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Steeped to Death: 02/03/23

Steeped to Death

Steeped to Death by Gretchen Rue and Kristin Price (Narrator) (2022) is the start of the Witches' Brew mystery series. Phoebe Winchester has moved to Raven Creek, inheriting her aunt's mansion and her bookshop/tea shop. Soon, though, she finds a man dead in the alley behind her store and she's on the hunt to figure out who killed him and why everyone is interested in buying her aunt's store and home.

This new series reminds me of two I've read completely. It has a magic system similar to that in the Magical Bakery mystery series by Bailey Cates. But the town set up is most similar to the Book Town mystery series by Lorna Barrett.

Gretchen Rue does a great job at creating a fully realized world. I was so caught up in Phoebe's struggles to run the shop and discover the truth behind her aunt's estate that the conclusion to the mystery took me by surprise. Although the mystery is average length at 300 pages, the book flew by for me.

There's no second title yet as of writing this review but I am definitely on board for Phoebe's further adventures.

Five stars

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