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Mystic Caravan Circus is heading for the Midwest … and their first stop is Michigan. Hemlock Cove to be exact. Poet Parker is looking forward to what she believes will be a quiet time. Hemlock Cove isn’t big, after all, and Mystic Caravan is essentially serving as the centerpiece for a paranormal festival in a town where everyone pretends to be witches. There’s just one pr Mystic Caravan Circus is heading for the Midwest … and their first stop is Michigan. Hemlock Cove to be exact. Poet Parker is looking forward to what she believes will be a quiet time. Hemlock Cove isn’t big, after all, and Mystic Caravan is essentially serving as the centerpiece for a paranormal festival in a town where everyone pretends to be witches. There’s just one problem … real witches are afoot, and they’re unbelievably powerful. When a body drops close to the circus grounds, Poet finds herself facing off with local law enforcement, the town’s only reporter, and an elderly witch who is set in her ways … and knows exactly how she’s going to do things no matter who agrees with her or not. Yes, Poet is about to interact with the Winchester witches, and who comes out on top is anybody’s guess. The only thing both factions know is that they have to work together to uncover a killer and keep their true natures under wraps. That’s easier said than done, especially when Nellie and Aunt Tillie join forces and decided to take control of the situation. It’s a battle for supremacy, with Mystic Caravan in one corner and the Wicked Witches of the Midwest in the other. Both sides are going to come out swinging … and cursing. Place your bets.


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Mystic Caravan Circus is heading for the Midwest … and their first stop is Michigan. Hemlock Cove to be exact. Poet Parker is looking forward to what she believes will be a quiet time. Hemlock Cove isn’t big, after all, and Mystic Caravan is essentially serving as the centerpiece for a paranormal festival in a town where everyone pretends to be witches. There’s just one pr Mystic Caravan Circus is heading for the Midwest … and their first stop is Michigan. Hemlock Cove to be exact. Poet Parker is looking forward to what she believes will be a quiet time. Hemlock Cove isn’t big, after all, and Mystic Caravan is essentially serving as the centerpiece for a paranormal festival in a town where everyone pretends to be witches. There’s just one problem … real witches are afoot, and they’re unbelievably powerful. When a body drops close to the circus grounds, Poet finds herself facing off with local law enforcement, the town’s only reporter, and an elderly witch who is set in her ways … and knows exactly how she’s going to do things no matter who agrees with her or not. Yes, Poet is about to interact with the Winchester witches, and who comes out on top is anybody’s guess. The only thing both factions know is that they have to work together to uncover a killer and keep their true natures under wraps. That’s easier said than done, especially when Nellie and Aunt Tillie join forces and decided to take control of the situation. It’s a battle for supremacy, with Mystic Caravan in one corner and the Wicked Witches of the Midwest in the other. Both sides are going to come out swinging … and cursing. Place your bets.

30 review for Freaky Witches (A Mystic Caravan Mystery, #7)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Parvati Patil

    4 stars to the entire series. Really funny.

  2. 5 out of 5

    JadeShea

    Freaky Witches is great! It is another one of AML's mash-ups, and it was so much fun and entertaining. I adored it! These two groups brought a lot of laughs and fun as well as an interesting mystery. I can't wait to read more!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kat, lover of bears...

    The least suspenseful book in the series. Mystic Caravan meets Hemlock Cove’s witchy version of themselves. Our favorite axe wielding, cross dressing Elf has a larger role in this story but it didn’t go anywhere. A lot of repeat from previous books added in an almost forced way. Just not the fun I usually have with the Mystic Caravan circus.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Linda Reussow

    Loved it! This was great! Loved combining the characters for this book. The best one yet, more please and soon! Thank you for a great read!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Diane ~Firefly~

    The circus heads to Michigan for a witches celebration. What I enjoyed: * Slower paced than normal, so we got to see some of "normal" life for the characters * The cross-over characters are interesting, but Aunt Tillie is a real handful * Lots of red herrings What could have been better: * It seemed like a lot of time was spent explaining the crossover characters and things that happened to them at the detriment to the circus folk. * Luke, Nadia and Nixie were basically non-existent in this story * Kad The circus heads to Michigan for a witches celebration. What I enjoyed: * Slower paced than normal, so we got to see some of "normal" life for the characters * The cross-over characters are interesting, but Aunt Tillie is a real handful * Lots of red herrings What could have been better: * It seemed like a lot of time was spent explaining the crossover characters and things that happened to them at the detriment to the circus folk. * Luke, Nadia and Nixie were basically non-existent in this story * Kade being worried about hurting Poet got old quick

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Pardue

    Hilarious, fun and witchy Loved this crossover with mystic caravan and the Winchester's. I don't want to post spoilers, so staying vague. I smiled the entire book and laughed throughout. I loved this combination of characters. Poet and Bay hit it off, Kade is having trouble coming to terms with the fact he has powers, and Aunt Tillie found a partner in crime. A witch festival is coming to Hemlock Cove, along with some real and a lot of fake witches. Highly recommend the read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jana Gundy

    Always enjoyable I love this series, like all the other ones thus author has and each book is worth my time and they are always enjoyable. The last t o have been so intense that I really liked how this was more low key, interacting with the Winchester’s and still solving a mystery.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Waldron

    Running away with the circus. Another funny, funny read! This book had the best of both worlds with the Winchesters and Mystic Caravan circus. Aunt Tillie and Nellie.... Hilarious!!!! Poet and Bay were an amazing team and of course. Made and Landon. Can't wait to see what comes next.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    Awesome book! I love the worlds Amanda makes. They are very detailed and the characters are great. I love how the books sometimes do a crossover. Just couldn't put this book down.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jessica (Read book. Repeat)

    You can find this review and all of my others over at www.readbookrepeat.wordpress.com Poet and the gang at Mystic Caravan Circus have arrived in the small, witchy town of Hemlock Cove. Home to the Winchester family, three generations of female witches, with Aunt Tillie at the helm. Once Mystic Caravan arrive in town for a witch festival that is promising to be massive, they can feel the magic in the air but aren't 100% sure what to make of it. When they find a dead body at their boundary, that' You can find this review and all of my others over at www.readbookrepeat.wordpress.com Poet and the gang at Mystic Caravan Circus have arrived in the small, witchy town of Hemlock Cove. Home to the Winchester family, three generations of female witches, with Aunt Tillie at the helm. Once Mystic Caravan arrive in town for a witch festival that is promising to be massive, they can feel the magic in the air but aren't 100% sure what to make of it. When they find a dead body at their boundary, that's when the fun starts. Poet and the gang take on their normal procedures of trying to narrow down who did it and whether it was supernatural in nature, as that's their gig, take down the supernatural - and sometimes human - baddies and move along. However, this time things take a turn for the different and hilarious when they cross paths with the Winchester women. After feeling each other out, they decide that it's safe enough to work together to bring this case to a close, and once Tillie and Nellie cross paths, hilarity ensues. So I was SO super excited when I read the blurb for this instalment of mystic caravan. I've been reading the series from the start and have loved every minute of it, and I've also read at least the first 5 odd books in the Winchester Witches series as well. So I was incredibly familiar with all characters involved. I cannot speak more highly of how Lee handled this crossover, which could be read by people who haven't read one of the series mashed together in this book before. Enough backstory is given about both parties, that the reader understands what is going on, though they may not quite understand the little one liners and jokes thrown about. I would suggest reading at least the first book in each series so you have a feel for the characters and their antics before attempting this one, read more if you feel like it, but I feel like a lot of the fun would be lost if you're unfamiliar with the characters in either party. It was so interesting reading about the Winchesters from an outside point view. I felt that maybe a tiny bit of personality was lost on Bay's behalf seeing her from the oustide though, or maybe that just showed me more of who she really is? She is a lot calmer than Poet for sure, but she never seemed THIS calm and put together when I was reading her series which is written in first person, so as we are privy to all her thoughts and emotions. It honestly didn't bother me too much though, I was having too much fun wondering what the hell was going to happen next. Kade is still trying to deal with their last case, and is having a hard time of it. He still annoyed the tripe out of me at times in this story, but I've come to accept that this is just who Kade is, I'll never be 100% okay with him because he's just annoying sometimes. So is Luke though, so it's okay. These characters are written to be very strong in different ways I believe, and it definitely does come through in the writing. I suppose you could think of it in the way that, if a character is annoying you, then the author has done a good job. They've made you feel something towards their characters, which to me shows depth, and to feel something for the story which to me is just a fantastic author. Now to my two favourite characters out of each series - Aunt Tillie and Nellie. I absolutely LOVED that Lee made these two partners in crime. It is so freaking perfectly fitting that it could not have been made any better if she tried. I love Aunt Tillie's insane ways of driving everyone up the wall and Nellie's just...well, he's just Nellie. He's easy going, always out for a good time and apparently a woman in their 80s is in her prime for him, so they're just a perfect match. The absolute mischief these two get up to is just hilarious and well played out. It really added something to the story in my eyes. They mystery was done well, even though it did take a slight backseat to the mashing of the two sets of characters I was okay with that. I was honestly more interested in seeing how the characters worked together to get to the bottom of the mystery rather than the mystery itself if I'm honest. I mean, I still cared about who did it and why and all that, but I was happy just reading a mash-up of a bunch of great characters. I didn't have the culprit worked out before the reveal which, if you've read my reviews before, you know that I'm a big fan of not knowing until it's time, so that was fantastic. It was a believable mystery, though definitely one of the lower key ones our characters have dealt with in their times. All in all, I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed this, and I really hope we get to see another meeting between the two groups some time in the future. I would love for Aunt Tillie to come and visit the circus on it's travels at some point. Or for Nellie or Poet to rock up in Hemlock Cove to help out.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Qat Wanders

    This was definitely my least favorite of the series so far. But don’t get me wrong, I still absolutely love the series as a whole. My main issue with this one is that because it is a crossover with another series, it’s not as interesting and it’s a little dense for someone who hasn’t read the other series. The book feels like the author was trying to smash so much information about all these “new” characters into the story that it just overcrowds what’s happening to the point where it gets a lit This was definitely my least favorite of the series so far. But don’t get me wrong, I still absolutely love the series as a whole. My main issue with this one is that because it is a crossover with another series, it’s not as interesting and it’s a little dense for someone who hasn’t read the other series. The book feels like the author was trying to smash so much information about all these “new” characters into the story that it just overcrowds what’s happening to the point where it gets a little tricky to follow. The Midwest witches seem like cool characters for sure, and I’m sure that series is great, but it was obvious throughout the entire book that there was a lot about them I was missing. It just made it difficult to get invested in everyone because there are just soooo many main characters at this point. There are already quite a few characters to get to know in Mystic caravan, and this book has doubled that. The ending was also extremely disappointing and anti-climactic, as Luke even points out in the book! I will certainly keep reading the other books in the series because I’m still pretty in love with the characters, but I’m glad this one is over.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Jane

    Freaky Midwest Poet Parker meets Bay Winchester will sparks fly or will they see eye to eye? As Mystic Circus pulls up in Hemlock Cove for a witch festival Poet and the gang are not sure what to expect. Margaret Little, unicorn store proprietor and Aunt Tillie's nemesis, booked them in and seems to want to watch their every move especially after the body of one of the shopkeepers appears outside the dreamcatcher boundary. With a rune carved into his head and no blood despite the hole in his chest i Freaky Midwest Poet Parker meets Bay Winchester will sparks fly or will they see eye to eye? As Mystic Circus pulls up in Hemlock Cove for a witch festival Poet and the gang are not sure what to expect. Margaret Little, unicorn store proprietor and Aunt Tillie's nemesis, booked them in and seems to want to watch their every move especially after the body of one of the shopkeepers appears outside the dreamcatcher boundary. With a rune carved into his head and no blood despite the hole in his chest it's looking like a ritual killer is on the loose. Kade calls in the police, bringing Chief Terry and Landon into the mix. Poet worries that they'll take the blame but is surprised to find that the pair are not only aware of the paranormal but believe in it too. A second murder, this time much closer to Mystic creates tension as Mystic face off against the Winchesters.. can Poet stop a disaster... As the two teams join up and face off the killer there's plenty of mischief, snark, confusion and fun especially when Aunt Tillie and Nellie form Team Nettle...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    I have not been reading this series, but since it clearly intersected with the Winchester family, I decided to give it a try. I recall starting the first book but not finishing; uncertainly whether due to lack of interest or having gotten distracted. Based on this book, though, I'm going to have to go back and give the rest another try. The blending with the Witches series went down very smoothly. Most particularly, however, I want to commend the author on her manner of providing sufficient back I have not been reading this series, but since it clearly intersected with the Winchester family, I decided to give it a try. I recall starting the first book but not finishing; uncertainly whether due to lack of interest or having gotten distracted. Based on this book, though, I'm going to have to go back and give the rest another try. The blending with the Witches series went down very smoothly. Most particularly, however, I want to commend the author on her manner of providing sufficient back-story on the caravan people, for those of us not up to speed, seemingly seamlessly. There wasn't loads of exposition explaining who they are and how they came to be, but information worked in in a nature fashion. Well done.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Elisa

    Well, now that was just so much fun, laughter, and magic all in a fantastic story. Aunt Tillie and Nellie were a perfect troublesome twosome they are definitely a combined force to be reckoned with. Poet and Bay were great together I could see them becoming friends even with Poet being with the circus and I think having extra magical friends to call on at times will be great for Bay with her magic growing in leaps and bounds. I'm looking forward to Kade developing his powers more too, he and Poet c Well, now that was just so much fun, laughter, and magic all in a fantastic story. Aunt Tillie and Nellie were a perfect troublesome twosome they are definitely a combined force to be reckoned with. Poet and Bay were great together I could see them becoming friends even with Poet being with the circus and I think having extra magical friends to call on at times will be great for Bay with her magic growing in leaps and bounds. I'm looking forward to Kade developing his powers more too, he and Poet complement each other well with their magic and their personalities. I loved that we got a bit of everyone in this story it was a great cross-over.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lonnie

    I love these stories! Boy, do I love these stories! Having the Circus & the Winchesters meet & work together, good vs evil was great to read. I had some laugh out loud moments for sure. Of course there are similarities with each, it's the same author after all! I'm also thinking when a certain Grim story intertwined, can you imagine all of them together??!! I'd probably almost wet my pants laughing at all their warped minds together. I know what the gist of each mystery is but that's okay. The cr I love these stories! Boy, do I love these stories! Having the Circus & the Winchesters meet & work together, good vs evil was great to read. I had some laugh out loud moments for sure. Of course there are similarities with each, it's the same author after all! I'm also thinking when a certain Grim story intertwined, can you imagine all of them together??!! I'd probably almost wet my pants laughing at all their warped minds together. I know what the gist of each mystery is but that's okay. The craziness, paranormal elements, & warped sense of humor involved appeals to me. It makes me laugh. I cannot wait until the next story!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Leenart

    As ever, the regular books from Amanda M lee are a true delight. They have become my comfort reads and I ever grateful that she is a prolific writer. Here we have a stop on the journey for the mystic caravan circus and Poet and Co. land themselves in Hemlock Cove, home to Bay, Tillie, Landon and the rest of the Winchesters. And what fun it was too! From an outside perspective the Winchesters really are a handful, making Poet and Raven look sane! It was great fun and nailing down the murderer pro As ever, the regular books from Amanda M lee are a true delight. They have become my comfort reads and I ever grateful that she is a prolific writer. Here we have a stop on the journey for the mystic caravan circus and Poet and Co. land themselves in Hemlock Cove, home to Bay, Tillie, Landon and the rest of the Winchesters. And what fun it was too! From an outside perspective the Winchesters really are a handful, making Poet and Raven look sane! It was great fun and nailing down the murderer proved a little tricky if too tame for Tillie and Nellie, who might be the best team up ever. Usual laugh out loud antics and fun.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    They'll Rune the Day This is a great crossover story but pride of place goes to Poet, second in command at Mystic Caravan. They've come to Hemlock Cove in Michigan for an unusual gig.Yes, it's That Hemlock Cove, home of the inimitable Aunt Tillie plus her nieces who are mothers to Bay, Thistle & Clove Winchester. While warily circling the wagons after 2 murders, both the Mystic Caravan group & the Winchester family are rushing to find the killer & see if they can really trust each other's powers. They'll Rune the Day This is a great crossover story but pride of place goes to Poet, second in command at Mystic Caravan. They've come to Hemlock Cove in Michigan for an unusual gig.Yes, it's That Hemlock Cove, home of the inimitable Aunt Tillie plus her nieces who are mothers to Bay, Thistle & Clove Winchester. While warily circling the wagons after 2 murders, both the Mystic Caravan group & the Winchester family are rushing to find the killer & see if they can really trust each other's powers. Some clever red herrings & Nellie, the MC's bearded cross dressing dwarf falling for cantankrous Aunt Tillie make this a memoable story

  18. 4 out of 5

    Patrea Beard

    Great Great book though it went by too quickly. I really need to teach myself it isn't a race, that I can savor the book. Fun story. New training for Kade. The Winchesters are always a delight. Some discussion among the Caravan group of the next stop where the reapers pop up. Curious about Max's mage history now that I've read Covenant series and the Mages aren't supposed to have children stuff. So him being half mage and then having Kade.... Anyway so much to look forward too.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Guenevere Garrity

    Absolutely fabulous!!! This was wonderful! Poet and Bay together was amazing! I loved seeing the Winchester witches and Hemlock from Poet and Kade's perspective. Adding in Kade's paranoia about witches in general and you have a recipe for hilarity. Such a different take on magic in general and family was fun to explore and see the correlations in how they operate. A puzzling mystery too.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Vivian

    I really liked this book! I am a huge fan of the Witches of the Midwest series and this cross-over with the Mystic Caravan series was a good read. The characters all meshed well with each other, the story was interesting - my only complaint was that the conclusion seemed a bit flat to me. I have not read any of the Mystic Caravan series, but will definitely go back and read from book one now!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Delle

    Loved it Let me start by saying right off that I am the worst at reviews. I'm just going to tell you that I personally love Amanda M. Lee's books especially the Mystic Caravan series. This offering is a crossover with another one of her series with is also good. I don't think you have to follow that one (Witches of the Midwest) to enjoy this book. Oh and there is supernatural elements to the series but not as much in this book as most. I do recommend it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Valerie Morris

    Wonderful combination Such an amazing combination of two of my favorite series by Lee. Mostly lighthearted and humorous. It's full of the normal snark and family love I've come to expect. Even though the families have their drama, you just want to be in it with them. I hope to see more interactions between the Mystic Caravan and the Winchester family. Anyone looking for a light mystery with hilarity, this is the book for you!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Rozell

    Good times! I’m normally not a fan of crossovers because a lot of times if you haven’t read all books in the other series, then you could be lost. But Miss Lee does a wonderful job of making it so it’s still an enjoyable read and you aren’t left with holes in the story. This was a great book and I can’t wait to see Kade’s powers grow!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Leyna Durham

    Kind of predictable Fast read. Not sure I liked the constant comparison between the 2 factions. This format got in the way of the mystery. The mystery itself was a letdown. I gave it a 4 because of the insight to the main characters. It was kind of a bridge book to give you a closer look at some of the main characters, so all in all it was a plus\minus kind of story.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Linda Lambert

    Laugh love, magic! A stroke of genius bringing together the Winchesters and the Mystic Caravan! I love all of Ms. Lee's characters but when she seamlessly brings two groups together it adds pure enchantment! I anxiously await the next email telling me that a new book is imminent. Great read, I recommend Amanda Lee's books to friends and family.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mike Lewis

    Extraordinarily entertaining This was a crossover between two series in the same magical world. Both series or extraordinary on their own but even more extraordinary when put together great cast of characters in each of them and a very entertaining funny snarky and witty story. A supernatural cozy mystery Magicpalooza. Check out all the Siri’s from this writer

  27. 4 out of 5

    Liz Christensen

    Utter awesomeness! I absolutely love the Mystic Caravan series. I can relate to Poet’s life on so many levels that sometimes it feels like having flashbacks-Lol! And the snarkiness! It elicits chuckle after chuckle and numerous belly laughs! Oh, and who doesn’t love a little octogenarian lady in inappropriate leggings, a combat helmet and a whistle carrying a shotgun??

  28. 4 out of 5

    Philip Caracciolo

    God I love this author!! I also love the cross overs too! Another great book! I enjoy all of her books and get excited when I come across a new one! I just wish I could read one a day! The humor is outstanding and I get attached to all of the characters in all of her books! You are truly missing out if you never have read her work!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alicia Hart

    Love the cross over I always love the Winchester and their antics and aunt Tillie is my favorite next to Grandma Betty froM Sweet Tea Witch Mysteries by Any Boyles. It would be a great story of these two families got together for a great.caper. I really g like crossovers they put a lot more excitement into these series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mary Barrett

    4.5🌟 I really enjoy reading Ms Lee's books. The humor is off of the charts and I particularly enjoy what the character Tilly Winchester brings to the mix. This was a mixture of the Winchesters meet the traveling magical circus. A big adventure with a surprising, who done it ending. Another well done paranormal book by Ms Lee.

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