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It’s the chance of a lifetime, but Holly’s not sure she can survive the spotlight’s harsh glow. With her potions shop officially open for business, Holly sets off to the San Francisco Haven to compete with the most elite potions masters in the entire country. But what should be a fun and potentially life-changing experience quickly sours when Haven Council officials show It’s the chance of a lifetime, but Holly’s not sure she can survive the spotlight’s harsh glow. With her potions shop officially open for business, Holly sets off to the San Francisco Haven to compete with the most elite potions masters in the entire country. But what should be a fun and potentially life-changing experience quickly sours when Haven Council officials show up and start poking around Holly’s workstation. When one of the competitors is found murdered, all eyes swivel to Holly and her apprentice. Holly doesn’t know who killed the egotistical wizard, but she knows it wasn’t her or Harmony. She also knows that there are some on the esteemed Haven Council who wouldn’t hesitate to blur the lines of the investigation if it means getting rid of her once and for all. Holly, Adam, Evangeline, and Harmony have to find the real killer before the clock runs out and Holly ends up wearing SPA handcuffs. *** First Place Witch is the eighth book in the Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries series by Danielle Garrett.


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It’s the chance of a lifetime, but Holly’s not sure she can survive the spotlight’s harsh glow. With her potions shop officially open for business, Holly sets off to the San Francisco Haven to compete with the most elite potions masters in the entire country. But what should be a fun and potentially life-changing experience quickly sours when Haven Council officials show It’s the chance of a lifetime, but Holly’s not sure she can survive the spotlight’s harsh glow. With her potions shop officially open for business, Holly sets off to the San Francisco Haven to compete with the most elite potions masters in the entire country. But what should be a fun and potentially life-changing experience quickly sours when Haven Council officials show up and start poking around Holly’s workstation. When one of the competitors is found murdered, all eyes swivel to Holly and her apprentice. Holly doesn’t know who killed the egotistical wizard, but she knows it wasn’t her or Harmony. She also knows that there are some on the esteemed Haven Council who wouldn’t hesitate to blur the lines of the investigation if it means getting rid of her once and for all. Holly, Adam, Evangeline, and Harmony have to find the real killer before the clock runs out and Holly ends up wearing SPA handcuffs. *** First Place Witch is the eighth book in the Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries series by Danielle Garrett.

30 review for First Place Witch

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a cozy mystery, and this is the 8th book in the Beechwood Harbor Magic Mystery. I love this series so much. Holly the main character is fun and has grow throughout all the books. I missed Posy in this book, and I think not having Posy in the other books is going to change the books a lot. I loved the Posy character so much. (*)

  2. 5 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    Missed the audio, so I dove in to read and catch up.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    After nearly dying in the last adventure, Holly is now facing a grand opening of her potions' shop, a deepened commitment in her love life, and, oh yes, a spot on a reality TV potions contest. She's sailing nicely until a body shows up and she's back under suspicion. Light and entertaining and the narration is sensational. First Place Witch is the eighth in an engaging paranormal cozy mystery series, Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries. They work best when read/listened to in order. The last book, A After nearly dying in the last adventure, Holly is now facing a grand opening of her potions' shop, a deepened commitment in her love life, and, oh yes, a spot on a reality TV potions contest. She's sailing nicely until a body shows up and she's back under suspicion. Light and entertaining and the narration is sensational. First Place Witch is the eighth in an engaging paranormal cozy mystery series, Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries. They work best when read/listened to in order. The last book, A Royal Witch, was pretty action-packed and heavy on the paranormal and stirred up a lot of emotional drama. I was wary that this would be much of the same when it came to the excess drama, but instead it was calmer and more focused. It had several plot threads going, but they were all going along steadily and not just focused around Holly. There is a romance plot for Evangeline. Harmony is proving to have really matured since her days as a troubling side character in her sister's series. Holly herself faces up to her life that now includes a legit potions shop and committed relationship with Adam, but now she joins the show contest because she still feels like she has to prove herself to others that she is beyond her past and deserves some respect. Unfortunately, she gets framed for a murder and people are more than ready to believe she did it because of said past though she has a loyal group of friends to stand by her and help her out of a jam. The mystery was another clever one. I figured out part of it, but not all. There was a few exciting moments and a really low point for poor Holly, but she comes through. Amanda Ronconi is fabulous as the voice of Holly and the series. I hear her voice for each character and catch the tone of the story easily. Her work is easy to listen to and get absorbed into the book. I can't recommend her work enough. All in all, this was another fun one in the series with the TV show setting and the potions contest and that swoony final chapter. Those who enjoy paranormal mixed with cozy mystery should definitely put this series on their list of listens. My thanks to Tantor Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bobbi

    Totally enjoyed this book! Good mystery, fun characters and great reader.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)

    First Place Witch opens shortly after the conclusion of A Royal Witch, on the night before Holly opens her new Potions Shop. She’s stressed because one of the Council members doesn’t think she should have her license, and she worries that he’ll cause trouble. The author catches up on events that have occurred in between the books, like Adam receiving a job offer from the SPA. In addition to her new store, Holly is invited to participate in a televised potions contest (think The Great British Bak First Place Witch opens shortly after the conclusion of A Royal Witch, on the night before Holly opens her new Potions Shop. She’s stressed because one of the Council members doesn’t think she should have her license, and she worries that he’ll cause trouble. The author catches up on events that have occurred in between the books, like Adam receiving a job offer from the SPA. In addition to her new store, Holly is invited to participate in a televised potions contest (think The Great British Bake Off but for witches), and the whole gang decides to go to San Fransisco to support her. However, when the star contestant turns up dead, and illegal positions are being sold on the black market, the SPA considers Holly their number one suspect. First Place Witch is one of my favorites in the series. I loved that Adam and Holly acted as a team throughout the story, working together instead of Holly keeping secrets or anguishing over what she wants to do next in her life. While slightly apprehensive over the opening of her new shop, overall she revels in her successes and how good life is. Additionally, they acknowledge the weird stuff that always happens around Holly, but their love is strong and Adam will do anything for her. She is finally content in her life and letting Adam be her equal. The mystery was a pretty good one, made all the better because Holly and the gang worked together to clear Holly’s name. I liked that Holly didn’t go out of her way to investigate or get involved, yet still got drawn into the case because of who she is and the distrust some of the Counsel has. The only thing is that there were no clear clues to tell us who did it. Holly didn’t really solve the case; she and the gang just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Narration: As always, Holly and her friends are brought to life through the performance of Amanda Ronconi, who has consistently done a wonderful job. Her interpretation of Holly is always spot on – a bit flustered and frazzled, but with an air of determination – just like Holly. Ms. Ronconi convincingly portrays Holly’s thoughts, concerns, and expressions. Her voices are all well-suited, and she gives paranormals their own fitting voices. However, I noticed that as the cast gets larger, some of the characters started sounding similar, but due to writing, I could usually tell them apart. First Place Witch renewed my interest in and love of the Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries, and I look forward to following Holly and the gang as they move onto the next phases of their lives. My Ratings Story: B+ Narration: A- Review copy provided by Tantor Audio Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About

  6. 4 out of 5

    Susan Miller

    Too Many Mistakes!!!! Please, have someone proofread your books BEFORE they are published. I counted over 20 errors in this book alone. This is very annoying and distracting. Please fix any errors in your next book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Berls

    I really love this series and this book was exceptionally good. Holly finally has her grand opening for her potion shop and the disaster she feared didn't happen. Instead it hits when she's in the San Francisco Haven getting her lucky break in a potion making contest... calling into question if it's really so lucky. For me, it was the anxiousness about how she'd perform in the potion making contest more than anything else that made me eager to know what would happen next. I just wanted her to wi I really love this series and this book was exceptionally good. Holly finally has her grand opening for her potion shop and the disaster she feared didn't happen. Instead it hits when she's in the San Francisco Haven getting her lucky break in a potion making contest... calling into question if it's really so lucky. For me, it was the anxiousness about how she'd perform in the potion making contest more than anything else that made me eager to know what would happen next. I just wanted her to win so bad! Of course, the mystery she fell into is pretty dire too and I had a few guesses right up to the end - 1 of my guesses was right but it wasn't the one I was focused on. And the characters/relationships continue to make this series! There were lots of developments in relationships in this book that were hinted at in the previous one and still they both excited me and saddened me. I'm eager to see how the changes will play out in future books. I plan to dive into the next one almost immediately. oh and of course, Amanda Ronconi slays the narration. She's in my top 10 (maybe top 5?) of narrators.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I love Beechwood Harbor ghost Mysteries they are hilarious and especially this series I really like a lot I like all the books but the reason why is she does such good detail in describing every little thing and it's a really funny book like I laugh a lot and you can picture everything especially the characters and what they're doing at the time and it's just amazing and this series all the series gets me out of my head with scarlet and with Holly I love Beechwood Harbor ghost Mysteries they are hilarious and especially this series I really like a lot I like all the books but the reason why is she does such good detail in describing every little thing and it's a really funny book like I laugh a lot and you can picture everything especially the characters and what they're doing at the time and it's just amazing and this series all the series gets me out of my head with scarlet and with Holly

  9. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    My favorite! Danielle Garrett throws it outta the park again! Holly and cohorts at Beechwood Manor are my favorite characters! I feel as if they are my friends! Wonderful fun and new characters popping in keeps me entertained! Excellent work!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gail Harkins

    First Place Witch is an exciting, high-energy romp -- and one I thoroughly enjoyed. With Holly opening her potions shop in the Seattle haven, you'd think she had enough on her hands. She does, but when she gets the opportunity to participate as a contestant on the reality show Bubbles & Bubbles, she jumps at the chance. Things are going great, too, until one of the stars is murdered and Holly's the prime suspect. This book lays the foundation for plenty of changes for the Beechwood Harbor gang. First Place Witch is an exciting, high-energy romp -- and one I thoroughly enjoyed. With Holly opening her potions shop in the Seattle haven, you'd think she had enough on her hands. She does, but when she gets the opportunity to participate as a contestant on the reality show Bubbles & Bubbles, she jumps at the chance. Things are going great, too, until one of the stars is murdered and Holly's the prime suspect. This book lays the foundation for plenty of changes for the Beechwood Harbor gang. If you like the series, you'll love this installation!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jana Gundy

    Still a great series I love this author and all of her series. This was the first series of her I discovered and after many books, it’s still going strong. Holly lives an almost ordinary life in a paranormal world, while making her mark and solving crimes. Her boyfriend is her support and side kick along with her other house mates and a few paranormal. It’s a fun book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shy The WidowMaker

    I went into this series having not listened to any of the others but I am a lover of the narrator Amanda Ronconi so I knew I would love it. I was not disappointed as this was a quick and fun listen with lots of action along the way. I got into this one getting introduced to Holly and Beechwood Harbor. I loved Holly as a character she was independent and strong willed and I loved that she owned her own potions shop. The fact that she got invited to the the potions contest was a fun additional as I went into this series having not listened to any of the others but I am a lover of the narrator Amanda Ronconi so I knew I would love it. I was not disappointed as this was a quick and fun listen with lots of action along the way. I got into this one getting introduced to Holly and Beechwood Harbor. I loved Holly as a character she was independent and strong willed and I loved that she owned her own potions shop. The fact that she got invited to the the potions contest was a fun additional as I am lover of all things competition shows and this audiobook brought it all to life. As with most mystery books as the competition gets started one of the contestants is murdered. As the investigation continues Holly is named as the primary suspect and has to work to clear her name. She gets help along the way from her friends and lots of fun ensues along the way. I loved how the narrator brought all the characters to life and made it such a fun read. She kept me entertained and invested in the story and I didn't want to stop listening. I will definitely have to go back to start from the beginning on this series as I enjoyed this one a lot. Thanks to Tantor Audio for this book for review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Patrea Beard

    Eventful Seems like a lot happens in this book. Holly is once again in trouble. Her last name and past causes some difficulties, thankfully she has some good friends and the luck she needs to win free. Lacey, Scarlett, Flapjack, and Grandmother Honeysuckle all have a brief appearance. Anastasia is mentioned a few times. I find there is almost always a spot that needed a closer edit (this one is a location mistake), they are small and easily forgivable and probably unnoticeable to many. None of th Eventful Seems like a lot happens in this book. Holly is once again in trouble. Her last name and past causes some difficulties, thankfully she has some good friends and the luck she needs to win free. Lacey, Scarlett, Flapjack, and Grandmother Honeysuckle all have a brief appearance. Anastasia is mentioned a few times. I find there is almost always a spot that needed a closer edit (this one is a location mistake), they are small and easily forgivable and probably unnoticeable to many. None of these has made me want to even think about giving any of her series of books up. Still fun and enjoyable while entertaining. No language, sex alluded to vaguely, violence on scene is no more than a basic shove like event.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Renee Marski

    A witching good time! Holly gets asked to participate in a potions competition right after opening her shop. Only problem is that platt, the councilman who dislikes her, is a judge. Then a contestant is murdered and Holly is chief suspect. Now she has to prove her innocence. Poor Holly cant catch a break. Its fun to see our favorite characters back, even Teddy. The mystery is fun to follow with nail biting suspense!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mike Lewis

    Entertaining supernatural cozy mystery series Entertaining supernatural cozy mystery series. A Great cast of characters and a fun and entertaining storyline. Holly Bolt a potions master who is opening up her first potions shop. Follow along and see what happens after her grand opening. A murder a mystery or something always happens. Check it out

  16. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    I have enjoyed all of the books in this series. This one, the 8th, was just as much fun. The mystery was good and not easy to figure out. Well done! Now I wonder what will happen now that the long-time ghost owner of Beechwood Manor is "retiring." I have enjoyed all of the books in this series. This one, the 8th, was just as much fun. The mystery was good and not easy to figure out. Well done! Now I wonder what will happen now that the long-time ghost owner of Beechwood Manor is "retiring."

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mary Kearney

    Another great visit in Beechwood Harbor I love this Series. The characters are fun and the plots have enough twists that you don't want to stop reading. This was a great, easy read anyone would enjoy. Another great visit in Beechwood Harbor I love this Series. The characters are fun and the plots have enough twists that you don't want to stop reading. This was a great, easy read anyone would enjoy.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mrs. Garen L. Herd

    Good read Book 8 also has humor, murder, mystery, and all the gang, but not as much actual physical magic, especially on Holly's part. Still written very well and holds your interest. Once I start reading, it's hard to put it down. Love this series. Good read Book 8 also has humor, murder, mystery, and all the gang, but not as much actual physical magic, especially on Holly's part. Still written very well and holds your interest. Once I start reading, it's hard to put it down. Love this series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    A trouble magnet? Trouble certainly seems to follow Holly and her crew. Fortunately some old friends are around to help save the day!

  20. 5 out of 5

    pamela kish

    Love this book.cant wait for the next one Can't wait to read the next one.hope fully there is another one in the series. If not I will look for more books by this author Love this book.cant wait for the next one Can't wait to read the next one.hope fully there is another one in the series. If not I will look for more books by this author

  21. 4 out of 5

    Phelps

    Sometimes when the apocalypse is happening outside you need a little cozy mystery.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dorris

    Another light read from an amusing series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    3.5 still enjoying this series!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Patricia A Spring

    Paranormal Paranormal mystery romance. This book was more of a stand alone than some of the others light easy read with a lot less editing needs

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    I know it’s weird, but Adam isn’t my favorite. I keep waiting for them to break up. The competition angle was fun. Although the title kind of gave away the ending.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Minouschka

    I really love these cozy mystery reads!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ken Glisson

    Holly can't stay away from trouble. The story line is good and I like the characters but, Danielle really needs to get a proof reader. The number of mistakes and typos seriously take away from enjoyable reading. It's like she just used a built in spell check, and yes the words are spelled right but, they don't make sense. That being said, I do look forward to the next book. The Beechwood Harbor gang are taking it to another level. Holly can't stay away from trouble. The story line is good and I like the characters but, Danielle really needs to get a proof reader. The number of mistakes and typos seriously take away from enjoyable reading. It's like she just used a built in spell check, and yes the words are spelled right but, they don't make sense. That being said, I do look forward to the next book. The Beechwood Harbor gang are taking it to another level.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sharri Williams

    Another great mystery Holy and the gang are well written characters and I love this series. I highly recommend this book and any book this author writes.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Diane Gates

    Loved the story and the series Danielle's stories are always exciting, funny, full of adventure and mischief. Can't wait for the next one. Love all the characters Loved the story and the series Danielle's stories are always exciting, funny, full of adventure and mischief. Can't wait for the next one. Love all the characters

  30. 5 out of 5

    Selaya Morton

    Another "Magical" mystery from Danielle Garrett. So many twists in this one, I even found myself doubting the outcome (but not really!). I really am getting hooked on Danielle's "Beechwood Harbour" stories that I am going to have to tear myself away at some point. I love Holly as a sort of 'anti-heroine' but I also love all her friends & colleagues for their support and everything else they give her. Guess I'm gonna have to resort to the "Ghost" series again while I wait for 'Sassy.' Another "Magical" mystery from Danielle Garrett. So many twists in this one, I even found myself doubting the outcome (but not really!). I really am getting hooked on Danielle's "Beechwood Harbour" stories that I am going to have to tear myself away at some point. I love Holly as a sort of 'anti-heroine' but I also love all her friends & colleagues for their support and everything else they give her. Guess I'm gonna have to resort to the "Ghost" series again while I wait for 'Sassy.'

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