Sunday, October 15, 2023

An Enchanting but Mixed Brew: Review of 'Witch is When The Penny Dropped' by Adele Abbott

Witch is When The Penny Dropped (A Witch P.I. Mystery, #6)Witch is When The Penny Dropped by Adele Abbott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Year read: 2023

"Witch is When The Penny Dropped" by Adele Abbott is the 6th installment in the series. While it has its merits, I'm still determining if I'll continue with the rest of the books. On the positive side, the series offers quick, easy reads, and a few characters manage to entertain. It's a great way to while away an afternoon.

One of the drawbacks is that there are a staggering number of books in the series (47 at the time of this review), making it feel like a significant commitment. Additionally, the main character, Jill, comes across as a major pushover, allowing various family members to take advantage of her, which can be frustrating.

The "The Dark One" plotline feels a bit contrived. It's somewhat puzzling that a character so dangerous doesn't draw more attention or effort from the witch community, especially given Jill's supposedly powerful grandmother. It leaves me questioning the consistency of the world-building.

On the positive side, I appreciate that not all the mysteries in the series revolve around murders, as this book includes a subplot about a struggling business. It adds variety to the storyline.

In summary, "Witch is When The Penny Dropped" has its merits with its easygoing style and occasional entertainment. Still, the long series and some frustrating character dynamics give me pause about continuing. If you're looking for a light and undemanding way to spend an afternoon, this series might be worth exploring but don't expect groundbreaking storytelling or character development.

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