Witch Hunt

Witch Hunt (A Full Moon Mystery)
by Cate Conte

About Witch Hunt

Witch Hunt (A Full Moon Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Kensington (June 30, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1496717600
ISBN-13: 978-1496717603
Digital ASIN: B083TQX2CT

Murder isn’t always crystal-clear . . . especially when the prime suspect discovers she’s a witch.


Violet Mooney owns The Full Moon crystal shop in quaint North Harbor, Connecticut. Still grieving her beloved grandmother’s recent unexpected death, she takes comfort in her fat orange cat Monty and her work. Not everyone in town is thrilled with her business, however. When disagreeable town councilwoman Carla Fernandez picks a fight over Violet’s “voodoo shop,” the two have a very public confrontation. Of course, when Carla turns up dead, Violet gets little sympathy from the police as suspect #1.


But the shock of two policemen showing up at her door pales in comparison to the sudden appearance of her estranged mother Fiona and a surprise sister, Zoe. What Fiona reveals will rock her world and her sense of self—and reawaken her long-dormant mysterious power. Good thing. She’s gonna need it . . .

Character Guest Post


By Violet Mooney


I’m Violet Mooney, and my life was pretty uneventful until the day I nearly got arrested for murder and my long-lost mother came to town. And not just came to town. Showed up on the sidewalk in a velvet cape and a shower of glitter, with my half-sister by her side.

Did I mention my mother is a witch?

Yeah, and supposedly I’m one too. Which, as you can imagine, came kind of as a shock.

I had no idea I was witch. I certainly didn’t think I wanted to be one. I didn’t even know what the requirements were.

I liked my life. I liked living in my little town, North Harbor, on the Connecticut waterfront, and running my crystal shop, The Full Moon, two doors down from my apartment building. I got to spend the day with beautiful stones, helping people find the ones that would heal them. I had everything I needed in a three-block radius—my yoga studio, the best coffee shop in the world, and my best friend Sydney across the hall. And I mostly liked my boyfriend, Todd, who ran a pub called Luck O’the Irish in our neighborhood. Aside from losing my beloved grandmother recently, my life was pretty much everything I wanted.

Until one of our town councilwomen was murdered, and since she’d spent her last morning yelling at me very publicly in the coffee shop in front of half the town, the cops showed up at my door wondering if I’d had something to do with it.

And then, to make matters worse, my mother appeared in her glittery shower, marking the first time I’d seen her since she’d left me when I was five. And now I had a sister too.

It’s been a lot to deal with, to say the least.

But I couldn’t really think too much about that now, with the bigger problem of this murdered woman that I had to deal with. I knew I didn’t do it, but the cops didn’t seem so sure. And since they seemed to be dragging their feet a bit finding the real killer, it seemed I had to take matters into my own hands.

While I kept my mother, hopefully, at bay…



About Cate Conte

Cate Conte is the alter ego of Liz Mugavero. Liz is the author of the Pawsitively Organic Mystery series from Kensington Books, the first of which was an Agatha nominee for Best First Novel. Cate is the author of the new Full Moon Mysteries for Kensington and writes the Cat Cafe Mystery series for Minotaur Books. As you can imagine, her canine and feline rescues demand the best organic food and treats around. She is a member of Sisters in Crime National, Sisters in Crime New England, Mystery Writers of America, and the Cat Writers’ Association. She currently lives in Connecticut.

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  1. Cute cover! Looks like a good cozy mystery.

  2. Sounds like a great book. Looking forward to reading it.

  3. This books looks and sounds awesome!! A random visit from a long lost mother that turns out to be a witch? Love it!

  4. I like that there's a black cat on the cover of this cozy mystery. I can hardly believe the way her long gone mom shows up in a cape with a sister to boot telling her she's a witch, too. I like good surprises.

  5. Cute cover! There's seems to be a bit of drama included in this cozy. Sounds like a good read. Best wishes to the author on the new book of a new series.


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