Book Review: Full Moons, Dunes & Macaroons by Erin Johnson

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All I can say is wow. The fifth book, Full Moons, Dunes & Macaroons: A Cozy Witch Mystery, in the Cozy With Spells & Caramels Mystery series, by Erin Johnson, is my favorite one so far. In this fun tale, Imogen spends a lot of time with her newly found brother learning all about what happened to her as a child… including facts about her birth parents, why she and her brother grew up separately, and how she fits into the world of Monsters Rise. When the concept of the ‘mirror’ came into play, I totally found myself enamored again with the series. What intense and wicked imagination Johnson has!Full
But it doesn’t stop there. MAJOR changes in the relationships among all the bakers and royal family members suddenly blast through the pages of this adorable story. Imogen is at the center of everything, including the murder of someone from the Fire Kingdom followed by a re-visit from the great fire monster of the past. The plot is truly immersive and cohesive in this latest edition in the series. I feel like we’re done with the initial world-building of this gem and finally figuring out what all the rules are in terms of how Imogen became a witch. There’s still a ton of room for more background to unfold, but we’ve got the basics now and I look forward to seeing how this one will continue.

For those new to the series, you’ve got magic, fantasy, family drama, mystery, royalty, baking, and quirky humor that has a few cute double entendres. The mysteries have been on the lighter side as the full world and cast is dazzled before us, but they’re growing stronger. Books are on the shorter side, easy to devour in one afternoon for a couple of hours. You should start from the beginning to catch up, maybe even read 2 in a row to get the full picture. Happy reading!


About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.


29 thoughts on “Book Review: Full Moons, Dunes & Macaroons by Erin Johnson

    rugby843 said:
    May 13, 2018 at 2:44 PM

    In a long car ride with my 11 year old granddaughter, found a book titled “Delirium”. I remarked, most eleven year olds wouldn’t know what delirium even means! She’s an avid reader and on her way to stepping into her oldest sister’s (the graduate on previous blog) tracks. This series sounds good, for what ages do you think it is appropriate?

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 13, 2018 at 2:51 PM

      Kudos to her!

      As far as story, it’s along the same lines as Harry Potter (very different, but age-wise, probably okay). Erin and I joked once about some of the humor being ‘saucy’ when it comes to a few relationships. Nothing ever too far, but there’s a bit of a flirtatious/romantic/physical component once or twice, so if she’s a smart 11 year old, she might pick up on a few references to intimacy. If that’s okay, then probably fine for her to read… otherwise probably mid-teen, I think Erin suggested.


        rugby843 said:
        May 13, 2018 at 3:45 PM

        Yes, she’s read the GP and is into YA now. I’m sure it would be fine.

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    The Cozy Pages said:
    May 13, 2018 at 5:06 PM

    But later than expected but I finished up all my ‘required reading’ for May and started on book 4 yesterday, then straight into book 5. I’m soooo happy about that!!! 🎉😄💃🏽

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    dtills said:
    May 13, 2018 at 5:24 PM

    wow, this sounds like quite the series!! Maybe I should rethink my reading list💕

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    theorangutanlibrarian said:
    May 13, 2018 at 6:06 PM

    This series sounds like so much fun- great review!

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    Lashaan (Bookidote) said:
    May 13, 2018 at 8:23 PM

    I don’t read much cozy but it’s nice to see how much you loved this and that it seemed to have delivered everything you would have wanted from a sequel. Nice review, Jay. 🙂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 13, 2018 at 9:02 PM

      Yes, definitely. Thank you. The cozy can be a very fun way to spend a few hours, especially if you like all the supporting characters!

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    I know how much you loved the previous books Kay so saying this is your favorite is really something! I bought the first four because of you. I just need to find the time to read them.😊

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    Lisa@LismorePaperCo. said:
    May 13, 2018 at 10:15 PM

    This sounds like a fantastic read!

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    Priyasha said:
    May 13, 2018 at 11:09 PM

    Great review 😌

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    Aislynn d'Merricksson said:
    May 14, 2018 at 5:02 AM

    Great review! Looks like an interesting series. That cover caught my neice’s eye 😂

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    bookwormscornerblogspot said:
    May 14, 2018 at 5:37 AM

    Great review. Cosy supernatural mysteries are my favourite cosy mysteries.

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    carhicks said:
    May 14, 2018 at 9:47 AM

    I got the first one after reading one of your reviews. Not to get the time to read it. Nice review.

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    Rae Longest said:
    May 19, 2018 at 9:09 AM

    This may be pre-teen and YA, but the series sounds like just the thing for a sensitive old lady as well! LOL

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 19, 2018 at 6:17 PM

      If I liked it there’s a good chance you will too. We have lots of books in common. Writing to you from Italy!

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        Rae Longest said:
        May 21, 2018 at 8:24 PM

        My friend Debbie from Readerbuzz is heading over there this weekend. It is her retirement present. She wants to write full time.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        May 22, 2018 at 1:43 AM

        Beautiful place. Good Luck to her.

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