“The Bonheim triplets live seemingly ordinary lives, hiding their magic from their neighbors in the small, mountain town of Doyle, California. But then a body is found in flighty, big sister Jayce’s coffee shop. Confronted by a sheriff with a grudge, a sister in denial, and a sexy lawyer with an agenda of his own, no-nonsense Karin must prove her sister innocent.
But as Karin works to unravel the murder, the knottier the mystery of her small mountain town becomes. Why are hikers vanishing in the nearby woods? Why are some people cursed with bad luck and others with good? And what is Jayce’s lawyer hiding?
With her sister’s fate hanging by a thread, Karin struggles to untangle the truth, and death stalks ever closer…” – Amazon
I really enjoyed Bound, the first book in The Witches of Doyle Cozy Mystery trilogy. Although Karin already knows she’s a witch, she’s not a powerful as her sisters. That is until her dying aunt tells her that she had bound Karin’s powers when she was younger. After the unbinding her powers begin to grow and she will probably become the strongest of the triplets.
As I’ve mentioned in numerous other reviews, a witch (or witch sisters) coming into their powers is my jam. I wanted to switch it up a bit and use jam since I always say catnip. 😉
The supernatural element that is woven throughout the story adds another layer to the book. It helped to enhance the mystery and I feel this will help add more to the next two books in the series too. There are enough suspicions cast on other characters that it took a bit to figure out the killer, but it was not a shock once they were revealed.
The romantic element was enjoyable. There was some tension at the beginning, but it lead to something more pretty quickly without a lot of struggle on the characters part, which is always a huge plus for me. I really liked that the lawyer was supportive of Karin and didn’t question her talents.
One small thing I have to point out that I really, really liked was the brief reference to another series that Kirsten Weiss writes, The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum mystery series. At one point Karin was reading a book about a paranormal museum, Weiss doesn’t say the title, but for those of us who read her other series, this was a fun nod.
The book is left on a cliff-hanger which one comes to expect from authors who publish their own books. They need to have even more things to keep you coming back compared to the big name authors whose marketing team as lots of money to spend in this area. And it should not come as a big surprise since this is book one in the Doyle Witch Cozy Mystery Trilogy!
Another fun paranormal cozy mystery series that I look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.
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