The Trouble With Witches

The Trouble With Witches : An Ophelia And Abby Mystery

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Ophelia has always considered her psychic abilities an imposition, except for those times she's been able to put her paranormal talents to good use--like when a friend asks her to help find a missing teenager. Unfortunately it means she and Abby, her kindly, canny sorceress granny, will be taking to the road to pursue the vanished girl in the wilds of Minnesota.

The signs are pointing toward the secluded new age research facility of Jason and Juliet Finch, who live with their troubled--and possibly matricidal--thirteen-year-old niece. And a bizarre local murder that follows their arrival--plus the appearance of a mysterious Native American shaman--only emphasize the urgency of Ophelia and Abby's hunt, drawing them into a web of dark secrets and to the last place they'd ever wish to be: a cottage in the woods where true evil quite possibly resides.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 292 pages
  • 106.7 x 167.6 x 22.9mm | 45.36g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0060793589
  • 9780060793586
  • 170,616

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1,820 ratings
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4 42% (763)
3 25% (454)
2 3% (53)
1 1% (11)

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<b>Shirley Damsgaard</b> is a dilemma. Her stories are sensational. Plots eventually grab you with impressive multi-layers. I keep hoping an irritating style is cleaned up. Does she notice <i>"tug"</i> keeps repeating? Also <i>"narrowed her eyes"</i> occurs on every page! People don't do that but if the description got used once, I wouldn't think anything of it. Repetition hinders enjoyment of books that are really wonderful. <b>Shirley</b> can also omit <i>"5 years ago"</i> when mentioning Brian and series readers GET that <i>Abigail</i> is from 'Appalachia'. What she didn't do, is say where that is. I'm surprised it's in the USA. Having <i>Darci</i> pout at intervals, even tear-up for being advised to leave, was a turnoff; silly. The author asserts the character's maturity but regresses. With future novels hopefully touched up by an editor, here's why "<b>The Trouble With Witches</b>" is great. You learn about folk magick from a gentle and original perspective. This isn't a trendy coven. This is a respectable heritage appropriately compared to Aboriginal traditions. It shows we needn't scorn one culture, when others are similar. Readers new to the craft aren't hit over the head <i>Juliet Blackwell</i>-style, with trolls and bat potions from page 1. <i>Ophelia</i> is our perspective. Apprehensive, learning as she goes, and the reader is quickly ready for more. It's odd <i>Henry</i> knew of the trip but didn't burst in and investigate. This novel does add exciting elements that will complement the rest immensely! I merely wonder if <b>Shirley</b> was a playwright because she focuses on physicality. She describes glances and hand gestures so much, they're like cues for film direction that are out of place. If she smoothes things out and keeps up her fantastic imagination for plots, I'll gladly ride more
by C. Riedel
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