Cookie Dough, Snow & Wands Aglow
By Erin Johnson
On the snowy road to the Earth Kingdom for the holidays, Imogen and the bakers are ambushed by Horace, villainous leader of the Badlands Army. They’re forced to detour to an idyllic, rural village, bedecked in lights, garlands and winter cheer…all a little too perfect to believe. At least that’s so for Imogen, who’s seeing burned out buildings and mysterious memorials that no one else seems to notice.
Hank’s royal presence gets them invited to the big bash at the governor’s mansion. The night is filled with dancing, stolen kisses under the mistletoe and fun, until a guest is found dead in the cauldron of punch.
As bodies and mysteries pile up, all the evidence points to the vampire Francis as the culprit. The gang must come together to clear their friend’s name and save themselves from the angry villagers. Even worse, Imogen struggles with having to keep her relationship with Hank hidden, while working with him to find the real killer.
As Imogen unearths more than a few town secrets, she finally solves the riddles of her past and discovers the truth of Horace’s pursuit of her. But will all the secrets be unraveled in time to stop the killer, or will Imogen and her friends suffer a monstrous fate?
Once again Erin Johnson wrote another great story with Imogen and her friends. My timing on this book couldn’t have been more perfect. It was a fun winter read.
Sam and Iggy have become my favorites for sure. I still have some mixed opinions on the relationship between Imogen and Hank, but I am hopeful it will work out well in the end.
Iggy has such a great sense of humor. I love how he jokes around with Imogen. He had me laughing out loud so many times during this book. Iggy and his snake ways always provides some great entertainment. This story took some sad turns though as Sam was attacked simply for being a shifter. My heart was broken for him as he had to face the cruelty of some judgy people.
This is book four in the Spells and caramels series. I have loved each and every book in this series. They are described as a cozy mystery and it is the perfect description. They are a fun and quick read and I love reading them in between some of my more intense readings. They are like a deep breath of fresh air. I highly recommend them.