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Petunia Patterson’s life was turned upside down when she discovered a body in her new neighbor, Noah Becker's back yard. It’s bad enough that her cat, Pansy, had gotten into his house—especially when Pansy wasn’t a cat at all, but Jeremy Walters, a man she gave a love potion to, which transformed him into a cat....

Title : Meows, Magic & Murder
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ISBN : 24586347
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 258 Pages
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Meows, Magic & Murder Reviews

  • Zoey
    2018-11-24 07:55

    3.5★Cute & fun cosy mystery with magic, witches, murder and a cat that used to be a boyfriend. A bit silly at times but a fun read

  • Tracy Enright
    2018-11-22 06:58

    Book Review – Meows, Magic and Murder – Madison JohnsI really wanted to like this book. I like cozy mysteries. I like paranormal/fantasy. I like cats. But I didn't like this book. I had to give up after chapter 1.I know that everyone has their own opinion and that an author is perfectly entitled to accept or reject feedback as they wish. I also believe it's fair to give context to any bad (or good) score to allow others to better judge for themselves whether or not they are going to like a book.I know other reviewers have mentioned issues with line edits, but I don't tend to worry about things like that too much unless they're really bad. I can deal with misplaced commas and semicolons that shouldn't be. It wasn't even the idea, though the handsome stranger falling in love with his new neighbour and helping her out of a perilous situation can become a tad formulaic. It can make a light, unchallenging read which is what I want sometimes.What I struggled with was the execution. It was all tell and no show and the telling was frequent. In the first chapter alone (4% on my kindle), we were told the heroine had turned a man into a cat by accident at least four times and that she was bad at making potions at least as often. And a body had been discovered. And the heroine was linked to a missing person case. And she was considered the crazy cat lady. And the handsome neighbour had fallen in love with the her green eyes. I know that's a lot of sentences starting with and, but that's how this book made me feel.It felt unevenly paced and I believe it would have helped to hold some of those secrets back to reveal later. I would have loved to have more about the setting, something that gave me a better feel for who the main characters were. It was a bit of a shock to find out the crazy cat lady was young enough to be fancied by the new neighbour; I had a picture in my head of an older lady with wispy hair in a bun and sensible shoes. It would have been nice to have something that built the tension and instilled some emotion in me.I don't like to give up on books but, in this case, it was the kindest thing to do.

  • Sue Ross
    2018-12-02 07:56

    The first book in a fun new series by Madison James offers some interesting characters, some you probably won’t like, witches and a handsome next door neighbor. Petunia is an unaware witch living in a small town. She assumes she just makes potions, most of which don’t work or back fire. Her latest failed potion was one that was supposed to be a love potion, but turned the man, Jeremy, in question into a cat which Petunia named Pansy. Pansy and Petunia can communicate with each other. He sneaks out the door and into Petunia’s next door neighbor’s house. On her way over to get her cat and keep him from terrorizing the neighbors dog, she finds the body of an old high school class mate. There have been two other murders, all with the same weapon…three knitting needles. The needles appear to be Petunia’s and she comes under fire for the murder as well as being a witch. The only person other than her aunt who believes she is innocent is the handsome next door neighbor, Noah. What happens through out the book is a fun read. I’ve already bought the second book in the series and am looking forward to reading it. If you like cozy mysteries, with a little witchcraft and romance thrown in, you will enjoy this series.

  • Brandi
    2018-11-22 07:13

    I've read other titles from this author and heard a lot about her talent, but this book left me disappointed. The dialogue and narrative seemed redundant and contrived at times, distracting me from the storyline. The unpolished, published book had so many line edits that were missed that I had to re-read many sections. I love cozies and this left me very disappointed.

  • Alison
    2018-11-19 11:50

    Had lots of potential but never really panned outThis book was just ok. I really wanted to like it and it had lots of potential but it was just too silly. The premise was great but I felt like I forced myself to finish it. Could have been so much better.

  • Sandra Berryman
    2018-11-24 07:10

    Not a bad read, the premise was cute but to me it fell short of the mark. I probably will read the next in the series to see if it gets better.

  • Heather
    2018-12-09 10:50

    DisappointingThe story is entertaining enough, but the writing is simple and unpolished. Not at all up to the quality I would expect from a best-selling author.

  • Bart Gilbertson
    2018-11-17 10:05

    It looks like I picked the wrong first book to read from this author. It was a freebie when I got it, and I started reading it over my lunch hours. This review does contain **SPOILERS** - so read further at your own risk.The POSITIVES - Madison Johns has a good sense of humor and writes her older characters well. She has good pacing and keeps the story moving along. No lulls and dulls here, so it is a quick read. She does throw enough red herrings at you to keep things meshed up pretty good, so unless you just plain ol' "guess" who did it, the final reveal isn't obvious. That's really about it for the positives (at least for me).The NEGATIVES - The writing style and characters are a bit juvenile. There is a lot of repetition. The reader is constantly reminded of how she doesn't want anyone in town to think she is an actual witch, also of the fact that she turned a man she dated into a cat by mistake (you are reminded of this plot point every single chapter...ugh). The killer is known as the "Knitting Needle Killer", therefore, the sheriff is looking for a person who knits. But why? Just because knitting needles were used as the weapon doesn't necessarily follow that the killer is an obvious In fact, that would be too obvious. That's like saying that since a killer uses a butcher knife in his killings, he MUST be a butcher. I felt that line of reasoning was absurd. The main character, Petunia, thinks, acts, and speaks like someone 30 years her senior. I felt like I was following the exploits of a 60-something person rather than the younger woman she is painted to be. Petunia never really solves the mystery. She just kind of blunders into a bad situation at the end, and I felt the murderer was much too forthcoming with their guilt. "Yes, it was me." - "Oh, so you DID murder them!" LOL - not convincing. And, of course, the murderer just happens to be standing within striking distance of Petunia when she makes her move. The entire climactic ending deflated fast. Unbelievable, even though, yes...this is fiction.There ... I managed to state my opinion without giving away the killer. However, I was very disappointed in this book. I will be unlikely to read another one from Madison Johns.

  • Lana
    2018-11-17 06:53

    Lovely StoryI loved the story. It was a funny who-done-it book with cats, potions and possible witches. Loved the characters Noah and Petunia and their surprise meeting and good old Pansy. You want a light hearted book simply for fun reading this is a good one from Madison Johns. There was only one disturbing part in the writing of this book and that was in the proof reading as some of the errors should have been instantly caught. Happy reading.

  • joanne townsend
    2018-12-07 04:58

    Was just okStory was ok but there were a lot errors that editing should have caught and the word strut ,strutted etc was way over used..I groaned after the tenth time..not sure if I would bother when another book by this author..maybe after author gets a few more books u dear her belt..

  • Gloria Markus
    2018-11-19 11:13

    Amusing ReadThis book was very entertaining. The main character was being investigated for murder---she is trying to find the killer and keeps being accused of being a witch by the residents of her town. It is clev er how she and her new neighbor investigate until Petunia learns who is framing her

  • Anita Hargreaves
    2018-11-21 10:12

    CosyAs always I love this author. Easy reading and lucky I got to read this for free. This lady is a trainee witch and her spells usually go wrong. Add a sexy new neighbour and fun friends and an ex boyfriend she turned accidentally into a cat also a serial murderer who is framing her.

  • Karen
    2018-12-07 11:55

    This was a cute bookThis was a cute book. I enjoyed reading this book. The main character is a witch but she doesn’t know it for most of the book. It isn’t really about the occult. Rated G

  • Irene
    2018-12-04 10:12

    I was getting into the murder plot but kept on getting distracted by the constant reminder that Petunia changed her ex boyfriend into her cat Pansy almost every five pages . It was not even important to who was doing the murders

  • Lennie McDonald
    2018-12-02 06:57

    A fun read.I enjoyed this book of misadventures and mystery and mayhem. LOL. Kept me chuckling and wondering just what was going to happen next. Must admit I wonder if Pansy will ever get changed back.

  • Gay
    2018-11-16 07:59

    Hilariously entertaining! Follow along as Petunia and her neighbor try to clear her name of murder. Her investigation is somewhat hampered by and ex-boyfriend who she accidently changed into a cat. You will love this book!

  • Brenda
    2018-12-04 06:12

    Really fun storyHowever, grammar check it having someone read for errors should be strongly considered. There were some obvious errors and would have been found by a competent proofreader. I enjoyed the story very much.

  • Cheri
    2018-12-06 10:50

    A cute witchy murder mystery This book was a lot of fun to read and is well edited and a toned down romance. (Think clean read). Plenty of mystery to try and solve with a witch coming into and accepting her growing powers. Give this one a try.

  • Yolanda
    2018-11-14 07:15

    GreatI'm in love with this book. It keeps you guessing and us so funny. Noah and Petunia are made for each other!

  • Dawn
    2018-12-14 05:15

    Cute storyThis book had a cute mystery basis to it. It was a good, light read.My biggest disappointment was the quantity of typos and misspellings throughout the book.

  • Mike Mackey
    2018-12-10 08:04

    Good fun read. Interesting plot, great Characters!! Santa Mike

  • Shirley Rusin
    2018-11-27 06:09

    Witchy good readSlow start but worth reading to the end. Small towns are virtually the same every where, new comers beware of friendly but nosy neighbors.

  • Diana
    2018-12-15 03:55

    A great book!This is one fantastic book! It had me guessing to the end. And I couldn't quit reading , once I started it.

  • Janet
    2018-11-17 04:00

    So bad. Seriously. From the poor writing to the TSTL heroine to the ridiculous dialogue. Could have been a good story, the plot was okay, the premise for the series excellent, even liked the aunt character. The delivery was so bad.

  • Heidi
    2018-12-11 04:55

    I like Cozy mysteries. They're light and quick reading with cute story lines for the most part. This one though, I did not like so much. The main character, Penelope, was not smart. Not street smart. Not day-to-day life smart (she leaves her house unlocked and has no clue how her cats get out). She was a young cat-lady and that was strange as a character trait in my mind. I didn't like how she talked to/yelled at other people. I didn't like how she kept repeating herself over and over with "I didn't murder anyone!" and "I'm not a witch!". She was totally surprised that people in her very small town recognized her by her red hair. I didn't like her cat (that used to be a boyfriend that cheated on her). The cat wasn't really fleshed out as a character on the whole, and on the whole, that cat was an arrogant asshole. I had a huge mental hurdle to get over when Penelope went to the viewing of her recently murdered neighbor. She kept referring to it (for 3 pages on my kindle) as a "showing" and not a "viewing". Funeral homes do not have showings of the deceased. And really, Penelope thought she could disguise her identity from other townsfolk who were at the "showing" simply by wearing a big, floppy hat over her red hair. Stupid!SO, I read this book in about 5 evenings while lying down. The book was great for putting me to sleep as I simply never got any "I have to know what happens next!" feeling from the book. I finished it up this rainy morning, and all I can say is I'm glad I finished it. Just not glad I read it. 2 stars because it was "just ok" and it was good for putting me to sleep.

  • Kelly Delaney
    2018-12-01 05:15

    yuck, so corny.

  • Susan Jenkins (Tely)
    2018-11-30 09:50

    This was a cute little read!! I'm loving the cats, and Noah was a nice bonus! The girl is most likely a witch, but doesn't know it. Someone frames her for murder and she (along with the hunky new neighbor) investigate. The quirky aunt and her friends are just adorable. I'm going to look for more of this series!

  • Melody
    2018-11-14 11:16

    Interesting premise of a young woman with powers she is in denial of. But when she turns her cheating boyfriend into a cat and makes a healing salve that works she must come to terms. That she has something. Unfortunately she is the prime suspect in a murder and needs the help of her new neighbour to solve the case.

  • Cassonya K. Douglass
    2018-11-30 08:09

    A fun readThe story trotted right along. The book would have been a 5 except she strutted about 10 times too often. What ever happened to hurried, strolled or even walked? Strutted is what you do in a pageant, showing your stuff and I don't remember any pageant. The story line, though is worthwhile. A cozy worth reading.

  • Jill
    2018-12-04 10:18

    Murder by knitting needles You first meet Petunia and Noah when Pansy's cat gets into Noah's house. While going to retrieve her cat they stumble across a dead body.Noah and Petunia go into detective mode and search for the killer since the killer is implying that Petunia is the killer.Also everyone in town thinks that petunia is a witch, which is unbeknownst to her. It is an interesting story with an interesting group of characters and a really annoying cat.