Good Liniment (The Hat #5) by C.S. Boyack #supernatural #paranormal #mystery #bookreview

Someone is murdering members of the local witches coven. They turn to Lizzie and the hat for their unique skills that might help eliminate the killers.

A religious zealot might be a monster, but is still a human being. This task isn’t the same as staking vampires or shooting zombies. It isn’t the usual project Lizzie takes on for her night work.

This all takes place during a recovery period for Lizzie. She needs to keep her cover band together and find a new way of getting them gigs. More bands and less venues are making finances tight. The hat didn’t make things easier during her absence, by spreading rumors about why she took her sabbatical.

Someone killing others over a point of view insults Lizzie’s sensibilities. She has secrets to keep. Her employers have secrets, too. It doesn’t make for a comfortable working environment, but she agrees to do what she can.

Convincing her strong willed employers to stay indoors during all this poses another problem. Can she keep them alive long enough to finish her task?

Good Liniment is full of magic, magical creatures, and an entire underground community living amongst us.

Lizzie and the hat – they’re among my favorite characters this author has created, so I always look forward to accompanying them on their supernatural adventures. This time someone is murdering witches.

The end of the last book saw Lizzie needing to get away for a while, and she’s now staying with her parents. But the hat isn’t with her. How he makes his way to her is both amusing and creative. It also gives Kevin the vampire an opportunity to make an appearance, and any time he shows up chuckles are guaranteed. Officer Joe Yoder also makes a welcome appearance. A new character, Noodles, easily made my list of favorites. He’s not exactly your typical pet, and it’s hard to describe exactly what he is – you’ll just have to read the book and discover for yourself.

During Lizzie’s absence the band had to take on other jobs to pay the bills. The hat had to come up with a reason for her time away – which isn’t true, but to her credit she goes with the flow. During the course of their investigation, Lizzie experiences something that had me on edge for several pages – I was worried, folks. But no spoilers here. They’ve hunted all sorts of supernatural creatures in the past, but this time is different – their target is human.

As with all the books in this series, the banter between Lizzie and the hat is amusing and snarky. Sometimes they’re like an old married couple. If you’re looking for an entertaining, quick read, paranormal mysteries, and quirky characters (human and supernatural alike) that stick with you long after reading, add this series to your list. The books work fine as standalones, but starting from the beginning allows a broader understanding of this world and its characters.

62 thoughts on “Good Liniment (The Hat #5) by C.S. Boyack #supernatural #paranormal #mystery #bookreview

  1. You’re on a roll with C.S. Boyack books, Teri! They are so entertaining. I honestly think Good Liniment may be my favorite, except for the very first one in this series. Loved the witch element in this one. And, like you, I love the snarky dialogue between Lizzie and the hat. πŸ™‚ Congrats to Craig!

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  2. Congrats to Craig on the fun review, Teri. He writes them faster than I can read them, so I haven’t gotten to this one yet, but like you, Lizzie and the Hat are my favorite characters and I’m always happy to see what they’re up to. I’m looking forward to meeting Noodles. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the review!

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