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About Mara Webb
Mara Webb likes cats, tea, sarcasm and a good book. When she's not writing she's having arguments with imaginary cats in her head, or eating cake.
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Zora Wick is at the end of her tether. After a lifetime of bad luck, it seems she’s ended up at rock bottom, saddled with debt from her cheating ex, a dead-end job with no prospects and a studio apartment that’s not even fit for a dog. It all seems a little hopeless until there’s a knock at the door…
It turns out Zora has long-lost family on the other side of the country, hidden away in a little town on an unknown island. After uprooting herself Zora arrives in town to find that not only has she inherited an estranged family, she’s also the sole heir of the town’s local bakery—there’s one other thing too, apparently she’s a witch.
With a whole world of magic to learn and a small business to run it seems like Zora’s hands are more than full, but when some new evidence comes to light and casts doubts on the nature of her aunt’s death, Zora is quickly drawn into solving a murder mystery.
At her side is a sarcastic cat, headstrong cousins, and a whole host of townsfolk who are nothing short of interesting. Can Zora learn to bake, catch a killer and settle into her new life without ending up on the chopping block herself?
The good thing about rock bottom is that things can’t get any worse. After walking in on my husband in flagrante with a young nurse I’d been mentoring, I packed my bags and got out of there. I wish I could say I boarded a plane to start again somewhere tropical, but when you get to my age you tend to have too many things anchoring you to one spot.
My ‘new life’ was going to take place roughly two miles away from my old one. Forty, financial un-stable, and fumbling my way into a new career courtesy of the run-down motel my grandmother left me in her will.
Then fate intervenes.
A body in the motel pool, a town full of people pointing fingers at me, and my only alibi? A ghost that keeps telling me that I’ve come of age, whatever that means. Who’s gonna believe me though?
I’ve heard people say ‘life begins at forty’, but if I don’t want that to be a life sentence for murder, then I better figure out what happened on Saturday night. A dusty old box of books in my attic might hold some answers…
I’m going to have to save myself, because no one else is going to do it for me. Life has changed, and now when adventure calls, I answer. Age is just a number, after all.
Zora Wick is about ready to quit. Since her mother and adoptive father have informally moved into her apartment, she can’t get a minute to herself. Throw in a talking cat and the ghost of her bored spinster aunt, and it’s a sure recipe for chaos. Life only gets crazier when Officer Blake turns up with a new case—a magical serial killer.
During her time in Compass Cove Zora has seen some strange things, but this latest case is unlike anything else. Her magic is growing and getting stronger every day, but she’s never been up against a foe like this before. Twists and questions lurk around every corner, with answers that might be too terrifying to acknowledge.
If that wasn’t enough the threat of dark witches looms ever closer. Since finding out that the dark wizard controlling her enemies is her real father, Zora knows that she will have to face him sooner than later, but as one of the most powerful warlocks of all time the idea is more than daunting.
Traitors hiding in the shadows, a serial killer stealing hearts from their victims, unanswered question, and danger at every new turn—can Zora save the day before it’s too late?
Zora Wick is in trouble. Again.
Life in Compass Cove felt like it was heading in the right direction, but events beyond her control force her to hit the road. It’s only been a month since she inherited her aunt’s bakery and business has already slowed down. Turns out being the new witch in town only brings in the crowds for so long, and an infestation of magical creatures in her apartment means she needs to shut everything down for three days.
When disaster strikes, improvise. Zora ropes her sister, Zelda, into helping out and they use the mobile-baking van to keep the business alive delivering sweet treats to the hungry people around the cove. Zelda’s apartment vibrates with every passing train, but at least Zora has a roof over her head.
Things go South when police pull Zora in for questioning over the death of a local businessman. Poison in his system makes Zora the prime suspect as her food was the last thing he ate, oh and they were caught arguing on camera.
To top it off news of Zora’s rare powers begin to grow amongst the witching community, and an unusual faction of dark witches have set their sights on recruiting Zora. Unable to sugar coat her opinion of the witches, Zora soon finds herself with a new set of enemies. Fortunately for her a dashing new love interest comes to the rescue.
Now Zora finds herself stuck between two men. The mysterious Hudson, the undercover agent who helped save her life a month ago, and the equally mystifying Blake, a man that seems to be hiding secrets of his own under the surface.
Can she solve a murder, keep her business from going under, and keep her wits about her now there are two tall, dark, and handsome men in her life?
Zora Wick’s magic lessons can sometimes be more dangerous than the murderers she captures, and as she learns more about magic’s dark history, she starts to find missing puzzle pieces from her own mysterious past.
Where did her mother vanish to all those years ago? Why does it feel like she’s closer than ever before? Who is the strange and enigmatic wizard behind the Sisters of the Shade, the dark coalition of witches intent on recruiting Zora?
Compass Cove brews up more trouble as well when another body turns up, and with a murderer on the loose Zora has no choice but to spring into action again and solve the mystery. The only problem is that the police are already convinced they’ve caught the killer, a close friend of Zora’s who would never hurt a fly.
That would be enough, but with one of her guardians away dealing with pack politics, Zora is left with his strange and unusual replacement, Niles. She might be slightly less paranoid if someone wasn’t messing with the magical boundaries keeping dark witches out of the town—there seems to be a traitor among Zora’s ranks, but can she figure it out and survive before the enemy takes everything from her?
Zora’s yet to fail, but with enemies lurking in every corner this might just be the end. Will she live long enough to unearth the shocking secret from her past?
After a troublesome few weeks in Compass Cove things are finally starting to look up for Zora Wick… or are they? With her replacement wand on the fritz, it’s almost impossible to perform magic properly, and it results in a disastrous first lesson at her magical night school.
Things are looking up in the bakery, however. When a famous musician walks in and puts down a stack of cash for a personal commission, the job almost seems too good to be true. He’s rude, arrogant, and Zora is tempted to throw the money back in his face, but with the cash she can take on another new employee.
Thrust into the middle of another murder mystery, Zora finds herself motivated by the fact that one of her closest friends is top of the suspect list. Clear a name, find the real killer, all in a day’s work.
Missing ingredients with the potential to produce a dangerous brew must be tracked down by order of a strange old witch, Nana Bucktooth, who is demanding Zora take charge. To make matters worse her two guardians have been stuck together with a joining curse, meaning the alpha male rivals can go no further than ten feet from one another. Will they finally learn to get on, or just get straight to killing each other?
If her wand was working properly, it might all be a little easier, but there’s only one creature in the town that can help get Zora a new wand, and they won’t lift a twiggy finger until Zora manages to solve a riddle that makes no sense.
With so many plates spinning around her it’s enough to make a witch scream. Can Zora get through another week in the calamitous Compass Cove before she becomes its latest victim? Bad luck like this is enough to make a witch wonder if she’s cursed, but sometimes that’s just how the cookie crumbles…
After a troublesome first month in Compass Cove Zora Wick is finally getting into a groove when the town goes into frenzy mode. There’s a Bread Fair on the calendar, and the locals take their dough very seriously. There’s a competition on the cards and prize money at stake, and apparently, it’s worth killing over.
If that wasn’t enough to handle a new bread shop has opened in town, a voodoo-inspired bakery operated by a mysterious witch who is dabbling in dark magic or just very good at pretending. Her shop is full of rotting food and disturbing symbols, but the humans of Compass Cove are lapping it up, and lines are forming around the block. Zora’s convinced there’s more there than meets the eye.
Zora also has to find a moment to wade through an awful morning of interviews for a bakery assistant, try and figure out why she saw her missing mother hiding in her bathroom mirror, and keep her boneheaded guardians from killing each other—if they don’t get killed by a troublesome magical pest first.
On top of that one of Zora’s friends has fallen into trouble with sirens, a dark and brooding group of creatures that inhabit Compass Cove lake. Can she give the merfolk what they want without losing her friend? There’s also a rather annoying wand insurance salesman that won’t stop following her around… Zora might be pushed to murder herself if he doesn’t let up.
Tensions and dough are rising, and it seems like everyone in town has something to prove. There’s no loafing around for Zora, she’ll have to go against the grain and catch a killer before her plans go a-rye.
Ghosts from the past are out to haunt the people closest to her, you may be lucky enough to have your mistakes forgiven, but they will never be forgotten. Is revenge a dish best served cold? Broken hearts never truly heal, so perhaps revenge is inevitable when you hurt the ones you love. Or is there a fresh motive behind the murder of a man in his own back yard?
In his final breath the victim whispers something that Sadie can’t understand, will she be able to piece together the clues from this investigation in time? Inescapable truths lurk in the shadows, what happens when they catch up to you?
The clock is ticking, and it’s almost time for Sadie to hear those three little words… it wasn’t me.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned? Try getting on the wrong side of a witch from Hallow Haven.
Witch Hunt is the fourteenth book in the Hallow Haven Witch Mysteries series.
It’s one thing when Chelsea Sponks finds out she has a secret brother. It’s another when her mother shows up for a surprise visit, with many suitcases stacked around the kitchen table. Chelsea’s mom reveals there’s more to this trip than meets the eye…
Forced into some mother-daughter time, Chelsea goes to a local film studio on Pendle Island to oversee a TV adaptation of one of her mom’s mystery novels. Not only is the head producer a total sleaze ball, but he’s also an old flame of Chelsea’s mom, and his changes to the source material leave a lot to be desired.
Things go from bad to worse when a dead body turns up on set, one that is not in the script. The police then turn their attention on Chelsea’s mother as the lead suspect in the case, and Chelsea realizes she has to solve this thing before her innocent mom is put away for good.
If that’s not enough her dear mother Lorelai reveals there is another purpose behind this trip. She came back to the island to track down Chelsea’s father, and she’s whittled her list down to three likely candidates.
All Chelsea has to do is stay along live enough to figure it all out…
Now Chelsea’s boyfriend is under official magical investigation, and he’s took off running into the woods before she can sit down and explain anything. With a weekend of sulking ahead of her Chelsea finds her plans quickly turned on their head when Lizzy asks for her help at an art show.
The event? A world famous artist launching an international exhibit on Pendle Island. The attendees? Stuffy, rude, and seriously lacking manners. The showstopper art piece? A body in a box, and a new mystery, all for Chelsea to solve.
To top it all off she has a house guest that won’t stop stapling teabags to the walls, a sick cat with a penchant for drama, and a missing gardener, who seems to have made enemies with a local werewolf pack.
Things could only get worse if her mother called to announce a surprise visit…
Son of a Witch is the fourth book in the Pendle Island Witches mystery series. It’s light-hearted, clean, and may contain a sassy animal or two.
Chelsea Sponks is starting to settle in on Pendle Island. Hot and dreamy boyfriend? Yep. Good friends and a place to call her own? Sure. A nice relaxing cat that knows when to shut his mouth? Well… maybe.
After solving several mysteries on the island Chelsea becomes a bit of a local celebrity. If landing on the front page of the island newspaper paid the bills, she might never have to worry about money again!
Chelsea is in much need of a job however, and after applying everywhere on the island she resigns herself to some volunteering to help pad out her resume. A nice quiet job in a charity bookshop should be free of drama and trouble, right?
Life isn’t normal for long before Chelsea finds herself headfirst in another mystery. When a job interview goes awry, she stumbles over a dead body and is soon tasked with putting an impossible conundrum to bed.
If that isn’t bad enough more mysteries seem to be cropping up left, right, and center. There’s a book thief about, Chelsea’s gardener has gone missing and everyone on the island is infatuated with a brand-new fashion trend for some reason.
On top of all that Chelsea finally has to begin her magical training and tackle her first official test. Between solving a murder, catching a thief, finding an arsonist, and keeping her endlessly needy cat happy, it’s safe to say her hands are full.
Maybe it’s time to leave Pendle Island once and for all?
Witch Things Come in Threes is the third book in the Pendle Island Witches mystery series. It’s fast, funny, and may contain a sassy animal or two.