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Christiana Miller Books In Order

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Publication Order of Toad Witch Mysteries Books

Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie We're In Trouble (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie We're Kidnapping Cupid (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie We're Canning Demons (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie It's A Vampire's World (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Thief Who Stole Midnight (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

A Tale of 3 Witches (With: Barbra Annino) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
KrampusKlaus (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Love and Other Distractions(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

As a screen writer/novelist, Christiana Miller leads an unusual life doubling up as a mom and a lead character in some of her books. She’s written several favorites including General Hospital: Night Shift, the ToadWitch series, the Stacy Justice mystery, Tomb Stones and Tiaras among many other novels. Christiana has perfected the art of bizarre, creative characters for her eccentric books. She relishes in Fantasy and magic, making her books funny and enjoyable to read. In this review, we’ll look into the Toadwitch Mystery Novels.

Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She’s Dead #1 ToadWitch

Magic isn’t child play; it can screw up a young innocent woman’s life. Meet Mara, whose experiencing the worst times. She relies on reading cards to predict the future, and they have never disappointed her. However, this time she didn’t see the hurricane approaching. It hit her hard. First, Mara is evicted from her apartment house, she lost her employment and forbidden access to the facilities at Beverly Hills’. She was taken aback when the tarot cards predicted the impending downfall. Mara could not accept that, so she used magic to reverse the card predictions and make her world right, the way it’s supposed to be.

After the death of her estranged aunt, Mara discovers that she is the sole heir to her late aunt’s estate. She moves into her new property and discovers that her aunt Tillie spirit still lingers on in the old house. Her aunt died a bitter woman, blaming Mara’s magic for interfering with the torrent card readings as the sole cause of her early demise. When Mara fortuitously sets free a ruthless demon and awakens the most vicious, most powerful witches spirit, Aunt Tillie gets livid with anger; she’s so angry at Mara she wants her dead too! It’s the only solution to try and save the naïve girl from her decadence. The wicked witch has evil plans to dwell in Mara’s body.

Mara’s lucky charm turns out not as lucky as she had hoped it would be. Her flamboyant gay bestie makes the plot an interesting read coupled with the musings of the magical toad. Mara is a perfect description of Murphy’s Law; anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Mara leads a hopeless life, without a boyfriend, unemployed, and almost homeless. Unfortunately, that is just the beginning of all her problems. Soon she has a dead aunt, a self-aware house and a demon that cannot wait to evict Mara from her own body. The story matched up with all the characters, the plot was great, with funny and witty; overall, it had a good premise. Most importantly as a great enhancer, the antagonists provided sufficient evil, which was awesome for the significance of the magical story to pass as a legit mystery fiction story.

Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie We’re In Trouble! #2 ToadWitch

Mara finds herself in hell. Her friends have all abandoned her and her ex-boyfriend; Paul fears that Mara might give birth to a demon baby. He is frantic about the baby’s welfare and asks for proof to validate her allegations that he is indeed the father. Mara’s best friend, Gus, (remember the gay guy?) is intoxicated with his new “hot” boyfriend and has plans for the late, grand, Lord Grundleshanks the noxious Toad. He has no time for other things happening around him.After Gus manipulates the weather patterns and manages to flip winter into summer, everything changes and things get wrong. Summer lingers on longer than expected, Household appliances begin to melt, and people get frantic about this new phenomenon. When J.J., a local boy, disappears from Mara’s car, she suspects that he’s bewitched and turned into a rat. But it seems weird even mentioning it, it’s a crazy idea, and nobody would believe her anyway.

Then, Aunt Tillie shows up in the spirit, since she’s dead. She warns Mara that Gus needs her help, that gets in deep trouble and she must come to his aid as quickly as possible. Before Mara grabs Gus, he opens the pit gate to hell and the demon lashes out. Still frantic about J.J and his woes, Mara tries to find out exactly what happened to him. Paul is livid with the idea of raising a demon child, but Mara manages to assure him she’s fine, that her child is healthy. These books feed on magic and keep you hooked to the supernatural silliness going on between the living and the dead. The book presents a unique kind of charm, with light fun over all the magical events and conversations with the dead, the devil and the magic lover protagonist.

It’s more absurd for the author to make up a magical weather pattern in Wisconsin and the back and forth to banter between Mara and Gus. Aunt Tillie, on the other hand, presents an Irascible and brimming zest for life. The ongoing issues between Mara and Paul have caused Paul the “Post-Possession Stress Disorder.” Miller does a great job of layering in future plots located in Hellmouth where Mara’s inherited cottage sits. Overall, the book provides great inspiring g magical tales of love and struggle where magic was supposed to fix Mara’s current woes. It is also amazing to read how spells and generational protectors of inherited magicians and communicators with the underworld work. If you’re undeterred with reading blasphemous demonic stuff, this one will surely knock you out!

Kidnapping Cupid #3 ToadWitch Series

Mara finds out that Gus is under the spell of Eros, the god of lust and love. Strapped in a cage, Eros is adamant on setting him free. However, Aphrodite, Eros’s mom, has her private thoughts and motive regarding her son’s prisoner. Unlike her other previous books, this edition comes as a short story, and we can see the author struggling to put things in order. There’s a lot of editing hiccups coupled with numerous pluralism. The plot, however, puts forth a great story only that perhaps it was edited in a rush.Overall, the entire Toadwitch mystery series presents a fun read into the mystical, magical world of evil and the few good people left here on earth. I did not quite grasp the logic behind Paul’s woes on having a demonic baby through Mara. Sure she’s got an inheritance from her evil Aunt Tillie but does it make her lineage supernatural? Well, you have to read the books unravel that one on your own.

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