Unlucky-in-love artist Annabelle Britton decides that a visit to the seaside town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is the perfect way to get over her problems. But when she stumbles upon a smoky gray cat named Alastair, and follows him into a charming cottage, Annabelle finds herself in a whole spellbook full of trouble.
Suddenly saddled with a witch’s wand and a furry familiar, Annabelle soon meets a friendly group of women who use their spells, charms, and potions to keep the people of Portsmouth safe. But despite their gifts, the witches can’t prevent every wicked deed in town….
Soon, the mystery surrounding Alistair’s former owner, who died under unusual circumstances, grows when another local turns up dead. Armed with magic, friends, and the charmed cat who adopted her more than the other way around, Annabelle sets out to paw through the evidence and uncover a killer.
Cozy mysteries (and Urban Fantasy) are always my go to reads. Whenever I find a cozy, that also has supernatural aspects, I get super excited. And if you’ve read any of my past reviews regarding books about witches, you know my catnip is a witch just finding out she’s a witch, or coming into her powers.
Anna already knows she has a power, which is getting a vibe from her surroundings. Sometimes good, sometimes bad, but when she comes to Portsmouth, her vibes intensify. Alastair, the ghost cat, keeps finding Anna, and eventually leads her to the house of his previous mistress. What Anna finds inside, changes her whole outlook of the world she’s known.
This is a wonderful debut in the Witch’s Cat Mystery series. The town and people definitely infuse the coziness to this mystery. I’m looking forward to see how this series progresses, as well as the next book in the series, By Familiar Means, coming out in September 2016.