks through a radio and, depending on what station you contact, you can get nice pig or very nasty, snide pig. A truly different familiar. Nann is to open a bookstore so a good part of the book is about everything she has to go through to get tha done. Then there's missing boys, an auto mechanic who has pointed ears, a ghost, a vampi This is another in the type of books that have a young woman who is a witch moving to another town to inherit a house. There's a familiar but this one is a pig. It talks through a radio and, depending on what station you contact, you can get nice pig or very nasty, snide pig. A truly different familiar. Nann is to open a bookstore so a good part of the book is about everything she has to go through to get tha done. Then there's missing boys, an auto mechanic who has pointed ears, a ghost, a vampire, dark magic and, of course, a murder. A very good start to a new series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Laura May

    I feel like I should be more ashamed of my cosy mysteries habit than I actually am. They're very soothing. This book was no exception - a cute story with enough pace to keep you going. There was a bit of a hiccup with the 'grand reveal' towards the end, but perhaps that was my suffering from reading late at night. I've purchased the next in the series and look forward to hearing more about the bookshop and what she does with it next. I feel like I should be more ashamed of my cosy mysteries habit than I actually am. They're very soothing. This book was no exception - a cute story with enough pace to keep you going. There was a bit of a hiccup with the 'grand reveal' towards the end, but perhaps that was my suffering from reading late at night. I've purchased the next in the series and look forward to hearing more about the bookshop and what she does with it next.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Lockett

    An interesting read Nann inherits her Aunts house so she uproots everything and moves across state to live there as well as the house she also inherits her Aunts familiar Pokey a pig who talks through a radio, she meets some interesting people and makes friends but amongst the good there's boys going missing and only Nann can stop them with some help from her friends. An interesting read Nann inherits her Aunts house so she uproots everything and moves across state to live there as well as the house she also inherits her Aunts familiar Pokey a pig who talks through a radio, she meets some interesting people and makes friends but amongst the good there's boys going missing and only Nann can stop them with some help from her friends.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    Inheritance... Nann inherits her Aunt Nancy's home. Her aunt was a Druid, as is Nann. What she doesn't realize at first is that she also inherited her aunt's familiar, a pot belly pig. She finally figured it out when he spoke to her through the radio when she turned it on! They work together to solve mysteries, land frequently find themselves in trouble. Great fun read! Inheritance... Nann inherits her Aunt Nancy's home. Her aunt was a Druid, as is Nann. What she doesn't realize at first is that she also inherited her aunt's familiar, a pot belly pig. She finally figured it out when he spoke to her through the radio when she turned it on! They work together to solve mysteries, land frequently find themselves in trouble. Great fun read!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Janice E. Ryberg

    Calm Before the Witch Storm is lots of fun for a new series. 4.6 stars You can't beat this story for introducing interesting new characters. Didn't meet anyone that I would call normal, but then they wouldn't be so interesting. Made certain to purchase the next in the series, so I can get started right away. Don't miss out! Calm Before the Witch Storm is lots of fun for a new series. 4.6 stars You can't beat this story for introducing interesting new characters. Didn't meet anyone that I would call normal, but then they wouldn't be so interesting. Made certain to purchase the next in the series, so I can get started right away. Don't miss out!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Whitney

    I have been provided with a copy of Calm Before the Witch Storm via Booksprout for an impartial review. This is the first book in the Calamity Corners Witch Cozy Mystery series and this was just a great way to start off a new series. I just had a lot of fun being introduced to this new world and it’s new characters. It was just really easy to get lost in. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne Brewer

    The pied piper is not happy Boys are missing, even as the new, transplanted bookstore begins to take shape. Strange things are happening in the town as our favorite druid tries to make sense of it all with the help of her friends and a pot-bellied pig named Pokey. Recommended as a pleasant read full of smile-provoking mind pictures (watusi? mashed potatoes? hustle?).

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mike Lewis

    Entertaining Series Entertaining supernatural cozy mystery series. A little town a Druid which and her bookstore. Somethings up and she’s going to find out. Her and her new friends investigate solve mysteries and entertain you. Check it out

  16. 5 out of 5

    D Marie

    I thought this was a witch story but it wasn’t. It had all types of supernatural beings and even a vampire hunters group. This is a good mystery and a good start to a series. Can’t wait for the next book. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    carole shearer

    Original story The book was full of mystery, friendship, greed and humor. It made me laugh at times. It had a talking pig that gave humor to a bad crime. I can not wait to read the next book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Darlena D Doak

    Good. If you like fairytales mixed with your paranormal you will want to read this book. You have all he standard guests/suspects plus a twist.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Murray

    Enjoyed I have read a few of your books and have enjoyed the characters and the story line and I am looking forward to your next one.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Great read! Entertaining read. I'm looking forward to the continuing adventures in this series, well developed storyline. I loved it and read it in one afternoon Great read! Entertaining read. I'm looking forward to the continuing adventures in this series, well developed storyline. I loved it and read it in one afternoon

  21. 5 out of 5

    SJB

    Light hearted fun Witch fun and everyone knows who is what. I like to read fun books when I need to take break.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne Vandevord

    You will like it! Everyone will want to follow this series it is enticing to say the least. Read it for yourself. Do not linger any longer.

  23. 4 out of 5

    kim

    Good Pokey was one of my favorite characters. All in all not too long in length and an entertaining read. ☺️

  24. 5 out of 5

    Pandora

    I want to read the next one to see where this will go. Like the concept of an area with many supernaturals.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jane DiGiovanni

    Ok This was just an ok read for me. The story was nothing special,but it was on kindle unlimited so I didn't mind. The writing was good. Ok This was just an ok read for me. The story was nothing special,but it was on kindle unlimited so I didn't mind. The writing was good.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kim Loomer

    Pig Familiar This mystery was okay but I didn't find that it had that grab my attention and keep it ability. It felt rather jumped at times but it was worth the read. Pig Familiar This mystery was okay but I didn't find that it had that grab my attention and keep it ability. It felt rather jumped at times but it was worth the read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Storms come in many fforms...... Great story! Great characters. Great magic. Great read I am sure you cannot help but like it too. Look forward to more happenings in this series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    Meh, this book was just odd.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Corrie Mattingly

    Really good book The characters are so good. Definitely looking forward to the next book in this series. The crazy pig is my favorite.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Wildia Maness

    Books & a pig What an interesting cast of characters. Think my favorite might be Pokey. Looking forward to the next book to see what happens now.

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