BLOG TOUR – Grimoires, Spas, and Chocolate Straws – REVIEW


Welcome! Today I’m hosting a spot on the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for Grimoires, Spas, & Chocolate Straws, the eighth book in the Spells & Caramels series by Erin Johnson!  My apologies to Erin for being late in getting this up!

About the Book

Grimoires, Spas & Chocolate Straws (A Spells & Caramels Cozy Witch Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Self Published (December 29, 2018)
Paperback: 332 pages
ISBN-10: 1792728727
ISBN-13: 978-1792728723
Digital ASIN: B07LB49VBR

Purchase Link: Amazon



Sandy slaughter. An enchanting suspect. Can a magical baker protect her friends from a dangerous paradise?

Stranded on Badlands Island, Imogen Banks is driving herself crazy looking for her brother. So when the spell-casting baker’s friends suggest they escape for a luxurious dragon spa treatment, she doesn’t need a second invitation. But her hopes for coastal romance with Hank fall flat when a resort guest turns up roasted in the sand.

Suspecting murder, Imogen zeroes in on the town’s rumored “black widow” as a possible culprit. But when her friend falls for the beautiful woman despite the deadly track record, Imogen fears he’ll be the next victim to stay buried.

Can Imogen sift through the clues before the killer gives her one final treatment?

Grimoires, Spas and Chocolate Straws is the eighth book in the Spells and Caramels delightful paranormal cozy mystery series. If you like endearing heroines, a touch of romance, and unexpected twists, then you’ll love Erin Johnson’s magical whodunit.

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Review – 4.0 out of 5 stars

While I love this series in general, and enjoyed reading this one, I did feel that this one’s mystery was just a bit on the weak side.

The characters are still the ones that I’ve come to love. They’re quirky and funny and a joy to have around. Being around Imogen, Hank, Iggy, Maple, and the rest always brighten up a day.

We’re still set in the Badlands. It’s an interesting land to be in, a whole different culture and setting from what our group is used to. It’s interesting to see them work to adapt to their new surroundings, not knowing whether or not they’ll ever get back to Bijou Mer.

When it came to the mystery itself, while it was entertaining, it seemed less important to the all-around story arc than the mysteries have in the past. Some important interpersonal things happen between members of our little group during this book and those overshone the mystery, at least in my opinion. Now, being that I LIKE the characters and was happy to read about the interpersonal things, it wasn’t that big of a deal to me, but if you were just looking for the mystery, I’m afraid this one might disappoint.

I still recommend the book, especially if you’ve read and liked others in the series. There’s some pretty heavy stuff that happens between members of the group so rush out and buy this latest installment so you can be up-to-date on what’s happening!


About the Author

Erin Johnson is a native of Tempe, Arizona, Erin spends her time crafting mysterious, magical, romance-filled stories that’ll hopefully make you laugh. In between, she’s traveling, napping with her dogs, eating with her friends and family, and teaching Pilates (to allow her to eat more).



Twitter: @EJohnsonWrites


Thanks for joining me today! If you wish to visit other stops on the tour, please click on the banner below and visit the main tour page for the list of participants!


3 thoughts on “BLOG TOUR – Grimoires, Spas, and Chocolate Straws – REVIEW

  1. Hi Valerie! Thanks so much for your great review 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed spending time with Imogen and the gang again, and I so appreciate you featuring my book on your blog!

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