Sprinkles and Sea Serpents by Danielle Garrett, book one in the Sugar Shack Witch Mysteries continued my journey in the magical town of Winterspell.
Title: Sprinkles and Sea Serpents
Author(s): Danielle Garrett
Series: Sugar Shack Witch Mysteries #1
Also in this series: Grimoires and Gingerbread: A Sugar Shack Witch Mystery Christmas Novella
Narrator(s): Amanda Ronconi
Published by Tantor Audio on February 9, 2021
Length: 6 hrs 56 mins
Genre(s): Cozy Mystery, Paranormal
Format: Audiobook, eBook
They say you can't go home again. . .oh, if only that were true.
Thanks to a series of unfortunate events - and one backstabbing frenemy - home is exactly where I'm headed. back to Winterspell Lake, the small community in Eastern Washington where magic runs rampant and humans are outlawed.
Faster than you can say hocus pocus I'm unpacking my bags and settling into the guest room of my parents' house, trying to ignore the creeping sensation that I'll never break free again.
The one thing Winterspell has going for it is the sweets shop in the center of town, a bakery filled with magical creations designed to enchant the taste buds and charm even the pickiest of connoisseurs. Luckily for me, I get the friends and family discount since my parents own the famous Sugar Shack. If I want room and board, I have to frost cupcakes and sling macaroons with the rest of the fam.
Unfortunately, things in Winterspell aren't all sugar cookies and rainbows. According to the local news, a dangerous sea serpent has claimed the lives to three missing girls. The journalist in me has to have a look for myself, and what I find is something far more deadly.
Something that makes me wish I'd stayed in the bakery.
Listening Length: 6 hours and 56 minutes
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Sprinkles and Sea Serpents by Danielle Garrett is the first book in the Sugar Shack Witch Mysteries. Earlier in the year I listened to Grimoires and Gingerbread, book 1.5 in the series, which I enjoyed. Based on that I expected an enjoyable read. The story followed Rosella Midnight, aka Ella. An accusation of plagiarism and the loss of her job as a result forced her return to her hometown of Winterspell.
Treated like a pariah because of her unique powers she left home to reside in the non magical world. I didn’t blame for leaving, but I had issues with her cutting off her family. Her powers were considered a curse and persons feared her, but their fears were borne out of ignorance. I thought her powers were cool, especially when used to solve the mystery of three female joggers who disappeared under mysterious circumstances.
I found the mystery underwhelming. It is not the type that will have you biting your nails. The best part of it all was the confrontation with the villain.
I liked Rosella when I interacted with her in Grimoires and Gingerbread. However, in this installment I saw a different side to her. A side which I disliked. She manipulated strangers to get what she wanted. However, she redeemed herself. What I admired about her was her love for animals and her tenacity and determination.
I enjoyed spending time with the secondary characters. It made me happy to see Rosella reunite with her family and friends. Her grandmother added a slice of humour to the story.
Orion, the monster hunter, who was brought in to assist with the case of the disappearing women, intrigued me. He had an air of mystery about him, and I was eager to learn more about him. I sensed a growing chemistry between him and Rosella.
I have to admit I did not enjoy Sprinkles and Sea Serpents as much as I did Grimoires and Gingerbread. Although it did not wow me, I thought it was a solid start to the series.
Amanda Ronconi did a wonderful job of giving life to the story. She enhanced my enjoyment of the story with her tone and she captured the mood of the characters perfectly. Her voice for each of the characters were on point and one could always tell which character was speaking.
To conclude, Sprinkles and Sea Serpent provided a good escape. I enjoyed the world, and I am looking forward to my next visit to the town of Winterspell.
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