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3 of 5 stars

Not as duplicative as I anticipated.

Halliday Valentine returned to her hometown of Marshmallow Hollow to run the family's Christmas decoration factory after her mother passed away. The factory is an integral part of Marshmallow Hollow, a tiny town dedicated to Christmas 24/7, 12 months of the year. Halliday is a witch hiding in plain sight of humans and her tiny hummingbird familiar named Atticus makes sure she doesn't abuse her powers, especially were others might see. The only other person in on Hall's secret life is her BFF since middle school, Stiles, who is a local police officer.

After meeting her sister, Stephanie Cartwright a few months ago and her boyfriend, former International Man of Mystery, Alistair "Win" Winterbottom, Hall has become quite the Real Murder Mystery fan, watching all the shows and working out theories with Stevie. When a murder happens in the middle of the main square in Marshmallow Hollow, Hall can't stop herself from being like her sister and investigating along with the police.  Since Stiles can't give her any help with an ongoing police investigation, Hall begins her investigation work with her tenant, the very handsome Digby "Hobbs" Dainty and his bulldog, Stephen King.

Hall can't believe that one of her beloved neighbors in Marshmallow Hollow could kill but she will do her best amateurish sleuthing to find the killer.

You all know that I love Dakota Cassidy's Witchless in Seattle series. It is the literary equivalent of a Twinkie but I love it all the same. When Stevie's previously unknown sister arrives in Witch It Real Good and whisks Stevie and Win to Marshmallow Hollow, ME for a brief vacation, and an introduction to the characters in the spinoff, I feared it was the Marshmallow Hollow series would just end up being a cookie cutter copy of Witchless in Seattle but with a little more magic since Halliday still has her magic. Like Stevie, Hall has a tiny familiar and a handsome love interest and they investigate homicides in what should be a quiet, murderless town.  After reading Jingle All the Slay, I found there was enough differences in this series (so far) from the Witchless series that I will give the next few stories a chance and see how the series goes and see if we can follow both series without so much overlapping of situations.

Dakota Cassidy has this same character set up in her Lemon Layne series but without magic which I just didn't enjoy as much.

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