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Did that guinea pig just talk? When Zoe Magnolia’s secret cupcake spell book is stolen, she knows there’s only one witch in town capable of the theft—Regina Hatterson. Zoe confronts her on Main Street in front of everyone in the small town of Destiny Cove. Of course, Regina denies it, so when she’d found dead in Zoe’s bakery the next morning, Zoe becomes the prime suspect. Z Did that guinea pig just talk? When Zoe Magnolia’s secret cupcake spell book is stolen, she knows there’s only one witch in town capable of the theft—Regina Hatterson. Zoe confronts her on Main Street in front of everyone in the small town of Destiny Cove. Of course, Regina denies it, so when she’d found dead in Zoe’s bakery the next morning, Zoe becomes the prime suspect. Zoe’s one cupcake short of an alibi, and even her best friend, Sheriff Joe Newbury, doesn’t think she’s innocent. But Zoe’s not the only one in town who wanted Regina—a charlatan psychic—silenced for good. To clear her name, Zoe’s going to need all the help she can get. With her guinea pig familiar, Ginger, and her neurotic mom on her side, she’s prepared to cast any spell necessary to catch the real murderer. She’s desperate to get her Cookbook of Shadows back, but will her quest lead her right into a killer’s snare? The Witching Hour is the first book in the Wicked Witches of Destiny Cove cozy mystery series.


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Did that guinea pig just talk? When Zoe Magnolia’s secret cupcake spell book is stolen, she knows there’s only one witch in town capable of the theft—Regina Hatterson. Zoe confronts her on Main Street in front of everyone in the small town of Destiny Cove. Of course, Regina denies it, so when she’d found dead in Zoe’s bakery the next morning, Zoe becomes the prime suspect. Z Did that guinea pig just talk? When Zoe Magnolia’s secret cupcake spell book is stolen, she knows there’s only one witch in town capable of the theft—Regina Hatterson. Zoe confronts her on Main Street in front of everyone in the small town of Destiny Cove. Of course, Regina denies it, so when she’d found dead in Zoe’s bakery the next morning, Zoe becomes the prime suspect. Zoe’s one cupcake short of an alibi, and even her best friend, Sheriff Joe Newbury, doesn’t think she’s innocent. But Zoe’s not the only one in town who wanted Regina—a charlatan psychic—silenced for good. To clear her name, Zoe’s going to need all the help she can get. With her guinea pig familiar, Ginger, and her neurotic mom on her side, she’s prepared to cast any spell necessary to catch the real murderer. She’s desperate to get her Cookbook of Shadows back, but will her quest lead her right into a killer’s snare? The Witching Hour is the first book in the Wicked Witches of Destiny Cove cozy mystery series.

30 review for The Witching Hour

  1. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    I do read cozy witch mysteries and do stick with some series that are quite silly. That said, this author is not for me. Won’t rain on others’ parade (who like it) but do want to track for myself. Chose not to rate.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emily Pennington

    Zoe Magnolia, a Kitchen Witch, had a brand new magic recipe to try from her ‘Cookbook of Shadows’ and was excited about getting to the bakery to test it out! Being an enchanted cookbook, it would reveal a couple of secrets every now and then that always inspired her! Meditative Mint Chocolate Supreme was the new cupcake she would be whipping up today! But when she got to her Sweet Magic Bakery, she found a broken window and the door slightly open! She needed to call her best friend, Sheriff Joe Zoe Magnolia, a Kitchen Witch, had a brand new magic recipe to try from her ‘Cookbook of Shadows’ and was excited about getting to the bakery to test it out! Being an enchanted cookbook, it would reveal a couple of secrets every now and then that always inspired her! Meditative Mint Chocolate Supreme was the new cupcake she would be whipping up today! But when she got to her Sweet Magic Bakery, she found a broken window and the door slightly open! She needed to call her best friend, Sheriff Joe Newbury. She walked around the building and saw no other damage. But once inside, she realized her secret recipe cookbook had been stolen! Joe asked about suspects and Zoe immediately pointed at Regina Hatterson who was watching them closely from her shop window across the street. Zoe even saw a mocking smile on Regina’s face! She was a fake psychic who cheated the tourists and gullible residents. Regina had tried to force her to sell the cookbook many times and Zoe was sure she had stolen it. Zoe banged on the door and accused Regina of stealing the cookbook. Unfortunately, as the morning shoppers gathered for their coffee and goodies, right in front of them she loudly threatened to harm Regina if she did not return her property. When she opened the bakery the next day, she smelled something bad and worried that the power was off and the refrigerated food had spoiled. As she headed toward the kitchen she saw a pile of clothes on the floor, then realized it was Regina! Her body was cold and there was no pulse, so Zoe called Joe again. Sadly, Joe does not believe Zoe is innocent this time after she had threatened Regina. Even her mom asked if she had done it! When they were allowed back to clean the bakery, Ginger, Zoe’s guinea pig familiar, walked across the counter, throwing Zoe’s mom into a fit about rodent germs and diseases. Ginger was amused and wiggled her legs in the air to keep Zoe’s mom screaming. But if Zoe can’t find the real murderer, her business will suffer and she’ll be locked away in jail! Can Zoe and Ginger find the culprit? With so many people disliking the fake psychic, this might be more difficult than they could imagine! This is an adorable cozy mystery with the great cast of characters. I am so glad there will be more such books in this series. The story line was good and moved at a quick pace. The characters, as mentioned, were wonderfully depicted and kept that touch of humor interspersed to keep the reader upbeat. Don’t miss this one! There is so much going on and it will be fun to join Zoe and Ginger as they look for the bad guy!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Seraphia

    Meet Zoe. She’s a witch living in Destiny Cove and she makes cupcakes infused with a bit of magic. She has a thriving business, and a thriving problem with one of the local shop owners as well. Regina, the problem local shop owner, is more than a small thorn in Zoe’s side. Regina wants Zoe’s book of spells. When Zoe won’t sell it to her, Regina takes things into her own hands, but when Regina ends up dead in Zoe’s shop…well…things look bad for Zoe. The Witching Hour by Sara Bourgeois is the firs Meet Zoe. She’s a witch living in Destiny Cove and she makes cupcakes infused with a bit of magic. She has a thriving business, and a thriving problem with one of the local shop owners as well. Regina, the problem local shop owner, is more than a small thorn in Zoe’s side. Regina wants Zoe’s book of spells. When Zoe won’t sell it to her, Regina takes things into her own hands, but when Regina ends up dead in Zoe’s shop…well…things look bad for Zoe. The Witching Hour by Sara Bourgeois is the first book in her Wicked Witches of Destiny Cove series. The story is engaging from beginning to end. Zoe is in an interesting character and one I enjoyed reading about. She’s a witch, a baker, a daughter to a mother who is beyond meticulous about cleaning, and an adorable fuzzy familiar. I love how the characters come together and help this story flow along. There is drama from the beginning and while it does ease up, it never completely goes away. I enjoyed reading this book but I honestly felt like I was missing a book. I wanted the author to give me more background on the characters before just diving into the storyline. I wanted to know about what brought Zoe to Destiny Cove or if she was always a resident of the town. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The mystery element is well done and there is a touch of romance as well. The author does leave the reader with some questions regarding certain interactions between particular characters, but I’m hopeful that some will be answered in the next book. If you enjoy stories by this author or just enjoy reading paranormal mysteries then this is a good choice for you. I am rating this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Zoe is not having a good week. First she shows up to her cupcake shop to find out that her secret cupcake spell book is missing, then the person (Regina) she accuses of stealing it is found dead in her shop, and if that wasn’t bad enough her best friend (and local sheriff) Joe accuses her of murder. It is up to Zoe and her guinea pig familiar, Ginger, to try and find the real murderer before Joe locks her up and throws away the key. This book is filled with a kooky cast of characters including Z Zoe is not having a good week. First she shows up to her cupcake shop to find out that her secret cupcake spell book is missing, then the person (Regina) she accuses of stealing it is found dead in her shop, and if that wasn’t bad enough her best friend (and local sheriff) Joe accuses her of murder. It is up to Zoe and her guinea pig familiar, Ginger, to try and find the real murderer before Joe locks her up and throws away the key. This book is filled with a kooky cast of characters including Zoe’s neurotic mom who has a cleaning fetish and is a bit of a hypochondriac, Esmeralda a psychic that has her own garden of poisonous plants, and of course Joe the sheriff who wants nothing to do with magic. All of this is a great mix for a humorous paranormal mystery that will keep you laughing and spellbound. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    Zoe is a kitchen witch and has a kitchen spell book of recipes. One morning she gets to work to find the door window broken. She goes in and discovers that her recipe spell book is gone. She calls her friend Joe, the sheriff. He comes over and asks her if she might know could have taken it. She spots the fortune teller across the way and tells Joe it has to be her. She goes over and knocks on the door and accuses the woman and actually threatens her. Unfortunately the next morning when she goes Zoe is a kitchen witch and has a kitchen spell book of recipes. One morning she gets to work to find the door window broken. She goes in and discovers that her recipe spell book is gone. She calls her friend Joe, the sheriff. He comes over and asks her if she might know could have taken it. She spots the fortune teller across the way and tells Joe it has to be her. She goes over and knocks on the door and accuses the woman and actually threatens her. Unfortunately the next morning when she goes to work she finds the fortune teller's body in her kitchen, dead. When she calls Joe he treats her and acts as if she did the deed. What;s a witch to do and how can she prove her innocence and what will this do with her friendship with Joe!!?? It;s a cute story to read and will keep you into the story trying to figure who did it! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    Zoe is a kitchen with with mad baking skills. In her bakery, she sells mostly sweets, and is helped out by her mother, who has great magical cleaning skills. The town they share is filled with a number of witches, sort of an open secret. Her best friend Joe is the sheriff, and he is suspicious of the use of magic. A phony psychic with whom Zoe had a loud public argument is found dead in the morning at the bakery. Joe is not the only one who suspects Zoe killed the phony, but his suspicions are pre Zoe is a kitchen with with mad baking skills. In her bakery, she sells mostly sweets, and is helped out by her mother, who has great magical cleaning skills. The town they share is filled with a number of witches, sort of an open secret. Her best friend Joe is the sheriff, and he is suspicious of the use of magic. A phony psychic with whom Zoe had a loud public argument is found dead in the morning at the bakery. Joe is not the only one who suspects Zoe killed the phony, but his suspicions are pretty painful for her. Her mother is quite amusing, saying if she did kill the phony she will help her out. In a town full of suspects who had been cheated by the dead phony, bad dark entities and crazy folk seem as populous as fun. A great cozy read! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Krystyna

    Unreasonable behaviour A good plot that just seemed to simmer but never got to boiling point. It just seemed to plod along. The sleuthing could have been better and apart from Ginger I can't say that I personally liked any of them. When she finds her bakery broken into, she surprised to see nothing taken until she learns that her magic cookbook is gone. A frantic search shows nothing. Calling her best friend (and secret love) to report the break-in she sees her nemesis peering out at her through Unreasonable behaviour A good plot that just seemed to simmer but never got to boiling point. It just seemed to plod along. The sleuthing could have been better and apart from Ginger I can't say that I personally liked any of them. When she finds her bakery broken into, she surprised to see nothing taken until she learns that her magic cookbook is gone. A frantic search shows nothing. Calling her best friend (and secret love) to report the break-in she sees her nemesis peering out at her through the curtains. An ugly showdown occurs and next morning when she finds her dead body in the bakery her name is first in the frame. Can she find the cookbook? Will they find the killer and are the two the same person? Ghosts, a fake will and a portal are all mixed in a plot that just fizzled.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Randall

    Since I have the Kindle Unlimited plan, I have been browsing Kindle books and just reading a little bit of everything. This came up as something I might like and so I gave it a chance. The author has this series of four books, and another series, Wicked Witches of Coventry and I decided to give them a try. They kinda fall in that cozy mystery genre, as the main character has a bakery and helps solve a crime, yet at the same time there is a little bit of elementary witching in the books as well. It Since I have the Kindle Unlimited plan, I have been browsing Kindle books and just reading a little bit of everything. This came up as something I might like and so I gave it a chance. The author has this series of four books, and another series, Wicked Witches of Coventry and I decided to give them a try. They kinda fall in that cozy mystery genre, as the main character has a bakery and helps solve a crime, yet at the same time there is a little bit of elementary witching in the books as well. It was a cute short story. Zoe is a kitchen itch, so her bakery is amazing. He best friend is Joe, the sheriff, but he is leary of the whole witchcraft thing, and then Zoe's mom is a cleaning witch and she helps out at the bakery as well. It started the series off with promise.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Janet Smith

    ***Spoilers*** First Zoe's Cookbook of Shadows, her cookbook with the magical recipes for the treats she bakes in her bakery, is stolen. Then the charlatan "gypsy psychic", Regina Hatterson, is found dead, murdered in Zoe's bakery. Worse yet, Zoe had threatened Regina. Add that into the feelings that Zoe has for policeman Joe and her mom's hypochondria, some people would be overwhelmed. But Zoe goes on a mission to find Regina's killer and clear her name. I love cozy mysteries, and have read many ***Spoilers*** First Zoe's Cookbook of Shadows, her cookbook with the magical recipes for the treats she bakes in her bakery, is stolen. Then the charlatan "gypsy psychic", Regina Hatterson, is found dead, murdered in Zoe's bakery. Worse yet, Zoe had threatened Regina. Add that into the feelings that Zoe has for policeman Joe and her mom's hypochondria, some people would be overwhelmed. But Zoe goes on a mission to find Regina's killer and clear her name. I love cozy mysteries, and have read many. Witching Hour is a great addition to the cozy mystery genre of books. I can't wait until book two, "Mummy Knows Best" comes out on November 30th!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Texas

    The Witching Hour - This is my first book by this author and I thought it was OK. There was too much emphasis on her mother's cleaning and her cleaning supplies. Ginger the guinea pig familiar is adorable; I really like her personality. It took a while but this quickly read, simple story did get interesting and most of the characters are likable. Not a bad mystery, worth reading when wanting a quick story with humor and good magic. This is a good introduction to the series and I did like the fac The Witching Hour - This is my first book by this author and I thought it was OK. There was too much emphasis on her mother's cleaning and her cleaning supplies. Ginger the guinea pig familiar is adorable; I really like her personality. It took a while but this quickly read, simple story did get interesting and most of the characters are likable. Not a bad mystery, worth reading when wanting a quick story with humor and good magic. This is a good introduction to the series and I did like the fact the witch used her powers instead of "the too common denying who she is theme". I found this book on Booksprout.co. 4*

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    The Witching Hour is the 1st Sara Bourgeois cook that I've read. It was quick and fast passed. It takes place in a town that not everyone knows has witches among them. Tha main Character Zoe owns a bakery and fing Do the body of her archish rival in it. Eva's mother is a clean freak with a touch of hypochondria throw in for good measure. I found it to be a great read and am wondering if she is going to get the heart of the man she loves and stay out of trouble. I would recommend this book to anyo The Witching Hour is the 1st Sara Bourgeois cook that I've read. It was quick and fast passed. It takes place in a town that not everyone knows has witches among them. Tha main Character Zoe owns a bakery and fing Do the body of her archish rival in it. Eva's mother is a clean freak with a touch of hypochondria throw in for good measure. I found it to be a great read and am wondering if she is going to get the heart of the man she loves and stay out of trouble. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes a good clean and exciting book. Keep up the good work Sara. Looking forward to your next achievement. Cheers Lynn .

  12. 4 out of 5

    Donna Flint

    Sweet Cozy Mystery - Zoe's cupcake shop has been broken into and her secret cupcake spell book has come up missing. She thinks she knows who did it. Then the person she thinks did it comes up dead...in Zoe's shop and Zoe is accused of the murder. Not even her best friend, Joe the Sheriff thinks she's innocent. Zoe and Ginger, her guinea pig familiar set out to find out who really did it. This was a fun cozy paranormal mystery. The secondary characters were quirky and hilarious and I hope there ar Sweet Cozy Mystery - Zoe's cupcake shop has been broken into and her secret cupcake spell book has come up missing. She thinks she knows who did it. Then the person she thinks did it comes up dead...in Zoe's shop and Zoe is accused of the murder. Not even her best friend, Joe the Sheriff thinks she's innocent. Zoe and Ginger, her guinea pig familiar set out to find out who really did it. This was a fun cozy paranormal mystery. The secondary characters were quirky and hilarious and I hope there are going to be more books in the series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Myra Ball

    Not very good This the second series I've tried reading of Sara Bourgeois and I'm just not crazy about her books. So many things don't make sense. The characters are not likeable. I don't like Joe or Willow. No light hearted moments. Joe's attitude about believing Zoe could kill. If the man I cared for believed that of me for even a minute then that's a deal breaker. If my mother was like Willow, I would get her mental help, seriously. Parents don't ignore their kids to obsess over mold spores. Not very good This the second series I've tried reading of Sara Bourgeois and I'm just not crazy about her books. So many things don't make sense. The characters are not likeable. I don't like Joe or Willow. No light hearted moments. Joe's attitude about believing Zoe could kill. If the man I cared for believed that of me for even a minute then that's a deal breaker. If my mother was like Willow, I would get her mental help, seriously. Parents don't ignore their kids to obsess over mold spores.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alysha

    Zoe and Joe were BFF's dancing around the possibility of becoming more when Zoe's nemesis was found dead in her bakery. Joe being the sheriff had to give the case his due diligence and investigate Zoe. I'm hoping we find out why Joe is so leery of magic in a future book. Ginger and her antics were absolutely hilarious and made her a great familiar. Zoe's mother was a riot with her neurotic hypochondria. 'I received an ARC of this book and voluntarily reviewed it.' Zoe and Joe were BFF's dancing around the possibility of becoming more when Zoe's nemesis was found dead in her bakery. Joe being the sheriff had to give the case his due diligence and investigate Zoe. I'm hoping we find out why Joe is so leery of magic in a future book. Ginger and her antics were absolutely hilarious and made her a great familiar. Zoe's mother was a riot with her neurotic hypochondria. 'I received an ARC of this book and voluntarily reviewed it.'

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tanya

    Her spell cookbook is missing and she goes after the suspect in front of everyone but she ends up read in her place. No-one believes she is innocent not even her friends. Now she needs to solve the case before she ends up behind bars for good. Will she be able to?.See if she can I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mom2three

    I love the quirky cast of characters in this one. There were many times I found myself laughing at some of their antics. The mystery is well-written, with just enough twists and turns to keep you interested. That mix of humor and suspense kept me glued to my kindle from beginning to end, and I'm sure it will do the same for other lovers of this genre. I love the quirky cast of characters in this one. There were many times I found myself laughing at some of their antics. The mystery is well-written, with just enough twists and turns to keep you interested. That mix of humor and suspense kept me glued to my kindle from beginning to end, and I'm sure it will do the same for other lovers of this genre.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jana Gundy

    It was a fun new read Zoe bakes cupcakes, that’s her witchy affinity and she’s darn good at it. Her nemesis ends up murdered in her shop and now she’s the main suspect. Zoe will do whatever it takes to clear her name with the help of her guinea pig familiar, Ginger and some good old fashioned witchy abilities.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    The start of a new series called Wicked Witches of Destiny Cove it is a story that kept me turning pages. There are danger, drama, suspense, murder and a mystery. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sara Fitzgerald

    This book is fantastic. Fast paced, yet flowing and smooth. Well written Characters that are easy to follow and fall in love with. This story will have you giggling inplaces and wanting to tear your hair out in others. Very well done.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I love love love this book. I love how this author writes her stories they are so engaging and funny that I could not or would not put the book down. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Cute, cozy mystery I enjoyed reading this! It was a cute cozy mystery with a little hint of a budding romance. I really liked the characters. I wish her mom would come and clean my house!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    arc review I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. Zoe owns the sweet magic bakery in Destiny cove. when her cookbook ends up stolen and a murder. Sets her to find out who did it. Awesome and cute mystery story.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tara

    Ni back bone, walked all over inconsistent character I did not like the main character, had a feeling who the culprit was, not really all that much happening. Love interest not convincing.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bee

    Another great story by Ms. Bourgeois. If you enjoy reading mysteries with a good laugh, this is a great series to try! There's been no foul language or "adult" situations so, if you prefer your books to be smut free Ms. Bourgeois's books will be a nice change. Another great story by Ms. Bourgeois. If you enjoy reading mysteries with a good laugh, this is a great series to try! There's been no foul language or "adult" situations so, if you prefer your books to be smut free Ms. Bourgeois's books will be a nice change.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Susan Quinland

    Cute but a bit repetitive Another bakery witch cozy, much like the others in the genre. Cute, had its moments, could have used another edit to get rid of repetitive scenes. I would have liked the familiar better if his manner of speaking was slightly less human sounding.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    Oh my. Zoe’s recipe is stolen, what’s to be done. Just loved this delightful different book. Another great by a wonderful author.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kim Loomer

    Cupcakes This was a feel good mystery. Zoe is a good witch and after a murder she is determined to find the killer. I didn't figure it out until the end. A good read. Cupcakes This was a feel good mystery. Zoe is a good witch and after a murder she is determined to find the killer. I didn't figure it out until the end. A good read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Entertaining. Some interesting characters and a decent plot. Will try next one to see if it keeps my interest. The best character was the familiar - a guinea pig named Ginger!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    A break-in, the loss of her Book of Shadows cookbook, and a dead body found in her shop force Zoe into using magic to find the real killer. I really enjoyed her familiar, GInger, too. She has a habit of stealing the scenes. I always find myself craving cupcakes after I read this author’s book. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Destiny Cove is full of wonderful characters. Zoe is a kitchen witch, who bakes the most interesting cupcakes imaginable, has a guinea pig for a familiar, and a clean freak hypochondriac mother. I would love to be able to clean the way Zoe's mother does it. The author has a fantastic imagination and the characters come to life as you read the book, I particularly like Ginger ( the guinea pig ). When Zoe decides to investigate a murder she goes about it a bit differently than us mundane folk woul Destiny Cove is full of wonderful characters. Zoe is a kitchen witch, who bakes the most interesting cupcakes imaginable, has a guinea pig for a familiar, and a clean freak hypochondriac mother. I would love to be able to clean the way Zoe's mother does it. The author has a fantastic imagination and the characters come to life as you read the book, I particularly like Ginger ( the guinea pig ). When Zoe decides to investigate a murder she goes about it a bit differently than us mundane folk would, fortunately she is a friend of the sheriff, who, incidentally, has an aversion to magic. Thoroughly enjoyed this book, an amusing light read. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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