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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Review: By Familiar Means by Delia James

Title: By Familiar Means
Author: Delia James
Series: Witch's Cat Mystery #2
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Elise Arsenault
Release Date: July 11th, 2017
Length: Novel (335 pages/11.1 hours)
Genre: Mystery
Source: Free via Publisher
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars

Melissa's Review:

By Familiar Means is book 2 in the Witch's Cat Mystery series. While I haven't read the first book in the series, I knew I had to try this out because it's a mystery plus paranormal! I wound up really enjoying it and will have to backtrack to book 1 now. If you're a fan of paranormal + mystery grab this series asap!

Annabelle Britton (aka Anna) is an aspiring artist and also a witch that is still learning the ropes on how to control her powers. She's moved to Portsmouth, New Hampshire has some awesome friends, a coven and now her grandmother that is also a witch has reentered the picture. We start off with Anna going to check out the new location for the coffee house that she's been hired to paint murals for. After some spooky ghostly activity, she and the owners get a strong vibe that they have to check out the basement which leads to the discovery of a smugglers tunnel. It winds up leading to a dead body and the coffee shop owners and Anna are listed as suspects. Anna and her cat familiar, Alastair are determined to find the other end of the tunnel before the killer strikes again, and don't you know he/she will be coming after them next!

By Familiar Means was a magical mystery I didn't want to stop listening to. I really enjoyed the characters and the mystery element had me questioning who the killer was. I have to admit I loved that magic was added into this book, I need to try out more mysteries with paranormal elements! If you're a fan of mystery novels and/or witches you'll love this book.

The Narrator:

I thought that Elise Arsenault did a great job infusing the characters with personality. It was easy to figure out which character was which, each had their own distinct voice.


  1. Sounds like fun. Although, I'm more of a read book one first kinda gal (if possible).

    1. Me too most of the time :) This was good enough I'll backtrack though hehe

  2. That sounds like a good read. I've haven't read this author but I like the cover.

  3. Is it weird that I want to live inside that cover? lol

  4. i love cozy mysteries that are paranormal, they can be such fun :D glad you were able to get into this one despite not reading the first

    1. I was a bit worried I'd have issues, but it really did great even without knowing details from the previous book!

  5. This sounds like a nice mystery story with a little magic to it. :)