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When a guest dies in the B&B she helps her aunts run, a young witch must rely on some good old-fashioned investigating to clear her aunt's name in this magical and charming new cozy mystery. For four hundred years, the Warren witches have used their magic to quietly help the citizens of the sleepy New England town of Evenfall thrive. There's never been a problem they couldn When a guest dies in the B&B she helps her aunts run, a young witch must rely on some good old-fashioned investigating to clear her aunt's name in this magical and charming new cozy mystery. For four hundred years, the Warren witches have used their magic to quietly help the citizens of the sleepy New England town of Evenfall thrive. There's never been a problem they couldn't handle. But then Constance Graves--a local known for being argumentative and demanding--dies while staying at the bed and breakfast Brynn Warren maintains with her aunts. At first, it seems like an accident...but it soon becomes clear that there's something more sinister at work, and Aunt Nora is shaping up to be the prime suspect. There's nothing Brynn wants more than to prove Nora's innocence, and it hurts her to know that even two years ago that might have been easier. Brynn, after all, is a witch of the dead--a witch who can commune with ghosts. Ghosts never remember much about their deaths, but Constance might remember something about her life that would help crack the case. But Brynn hasn't used her powers since her husband died, and isn't even sure she still can. Brynn will just have to hope that her aunts' magic and her own investigative skills will lead her to answers--and maybe back to the gift she once thought herself ready to give up forever.


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When a guest dies in the B&B she helps her aunts run, a young witch must rely on some good old-fashioned investigating to clear her aunt's name in this magical and charming new cozy mystery. For four hundred years, the Warren witches have used their magic to quietly help the citizens of the sleepy New England town of Evenfall thrive. There's never been a problem they couldn When a guest dies in the B&B she helps her aunts run, a young witch must rely on some good old-fashioned investigating to clear her aunt's name in this magical and charming new cozy mystery. For four hundred years, the Warren witches have used their magic to quietly help the citizens of the sleepy New England town of Evenfall thrive. There's never been a problem they couldn't handle. But then Constance Graves--a local known for being argumentative and demanding--dies while staying at the bed and breakfast Brynn Warren maintains with her aunts. At first, it seems like an accident...but it soon becomes clear that there's something more sinister at work, and Aunt Nora is shaping up to be the prime suspect. There's nothing Brynn wants more than to prove Nora's innocence, and it hurts her to know that even two years ago that might have been easier. Brynn, after all, is a witch of the dead--a witch who can commune with ghosts. Ghosts never remember much about their deaths, but Constance might remember something about her life that would help crack the case. But Brynn hasn't used her powers since her husband died, and isn't even sure she still can. Brynn will just have to hope that her aunts' magic and her own investigative skills will lead her to answers--and maybe back to the gift she once thought herself ready to give up forever.

30 review for In the Company of Witches

  1. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    **3.5-stars rounded up** In the Company of Witches, the first book in Auralee Wallace's new Evenfall Witches series, is the Practical Magic of Cozy Mysteries. A delightful series starter!! After the tragic loss of her husband, Brynn Warren moves into the B&B owned by her Aunts, Nora and Izzy, ostensibly to help them run the place. Warren women have been a staple of the small town of Evenfall for over four hundred years. Although there are whisperings of them being witches, the townsfolk don't actua **3.5-stars rounded up** In the Company of Witches, the first book in Auralee Wallace's new Evenfall Witches series, is the Practical Magic of Cozy Mysteries. A delightful series starter!! After the tragic loss of her husband, Brynn Warren moves into the B&B owned by her Aunts, Nora and Izzy, ostensibly to help them run the place. Warren women have been a staple of the small town of Evenfall for over four hundred years. Although there are whisperings of them being witches, the townsfolk don't actually have any proof of that. When a local woman, staying at the B&B while her home undergoes some renovations, is found dead, the Warren women are thrown for a loop. Not only is it upsetting that Constance Graves died inside their home, but it seems Nora is now the authorities number one suspect. That's right, they suspect foul play. Constance was murdered. Further, you know those suspicions the townsfolk have about the Warrens? Yeah, they're true. Brynn is a witch of the dead, meaning she can commune with ghosts. In order to clear her Aunt's name, she may need to contact Constance's ghost and find out what really happened to her. Unfortunately, since her husband passed, Brynn has had a really hard time using her powers. Thus, a bit of old fashioned investigation will have to be incorporated into her mission to help Nora. Brynn discovers a whole host of family secrets and drama as she dives into Constance's past in order to figure out who would have had the motive to kill her. Y'all, this was a great start to an all new Cozy series. I really enjoyed getting to know Brynn, Nora, Izzy, Gideon and all the other citizens of Evenfall. I find with Cozies, the longer the series goes on, the more attached you get to the characters and place. I have no doubt this series will be the same. Thank you so much to the publisher, Berkley Books, for providing me with a copy to read and review. If you love Cozy Mysteries, or Witchy stories, you absolutely should check this one out. Pure fun from beginning to end. The next book, When the Crow's Away, is expected to be published in April 2022. I cannot wait to get my hands on it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    In the Company of Witches by Auralee Wallace is the first book in the new paranormal cozy Evenfall Witches B&B mystery series. As with most cozy mystery series each book in this series will feature it’s own mystery to be solved within so they can be read as a standalone or in any order if choosing to do so. There is character development that will carry over from book to book for those that follow the series from the beginning. Brynn Warren comes from the long line of Warren witches who have been In the Company of Witches by Auralee Wallace is the first book in the new paranormal cozy Evenfall Witches B&B mystery series. As with most cozy mystery series each book in this series will feature it’s own mystery to be solved within so they can be read as a standalone or in any order if choosing to do so. There is character development that will carry over from book to book for those that follow the series from the beginning. Brynn Warren comes from the long line of Warren witches who have been in Evenfall, Connecticut for the last four hundred years. Brynn helps run her family bed and breakfast with her two aunts who of course also practice witchcraft. Brynn though has decided that after the death of the love of her life that she will give up her magic but has yet to tell her aunts. The trio are now dealing with a very demanding guest, Constance Graves, at their B&B. Constance had rented out the entire B&B during her stay while she has work done on her own home in town but Brynn and her aunts are beginning to wonder if they made a mistake letting her stay. However, when a thump comes from Constance’s room and the ladies find her dead they really regret the choice as Brynn’s aunt becomes a suspect in what seems to be Constance’s murder. As a huge fan of all different types of books and really a fan of mixing genres in my reading I knew I had to try this new series when I saw In the Company of Witches by Auralee Wallace. What we have here is your normal cozy mystery taken in the paranormal direction with the characters being witches. This of course gave a whole new avenue to the ‘sleuthing’ you would normally have in a cozy with some nice spells to help along the way. After really enjoying this opener with these new characters I will definitely be interested in coming back for round two to see what the ladies conjure up next. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  3. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Prockish

    I LOVED THIS ONE!! A perfect October read. I was so drawn in that I literally did not want to put the book down. Fans of Bailey Cates are going to love this one! Great story. The family dynamic was really interesting and I loved how much the main character grew throughout the book. Brynn was so real. Book 2 will definitely be in my preorder list.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    In the Company of Witches is the first book in author Auralee Wallace's Evenfall Witches B&B Mystery series. This is a delightful debut book for this series and honestly one of the best cozy mysteries I have read this year. I was immediately drawn into the story from the very first pages. For me, this book reminded me a little bit of Practical Magic and a little bit of Hocus Pocus. The characters are engaging. Brynn Warren is a sympathetic protagonist that will be relatable to many readers. Bryn In the Company of Witches is the first book in author Auralee Wallace's Evenfall Witches B&B Mystery series. This is a delightful debut book for this series and honestly one of the best cozy mysteries I have read this year. I was immediately drawn into the story from the very first pages. For me, this book reminded me a little bit of Practical Magic and a little bit of Hocus Pocus. The characters are engaging. Brynn Warren is a sympathetic protagonist that will be relatable to many readers. Brynn lost her husband and is still grieving his passing. She has moved back home to help her aunts Izzy and Nora run the family B&B. Izzy and Nora are the part of the book that reminds me a bit of Practical Magic. They raised Brynn after her parent's death and they both have their own personalities. Nora is the fiery redhead with a bit of a temper to match. Izzy is the peacemaker, but these Warren women have strength and determination. They are joined by their brother Gideon, who is a recluse following his own tragedy. The Warrens must band together to clear Nora's name when she is suspected of murdering a guest staying at the B&B. There are several interesting secondary characters that are shop owners and neighbors. The mystery was well done. The victim, Constance Graves, while a guest at the B&B, actually lived in town and was not the friendliest person. In addition to her brusque personality, Constance and her siblings had been estranged for years, following the death of their own father. This allows Ms. Wallace to cast doubt on the innocence of many characters. She offers her readers a number of clues to sift through while trying to determine the killer's identity. In the end, I was surprised by the killer's identity but once the motive was revealed, the killer made perfect sense. As I said, this was a delightful debut book in this series. I will warn readers that Brynn is dealing with the loss of her husband, so if you are like me, you will want to have a tissue (or two) close by at the end of the book. The author did a fabulous job of closing out the story with a poignant moment that fit the plot and characters. I am really excited to see where the author takes this series and can say that I can already predict this will become a must-read series for me. I voluntarily read a digital advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher, Berkley, through outreach from the author's publicist. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own and the manner in which I received the book in no way impacted my review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    I love a fun cozy mystery and this one is simply perfect for the witchy season - the setting is in the New England town of Evenfall where for over four hundred years, the Warren witches have low-keyed used their magic to help the townsfolk. All is great until a local dies and fingers point to Nora, one of the Warren witches. I really enjoyed this magical cozy for a riveting mystery, magic, and murder. I loved the characters, the setting, and determining the whodunnit, with the help of some super I love a fun cozy mystery and this one is simply perfect for the witchy season - the setting is in the New England town of Evenfall where for over four hundred years, the Warren witches have low-keyed used their magic to help the townsfolk. All is great until a local dies and fingers point to Nora, one of the Warren witches. I really enjoyed this magical cozy for a riveting mystery, magic, and murder. I loved the characters, the setting, and determining the whodunnit, with the help of some supernatural to solve this case. This was a fun start of the series and I cannot wait to read the next book in this series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anna Bright

    Cozy + solidly plotted. A perfect Hallowread!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ally Bryan

    Thank you to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing Group for the ARC. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 4/5 stars Well here is the perfect cozy Halloween read. In the Company of Witches is full of Practical Magic vibes along with a ton of mystery. When a guest dies at the B&B that Brynn runs with her two beloved aunts, she must solve the crime before her family is the target of suspicion. Brynn happens to be a young witch who’s gift is that she can see ghosts, but she has been unable to use her powers since the tragic death of he Thank you to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing Group for the ARC. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 4/5 stars Well here is the perfect cozy Halloween read. In the Company of Witches is full of Practical Magic vibes along with a ton of mystery. When a guest dies at the B&B that Brynn runs with her two beloved aunts, she must solve the crime before her family is the target of suspicion. Brynn happens to be a young witch who’s gift is that she can see ghosts, but she has been unable to use her powers since the tragic death of her husband. Now she has to use those gifts to save her B&B and her aunts. This was just adorable and had the perfect amount of whimsy and magic. The characters? Lovable. The mystery? Twisty. The setting? Perfection. I cannot wait to return to this world and see where Brynn’s journey takes her. ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Full review to be posted closer to release date.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    In the Company of Witches by Auralee Wallace is the debut of An Evenfall Witches B&B Mysteries. Brynn Warren is a likeable and relatable protagonist. She is still dealing with the loss of her husband which makes her sympathetic. Brynn lives in the carriage house behind the bed-and-breakfast and helps her aunts take care of their guests. When their demanding guest, Constance Graves is murdered, Brynn’s fiery Aunt Nora becomes the prime suspect. Brynn works to clear her aunt whose actions are maki In the Company of Witches by Auralee Wallace is the debut of An Evenfall Witches B&B Mysteries. Brynn Warren is a likeable and relatable protagonist. She is still dealing with the loss of her husband which makes her sympathetic. Brynn lives in the carriage house behind the bed-and-breakfast and helps her aunts take care of their guests. When their demanding guest, Constance Graves is murdered, Brynn’s fiery Aunt Nora becomes the prime suspect. Brynn works to clear her aunt whose actions are making things worse. I thought the story contained good writing with some interesting characters. Each Warren woman has a unique personality. The animals are fun & quirky especially Dog. I like the magical elements. They enhance the story. The mystery was thought out. There are several good suspects in Constance’s death. It does not help Brynn’s investigation that Constance was a pain-in-the-you-know-what. Her own siblings are on the suspect list. There are clues to help readers solve the crime. I had fun cracking this whodunit. I like that all the details were wrapped up so there were no loose ends. The story had whimsy and humor that made it enjoyable to read. I look forward to reading When the Crow’s Away next spring. In the Company of Witches is a spirited tale with a challenging guest, an angry aunt, an odd death, an irritating itch, a modicum of magical mayhem, and a killer confrontation.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* Publisher *Genre* Mystery / Supernatural\ *Rating* 3.5-4 *Thoughts* In the Company of Witches, by Auralee Wallace, is the first installment in the authors Evenfall Witches B&B series. The story is set in a sleepy little New England town called Evenfall where 31-year-old Brynn Warren runs Ivywood Hollow B&B with her aunts Nora and Izzy. Ever since Brynn lost her husband, she's withdrawn from the world. She's barely left her B&B, she no longer visits the bookstore that she loves so much, and *Source* Publisher *Genre* Mystery / Supernatural\ *Rating* 3.5-4 *Thoughts* In the Company of Witches, by Auralee Wallace, is the first installment in the authors Evenfall Witches B&B series. The story is set in a sleepy little New England town called Evenfall where 31-year-old Brynn Warren runs Ivywood Hollow B&B with her aunts Nora and Izzy. Ever since Brynn lost her husband, she's withdrawn from the world. She's barely left her B&B, she no longer visits the bookstore that she loves so much, and her magic has gotten to the point where it going rogue. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    A great start to a new paranormal cozy series. This mystery centered around witches, ghosts and plenty of enchanting moments. Taking place in Autumn, there are numerous descriptions that perfectly captured what I love most about this time of year. I'm a huge fan of paranormal stories as well and this added such a fun and entertaining twist to the storyline. The crazy aunts, the rumored speculations around town about the peculiar Warren women and the moments of delightful magic kept me smiling th A great start to a new paranormal cozy series. This mystery centered around witches, ghosts and plenty of enchanting moments. Taking place in Autumn, there are numerous descriptions that perfectly captured what I love most about this time of year. I'm a huge fan of paranormal stories as well and this added such a fun and entertaining twist to the storyline. The crazy aunts, the rumored speculations around town about the peculiar Warren women and the moments of delightful magic kept me smiling throughout the entire book. One of my all time favorite witchy movies is Practical Magic and so many parts of this story remind me of the beloved characters from that one. "It's okay to feel confused. It's okay to feel lost. It's okay to feel." As with many cozies, this series starts with a main character who is trying to overcome the sudden death of her spouse. What makes this story unique is that I truly believed Brynn's sorrow and felt extra empathy for how it effected her special ability. She has the gift of being able to communicate with the deceased and pass along one final message to their loved one. This became such a beautiful and touching part of the story that offered many reflective quotes and moments. It ended with one of the most wonderful scenes as well. One that made me smile since I often take notice of all of the pretty insects who constantly flutter around me when I'm outside. The mystery was just as captivating. It centered around an unresolved family feud and years of pent up resentfulness. I figured out the main culprit, but enjoyed piecing together all of the clues, reasoning and drama along the way. I especially liked how the victim continued to play a role throughout the entire story. The side cast truly was incredible. The aunts are a non-stop riot and sweet uncle Gideon is easily likeable. Mr. Henderson and Nixie's obsession with finding proof of magic was just as entertaining as well. I cant wait to see how this series develops and will be on the lookout for the sequel, When the Crow's Away! I received a review copy from @netgalley and @berkleybooks . All opinions are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Charlie Marie

    An absolutely adorable, small town, cozy witchy mystery! Exactly what I needed to close out spooky season! ...who am I kidding, witch-book season is all year long!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anna Fox

    First time reading this author. I like the characters and the setting. The mystery kept me guessing. I liked the resolution at the end, since there were no major hanging threads. I look forward to the next in the series. Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alexis

    This is exactly what a reader wants when they pick up a cozy mystery. Cute setting, kookie characters and a solvable, but still interesting mystery. The first book in a series is challenging, the author has to establish place, characters, backstory and (in the case of supernatural variants) an entire magical mythos while ALSO getting a mystery solved. That is a tall order and Wallace does it well. I read this one in one sitting and look forward to more in the series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Taylor - Muse Ignited Reads

    I loved this first mystery in what promises to be a great series - a perfect blend of small town mysteries and murder with some Practical Magic and Hocus Pocus vibes. A combination of wit and sarcasm collide with heartfelt moments and twisty intrigue to make this a well rounded and perfect Fall read. And with deeper connections and motives than your average cozy the mystery in this one was complex and twisty. **Thank you so much to NetGalley and Berkley Crime for an eARC of this book in exchange I loved this first mystery in what promises to be a great series - a perfect blend of small town mysteries and murder with some Practical Magic and Hocus Pocus vibes. A combination of wit and sarcasm collide with heartfelt moments and twisty intrigue to make this a well rounded and perfect Fall read. And with deeper connections and motives than your average cozy the mystery in this one was complex and twisty. **Thank you so much to NetGalley and Berkley Crime for an eARC of this book in exchange for my honest review!** The characters in this were great, especially those inhabiting the Bed & Breakfast, from our protagonist Brynn (who I'm not going to lie, was a bit of a Debbie Downer in the first half...granted she had good reason to be and it was necessary to her character arc), along with her willful and somewhat volatile Aunt Nora, and her sweeter but no less tenacious Aunt Izzy, and my favorite, her Uncle Gideon a recluse who's holed himself up in the attic (and frequently eavesdrops through the vents), along with a quirky Crow named Dog and the wonderful Faustus, resident Maine Coon. The additional friends and foes of the town were well drawn as well, most particularly the complicated Graves family (the family of the murder victim), who's family secrets ran deep. The mystery itself was a step up (and more psychological and complex) from some of the other cozies I've read, and I would categorize this as just a plain good mystery that should appeal not just to mystery readers but contemporary women's fiction as well, along with those that love a good "witch" book. The magic element was fun, creative and quirky (literally checking a Toad's stool for signs of psychic energy), for example the "Pull & Muzzle": "The pull would have dragged Nora backward by the waist into her room, while the muzzle would have kept her mouth shut." And while the family demons and drama loomed large (especially in the case of the Graves family), along with the painful but cathartic character arc of Brynn getting over the loss of her young husband, there was still plenty of humor to lighten those more serious themes, especially in the case of Aunt Nora's vocalizations of what hexes she planned to cast on various people who displease her throughout the story. A great fall read perfect for this spooky time of year, and guaranteed to appeal to a wide range of readers. In terms of die hard cozy fans this should definitely appeal to fans of Heather Blake, Carol J. Perry, and Juliet Blackwell. Highly recommend. And finally an example of the Warren Witches telling it like it is: "He held up a finger to hold me back. 'There's just one thing I want to know. And I want the truth.' The four of us waited in silence. 'Are you good witches or bad witches?' I let my hands drop to my sides. 'Mr. Henderson, we're not good witches or bad witches.' I shot a look over my shoulder at Nora. She gave me a wink. 'The truth is,' I said, turning back to our neighbor, feeling my eyes glow bright green, 'we Warrens are the very BEST witches."

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    In the Company of Witches by Auralee Wallace is another unusual choice for me, as I don't often choose cozy mysteries, but I was still looking for a light read, and you know there's that big cat and the Victorian mansion on the cover and witches. from description: When a guest dies in the B&B she helps her aunts run, a young witch must rely on some good old-fashioned investigating to clear her aunt's name in this magical and charming new cozy mystery. I liked the aunts. Their personalities were s In the Company of Witches by Auralee Wallace is another unusual choice for me, as I don't often choose cozy mysteries, but I was still looking for a light read, and you know there's that big cat and the Victorian mansion on the cover and witches. from description: When a guest dies in the B&B she helps her aunts run, a young witch must rely on some good old-fashioned investigating to clear her aunt's name in this magical and charming new cozy mystery. I liked the aunts. Their personalities were such a contrast. Brynn, their niece, has always been able to commune with ghosts and when Constance (the guest) dies, Brynn seems the perfect person to have a little conversation with Constance to find out what happened, especially since it appears the her Aunt Nora is the chief suspect! Brynn, however, has been unable or unwilling to use her powers since her husband died. She is determined to clear her aunt without using her powers and isn't even certain that she could use them if she wanted to. In the Company of Witches is a fast read, and if you enjoy cozy mysteries this might be one you would like. NetGalley/Berkley Publishing Cozy Mystery. Oct. 5, 2021. Print length: 336 pages.

  16. 4 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    https://openbooksociety.com/article/i... Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele In the Company of Witches is the excellent and entertaining debut of the Evenfall Witches B&B Mystery Series. A tightly plotted murder mystery and multilayered characters make this one of the best cozy mysteries I have read this year. Local resident Constance is not well liked around town and is estranged from her siblings since the death of their father. She is staying at the Warrens’ bed and breakfast while some long https://openbooksociety.com/article/i... Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele In the Company of Witches is the excellent and entertaining debut of the Evenfall Witches B&B Mystery Series. A tightly plotted murder mystery and multilayered characters make this one of the best cozy mysteries I have read this year. Local resident Constance is not well liked around town and is estranged from her siblings since the death of their father. She is staying at the Warrens’ bed and breakfast while some long overdue repairs are made to her dilapidated family home. She is demanding, difficult, and generally unpleasant. Even so, she does not deserve her untimely death. What at first seems like an accident in the bath is quickly determined to be murder, and Constance’s ghost has taken up residence in the B&B. Brynn, who is a witch of the dead, would normally be able to communicate with Constance but has been unable to since her husband passed away. When Brynn’s aunt Nora falls under suspicion, Brynn exchanges her witch’s hat for a sleuthing cap to get to the bottom of things and clear Nora’s name. What is there not to love about a quaint New England setting with a beautiful old home run by three witches? This installment even takes place around Halloween. I love so much about this book. Brynn, her aunts Nora and Izzy and reclusive Uncle Gideon each have different witchy abilities and complement each other. Brynn is relatable, carrying the heavy grief of her husband’s sudden death and losing her abilities. Nora and Izzy raised Brynn following her parents’ death, and their love for each other and close relationship are the foundation of this series. I like Gideon, too, as he faces his own demons of the past. Their clueless next door neighbor provides a lot of comic relief. Though there are no other B&B guests during this story, I see so much potential for future guests’ demise to keep them all very busy. The mystery of Constance’s death is well plotted and executed. Since Constance lived in Evenfall, there are plenty of available suspects with valid motives. Despite Constance’s bristly demeanor, I sympathize with her ghost. Her life was ultimately so very sad. There are plenty of clues sprinkled about, but I was still surprised by the killer’s identity. It all makes sense in the end though. And speaking of the end, please have a tissue handy for the book’s final pages. This installment ends with so much promise for forthcoming books; I cannot wait to read them. Highly recommended.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rhiannon Johnson

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This was the perfect cozy mystery for kicking off the fall season. Add witches and magic to a B&B setting and I'm not sure what more I could ask for in a cozy. I kinda got Sabrina the Teenage Witch vibes with Brynn living with her two aunts. I am so happy to know that this is the first in a series and there will be more to come and I would especially love it if each of the installments came out each year around th I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This was the perfect cozy mystery for kicking off the fall season. Add witches and magic to a B&B setting and I'm not sure what more I could ask for in a cozy. I kinda got Sabrina the Teenage Witch vibes with Brynn living with her two aunts. I am so happy to know that this is the first in a series and there will be more to come and I would especially love it if each of the installments came out each year around this time. If I had to make a complaint, I did have a hard time keeping names and people straight at the beginning of the book. There were lots of people introduced at once and lots of people had nicknames. Come chat with me about books here, too: Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest

  18. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    “In the Company of Witches” (Evenfall Witches B&B #1) by Auralee Wallace ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Genre: Cozy Paranormal Mystery. Location: Evenfall, Connecticut, USA. Time: Present.- - Brynn, Nora, and Izzy run the Ivywood Hollow Bed & Breakfast Inn. Unbeknownst to Evenfall residents, they are a family of witches. Brynn, 31 yrs old and a recent widow, was raised by her aunts Nora and Izzy. Brynn is a Witch of the Dead, a friend of the other side. She sees ghosts, and passes last messages on to their loved ones “In the Company of Witches” (Evenfall Witches B&B #1) by Auralee Wallace ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Genre: Cozy Paranormal Mystery. Location: Evenfall, Connecticut, USA. Time: Present.- - Brynn, Nora, and Izzy run the Ivywood Hollow Bed & Breakfast Inn. Unbeknownst to Evenfall residents, they are a family of witches. Brynn, 31 yrs old and a recent widow, was raised by her aunts Nora and Izzy. Brynn is a Witch of the Dead, a friend of the other side. She sees ghosts, and passes last messages on to their loved ones. But since her husband died last year, she has been unable to see ghosts, and has not done any magic.- - Her Aunt Izzy is a Kitchen Witch. She cooks good Intentions into the B&B’s meals, and into the pastries she distributes around the village. Brynn’s Aunt Nora is a Garden Witch. She puts Intentions into her flower and vegetable gardens, and into the rooms she decorates-and she has quite the temper. Uncle Gideon lives in the attic with his crow named Dog. He writes Haiku, sees the future, and never leaves the attic. He refuses to share his visions since the tragic day when he was unable to stop what he foresaw- the car accident and deaths of Brynn’s parents and his fiancée.- - When an argumentative and bitter local woman dies while staying at their Inn, her aunts are the top suspects, especially Nora who was overheard saying: “I’m going to kill her!” But Brynn suspects the dead women’s relatives, and is determined to prove her aunts’ innocence.- - It’s fun, it’s definitely cozy, and it’s a quick read. The characters are well written, and the village is charming. I just wish there was a map of Evenfall! This is the first Evenfall Witches B&B book, so if you like this (and I predict you will), book 2 is now out. It’s 5 stars from me for a cozy mystery just right for Autumn. 🌵📚👩🏼‍🦳”

  19. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Fraenkel

    This was the perfect book pick for this time of year! The Warren witches are such an intriguing bunch and I really liked how we got to know all of them and how each of them have their own unique form of magic. In the Company of Witches has all the classic trimming of a first in series cozy mystery; charming small town, quirky group of neighbours, a whodunnit, and some emotional moments. Really enjoyed this one and I'll be on the lookout for book 2! ARC Provided by NetGalley This was the perfect book pick for this time of year! The Warren witches are such an intriguing bunch and I really liked how we got to know all of them and how each of them have their own unique form of magic. In the Company of Witches has all the classic trimming of a first in series cozy mystery; charming small town, quirky group of neighbours, a whodunnit, and some emotional moments. Really enjoyed this one and I'll be on the lookout for book 2! ARC Provided by NetGalley

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jess Ialacci

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I absolutely adored this book. I was enamored with the characters from the beginning and only fell more in love as the story went on. I can already tell this is going to become one of the well-loved books on my shelf (and fwiw, though Jenn will think I'm just saying this, the last time I cried that hard when reading a book was when I was 14 and reading the Twilight books when there's all the blank pages. I know this sounds silly but if you were ever a 14 year old person reading these books you'll I absolutely adored this book. I was enamored with the characters from the beginning and only fell more in love as the story went on. I can already tell this is going to become one of the well-loved books on my shelf (and fwiw, though Jenn will think I'm just saying this, the last time I cried that hard when reading a book was when I was 14 and reading the Twilight books when there's all the blank pages. I know this sounds silly but if you were ever a 14 year old person reading these books you'll get it)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Angie Sanchez

    Was it the plot twist of the century? No. But this was quick, fun, cozy!!!!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cheri

    sweet and charming

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    3.5 It has the whimsy of a Hallmark Halloween Movie and the toxic family dynamic of a Lifetime Original Movie.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    I LOVED this book! I love everything that Auralee Wallace has written. And this new series is I a GREAT start!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Brynn Warren, still grieving the tragic and untimely loss of her husband, has sworn off magic. She and her aunts run a cozy B&B in Evenfall, a small town where everyone knows everyone’s business. Well, nobody knows for sure if the Warren women are witches, but they have their suspicions. When Constance Graves is found dead at the B&B, Brynn sets out to clear her aunt’s name and discovers more than just a murderer. Evenfall was the perfect picturesque small town setting for this cozy mystery. The Brynn Warren, still grieving the tragic and untimely loss of her husband, has sworn off magic. She and her aunts run a cozy B&B in Evenfall, a small town where everyone knows everyone’s business. Well, nobody knows for sure if the Warren women are witches, but they have their suspicions. When Constance Graves is found dead at the B&B, Brynn sets out to clear her aunt’s name and discovers more than just a murderer. Evenfall was the perfect picturesque small town setting for this cozy mystery. There was one scene in particular that was so beautiful, heartwarming, and magical! I have never read a cozy with witches or supernatural elements, and I loved that fun aspect! Brynn was an extremely likable and relatable MC, and her aunts were a hoot, especially Nora. While the Warrens definitely had their issues, the Graves were drowning in family drama. Everyone had a motive for killing Constance, so there was plenty going on to throw me off and keep me guessing up until the end! I just adored this whimsical, magical, and humorous book! In the Company of Witches was the best cozy mystery I’ve read in awhile, and I’m looking forward to the next book in this new series! This is a perfect fall read for those who don’t like scary stories! *I received an eARC from Berkley Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lisa | Lady_Logomancer

    Oh my gosh, I loved this book so much! As someone who basically wanted to live in the world of the movie Practical Magic, I’ve found another place to long to be: living with the Warren Witches of Evenfall. Brynn Warren has lost the love of her life, and has barricaded herself away from the town her family lovingly cares for and all of the people around her. She’s done. Her gifts couldn’t save her husband. To her, Magic holds no more appeal. When cranky guest Constance Graves dies in the Bed & Br Oh my gosh, I loved this book so much! As someone who basically wanted to live in the world of the movie Practical Magic, I’ve found another place to long to be: living with the Warren Witches of Evenfall. Brynn Warren has lost the love of her life, and has barricaded herself away from the town her family lovingly cares for and all of the people around her. She’s done. Her gifts couldn’t save her husband. To her, Magic holds no more appeal. When cranky guest Constance Graves dies in the Bed & Breakfast her aunts run, the police suspect one of Brynn’s dear aunts of murder. Brynn has neglected her family and her Magic in her grief. She just wants to pretend she’s magicless. She wants to stay in her trauma shell, but she’s probably the only one who can figure out what really happened and clear her aunt’s name. This is a really well plotted murder mystery, a fun witchy book for the season, and a metaphor for the ill effects of trauma and what happens if you don’t seek help and close yourself off from your loved ones. I was thoroughly charmed by this one. It dealt with many types of grief and generational trauma but also had great characters and a very compelling plot. I highly recommend to anyone! There’s nothing gory, scary or sexual..it’s just a really well written little mystery that contains lots of magic and heart. 💕

  27. 5 out of 5

    Becky Quigley

    Don’t mind me, I’m just here packing my bags to go live in Evenfall. Fans of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch take note: This is the witchy cozy mystery novel you need in your life! I can’t say enough about how much I loved this book! The main character, Brynn, lives with her two aunts in a B&B in the small town of Evenfall. Everyone in the town knows something is different about the “Warren women,” but most people aren’t rude enough to actually accuse them of (gasp!) witchcraft! They just happen to b Don’t mind me, I’m just here packing my bags to go live in Evenfall. Fans of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch take note: This is the witchy cozy mystery novel you need in your life! I can’t say enough about how much I loved this book! The main character, Brynn, lives with her two aunts in a B&B in the small town of Evenfall. Everyone in the town knows something is different about the “Warren women,” but most people aren’t rude enough to actually accuse them of (gasp!) witchcraft! They just happen to be around when good things happen in the town...and good things always happen when Aunt Izzy brings her baked goods! Evenfall’s attitude toward the women changes when there is a death at their very own B&B. Not just a death, but a (dun dun dun!) MURDER! Could it be that the townsfolk will now go on a (gasp!) witch hunt? Can Brynn help save her aunts and her family’s reputation? And can I please move in with them all???

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marie (daffodilbookshelf)

    This was the best cozy mystery I've read this year! I loved the setting and the characters. There was more humor than I expected too. Brynn Warren and her aunts all have different motivations but underneath their family bond is strong and they have each other's backs. They're the complete opposite of the fractured Graves family. The book was rounded out with a nice cast of secondary characters. I enjoyed the mystery of the murdered guest but found the second storyline of Brynn coming to terms wit This was the best cozy mystery I've read this year! I loved the setting and the characters. There was more humor than I expected too. Brynn Warren and her aunts all have different motivations but underneath their family bond is strong and they have each other's backs. They're the complete opposite of the fractured Graves family. The book was rounded out with a nice cast of secondary characters. I enjoyed the mystery of the murdered guest but found the second storyline of Brynn coming to terms with her grief and her magic very compelling. The last chapter was especially poignant. I'm looking forward to book two. Loved this witchy fall read! Thank you to Berkley and Netgalley for an e copy of this book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Elissa

    This is the first book in a new series and it is definitely the most original cozy I've read this year. Widowed Brynn lives with her aunts and uncle (the Warrens...or rather the Warren witches) and helps to run the family B&B. When the death of the current guest looks more homicide than accident and evidence and the town gossip starts to point to Brynn's aunt Nora, Brynn starts to engage with people and her magic for the first time since the death of her husband, engaging with people goes better This is the first book in a new series and it is definitely the most original cozy I've read this year. Widowed Brynn lives with her aunts and uncle (the Warrens...or rather the Warren witches) and helps to run the family B&B. When the death of the current guest looks more homicide than accident and evidence and the town gossip starts to point to Brynn's aunt Nora, Brynn starts to engage with people and her magic for the first time since the death of her husband, engaging with people goes better than expected, however, the magic she's been suppressing goes a little bit haywire. This book has flavors of Hocus Pocus and a ton of charm. It is the perfect Halloween season read. I can't wait for the next book in this series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rajiv

    [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] “In the Company of Witches” is the first in the “Evenfall Witches B&B” series and is probably one of the best cozy mysteries I have read this year! This book was deliciously cute and crafty. In my opinion, it stood apart from other cozy mysteries because of the multiple twists and turns. There is so much happening till the end of the story to keep you guessing. I enjoyed Brynn in the role. It was interesting to see her investi [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] “In the Company of Witches” is the first in the “Evenfall Witches B&B” series and is probably one of the best cozy mysteries I have read this year! This book was deliciously cute and crafty. In my opinion, it stood apart from other cozy mysteries because of the multiple twists and turns. There is so much happening till the end of the story to keep you guessing. I enjoyed Brynn in the role. It was interesting to see her investigating the case without using her powers due to the tragedy in her family. I loved her bond with Izzy and Nora and could not get enough of them. I even grew to love other residents like Gideon, Mr. Henderson, and Nixie. Moreover, the author did a brilliant job of maintaining the suspense. Although there are many suspects, you never know who murdered Constance till the very end. One of my favorite moments in the story is the scenes during the Town Hall Meeting. The author had me glued to the pages as the climax built up, and I wondered how Brynn could solve this mystery. Some moments also had me laughing, like when Brynn needs the help of the toad. However, probably my only minor criticism is that we did not see the pets much, like Faustus, the cat. The animal plays a significant role in many cozy mystery novels, and I had hoped to see more of Faustus and Dog. Overall, “In the Company of Witches” is the perfect book to read during Halloween or a great selection if you want to read a cozy mystery surrounding a family of witches. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series!

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