Although not “cozy,” another witchy mystery series I like is Linda Wisdom’s Hex Series. I found Wisdom on the Witchy Chicks Blog (along with Madelyn Alt, Annette Blair, Candace Havens, etc.). Wisdom’s website begins with “Welcome to my world where witches make the universe sparkle!” And, her characters, her witches, do that for me as a reader.
50 Ways to Hex Your Lover (March 2008)
Official Product Description: Jazz can’t decide whether to scorch him with a fireball or jump into bed with him. Jasmine Tremaine, a witch who can’t stay out of trouble. Nikolai Gregorivich, a drop-dead gorgeous vampire cop on the trail of a serial killer.
The sizzling love affair between Jazz and Nick has been off-again, on-again-for about 300 years. Mostly off, lately. But now Nick needs Jazz’s help, and while Jazz and Nick try to figure out their own hearts and resist their ever-increasing attraction, they must steer clear of a maniacal killer with super-supernatural powers. They are surrounded by a hilarious cast of oddball paranormal characters, including Irma, the chain-smoking ghost who haunts Jazz’s sports car, Dweezil, her ghoul of a boss, and Fluff and Puff, a pair of bunny slippers with sharp teeth and short tempers (watch your ankles)!
Hex Appeal (October 2008)
Official Product Description: The second book in the Hex series features feisty witch Jazz and her drop-dead gorgeous vampire cop boyfriend in a new installment. On again, off again for over 300 years, Jazz and Nick are finally back together, but then Jazz thinks Nick has bitten her. Separated again, upset and angry, the two of them start having violent, recurring dreams in which each one figures in disturbing and menacing ways. They can’t sleep, they can’t eat, and they finally figure out they’d better get together and discover who’s poisoning their dreams-and their relationship.
Full of the fantastic secondary characters that Linda Wisdom’s fans know and love, including Jazz’s sister witches and a cast of delectable supernatural male characters, Hex Appeal is fun and funny paranormal romance at its best.
Wicked By Any Other Name (March 2009)
Official Product Description: Feisty witch Stasi Romanov was one of 13 classmates at the Witches Academy who was expelled seven hundred years ago for bad behavior. Stasi has since then settled down a bit, owning a lingerie boutique while dabbling in a brisk side business of love charms.
Sparks fly, however, when one of those charms goes awry, and Stasi finds herself in a preternatural lawsuit matching wits with devastatingly handsome wizard attorney Trevor Barnes. Then mysterious magic from an unknown enemy threatens to turn Stasi’s quiet town into a modern day Salem, and Stasi’s witchy friends from long ago gather for the fight. They need Trevor’s powerful help. But every witch knows you can’t trust a wizard, and soon Stasi is fighting for her life and her heart.
Hex in High Heels (October 2009)
Product Description: In this sexy, funny paranormal romance by bestselling author Linda Wisdom, it’s all beautiful witch Blair Fitzpatrick can do to keep a lid on her talent for revenge spells, but things are about to get a lot more complicated…
Blair loves running her vintage shop and hanging out with witchy friends Stasi and Jazz. She’s forever had a crush on hunky carpenter Jake Harrison, whose Were nature (he’s a Border collie) makes him loyal, lovable, and fierce when need be. Just as sparks are beginning to fly, Blair is served with a big surprise when Jake’s mother shows up along with his pack leader, who threatens to make Jake heel! When the alpha does the unthinkable, Blair is pushed over the edge. No one messes with her boyfriend-to-be, even if he does shed on the furniture!
My Thoughts: Wicked by Any Other Name is my favorite in this series so far. I love Jazz and Nick, but they seem a bit more worldly and cynical than Stasi, the main character of this book. In fact, I think part of the appeal of this book to me is it lesser focus on the preternatural characters of the earlier books. I think the earlier books remind me a lot of a female-focused Dresden Files: a lot of characters with a lot of other worldly qualities and characteristics. I know some people like that, but it isn’t always the right fit for me. I do like the witches of this series, though, and this book gives us a lot of back information about those witches (which I loved!), including of course Stasi.
Like Jazz, Stasi is one of the 13 witches expelled from witching school. Stasi’s story is one of loyalty, gaining self-confidence, and love. That love, though, is not just for the male lead but for her friends, her witchiness, her community, and the hot wizard who is hired to sue her. In fact, her entire business is focused around helping others make love matches through her lingerie shop. She has never focused on her love before until a strange lawyer, who happens to be a wizard, walks in with hearts dancing over his head. This wizard is smart, loyal, and protective, despite the notion that wizards and witches aren’t supposed to mix. He is the perfect match for Stasi, standing beside her to fight the evil threatening her town. It’s fun, fairly fast paced, and a smart light-hearted romance.