A short book review this week for “Wisteria Witches: A feel-good paranormal women’s fiction mystery”, a light-hearted title with over 1400 5* ratings on Goodreads.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t a 5* for me!Wisteria Witches by Angela Pepper
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Former media personality, Zara, and her teenage daughter, move to the quaint town of Wisteria to start a new life. The big red house is the first property Zara’s owned, and things start well when their hunky new neighbour, Chet, helps them to unpack boxes into the house. So far so good.
Then weird things start to happen, culminating in Zara being possessed by the ghost of the former house owner, who died in mysterious circumstances. I’m fine with weird things (I wouldn’t be reading a book about witches otherwise) but these seemed rather disjointed, and not always leading anywhere.
It’s a good set up for a cozy witch mystery, and the snarky banter and lively characters were great for the first couple of chapters. Then it started to become rather grating, with a lack of light and shade to both the characters and the action. Well, what action there was. In fact, it wasn’t until nearly the end of the book that the plot really became clear to me – figure out who the murderer was.
I suppose that’s implicit in the genre, but for me, it wasn’t a clear motivator, more of an incidental side issue. There’s no doubt the characters were well painted, the dialogue realistic (although the continual snark became wearing after a bit). The flow of the language is pleasant and blissfully typo-free, which is probably why I kept returning until I’d finished, but it took me more than 2 weeks to get through it, a chapter at a time, with no driving force impelling me to read faster. Hence my 3-star rating.
It might be your thing. All I can say is, it wasn’t mine, and I won’t be continuing with the series, despite some interesting hooks leading forward.
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I try to always be fair in my reviews, giving both positives and negatives, and pointing out that it might simply be that while it doesn’t float my boat, it might yours.
3 stars is the lowest rating I will give – if the book doesn’t rate that, I won’t have finished it.
How about you? What’s your lower limit?