Beignets and Broomsticks by J. R. Ripley [Book Review]

Beignets and Broomsticks by J. R. Ripley

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Title: Beignets and Broomsticks

Author: J. R. Ripley

Publisher: Severn House Publishers

Publish Date: March 1, 2018

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Series: Maggie Miller Mysteries #3

My Rating: 4/5

Beignets and Broomsticks by J. R. Ripley


During the traditional Halloween festivities, one of Maggie Miller’s customers comes to a sticky end in this entertaining cozy mystery.

It’s Halloween, and café owner Maggie Miller’s special pumpkin spice beignet promotion is proving popular. But the evening ends in disaster when Maggie discovers the body of one of her regular customers, strangled to death with an expensive cashmere scarf.

The late Nancy Alverson had tended to keep herself to herself – but what secrets was she hiding? And why had she been studying books on witchcraft?

Of one thing Maggie is certain, it was no witch who killed Nancy. But has someone taken advantage of the spookiest night of the year to commit a brutal murder…?

Beignets and Broomsticks by J. R. Ripley


Maggie runs a beignet shop in a small town in Arizona. The local business owners open their doors on Halloween to give treats to the kids, and Maggie has one of those businesses. After closing up, she has some extra beignets, so she drops by a regular customers place to give them the treat. Unfortunately, Maggie stumbles across a murder scene. Her regular customer had been killed, and Maggie wants to know who did it and why.

The 3rd book in the Maggie Miller mystery series. This is the first book in the series that I have read. A quick and fun cozy mystery with small town atmosphere, quirky locals, and witchcraft.

The story is told from Maggie’s point of view. She is mostly likable, and there are plenty of small town antics involved in her story. She has a few friends and family in the story, but she also has a few people that aren’t exactly friendly. Since I haven’t read the others in the series, I’m not sure about Maggie’s background. It seems she is restarting after a divorce, and her beignet business is part of her new life.

Good for fans of cozy mysteries. I’m originally from Louisiana, so I was immediately drawn to beignets being in the title. To be honest, I was a little disappointed the story took place in Arizona, rather than Louisiana.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Books in the Maggie Miller Mysteries Series:
  1. Buried in Beignets
  2. Beignets, Brides and Bodies
  3. Beignets and Broomsticks

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