• Sweet Southern Magic

  • Sweet Tea Witch Mysteries Books 1-3
  • By: Amy Boyles
  • Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
  • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (125 ratings)

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Sweet Southern Magic

By: Amy Boyles
Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
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Publisher's Summary

Three full-length novels. Several hours of listening.

Sweet Southern Magic includes the first three books in the Sweet Tea Witch Mysteries series: Southern Magic, Southern Spells, and Southern Myths

Southern Magic

It only takes a second for life to go to heck-in-a-hand basket! In less than 24 hours, Pepper Dunn loses her job, her boyfriend, and her home. It's the worst day of her life.

But when Pepper discovers she’s a witch and has inherited the most important store in the magical town of Magnolia Cove, Alabama, she’s as happy as a pig in mud. Too bad the shop is a familiar pet store and Pepper doesn’t like animals - not even a teensy bit. 

Determined to sell the shop and get the heck out of town, Pepper’s plans go haywire when a local storeowner winds up dead and Pepper gets accused of murder. Thrust into a magical mystery, Pepper teams up with a mysterious private detective and a cat so traumatized by the murder that she’s not talking - and that cat could hold the key to Pepper’s innocence.

Now, Pepper must avoid trouble, solve the mystery, and placate her new grandmother, who keeps a strict 10 p.m. curfew that’s enforced by the talking end of her shotgun.

Sounds like a simple day in the life - as if. Can Pepper solve the mystery? Or will she become the next victim of the Magnolia Cove murderer? And most importantly, will Pepper learn to love the animals she’s in charge of? 

Southern Spells

All Pepper Dunn wants is a quiet life in the witchy town of Magnolia Cove, Alabama. But when the Cotton and Cobwebs Festival arrives, her dream goes up in smoke. This year, grandmother Betty is determined to win the award for best magical creature against Melbalean Mayes, the contest matron. To win, Betty needs Pepper’s help. 

But when Melbalean winds up dead and Betty is accused of the murder, Pepper is thrust into one role she never expected: She must complete a list of chores that keeps her town running.

Pepper has her hands full - she must ensure the safety of her town, try to clear Betty’s name, and make sure no one else winds up a victim of the Magnolia Cove murderer. Can she do it? Or will she become the next victim?

Southern Myths

Just when Pepper Dunn starts accepting her ability to communicate with animals, she’s thrown for a loop - an egg containing a baby dragon winds up on her doorstep. 

Convinced the creature will grow up to become a destructive force of nature, Pepper gives the dragon to the first person interested in buying - a traveling magician named Mysterio, who claims he can communicate with the dead. 

Relieved to be free of the creature, Pepper’s world turns upside down when Mysterio reveals that he has a message for Pepper from her dead mother. Pepper can’t wait to discover what it is. But before she has a chance to find out, Mysterio is murdered. 

Left with a set of clues, Pepper is determined to discover the information her mother wanted her to know. But will untangling the mess of clues lead Pepper on the right path, or will it lead her straight into the hands of the murderer?

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©2018 Amy Boyles (P)2021 Amy Boyles

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Typically love Southern but this was too stupid.

I wanted to like this but the main character is a 25-year old moron who gives Southern women a bad name."Locked out of their house and loses job in same day then is transported to a new town with a jail in lower hell called Witcheroo. The narrator voice is very annoying. I love cozy mysteries and this is the first one I felt compelled to give a bad review, Its that bad.

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Sweet Southern Magic

This is books 1-3 of the Sweet Southern Magic cozy mystery series. They are all nice light hearted mysteries of Summer's first year of becoming a witch and moving to magical/mystical town full of witches of all sorts! A very read! 😍

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Enchanting Southern Charm

An interesting coming of age Witchy paranormal cozy. (Note, I've listened to the first of three stories so far).

The author captures southern charm of a damsel in distress, accused of murder, after finding a town full of family she didn't know she had. A town complete with talking animals, and other furry friends.

I did find the plot transparent at times, and some of the questions I wanted answered were set up as long-term engagements, to be revealed slowly, like the aroma of a pan of Grandma Betty's Sweet Potato Pie seeping into the air of the kitchen.

The other two stories in this bundle are on my must listen list, thanks in part to the fun and engaging narration. Hollis does a fine southern accent (at least to my Yankee ears). I can picture the text flowing by as she not only reads it, but finds ways to bring it to life.

Character voices are gendered appropriately, and just different enough to discernible without going nuts trying too hard to make every character unique. The author uses dialog tags and action beats to aid the narrator in this. It's easy throughout the story to know which character is speaking without straining the repertoire of the narrator.

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This is a hooker book that audible stopped

I like the book & the series except that there's always a hook for the next book in the series. Problem is there are only 5 books in a 21+ book series in audible. Each book does not stand alone & gives enough at the end of the book to encourage the purchase of the next. I'm not purchasing more than the box set 1-3 until there are many more. I think I've been hoodwinked. Also, if this is how Amy Boyles ends all her books, I won't be purchasing more from her either.

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highly recommended

the storyline and writing of this author pick you fully engaged through the entire storyline. the reading by Hollis McCarthy is very engaging and witty.

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Sweet Tea Witches

Sweet Tea Witches are whimsical and easy to listen to while driving. Great mystical characters!

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Cozy Fun with a Touch of Mayhem and Magic

This is my first time listening to these books by Amy Boyles and I was pleasantly thrilled! Knocked out all three out of the 5 available in a very short time! Some of it has a couple silly areas but honestly its feel good and each one was a good storyline. Brought me some joy and entertainment!

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Fun characters, fun story lines

This was a lot of fun to listen. I’ll be buying the rest of series. Sweet, funny characters and mysteries always have a nice turn. The performance was good with all the voices. I hope she continues through the series.

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Fun Paranormal Cozy Series

This 3 book collection is the perfect way to learn about the characters and life in Magnolia Cove. I do love these characters, including Pepper Dunn, the newbie and protagonist, Betty, the cantankerous grandmother and wily Witch, Pepper's cousins who have their own unique personalities, and the AUNTS. The aunts are double trouble wherever they go. Then there is Axle. His name kind of says it all. That's not all. There are werewolves, mediums, even dragons. Get lost in the adventure and fun that is Magnolia Cove.

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i love these stories!!!!

good books to listen to while cleaning the house. can't to get the other books.