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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (475 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Monica Ferris Narrator: Susan Boyc Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Needlecraft Mysteries Release Date:
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There’s a witch running loose in the town of Excelsior, Minnesota, and her brew is …  beer. Actually, Leona Cunningham, co-owner of the Barleywine, is a practitioner of Wicca, the nature-based religion that many mistakenly believe to be sorcery or black magic. But that doesn’t bother the thirsty crowds—or the Halloween Committee members who have fallen under the spell of Leona’s tasty ales.

Then, after one too many pints, local alcohol aficionado Ryan McMurphy accuses Leona of being a real witch, blaming her for the series of accidents that have happened throughout town. When Ryan ends up dead, without a mark on his body, Leona is not only the target of a witch hunt but also the prime suspect. But with Betsy on the case, the murderer doesn’t have a ghost of a chance of getting away with it…

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The twists and turns that Betsy takes while solving the murder will have readers on the edge of their seats turning pages as fast as they can turn them. When the last page is read, the realization hits that it will be a year before another Monica Ferris mystery appears on the bookshelves of local stores. But it’s always a worthwhile wait.”


  • “Spooky.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “There is some light romance and a good dose of humor, the latter prompted this time by Ferris’ take on Halloween in a small town.”


  • “Fans will enjoy the needlework lore, the included pattern, and the ongoing adventures.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jessi | 2/17/2014

    " A man mysteriously dies without a mark on him and Leona Cunningham, a local brewmeister and practicing Wiccan, is the gossip's front-runner for a murderer. But Betsy Devonshire knows that Wicca is a form of worship, not a black arts, voodoo-y sort of deal. She's determined to find out not only who is spreading the rumors (even before Ryan McMurphy is declared to be a victim of murder) but who actually killed Ryan. All this while planning the parade for the fall festival. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Melanie | 2/14/2014

    " I always enjoy reading Monica Ferris's mysteries, even when they frustrate me... I wish Ferris had written more about Leona, since she's an interesting character, but maybe she'll show up in future books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amy | 2/11/2014

    " With the Halloween season being my favorite, the setting for this mystery was just perfect. In addition to the well done plot, Monica Ferris educates the reader in more than just needlework. I really enjoyed this one! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Homes | 2/10/2014

    " Eh, meh. Not bad, not great. Picked it up from a cruise ship library to read on the last when I finshed the books I brought early. It fit the bill of being a quick, relatively mindless read. Don't expect high suspense or intricate plot points. Plus, there seems to be plenty of extraneous filler. Maybe if I was following the series I'd be interested in the character development that doesn't relate to the mystery, but as is, I found it distracting. The solution was moderately interesting, although not difficult to guess. "

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About the Author
Author Monica Ferris

Monica Ferris is the USA Today bestselling author of several mystery series under various pseudonyms. She lives in Minnesota.