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Witch Way Is Up?


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My Big Fat Greek Wedding if it was about Italian witches in Georgia, and there's a mystery to uncover instead of a wedding.

The drama of combining Italian family stereotypes with small town Southern stereotypes makes for a comedic setting in this witchy murder mystery. Our MC has just discovered she's a Dark Witch with a big ol' family in the South. She is as clueless about her powerful magic as she is about the numerous members of her "new" family. When she is seemingly framed for a murder she didn't commit, she and her friends/family work together to figure it out. While overall, I did enjoy the laugh out loud relationship between the grandmother and the MC, there were a few things that brought this read from a 5 to a 3.

It took 74 pages to get to the catalyst, ie. that moment in the book that creates tension and starts the intrigue of the plot. If you enjoy a lot of foundational work of setting, backstory and character, then this may not frustrate you the way it did me.

There are so many characters in this book, it's hard to keep up with who is who. As far as relationship dynamics go, the MC and her grandmother was the one I enjoyed the most. They are crazy in the best way possible.

There is a lot of daily existence in this book with the MC uncovering truths about herself and settling into the hometown she never knew she had. Being from the South, I can very easily envision the types of people that our MC is encountering, and the importance Southern women put on their status symbols combined with the undercurrent of the Witchy world offers a unique story that I haven't often seen in supernatural fantasy.

It’s hilarious to imagine Southern witches, particular male southern witches. I just have this mental image of a white boy with blonde hair and blue eyes, a Georgia twang and a thick wad of dip in his mouth, casting spells with the flick of his calloused hands. (lol)

Bettina Johnson manages a comedic and silly take on a contemporary witch society in the deep South. If you are looking for a light hearted read with laugh out loud silliness and ridiculous characters, you'll enjoy Witch Way Is Up.

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About the author

Author of witchy mysteries, paranormal fantasy suspense and romance. I live in the foothills near the N Georgia mountains on a farm, with my husband and almost adult kids, a Cairn Terrier, two black cats, and fish. I can usually be found behind my laptop or driving around in my Jeep. It's a thing. view profile

Published on September 03, 2020

70000 words

Genre: Cozy Mysteries

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