I’m not sure I’ve ever read anything that could be more perfectly summed up as a Magical Cozy Mystery. There’s murder, mystery, talking animals, evil land developers and a big city lawyer moving to the small town of Witchland to save an enchanted forest.

But 1st, let’s judge this book by it’s cover.

As an artist who has begun designing book covers, this one caught my eye. The illustration style itself is bright and crisp and made great use of Halloween-themed colors without going full pumpkin mode. One thing that sticks out to me as a possible negative is the lynx in the top right corner. The lynx itself is well designed, but it feels a bit plopped onto the tree, where as the other characters feel grounded in the environment. But I’m knick-picking at a cover that I genuinely love.

The cover art serves the book exceptionally well. It represents not only key elements of the story, but captures the mood of the book. It’s a playful urban fantasy book with supernatural elements.

On to the story!

But you’re not here for a cover art review, you’re here to find out if your quarantine will feel move festive and pleasant with this magical cozy mystery.

The short answer is, yes. Yes it will.

The story opens with Sarah Spellwood having an exceptionally hard day after having a particularly dreadful year. (Sounds like 2020 to me.) Recently divorced and fed up with her job she comes home to find out that her close friend and mentor has passed away having left her everything, including his dog Addie. But something tells her, there’s more to her mentor’s death than meets the eye.

And so the mystery begins!

Sarah moves to Witchland, where her mentor had lived, and proceeds to investigate his death while falling in love with the town. Along the way, she meets some quirky characters, some nefarious ones, and quite a few magical and fluffy ones! My favorite by far is Addie the dog. She made every moment in this book feel so dang wholesome.

“Witch’s Tail,” is the perfect Halloween-Vibe mystery to cuddle up with while drinking your favorite fall beverage. It’s full of magic, playful, and never gets too dark. It was a fun fluffy book! (Pun intended for the adorable supporting role of Addie the dog.)

If you’re looking for something spooky and playful to get you in the mood for spooky season in an upbeat way, I certainly recommend this book!

All About “Witch’s Tail”

Witch’s Tail – The Spellwood Witches Book One – By Melanie Snow  

Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery

Cover Artist: Molly Burton  

Sarah Spellwood feels she’s hit bottom. Divorced and jobless, she relocates to the enchanting village of Witchland intent on solving the murder of her late mentor. But as she pursues clues buried in the man’s fight to save the endangered forest-dwelling lynx, she makes an enemy of a ruthless land developer.   Encountering fairies in the woods, Sarah discovers she’s been repressing unique gifts passed down from her ancestor and founding witch, Lativia Spellwood. But though she can now hear her deceased friend’s dog speak, she isn’t sure her abilities are enough to expose the greed and corruption covering a killer’s lies.   Can Sarah work with the magical beings to bring a murderer to justice?   Witch’s Tail is the charming first book in the light-hearted The Spellwood Witches cozy mystery series. If you like paranormal puzzles, delightful canine companions, and environmental enlightenment, then you’ll love Melaine Snow’s wagging-ly fun whodunit.   Buy Witch’s Tail to set a snare for an assassin today!  

About the Author:   Melanie Snow is the pen name for Wendy Van de Poll, a bestselling author, pet loss grief coach, and animal medium. She is the author of The Spellwood Witches, a paranormal cozy mystery series.   Her books weave together positive magic, snarky forest faeries, and insightful animals with fun and eclectic humor. True life adventures and intuition are woven into her stories laced with unbridled imagination.   She has been followed by wild wolves in minus 60 degrees, hissed at by a mama bobcat, and played ball with a wild owl—among other animal encounters.  

Find out more about her work:   https://wendyvandepoll.com/melanie-snowhttps://www.facebook.com/melaniesnow.cozymysterieshttps://www.instagram.com/melaniesnow.cozymysterieshttps://www.facebook.com/groups/melaniesnowcozymysterie s   https://amazon.com/author/melaniesnowhttps://www.goodreads.com/melaniesnowcozymysteries

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  1. Thank you for a great review. This series was super fun to write. Since I am a real life animal communicator and have paranormal experiences while hiking with my dog Addie these stories are based on some actual events and places. Enjoy the world I created–it’s my favorite place to hang out.
    Melanie and of course Addie

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