Grimoires and Gingerbread (Sugar Shack Witch Mysteries #1.5) by Danielle Garrett #2021AudiobookChallenge

Hello, fellow bookworms. Today, I’d like to share my thoughts about Grimoires and Gingerbread by Danielle Garrett. A short Christmas novella in Danielle’s cozy paranormal mystery series, Sugar Shack Witch Mysteries. My thanks to the publisher, Tantor Media, for the audiobook in exchange for a candid review.

What’s Grimoires and Gingerbread about?

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Grimoires and Gingerbread (Sugar Shack Witch Mysteries #1.5) by Danielle Garrett #2021AudiobookChallengeMy Rating:
Title: Grimoires and Gingerbread: A Sugar Shack Witch Mystery Christmas Novella by Danielle Garrett
Series: Sugar Shack Witch Mysteries #1
Published by Tantor Audio on 9th March 2021
Genres: Cozy Paranormal Mystery
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Length: 1 hour 39 minutes
No. of Pages: 70

Christmas in Winterspell means ice skating, hot cocoa by the barrel, and frosted gingerbread houses. I was almost looking forward to it.

The merriment screeches to a halt when two elves show up, claiming to have been sent by Santa himself, on a mission to track down an ancient grimoire.

A grimoire with the power of Christmas itself woven through the pages. Without it, Christmas isn't happening, and Santa himself is in grave danger.

Could Winterspell hold the key to saving Christmas?

©2020 Danielle Garrett (P)2021 Tantor

Source: ARC

I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't affect my opinion of the book or influence the content of my review.

Review Format: eBook
Purchase Links: Books2Read - Universal eBook Link ¦ Audible*

Read: 4th – 6th March 2021

What did I think about it?

A Good Story That’s Fun And Quick To Read

Danielle Garrett is a new-to-me author. I haven’t read the previous book in this cosy mystery series. However, my lack of knowledge didn’t diminish my enjoyment of this story.

I really liked the characters Danielle created. 

Our protagonist, Ella exhibited all the personality traits that I enjoy. She’s intelligent, resilient, self-reliant and has oodles of gumption. The supporting cast in this story was a diverse group, showcasing lots of different characteristics. I loved hearing about Ella’s sisters and meeting Santa’s elves, Joy and Chipper!

I’ve only listened to one other audiobook narrated by Amanda Ronconi.

I really enjoyed the pace at which Amanda read this story. The emotions and inflections she used for the different scenes felt natural and brought them to life. The voices she created for the various characters were different enough that I was never confused during the numerous conversations.

Grimoires and Gingerbread is a good audiobook, and I enjoyed the story.

It’s a great mix of humour, mystery, and even has a sprinkling of potential romance. Plus, there’s no life-or-death perilous cliffhanger at the end and the mystery of the ancient grimoire was solved! WoopWoop! I’ll be looking out for the next audiobook.

Has my review of Grimoires and Gingerbread encouraged you to find out more? ‘Course it has. 😉 Click on any of my links to check it out yourself. Keep reading to find out more about the author.

About Danielle Garrett

Author - Danielle Garrett

From a young age, Danielle Garrett was obsessed with fantastic places and the stories set in them. As a lifelong bookworm, she’s gone on hundreds of adventures through the eyes of wizards, princesses, elves, and some rather wonderful everyday people as well.

Danielle now lives in Oregon and while she travels as often as possible, she wouldn’t call anywhere else home. She shares her life with her husband and their house full of animals, and when not writing, spends her time being a house servant for three extremely spoiled cats.

And because this is a review about an audiobook, here’s the narrator’s bio.

About Amanda Ronconi

Author - Amanda Ronconi

Amanda Ronconi is an actress and narrator who divides her time between New York City and upstate New York. She has a BFA from NYU, where she studied at the Stella Adler Conservatory. She has performed in theaters around New York City and regionally at the Alley, Capital Rep, and many productions at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

Her Off-Broadway solo comedy, Shirley at the Tropicana, received critical acclaim and was subsequently featured in the New York Times. Film and TV credits include Daydream Believer (Slamdance 2001's Best Dramatic Feature winner), The UnderstudyDeadly Sins (ID Discovery), and IFC's Get Hit and Chasing Paradise. National network and regional commercials include Chase Bank, Sony, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Her voice-over work encompasses nearly 100 audiobooks available on She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors' Equity.

Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to read my thoughts about Grimoires and Gingerbread. Have you read this one or any others by Danielle Garrett? Drop a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

Before you go, find out why I love cosy paranormal mystery stories. Check out my Cosy Paranormal Mystery page!

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