Audiobook review: Witches Get Stuff Done by Molly Harper
Witches Get Stuff Done is the first in a new paranormal mystery/romance series by Molly Harper. I adore the plucky heroines and silly humor found in Ms. Harper’s other paranormal series, and Starfall Point appears to follow in the footsteps of those stories. The book introduces Riley Denton Everett, who finds herself on the small island of Starfall Point in hopes of meeting the sister of her recently deceased mother – an aunt she never knew existed. Although her aunt passes before Riley makes it to her home at Shadow House, Riley learns much about the legacy of the Denton family through clues and notes left by her aunt. As Riley adjusts to life on the small island, she makes friends and meets Edison, someone who could be special, if they could only get along.
Witches Get Stuff Done is a solid start to the series. The setting of Starfall Point is quaint and whimsical, and filled with mysteries. I enjoyed learning about the island through Riley’s eyes. I love that she finds her people and a sense of belonging she hasn’t experienced before. Edison is a great match; they both have experienced loss and are alone. But his fears that he might lose Riley causes Edison to be too protective of his feelings, causing some problems.
The story is a paranormal mystery as Riley learns to follow the clues left by her aunt and uncover the secrets of Shadow House. Additionally, some one is trying to break into the house, adding another layer of mystery and intrigue. But it is also a romance, with Riley and Edison finding their way to an HEA. Overall, the story is light with an edge – not all the ghosts are friendly and considerate. There is an overarching storyline regarding a dangerous nemesis that has only begun.
Narration: The story is shared via the alternating third person POVs of Riley and Edison, although it felt like Riley had more POVs and it was really her story with Edison in a supporting role. Teddy Hamilton voices Edison’s POVs. His voice is deep, and actually a bit deeper than I would have expected for Edison, but it works well and is a pleasant voice to listen to. He adjusts for gender with some success, as his voice is pretty deep. His accented voices are very successful. Amanda Ronconi brings her usual, upbeat enthusiasm to the role of Riley. She also adjusts appropriately for gender, accent, and age. Both narrators don’t make a huge distinction between characters of the same gender, and at times during dialogue I could get confused as to who was speaking.
In the end, I enjoyed this new book and series, and look forward to the next audiobook, due out in 2023. I wonder if the next book will once again focus on Riley and Edison, or switch to one of Riley’s coven sisters and her prospective mate. Either way, it promises to be a good story.
About the Book:
Riley Denton-Everett always felt like something was missing in her life—and her numerous odd jobs and short-lived relationships haven’t brought her any closer to finding it. Everything changes when receives a mysterious message: You’re a Denton. You belong on Starfall Point. Once you’re here, I’ll tell you everything you need to know.
When Riley arrives on the Island, she learns her aunt has left her a historic mansion brimming with haunted antiques. Turns out, that’s not the only thing she’s inherited. Riley also hails from a long line of witches whose magic is critical to protecting the living.
Edison Held, the town’s frustratingly hot librarian, is completely unaware of the ghosts in Riley’s ancestral home and is determined to convince her to open it up to the public. Riley starts to wonder if Edison’s knowledge of the Island’s history can help her get a handle on her new powers—but can she trust him with her secrets? And can she trust herself with the simmering attraction brewing between them?
Author: Molly Harper
Narrators: Amanda Ronconi, Teddy Hamilton
Series: Starfall Point #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Audiobook Release Date: October 27, 2022
Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
Source: Free with Audible Membership
Audio Speed: 1.3x