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It ain't over... Life is always hectic for P.I. (and novice witch), Jill Gooder. Murder, theft and a missing cat, she can take in her stride, but a date with detective Jack Maxwell? That's a whole different ball game. ...til the custard creams have all gone. It ain't over... Life is always hectic for P.I. (and novice witch), Jill Gooder. Murder, theft and a missing cat, she can take in her stride, but a date with detective Jack Maxwell? That's a whole different ball game. ...til the custard creams have all gone.


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It ain't over... Life is always hectic for P.I. (and novice witch), Jill Gooder. Murder, theft and a missing cat, she can take in her stride, but a date with detective Jack Maxwell? That's a whole different ball game. ...til the custard creams have all gone. It ain't over... Life is always hectic for P.I. (and novice witch), Jill Gooder. Murder, theft and a missing cat, she can take in her stride, but a date with detective Jack Maxwell? That's a whole different ball game. ...til the custard creams have all gone.

30 review for Witch Is When Life Got Complicated

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emmeline Joy

    fun, light-hearted and snarky. I do take issue with the older sister Kathy, though, who goes above being bossy and straight to being a bully. I really did almost have to quit when she guilted our main character into giving some of her prized childhood possessions to Kathy's own daughter. Unnecessary and mean. fun, light-hearted and snarky. I do take issue with the older sister Kathy, though, who goes above being bossy and straight to being a bully. I really did almost have to quit when she guilted our main character into giving some of her prized childhood possessions to Kathy's own daughter. Unnecessary and mean.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rachel- Goodbye Borders

    Jill Gooder (yes, that's her last name) is a PI and a witch. She's new at the witch thing. I liked the first book. But what I like about the first (quirky, fun) was overshadowed by the other issues I had. This, like the first, was very light on the mystery. Jill is a decent main character. What annoyed me, is I wish she would stand up for herself more and be less of a doormat. Just. Say. No. I didn't like the secondary characters as much. I thought they (mainly Jill's sister and cousins) were ru Jill Gooder (yes, that's her last name) is a PI and a witch. She's new at the witch thing. I liked the first book. But what I like about the first (quirky, fun) was overshadowed by the other issues I had. This, like the first, was very light on the mystery. Jill is a decent main character. What annoyed me, is I wish she would stand up for herself more and be less of a doormat. Just. Say. No. I didn't like the secondary characters as much. I thought they (mainly Jill's sister and cousins) were rude, immature, and just plain annoying. It sucks that a book with so many (human) characters, the one I liked the best was Winky, a cat.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jammin Jenny

    I really enjoyed this cozy mystery about a witch just learning her powers. She lives in two worlds - a sup world full of vampires, werewolves, witches, goblins, etc., and a world of humans. In the human world, she's a PI and helps solve a murder mystery. In the sup world, she's just coming into her powers and she helps solve the case of a missing trophy. I really enjoyed this cozy mystery about a witch just learning her powers. She lives in two worlds - a sup world full of vampires, werewolves, witches, goblins, etc., and a world of humans. In the human world, she's a PI and helps solve a murder mystery. In the sup world, she's just coming into her powers and she helps solve the case of a missing trophy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    A nice, easy, fun read. Perfect for relaxing.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Arnaud

    Still going strong Another one with a nice plot and more details about all the relevant characters. Enjoyed it as much as the first volume, with the right amount of giggles in the right places (I think?) . Following the main character in her two different "lives" makes for a fun ride :-) Still going strong Another one with a nice plot and more details about all the relevant characters. Enjoyed it as much as the first volume, with the right amount of giggles in the right places (I think?) . Following the main character in her two different "lives" makes for a fun ride :-)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Sheppard

    4.5 I’m obsessed

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tony Hisgett

    I was surprised I actually liked the first book in the series. It had a certain charm, which was OK the first time around, but by the second book the novelty value has now worn off. Jill is extremely irritating; she makes decisions that make no sense, sometimes because she allows herself to be bullied into them and then complains about having made them. I wish she had a bit more backbone and be prepared to stand up to people, especially her sister. The main problem with the story is it is so frag I was surprised I actually liked the first book in the series. It had a certain charm, which was OK the first time around, but by the second book the novelty value has now worn off. Jill is extremely irritating; she makes decisions that make no sense, sometimes because she allows herself to be bullied into them and then complains about having made them. I wish she had a bit more backbone and be prepared to stand up to people, especially her sister. The main problem with the story is it is so fragmented. Things just happen and aren’t explained or followed up. There are also the continuing incidents with the followers of the Dark One, Jill deals remarkable well with them, but then seems to forget them and carries on as if she hasn’t just been attacked and involved in killing several people.

  8. 4 out of 5

    JadeShea

    Witch Is When Life Got Complicated is the second book in the series, and I enjoyed it much more than the first one. I felt like Jill was really trying to embrace her new witch heritage, and I loved learning about that. I also enjoyed the side characters, except for her sister. I can't stand her sister at all, she is beyond annoying. And now the previous cop that she seemed to hate, and he hated her, well now they are forced to spend more time together. This book has very little on the romance si Witch Is When Life Got Complicated is the second book in the series, and I enjoyed it much more than the first one. I felt like Jill was really trying to embrace her new witch heritage, and I loved learning about that. I also enjoyed the side characters, except for her sister. I can't stand her sister at all, she is beyond annoying. And now the previous cop that she seemed to hate, and he hated her, well now they are forced to spend more time together. This book has very little on the romance side, which is fine, but I do hope that it comes into play a little more later on in the series. Other than that, I enjoyed the mystery, and I loved Jill. The humor in this story is awesome as well. I'm hooked and can't wait to read more.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lucy King

    This is getting better and better! :D I love Jill and Candlefield..and Winky! It was funny read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dionne

    Easy to read but keeps you wondering too...great little cozy mystery series!! Thoroughly enjoyable and a good light hearted read. Now on to the next book...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

    Point off as she’s gone with the silly in your face cliff hanger ending so many novices on Kindle Unlimited adopt.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Definitely a fun little cozy mystery. There was more than one mystery happening in this book. I loved Winky. He was definitely a character. I feel like she is underestimating her sister. She should tell her the truth about her bio family and her abilities. Overall, a fun little story.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Breazel

    It's a good light read for when you're in between better series, but I hate most side characters. Kathy most of all. Her children are completely spoiled beasts, she has zero regard for Jill's wishes and expects her to drop everything for her every whim. Even worse, Jill let's her! Her birth family is dysfunctional, but generally more tolerable. Basically it's all much better when nobody else is around. except for her cat. if this book could just be her and her cat and no other recurring characte It's a good light read for when you're in between better series, but I hate most side characters. Kathy most of all. Her children are completely spoiled beasts, she has zero regard for Jill's wishes and expects her to drop everything for her every whim. Even worse, Jill let's her! Her birth family is dysfunctional, but generally more tolerable. Basically it's all much better when nobody else is around. except for her cat. if this book could just be her and her cat and no other recurring characters, it'd be so much better.

  14. 5 out of 5

    books are love

    I love that cat. Love his feistiness and ingenuity in making money. He is so entertaining. And Jill’s assistant is awesome with her knitting. That woman can knit like nobody’s business. Here Jill is gaining strength in her abilities to do spells and gaining confidence in her abilities. She is working a theft that has a twist to it and really got me surprised a bit at the end. But what I enjoyed more was the story of how she ended up having a date with Jack whom she has a shaky relationship with. I love that cat. Love his feistiness and ingenuity in making money. He is so entertaining. And Jill’s assistant is awesome with her knitting. That woman can knit like nobody’s business. Here Jill is gaining strength in her abilities to do spells and gaining confidence in her abilities. She is working a theft that has a twist to it and really got me surprised a bit at the end. But what I enjoyed more was the story of how she ended up having a date with Jack whom she has a shaky relationship with. Turns out they have a lot in common and are fun together. It does get awkward on her at the end of the date and this is a great way to end the book. The book was fun and flirty. Filled with family, friends, mystery and smiles.

  15. 4 out of 5

    iamGamz

    Absolutely enjoying this series. The books are short and make for delightful reading. I love Jill and her witchy powers. Grandma is a riot. I’m just glad she’s not mine. And Drake and Jack. Two hit hunks for the girl that can’t get a date. Can’t wait to see where this goes.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Fun A witch private investigator, warlocks, and other supernatural beings trying to make it in a human world. I love the characters.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mónica García

    That Kathy character is starting to get in my nerves.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amy Ingalls

    It just feels like something is missing in this series. I think it is trying to be too many things at once, so it ends up not being dark enough, or quirky enough, or easy-breezy enough but a hodge-podge. It feels like Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Charmed have an annoying little sister who is trying to act like them but doesn't quite measure up. Snarky cat? Check. Raised among humans and didn't know you were a witch? Check. Gets advice from ghostly relatives? Check. Pursued by an evil dark force It just feels like something is missing in this series. I think it is trying to be too many things at once, so it ends up not being dark enough, or quirky enough, or easy-breezy enough but a hodge-podge. It feels like Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Charmed have an annoying little sister who is trying to act like them but doesn't quite measure up. Snarky cat? Check. Raised among humans and didn't know you were a witch? Check. Gets advice from ghostly relatives? Check. Pursued by an evil dark force? Check. Inexplicably better at magic than almost everyone? Check. Uses magic badly in regular settings without being noticed? Check. Winky remains my favorite character. Jill had not right to bully her sister into giving up her beanies.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Henriette

    I read the first book a while back and didn't really remember it all that well. For the first 60% of the second book, I actually wondered how I finished at all as the author was rambling. What do I mean by that? One chapter was eight pages long and I counted the scene changes (discernible by the stars separating them). There were six scenes in total meaning each was a page max and some were quite irrelevant like Jill helping out at the tea shop or having a temp for exactly one scene. There were a I read the first book a while back and didn't really remember it all that well. For the first 60% of the second book, I actually wondered how I finished at all as the author was rambling. What do I mean by that? One chapter was eight pages long and I counted the scene changes (discernible by the stars separating them). There were six scenes in total meaning each was a page max and some were quite irrelevant like Jill helping out at the tea shop or having a temp for exactly one scene. There were also a great many plots and subplots. There was the murder case, which was solved approximately halfway through. Then we had ghost mum wanting to get married, Mrs. V and her knitting competition and subplots, the missing sports trophy, the case of the second one-eyed cat, lessons with grandma, Kathie being a nuisance, getting Jill to go to the circus even though she is afraid of clowns, taking her beanie collection from her and setting her up on a date with Maxwell. Jill also met Drake and there were two murder attempts by the dark ones. It's actually even more convoluted than that. The problem wasn't following all those subplots it was staying interested. I would have given up on the series if the story hadn't come together in the last 40%. And sometimes I got a real chuckle out of the author’s dry wit. Let's see if the third one is better.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    This just wasn't the kind of mystery I enjoy. It didn't have a great sense of place. I was many pages in before she paid for something in pounds and I realized the story might be taking place in Great Britain. There was a pub and tea shop, but there are pubs and tea shops in many countries. I like to create a picture in my mind as I read and this gave me no colors, no scents, no temperatures, no fabrics - nothing really other than conversation and names of buildings. Still not really sure where This just wasn't the kind of mystery I enjoy. It didn't have a great sense of place. I was many pages in before she paid for something in pounds and I realized the story might be taking place in Great Britain. There was a pub and tea shop, but there are pubs and tea shops in many countries. I like to create a picture in my mind as I read and this gave me no colors, no scents, no temperatures, no fabrics - nothing really other than conversation and names of buildings. Still not really sure where it was meant to be taking place. The language wasn't entirely accurate if it was meant to be in Great Britain. The characters were unlikable. I liked the cat and people treated the cat badly with no repercussions. Jill was okay and people treated her badly with no repercussions. The mystery seemed like a last thought - as though the author really wanted to just write about magic and family relationships, but went with a mystery instead. Just not my kind of book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Emma Marie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. These books are entertaining, but the lead character Jill has no backbone. While I'm sure the supporting characters are supposed to be amusing and fun compared to the 'unhappy, somewhat OCD' lead character, they are often unbearable and walk all over her. Take for example her sister Kathy, who basically threatens to disown her for not letting her kid (Lizzy) borrow Jill's beanies (even though days before she had *literally* saved Lizzy's life). That's of course after letting herself into Jill's h These books are entertaining, but the lead character Jill has no backbone. While I'm sure the supporting characters are supposed to be amusing and fun compared to the 'unhappy, somewhat OCD' lead character, they are often unbearable and walk all over her. Take for example her sister Kathy, who basically threatens to disown her for not letting her kid (Lizzy) borrow Jill's beanies (even though days before she had *literally* saved Lizzy's life). That's of course after letting herself into Jill's house and letting her kid play with them, even though she knows how much they mean to Jill. Frankly, If I was Jill I'd consider myself to be well shot of such a sister. I'll read the next book as these generally are a good, light read - but if the supporting characters carry on as they were in this book I'm not sure how much longer I'll continue with them.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    I am sorry I really tried to like this series, but I just cant. The characters are dull and shallow. I loathed the sister Kathy. She is a horrible person who walks over the main character constantly with no reproach. I was hoping the series would be along the lines of maybe Victoria Laurie or such. Sorry just not my cup of tea.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nicola

    Super cute storyline. Fun characters from the supernatural world, but the adoptive sister grates on my nerves. I could do without Kathy, the beanie incident was a turn off. This is a series to easily pick up between more serious reads.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Melissainau

    Entertaining holiday read

  25. 5 out of 5

    Laura Joseph

    Loved this book, it was fun and entertaining .

  26. 4 out of 5

    John S Roth

    Another Great Story! Another wonderful story from writer Adele Abbott! Mystery, intrigue, family relationships and a wicked sense of humor makes this book very enjoyable!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Candy | Evianrei

    Witch Is When Life Got Complicated is hilarious. Now that the story is rolling (the first book was world building) the reader can really get involved in Jill Gooder's life and experiences. Jill Gooder is both a Private Investigator and a witch (which she only recently found out). If you missed the first book, this book catches you up quick in the first three chapters (though I would recommend reading the first book). There are a couple mysteries in this book to solve in comparison to the first w Witch Is When Life Got Complicated is hilarious. Now that the story is rolling (the first book was world building) the reader can really get involved in Jill Gooder's life and experiences. Jill Gooder is both a Private Investigator and a witch (which she only recently found out). If you missed the first book, this book catches you up quick in the first three chapters (though I would recommend reading the first book). There are a couple mysteries in this book to solve in comparison to the first which only had one mystery. The book paces everything well so it isn't confusing. This installment in the series is definitely funnier and one of my favorite lines is from Winky the cat, “Are you running some kind of kinky chat line now? Is business that bad?” Some Qualms with the book: (view spoiler)[I'm still sort of a fan, sort of not of Kathy. I don't like how she treats Jill and accuses her of being a bad aunt, signs her up for a bunch of stuff without asking, and then takes all of Jill's beanies. Hoping she becomes less annoying throughout the series because I want to like her. I also don't like Mrs. V, if I were Jill I'd have sacked her the instant she let Winky escape (she knew what she was doing). I'd also do the same with the Temp lady. I'm not sure if it is just me but I can't stand incompetent or deliberately oblivious or irresponsible people. The Temp lady should have asked before moving things around and sending Winky away, would have booted her the instant I walked in. And Mrs. V being an employee should care about Winky's whereabouts even though she doesn't like him. I just don't like how Jill lies and pretends everything is peachy. I like Jill, but she's way too forgiving to her employees and sister. That and she pretends events or things people say are 'okay' and then in her head she complains about it. I'm a blunt person by nature so this 'white lying' and 'beating around the bush' really bothers me. I want Jill to just be to the point about stuff, but I suppose that's just not in her character. (hide spoiler)] Notable Content within book (if you think this might be something your kid would like, this is a heads up) - Sexual/Adult references - Death I really liked this book, I really like this series. Already started the third book (though I'm taking a short break to read a small non-fiction first).

  28. 5 out of 5

    agirlnamedshasta

    *spoilers - kind of* I picked up book one of this series totally by chance when wondering though the library stacks one day. I don't know what made me do it, but I am now so so happy I did! This is book two (so that should tell you something...since I went back for seconds) of a series about a private investigator who finds out that she is a witch. She is a sassy stubborn twenty-something who is just trying to make a living for herself by following in her father's footsteps. I adore the main cha *spoilers - kind of* I picked up book one of this series totally by chance when wondering though the library stacks one day. I don't know what made me do it, but I am now so so happy I did! This is book two (so that should tell you something...since I went back for seconds) of a series about a private investigator who finds out that she is a witch. She is a sassy stubborn twenty-something who is just trying to make a living for herself by following in her father's footsteps. I adore the main character Jill and all the supporting characters that the author has weaved into the world around them. The style and dialogue of this book is an absolute treat as the main character actually talks to the reader...I know right...a book nerds dream come true! The author has made it feel as though you are the main heroine’s friend and you are right beside her while she is living out this interesting quirky life. I will say that this is not a series that you can pick up right in the middle of though; each book is totally connected to the one before and they flow into the other in a way that begs the reader to start from the beginning and go along for the ride in sequence! That I don't mind since my library has the whole set...of which there are 19 so far, so you will hear more about these books for sure. Why do I love it…she can talk to animals (loving that she rescued a one-eyed cat named Winky), has a hate hate relationship with the local detective, has twin cousins that own and cupcake/tea room, has a cranky Grandma, an sister who drags her to every event she doesn't want to go to and lastly her receptionist is a scarf knitting old lady whom has a hate hate relationship with Winky! I am telling you...this series is wonderful! Cozy mystery just doesn't seem to totally fit with all that is going on in these books so I totally recommend that you check it out.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Crys

    This sequel was such a fun listen. Jill is back - with the zany Mrs. V, her sister Cathy, her new-found witchy fam, and all the complications with balancing a PI firm, family, and learning new spells. There was a lot happening in this one - crimes to solve, spells to learn so tests could be passed, her sister, and more. One thing that makes this different from other cozy listens is that Jill is working on case after case after case, so it's interesting to listen to the different types of cases she This sequel was such a fun listen. Jill is back - with the zany Mrs. V, her sister Cathy, her new-found witchy fam, and all the complications with balancing a PI firm, family, and learning new spells. There was a lot happening in this one - crimes to solve, spells to learn so tests could be passed, her sister, and more. One thing that makes this different from other cozy listens is that Jill is working on case after case after case, so it's interesting to listen to the different types of cases she stumbles on, and how she consistently seems to show up the local police. One thing I do not enjoy is her sister Cathy. I cannot tell you how many times she made me so annoyed with her character. It's to the point that I'm ready for Jill to move to Candlefield and just be around her new witchy family because Cathy really over-steps her bounds too many times. With that said, I love all the other characters - returning and new. They are so fun, but I think my favorite is grandma. Man, she does not hold back at all. Her expectations are high, and you either meet them or she flames you (but not literally). This leads to many comical moments. I had to stop myself from laughing while I was listening at the gym. Really looking forward to the next one. Here's to more in Candlefield and less of Cathy.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Zayne

    This is the second book in the witch PI series. I enjoyed the first book immensely, though it completely lacked for diversity (I don’t consider different supernaturals as diversity). This book was no different. Although I’ve spotted a few loopholes and inconsistencies in the magic system, the plot was stronger in this book than in the first, and I appreciated the interplay of the supernatural characters more. The introduction of super sups is fun and might lead to some interesting plot lines as This is the second book in the witch PI series. I enjoyed the first book immensely, though it completely lacked for diversity (I don’t consider different supernaturals as diversity). This book was no different. Although I’ve spotted a few loopholes and inconsistencies in the magic system, the plot was stronger in this book than in the first, and I appreciated the interplay of the supernatural characters more. The introduction of super sups is fun and might lead to some interesting plot lines as well. HOWEVER, the MC’s sister (non-sup) is a horrid character and I can’t stand reading 90% of their interactions. She is a bully, and treats her sister like a vending machine of treats for her children. BeanieGate almost made me stop reading the book. And I get it. It’s supposed to be the older sister pushing her younger sister to expand out of her comfort zone, but literally EVERYTHING she does is a manipulation to get the MC to do something she doesn’t want to do. The MC doesn’t have consistent spine in standing up to her manipulators (Mrs. V isn’t much better, nor Winky), but the sister is the worst by far and makes me very frustrated. I also can’t tell if this is HP fan fic. Lots of similarities.

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