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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Middlewitch Mayhem by Heather Parker

Middlewitch Mayhem by Heather Parker
Publisher: Drollerie Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Young Adult
Length: Full Length (198 pgs)
Heat Level: sweet
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Aloe

Just because Alicia Meldrew is a witch doesn't mean that everything in her life is double, double, toil and trouble. Then again, trouble does have a way of finding her over and over again, even in the cozy little town of Middlewitch.

Alicia is starting to settle down with her new husband and a baby on the way, but little things like demon possession and mis-cast time spells keep getting in the way.Still, lake monsters, vampires (the bad kind, because you can't generalize, you know), and vengeful enemies are no match for her, especially with the support of family and friends.

With the community coming together to help her, her cats Domino and Tango dispensing wisdom each in their own way, and her husband James even doing a little bit of magic himself, Alicia can manage just about anything. Except possibly getting along with her mother-in-law...

Alicia is a white witch and she’s the main problem solver in a town full of odd beings. Think of it as a retirement community; even the vampire has retired from that line of work…

This is a collection of short stories and I found myself looking forward to discovering what new adventure Alicia would be going on. The stories are light and airy, Alicia’s cats talk, her husband has magical powers that he acquired by their marriage, and Alicia is pregnant. What more could happen in her life? Lots!

Ms. Parker mixes all the paranormal types in this village. Her characters are sweet, all are a bit eccentric or just plain odd and the retired vampire is even gay. With a mix of people like this, how aren’t you going to have some problems pop up? The worst part is that some of Alicia’s spells don’t exactly do what she meant to do.

The author does a nice job of creating both big and small problems for Alicia. Her mother-in-law is one of her biggest problems (I can relate to that). Her cat, Dom, is the one with the most sense in the family. But how can you not love them when all they are trying to do is help people and live happily ever after? Isn’t that everyone’s fantasy? It’s certainly not their enemies’ fantasy.

The short stories are written well, grab your attention and keep you reading. You find yourself turning pages so you can see what kind of mess Alicia and James get into next. Portions of this story had me chuckling. If you enjoy good light stories, this book is for you. I’d like to invite this couple (and their cats) over for a visit (though I'd prefer if they left the goat home.)

Why not buy a copy and have a chuckle or two yourself?