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Welcome to Starry Hollow, where spells were made to be broken. Ember Rose is back for another Starry Hollow mystery. The former New Jersey resident and descendant of the One True Witch expects to see magical works of art on Balefire Beach for the first annual sand sculpture competition--what she doesn't expect to see is a dead body. Now she and Sheriff Nash are hot on Welcome to Starry Hollow, where spells were made to be broken. Ember Rose is back for another Starry Hollow mystery. The former New Jersey resident and descendant of the One True Witch expects to see magical works of art on Balefire Beach for the first annual sand sculpture competition--what she doesn't expect to see is a dead body. Now she and Sheriff Nash are hot on the trail of a killer, while trying to downplay their hots for each other. When one of Ember's spells goes awry, it has unintentional consequences that could spiral out of control if she doesn't come to her senses soon. Can Ember turn the tide before the shifting sands of evidence are washed away forever?


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Welcome to Starry Hollow, where spells were made to be broken. Ember Rose is back for another Starry Hollow mystery. The former New Jersey resident and descendant of the One True Witch expects to see magical works of art on Balefire Beach for the first annual sand sculpture competition--what she doesn't expect to see is a dead body. Now she and Sheriff Nash are hot on Welcome to Starry Hollow, where spells were made to be broken. Ember Rose is back for another Starry Hollow mystery. The former New Jersey resident and descendant of the One True Witch expects to see magical works of art on Balefire Beach for the first annual sand sculpture competition--what she doesn't expect to see is a dead body. Now she and Sheriff Nash are hot on the trail of a killer, while trying to downplay their hots for each other. When one of Ember's spells goes awry, it has unintentional consequences that could spiral out of control if she doesn't come to her senses soon. Can Ember turn the tide before the shifting sands of evidence are washed away forever?

30 review for Magic & Mayhem

  1. 5 out of 5

    Barbara ★

    Magic and romance I enjoyed this but probably would have enjoyed it more had I read the first three books. In the series. I liked Ember and Market and the various love interests. The mystery was intriguing and kept me guessing. I would definitely read more by Annabel Chase.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Krystal

    This book like the other books in this series was very cute, with just the right amount of romance and mystery. I really loved watching the Character Development of Ember, Florian and Granger Nash (The werewolf sheriff). Such a great mystery and crime to solve and I'm excited to see where Granger and Ember go from here. I did feel a little bad about the Alec story line as well as for Linnea when Ember realized about her spell gone wrong. This book like the other books in this series was very cute, with just the right amount of romance and mystery. I really loved watching the Character Development of Ember, Florian and Granger Nash (The werewolf sheriff). Such a great mystery and crime to solve and I'm excited to see where Granger and Ember go from here. I did feel a little bad about the Alec story line as well as for Linnea when Ember realized about her spell gone wrong.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Una

    Really a fun series. This one not quite as eventful as the prior three, but still very enjoyable. Lighthearted fun in these dark times.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Katarina

    Another great read by Annabel Chase. She never lets me down with her stories! This installment had everything going on - a down-to-earth and kick-ass main character, good mystery, learning more about the magical town, and fun developments in the romance department. Can't wait for the next book! Another great read by Annabel Chase. She never lets me down with her stories! This installment had everything going on - a down-to-earth and kick-ass main character, good mystery, learning more about the magical town, and fun developments in the romance department. Can't wait for the next book!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Cute and Funny I laughed out loud a few times in this. I felt Ember was more herself than book 3 and I was glad for it. The title definitely fit the theme in this in multiple ways and I really enjoyed it. I might of teared up a time or two as well. I am a bit of a sap.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Siobhan

    Awww, the story really progressed with Granger and Alec - I do so much like Alec and the relaxed Alec was adorable.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ken Finlay

    'The Starry Hollow Witches' series is very much like absently dipping into a box of chocolates, next thing you know the box is empty and you've finished the book. While each book is enjoyable there is very little to distinguish each one - a dollop of mystery, a little romance, some funny episodes and a little bit of magic, all wrapped up in a magic town filled with mythical magic creatures. This time round, a teenager turns up buried in an entry for the first annual Starry Hollow sand sculpture co 'The Starry Hollow Witches' series is very much like absently dipping into a box of chocolates, next thing you know the box is empty and you've finished the book. While each book is enjoyable there is very little to distinguish each one - a dollop of mystery, a little romance, some funny episodes and a little bit of magic, all wrapped up in a magic town filled with mythical magic creatures. This time round, a teenager turns up buried in an entry for the first annual Starry Hollow sand sculpture competition. The murder is a little more embedded in the book than some of the previous mysteries Ember has faced. And, Ember finds that using magic with the best of intentions can sometimes backfire with pleasant and unexpected results. 'Magic & Mayhem' is, as usual, very well written with lots of heart. The downside is that nothing much happens to advance the series - we're still waiting for details about Ember's family, she's not gotten much further with Granger, and sometimes the magic seems contrived to fit the situation. If anything, the books are too well plotted, ensuring that the story arc can be stretched as thin as needed to prolong the series without having the pesky problem of character or plot development. If you like fast, easy reads, this series is for you. P.S. The introduction of a familiar, Raoul (a racoon) through the medium of a short story which no casual reader would have known of, is an oddity at best, a slap in the face at worst. I'm not in the mood to move on right now, but I can see that my involvement in the series will come to an end fairly soon.

  8. 5 out of 5

    J Alm

    Book 4 in the Starry Witches series sees sand castles and a sad demise. Previous books in the series Book 1 Magic and Murder Book 2 Magic and Mystery Book 3 Magic and Mischief Although each story has a mystery involved, it is resolved in each book so you can read them separately but to fully enjoy the wonderful characters and their developments it is best to start at book 1, but the choice is yours. Ember needs to cover the sand sculpture competition for the paper she works for. Enjoying meeting other Book 4 in the Starry Witches series sees sand castles and a sad demise. Previous books in the series Book 1 Magic and Murder Book 2 Magic and Mystery Book 3 Magic and Mischief Although each story has a mystery involved, it is resolved in each book so you can read them separately but to fully enjoy the wonderful characters and their developments it is best to start at book 1, but the choice is yours. Ember needs to cover the sand sculpture competition for the paper she works for. Enjoying meeting other members of Starry Hollow whilst at the very first competition, Ember decides to bring Marley her daughter to see them too. Unfortunately the visit doesn't go to plan with Marley and Ember finding a dead body that saddens more then just the family. The investigation into the death has Ember talking to some old and new acquaintances. Things are unclear for a while but made worse by an accident with her wand. Things start to get resolved nearer the end with some upsetting decision for Ember to cope with. Another wonderful story that was hard to put down. Hints of humour and fantastic flow within the story, made it a real joy to read. Can't wait for the next story.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Leenart

    This is a review for the Starry Hollow Witchs books 1 through 6, as I read them all one ofter the other so feel a series review is in place. This series had a different feel to the Spellbound books. For a start Starry Hollow takes it's place in the world at large and time has continued to move forwards. The magic appears to be different dependant on the users and has a slightly different feel to it. Ember (like Emma in Spellbound) does arrive though from the human world and finds out she is a wit This is a review for the Starry Hollow Witchs books 1 through 6, as I read them all one ofter the other so feel a series review is in place. This series had a different feel to the Spellbound books. For a start Starry Hollow takes it's place in the world at large and time has continued to move forwards. The magic appears to be different dependant on the users and has a slightly different feel to it. Ember (like Emma in Spellbound) does arrive though from the human world and finds out she is a witch from a rather special family. There she discovers a matriarchal aunt, cousins, nieces and nephews and a whole cast of weird and wonderful townsfolk, including some rather handsome new suitors. Ember and her daughter discover the delights of a new world, along with solving some murder and mayhem on the side. The world is delightful and I recommend these books highly for a spot of light reading that will surely distract from the day to day of reality. Fun and engaging.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dharia Scarab

    Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. 2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. 3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. 4 sta Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. 2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. 3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. 4 stars... I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be on the look out to pick up more from the series/author. 5 stars... I loved this book! It has earned a permanent home in my collection and I'll be picking up the rest of the series and other books from the author ASAP.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Quick Info Standalone/Cliffhanger?: Standalone Part of a Series?: Yes ---------------------------------- Meeting the Characters Ember Rose Granger Nash Frederick Simms Spencer Jordy Grover Aldo Bruce ---------------------------------- What happens? Ember is covering the sand sculpture competition for the paper. She enjoys the first time around so much she brings Marley to take a look unfortunately for them both they come across the body of Grover. Final thoughts This book was really fun. I liked the ending it w Quick Info Standalone/Cliffhanger?: Standalone Part of a Series?: Yes ---------------------------------- Meeting the Characters Ember Rose Granger Nash Frederick Simms Spencer Jordy Grover Aldo Bruce ---------------------------------- What happens? Ember is covering the sand sculpture competition for the paper. She enjoys the first time around so much she brings Marley to take a look unfortunately for them both they come across the body of Grover. Final thoughts This book was really fun. I liked the ending it was an interesting twist. Would I read again?: Yes Would I read this author again?: Yes

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Jane

    A sandy tomb.. Florian has jumped into working at the tourism board and created the first sand sculpture competition which it is hoped will become an annual event. While showing Marley the entries Ember stumbles upon the dead body of a teenage elf, Grover. Grover has traces of two poisons and vampire blood in his system and its going to take quite a bit of investigation with the Sheriff and a few dates with other members of the paranormal community for Ember to dig out the truth. As usual she's go A sandy tomb.. Florian has jumped into working at the tourism board and created the first sand sculpture competition which it is hoped will become an annual event. While showing Marley the entries Ember stumbles upon the dead body of a teenage elf, Grover. Grover has traces of two poisons and vampire blood in his system and its going to take quite a bit of investigation with the Sheriff and a few dates with other members of the paranormal community for Ember to dig out the truth. As usual she's going to be in danger herself and with limited magical knowledge have to take a chance on saving herself with an army of minions!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    Teenagers and trouble Ember Rose is an interesting character. Still learning her way around magic and living in a world with paranormals. She is reporting on a sand sculpturing competition and stumbles on the body of a teenager in one of the sculptures. Once again she is involved and do is the sheriff, Granger Nash. Things are going well until Ember uses a spell and it back fires on her. Things become very interesting. Check out this story and if you have not read the books, you need to read the Teenagers and trouble Ember Rose is an interesting character. Still learning her way around magic and living in a world with paranormals. She is reporting on a sand sculpturing competition and stumbles on the body of a teenager in one of the sculptures. Once again she is involved and do is the sheriff, Granger Nash. Things are going well until Ember uses a spell and it back fires on her. Things become very interesting. Check out this story and if you have not read the books, you need to read them.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tere Fredericks

    Sand Castles: My Favorite Part I was happily delighted to see there are at least five books in the series. Again, hooray for Kindle Unlimited. There is a forward in the front (ya, duh, obviously). I cannot stress enough to READ it. It contains very important information which you will need. This one has a sand castle competition and a murder. Interesting, I don't think I have read a book with a sand castle competition! Plenty of books with murders. And a jaw dropping cliff-hanger. Sand Castles: My Favorite Part I was happily delighted to see there are at least five books in the series. Again, hooray for Kindle Unlimited. There is a forward in the front (ya, duh, obviously). I cannot stress enough to READ it. It contains very important information which you will need. This one has a sand castle competition and a murder. Interesting, I don't think I have read a book with a sand castle competition! Plenty of books with murders. And a jaw dropping cliff-hanger.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lita Acevedo

    Ember learns a spell to change a person or thing to their opposite. While at the Sunday family dinner she uses the spell in Wyatt, Linnea's ex to make him behave. It works beautifully but has a side effect of also changing Alec Hale, Ember's stiff, boss. Suddenly he's exuberantly sharing his feelings with Ember and sweeping her off her feet. He's perfect and she's melting in bliss until she realizes what must have happened. She flees and at the first opportunity reverses the spell, freeing Alec Ember learns a spell to change a person or thing to their opposite. While at the Sunday family dinner she uses the spell in Wyatt, Linnea's ex to make him behave. It works beautifully but has a side effect of also changing Alec Hale, Ember's stiff, boss. Suddenly he's exuberantly sharing his feelings with Ember and sweeping her off her feet. He's perfect and she's melting in bliss until she realizes what must have happened. She flees and at the first opportunity reverses the spell, freeing Alec even though it breaks her heart.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dessa Bergan

    Excellent Read! I have been thoroughly enjoying this series after recently finding it. This installment tugged at the heartstrings a little more than others have, but I enjoyed the growth that brought to the characters. The author’s ability to create a magical world while still making the characters relatable is impressive. The mystery is interesting and will keep you turning pages. The romance is complicated, but still interesting and a continuing theme from story to story. I would definitely re Excellent Read! I have been thoroughly enjoying this series after recently finding it. This installment tugged at the heartstrings a little more than others have, but I enjoyed the growth that brought to the characters. The author’s ability to create a magical world while still making the characters relatable is impressive. The mystery is interesting and will keep you turning pages. The romance is complicated, but still interesting and a continuing theme from story to story. I would definitely recommend this series!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Irene

    I like this series they're easy to read, not at all taxing. I gave 5 stars but I feel we've jumped ahead a bit. Annabel said she'd explain about The familiar in the next book but he had a large part in this one and so should have been explained. There were one or two loose ends and I feel I've missed a book, though I haven't. However, it didn't spoil the book. I love the young adult fantasies even though I'm a 65 year old grannie. I like this series they're easy to read, not at all taxing. I gave 5 stars but I feel we've jumped ahead a bit. Annabel said she'd explain about The familiar in the next book but he had a large part in this one and so should have been explained. There were one or two loose ends and I feel I've missed a book, though I haven't. However, it didn't spoil the book. I love the young adult fantasies even though I'm a 65 year old grannie.

  18. 4 out of 5

    kelly west

    Loving the series! Problem is I am waiting for the horrible boot to fall. No one gets a perfect life out of a horrible past. It's like too good to be true. Four books in and I know the longer it takes its Gunn a be so bad I am not going to want to read that particular book. I hope it isn't that horrid when the stuff finally hits the fan. They are each story fun, and interesting. Ms Chase keeps it fun without overwhelming backstory. Well written . Well done. Loving the series! Problem is I am waiting for the horrible boot to fall. No one gets a perfect life out of a horrible past. It's like too good to be true. Four books in and I know the longer it takes its Gunn a be so bad I am not going to want to read that particular book. I hope it isn't that horrid when the stuff finally hits the fan. They are each story fun, and interesting. Ms Chase keeps it fun without overwhelming backstory. Well written . Well done.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Adrienne

    Ember Rose is investigating the death of a high school kid, found dead in a sand sculpture. While her personal life is thrown into chaos when her spell goes wrong. Lessons she learns are heartbreaking but necessary. When using magic make sure you do no harm, a lesson Ember will never forget, when her mistakes hurts one of her friends. And, nothing she can do can make it better. Its a fun read, with characters that are quirky but found in every day life.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne Brewer

    Better than the first 3 The witch from Jersey is becoming more and more comfortable in her new home in Starry Hollow. Her relationships are becoming more adult and interesting as she learns more about her family and closest friends. She takes her work with the sheriff seriously and enjoys being in the thick of things - mostly. Missed hearing more about what her delightful daughter is up to.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Diana Blick

    Nice paranormal mystery This fourth book in the series finds Ember Rose in a love triangle and square in the midst of another murder investigation. While the mystery isn't too heavy, the world the author has built is fun and Ember's character is developing. I would like a bit of backstory here to help tie the volumes together but so far there really isn't one. Nice paranormal mystery This fourth book in the series finds Ember Rose in a love triangle and square in the midst of another murder investigation. While the mystery isn't too heavy, the world the author has built is fun and Ember's character is developing. I would like a bit of backstory here to help tie the volumes together but so far there really isn't one.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Unicorns are real I thoroughly enjoy this series! Ember is a down to earth-tell it how it is-loving witch. Marley is her sweet, smart, and loving daughter. The rest of the characters fill out the books nicely. The love triangle breaks my heart a little, but it will all work out I'm sure. Unfortunately, she can't have both! Unicorns are real I thoroughly enjoy this series! Ember is a down to earth-tell it how it is-loving witch. Marley is her sweet, smart, and loving daughter. The rest of the characters fill out the books nicely. The love triangle breaks my heart a little, but it will all work out I'm sure. Unfortunately, she can't have both!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mary Barrett

    5 🌟 I have been reading an reviewing this series for the past few days. The only thing different I can add is that they make me smile. Well written books holding all of the paranormal characters we have grown up with. I like that even though there are mysteries to solve that the stories are lighthearted and not full of blood and gore.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mike Lewis

    Very entertaining series Very entertaining series with a great cast of characters. A cozy mystery sit in a supernatural town where a newly found which discovers her powers and new family. Follow long as she solves mysteries with that many characters in supernatural creatures. Lots of fun plenty of spell throwing action and entertainment.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nina

    This was so funny and the characters of Starry Hollow are really likeable. Although it was fun and all, Ember really gets on my nerves some times. Always the mentioning she is from New Jersey and isn't any good at anything is kind of annoying at times. I know its her character within the book but still ... after 4 books its a pain to read. This was so funny and the characters of Starry Hollow are really likeable. Although it was fun and all, Ember really gets on my nerves some times. Always the mentioning she is from New Jersey and isn't any good at anything is kind of annoying at times. I know its her character within the book but still ... after 4 books its a pain to read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Renae Baker

    Absolutely love this series. I wish my brain was wired like Ember's, to be able to have the snappy snarky witty responses to things that are said. The Starry Hollow series are such entertaining books and I can't wait for the next one to come out! Absolutely love this series. I wish my brain was wired like Ember's, to be able to have the snappy snarky witty responses to things that are said. The Starry Hollow series are such entertaining books and I can't wait for the next one to come out!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Charming characters After reading several of the books in this series, I am finding myself wanting more from the people of Starry Hollow. The move of an older person who is magical adept and didn't know it instead of a teenager is a nice change. Charming characters After reading several of the books in this series, I am finding myself wanting more from the people of Starry Hollow. The move of an older person who is magical adept and didn't know it instead of a teenager is a nice change.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Choi

    Enjoyable storey This is a real page turner, I absolutely enjoy everyone of the characters in the stories. There was even a mention to Bella Forest! The paranormal love interest are really cool too. The raccoon through me for a loop. On to the next storey!

  29. 4 out of 5

    April Fleming

    Magic Continues As Ember and Marley enjoy the beach, a body of a teenager is discovered in one of the sand sculptures. If that wasn't bad enough her suitors for for her attention in ways she never expected! Magic Continues As Ember and Marley enjoy the beach, a body of a teenager is discovered in one of the sand sculptures. If that wasn't bad enough her suitors for for her attention in ways she never expected!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    Okay This book was okay. I like Ember better than I used to, but she is still kind of weird. I don’t think she’s serious enough. I really don’t like the love triangle thing. The only thing she seems to feel anyway is hormones. That’s not love.

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