Book Review: Cookie Dough, Snow & Wands Aglow by Erin Johnson

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I’ve become such a fan of the Spells & Caramels cozy mystery series by Erin Johnson and just finished reading the fourth book, Cookie Dough, Snow & Wands Aglow. If you’ve never read the series, it’s important to start from the beginning, but they are light-and-easy, so you should be able to devour each in about three hours. In this edition, Imogen learns important secrets about her family and where she really comes from, but that’s only part of the story. She and the rest of the royal baking team, and her crush, Hank (yes, he’s the prince about to marry someone else!), are trudging through the snowy weather to help promote the many talents in their kingdom, but when Horace, leader of the Badlands Army, stops them, everything begins to go foul! In the little town they find themselves visiting for a few days, everything is turned upside down when someone is murdered in a very specific way — and it can only lead to 1 possible killer who has that ability!37755851

There are a lot of cozy mysteries in the market these days, and it’s important to find a few that add in more than just the mystery. Johnson weaves romance, magic, and baking into this wonderful creation, providing a variety of avenues for readers to explore and happily latch themselves to. Between shifters, vampires, and swallows, you’ve got an immense amount of interesting magical dilemmas and cultural topics that help carry the story. It’s Johnson’s ability to dazzle readers with all the details to truly build the setting and backdrop, and that’s where we find ourselves thirsting for more and more hints and glimpses into this magical world. Throw in a bit of saucy humor, sarcastic worldly creatures, and the potential for a very big disaster to happen when the good versus evil war truly heats up… and you’ve got a winner!

I can’t wait to start reading the fifth book when it comes out in April! Kudos to Erin Johnson for a fantastic imagination and incredibly strong cast of characters in the world of the Earth Kingdom.

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19 thoughts on “Book Review: Cookie Dough, Snow & Wands Aglow by Erin Johnson

    rugby843 said:
    March 27, 2018 at 2:25 PM

    What age group, say twelve plus? Would you think appropriate?

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 27, 2018 at 2:26 PM

      Although it’s light and cozy, I’d probably push it up to 16. There’s a few saucy remarks between friends or couples dating that have a stronger overtone. Nothing at all too risque, but not 100% innocent.


        rugby843 said:
        March 27, 2018 at 3:40 PM

        Ok. The granddaughter who reads constantly might like it. She’s an old 11 : )

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        Erin Johnson said:
        March 27, 2018 at 4:43 PM

        I agree! I have one reader whose 6 year old granddaughter (wow!) read the 1st two after he read them and thought they’d be okay, but I cautioned him on the 3rd book in the series. I think saucy is the perfect word for some of the comments and situations 🙂

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        March 27, 2018 at 4:46 PM

        I’m glad you responded, too. Age is so hard to know for sure. Parents get mad at things easily! 🙂


    The Cozy Pages said:
    March 27, 2018 at 2:39 PM

    Cant wait to get to this one. Have 3 and 4 to read first though 😉

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    Erin Johnson said:
    March 27, 2018 at 4:40 PM

    Thanks so much for another great review Jay! I hope you enjoy the 5th as well when it comes out 🙂

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    Carrie Rubin said:
    March 27, 2018 at 5:44 PM

    I’m so impressed by the number of books you read. I’m so behind on my TBR list, it’s embarrassing. But I guess having too many books to read is a good problem!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 27, 2018 at 6:07 PM

      It is a good problem to have! I’m pushing hard to spend two hours a day reading since I’m done writing for a few weeks. So much to catch up on! Plus I want to get thru my list so I can read books like YOURS!


    AJ said:
    March 27, 2018 at 6:03 PM

    Thanks for the recommendation:)

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    Noriko said:
    March 27, 2018 at 11:26 PM

    Brilliant review, Jay 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    thebookwormdrinketh said:
    March 28, 2018 at 12:23 PM

    I like that this is a cozy mystery with a continuing story involving the characters! Most of them are kind of fluffy (not that there’s anything wrong with that!) but, it’s nice to have one that has a little more depth to it!

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    Wonderful review Jay. I really need to get going on this series.😊

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