Book Review: Grimoires, Spas & Chocolate Straws by Erin Johnson (Blog Tour Stop)

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Welcome! I’m the next stop today on the blog tour for a new book titled Grimoires, Spas & Chocolate Straws, the 8th book in the Spells & Caramels cozy witch series by Erin Johnson. A few key facts about the book before I share my review and other information about the blog tour:

Self Published (December 29, 2018)
Paperback: 332 pages
ISBN-10: 1792728727
ISBN-13: 978-1792728723
Digital ASIN: B07LB49VBR

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Sandy slaughter. An enchanting suspect. Can a magical baker protect her friends from a dangerous paradise?

Stranded on Badlands Island, Imogen Banks is driving herself crazy looking for her brother. So when the spell-casting baker’s friends suggest they escape for a luxurious dragon spa treatment, she doesn’t need a second invitation. But her hopes for coastal romance with Hank fall flat when a resort guest turns up roasted in the sand.

Suspecting murder, Imogen zeroes in on the town’s rumored “black widow” as a possible culprit. But when her friend falls for the beautiful woman despite the deadly track record, Imogen fears he’ll be the next victim to stay buried.

Can Imogen sift through the clues before the killer gives her one final treatment?

Grimoires, Spas and Chocolate Straws is the eighth book in the Spells and Caramels delightful paranormal cozy mystery series. If you like endearing heroines, a touch of romance, and unexpected twists, then you’ll love Erin Johnson’s magical whodunit.

Buy Grimoires, Spas & Chocolate Straws to massage a new mystery today!



My Review

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Erin Johnson is quite a prolific author. In about a year, she’s launched eight books in the Spells & Caramels cozy witch series. Part paranormal adventure, part mystery, these books whisk you away to a world like no other. In the latest book, Grimoires, Spas & Chocolate Straws, baker Imogen Banks is stranded on an island after a war began in her non-Earth world. Her boyfriend, Hank’s, royal family was up to no good, and several magical creatures escaped thru a mirror from the scary visiting monsters. Imogen and the gang put their trust in her possibly ne’er-do-well brother, Horace, only to learn, the truth is not what they thought.

Since the last book ended, the crew’s been working and living on this island with their new friends. When they go on a spa / beach trip, they meet The Black Widow, who supposedly kills her husbands and finds a new one on a regular basis. The journey introduces us to fun new characters who run the spa and are romantically linked to the woman whose husbands mysteriously die. What’s really going on? Imogen is determined to find out as the secret has a few layers to it. She’s also searching for Horace but he’s nowhere to be found. Both mysteries come to a head and change the course of the future for these traveling magical friends.

Johnson has created a truly intense and vivid world. From being buried under the sand for a massage and exfoliation treatment to walking through mirrors to reach the past or other worlds, these books have excellent escapes. The characters are all distinct and fun, even when they’re evil or make bad decisions. The ending of this one is romantic and special, and I look forward to what could happen in the next book. I miss the baking contests and fun around the royal castle, but I’m confident it will return one day. I also love meeting different kinds of creatures from vampires to snakes who transform into humans. You never really know what lurks beneath the surface.

I’m excited about the 9th book which I hear might be coming out relatively soon! Thanks for this great series.


About the Author

Erin Johnson is a native of Tempe, Arizona, Erin spends her time crafting mysterious, magical, romance-filled stories that’ll hopefully make you laugh. In between, she’s traveling, napping with her dogs, eating with her friends and family, and teaching Pilates (to allow her to eat more).

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Twitter: @EJohnsonWrites


Who Else is on the Blog Tour?

The tour has ten days of stops and you can see the blog names listed below. Stop by to check out everyone’s opinions or to enter the giveaway contest and win a free copy…


Link to Dollycas / Great Escapes Tour Page

January 8 – Valerie’s Musings – REVIEW

January 8 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT

January 9 – Laura`s Interests – REVIEW

January 9 – Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

January 10 – Sapphyria’s Books – REVIEW

January 10 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT

January 11 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW

January 11 – A Holland Reads – SPOTLIGHT

January 12 – This Is My Truth Now – REVIEW

January 12 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW

January 13 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW

January 14 – Carla Loves To Read – REVIEW

January 14 – Cozy Up With Kathy – SPOTLIGHT

January 15 – The Montana Bookaholic – REVIEW

January 15 – Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

January 16 – A Chick Who Reads – REVIEW

January 16 – Celticlady’s Reviews  – SPOTLIGHT

January 17 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT  

January 17 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT


I hope you enjoyed stopping by my blog to be part of this fun tour. Many thanks to Erin Johnson and Lori Caswell @ Great Escapes Virtual Tours for including me in this opportunity. Tell me what you thought of the blog tour, the review, and whether you’re gonna read this book! Only time will tell, I suppose… right?

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. My new book series, Braxton Campus Mysteries, will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations. There are two books: Academic Curveball and Broken Heart Attack. I read, write, and blog A LOT on this site where 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.


24 thoughts on “Book Review: Grimoires, Spas & Chocolate Straws by Erin Johnson (Blog Tour Stop)

    Shalini said:
    January 12, 2019 at 7:21 AM

    I have to start this series… Jay…

    Liked by 2 people

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 12, 2019 at 8:14 AM

      You do! Join Nina and I! DARK SIDE calling…

      Liked by 2 people

        Shalini said:
        January 12, 2019 at 8:44 AM

        Yes… This year, I attack this series.. I am ready to turn to the wild side

        Liked by 1 person

    mistysbookspace said:
    January 12, 2019 at 9:32 AM

    I have been seeing this series around the blogosphere a lot this past year. I might need to give them a try.

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 12, 2019 at 9:42 AM

      It’s a light mystery crossed with paranormal, so it’s kinda fun without being serious. The first few are the best and draw you in right away.

      Liked by 1 person

    Priyasha said:
    January 12, 2019 at 12:54 PM

    Greatttt🤔Review 😍

    Liked by 1 person

    bettylouise31 said:
    January 12, 2019 at 1:55 PM

    This one is a Victorian to my desire not to start a y new series. I usually y stay away from books with witches in the title.

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 12, 2019 at 3:39 PM

      It’s got 8 in the series already, too. Even though it’s considered “witch” it’s more about magic than the concept of a witch. But I understand.


    The Cozy Pages said:
    January 12, 2019 at 4:40 PM

    Hahaha. Just finished writing my review of this and saw your post. Lol. The ending…. oh my! Totally stole my heart. ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 12, 2019 at 7:58 PM

      romantic and bittersweet, and now what will happen in #9????

      Liked by 1 person

        The Cozy Pages said:
        January 12, 2019 at 8:04 PM

        I know!!! The house though… think of the potential! Did you see the new title?

        Liked by 1 person

        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        January 12, 2019 at 8:07 PM

        I did… it’s kinda interesting, I have a feeling we’re going back to something from the beginning!

        Liked by 1 person

        The Cozy Pages said:
        January 12, 2019 at 8:11 PM

        Hmmmm….. intriguing… 😊😊

        Liked by 1 person

    Azia said:
    January 12, 2019 at 7:56 PM

    Oh this series sounds amazing. I don’t usually read these types of quirky, cozy books, but this one sounds too good to pass up. Sounds like there might be a few laughs too. And who doesn’t love a mystery? Great review 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 12, 2019 at 8:01 PM

      Thanks! It’s a great cross between mystery and paranormal, so you get a good mix. I hope you enjoy it!

      Liked by 1 person

    carhicks said:
    January 12, 2019 at 9:04 PM

    This series has appealed to me for awhile now. I am on this blog tour but am jumping in blind. I will then go back and read the rest.

    Liked by 1 person

    Rosepoint Publishing said:
    January 12, 2019 at 9:18 PM

    Magic and witches doesn’t appeal to me as does paranormal. I tried for the book and was denied, but keep seeing fun reviews, such as yours, and feel I must try again. Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      January 12, 2019 at 9:58 PM

      It’s quite fun. If you email the author she might have a discount coming up for book one. She’s very friendly and open.


    angiedokos said:
    January 13, 2019 at 3:22 PM

    Reblogged this on Angie Dokos.

    Liked by 1 person

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