Charmed To Death

Charmed To Death : An Ophelia And Abby Mystery

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Ophelia Jensen's good witch granny Abigail revels in her paranormal powers. But Ophelia never asked for her bothersome psychic abilities -- especially since they proved worthless when the thirty-something librarian's best friend Brian was murdered by a still-unknown assailant.

Now, five years later, another friend is gone, killed in almost identical fashion. Even dear old Abby isn't safe, distracted as she is by her fight to prevent a massive, mega-polluting pig-farming operation from invading their small Iowa town. And Ophelia can't count on her snarling, scoffing nemesis, police detective Henry Comacho, to get the job done, so she'll have to take matters into her own hands. Because a common thread to the crimes -- and a possible next victim -- is suddenly becoming troublingly apparent . . . and it's Ophelia Jensen herself!
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 104.14 x 170.18 x 22.86mm | 136.08g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0060793538
  • 9780060793531
  • 209,717

Review quote

"A Golden Broomstick to the season's most unusual sleuths, a septuagenarian witch and her psychic granddaughter. Inventive and imaginative."--Carolyn Hart, praise for WITCH WAY TO MURDER
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Rating details

2,210 ratings
3.95 out of 5 stars
5 29% (650)
4 41% (906)
3 26% (568)
2 3% (71)
1 1% (15)

Our customer reviews

Here is a mystery that kept me reading until it was done! The lead character has warmed up, melding into a circle of friends we enjoy seeing her with. She has found assertiveness to speak up to figures who once intimidated her. She is forced to explore extra-sensory gifts by herself. Best of all, we meet <i>Ophelia's</i> Mom. I've seen ratings lowered merely because a reader guessed a culprit's identity - nonsense! There's nothing to hazarding <i>'person A, B, or C'.</i> The meat in <b>"Charmed To Death"</b> is a profound background of details: why kill, deciphering clues about how someone behaves, and what they are really after. The poignancy of novel 2 is higher-strung because all crimes, even external vandalism and threat, is extremely personal. This isn't about feeling compelled to help a general townsperson. Familiar, kind faces are affected and the vulnerability of even much loved plants reaches you tremendously. The book keeps you absorbed on numerous levels, like daring to acquaint a nemesis and the fascination of watching how <i>Ophelia's</i> Mom fits into the family. Most urgently: the reader is doled out a complete inability to assume 'Grandma will save the day'. <b>Shirley Damsgaard</b> has penned a very well thought out more
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