Have a Holly, Haunted Christmas by Lynn Cahoon

About the Book

Mia Malone is planning a holiday party to promote her catering and cooking school business—but she’s got a Christmas spirit to deal with first, in this new Kitchen Witch Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Lynn Cahoon . . .

For all its merriment, Christmas can also bring melancholy—and in Magic Springs, Idaho, Mia finds that the season has brought her an unhappy ghost who’s pulling poltergeist-style pranks to get her attention. When she demands an explanation, the ghost just sends a message: Ask Mary Alice—that is, Mia’s beloved Grans, who’s been training her to develop her witchy talents. If anyone can figure this out, it’s Grans . . . even if she still hasn’t managed to free Mia’s cat from a previous spell that she cast.

The restless spirit turns out to be Magic Spring’s most well-known ghost, Dorothy, who supposedly died peacefully in her sleep. Now Dorothy claims she was murdered, and she wants her killer brought to justice. And she doesn’t have much patience about it, so the pressure is on Mia—with some help from her boyfriend, Trent, and a strangely secretive Grans. There aren’t many dicing-and-chopping days till Christmas—but this year, the most important gift Mia can give is to cheer up this troubled spirit . . . 

My Thoughts

Have a Holly, Haunted Christmas by Lynn Cahoon is the newest release in the Kitchen Witch series. It’s about a woman named Mia Malone who has a meal prep business. She’s recently acquired an old school to be the home for her business (as well as the home for her and her employee Christina, who live in rooms upstairs). With the help of her boyfriend Trent and Grans (her grandmother) they’re preparing for the winter carnival in their small town of Magic Springs.

This novella is part of the middle of the series, and I kind of wish I had started at the beginning. While I did enjoy the book, I feel like the storytelling would have made more sense to me if I had started from the beginning. That way I would be familiar with the magic organization and whatnot.

I liked the magic/paranormal aspects of the story. I liked that magic is a well known thing (it is Magic Springs, after all) and that when Mia sees a ghost in her kitchen, no one questions her about it. They’re just like, “Ok. So you saw a ghost. Let’s figure out why.”

This novella is short and sweet but the mystery is interesting because it’s not one that Mia and her friends can solve alone. They need the help of her Grans, as well as a few of Grans’ friends, who were friends with the deceased.

Would I check out the rest of this series? Absolutely. I enjoyed the characters and the writing style. I just added the first book to my TBR list on goodreads, because I want to know about Mia, her business, and the little Idaho town of Magic Springs.