Witch Way To Murder

Witch Way To Murder : An Ophelia And Abby Mystery

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Bewitched meets Murder She Wrote in this delightful new cozy mystery series featuring Ophelia Jensen, small town librarian and reluctant psychic, and her grandmother Abby, a benevolent witch.

Thirty something Ophelia Jensen wants to live a quiet life as a small town librarian. She's created a comfortable existence with her kooky, colorful grandmother Abby, and if it were up to her, they could live out their days--along with Ophelia's dog Lady and cat Queenie--in peace and quiet. But, to Ophelia's dismay, she and Abby aren't a typical grandmother/granddaughter duo. She possesses psychic powers, and Abby is a kindly witch. And while Ophelia would do anything to dismiss her gift--harboring terrible guilt after her best friend was killed and she was unable to stop it--threatening events keep popping up, forcing her to tap into her powers of intuition. To make matters worse, a strange--yet devastatingly attractive--man is hanging around Ophelia's library, and no matter how many times she tells him she's sworn off men forever, he persists. Soon this handsome newcomer reveals he's following a lead on a local drug ring, and then a dead body shows up right in Abby's backyard. And much as Ophelia would like to put away her spells forever, she and Abby must use their special powers to keep themselves, and others, out of harm's way.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 292 pages
  • 106 x 170 x 28mm | 136.08g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0060793481
  • 9780060793487
  • 144,772

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"A Golden Broomstick to the season's most unusual sleuths, a septuagenarian witch and her psychic granddaughter. Inventive and imaginative."--Carolyn Hart
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3,859 ratings
3.72 out of 5 stars
5 25% (952)
4 36% (1,386)
3 29% (1,132)
2 7% (273)
1 3% (116)

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<b>Shirley Damsgaard</b> is a great novelist; with modern, humorous dialogue. I'll just say authors must only tidy a few pages at a time. Just like <i>Rebecca Hale</i>; 'tug' repeats to the point of shouting: "Can't you try 'yank' or 'pull'?!" and there's incessant use of <i>"narrowed their eyes"</i>. People don't do that consciously enough for such repeated mention. Oddly <i>Ophelia</i> doesn't say 'Grandma'. <i>Abby</i> has ample wisdom, Grandmotherly affection, and they're close but that isn't a sticking point. What made no sense is guffawing extra-sensory concepts. Not practising is one thing. <i>Ophelia</i> supposedly disbelieves. A clairvoyant who answers telephones without a ring, capable of psychometry (feeling information from objects); it didn't add up to scoff the rest. It was also hard to swallow someone declining friends and behaving with so much sarcasm. But I understand <b>Shirley</b> wanted to convey the lasting effects of hard times and portray renewal later. I do love every other part of the story. With the protagonist reticent, there was a long warm up period. Closeness with her wonderful Grandma and pets gave us breaks of humanity. I know connecting with a series début can take time. By the time we like the main character, the plot has also grown tremendously captivating. Emotional involvement is on par with <i>Madelyn Alt's</i> characters and surpasses them, in intricacy and depth. I love that this 'magick' is more prevalent and the plots and characters, far bolder. The rest of the novel flies. You really do finish, feeling like you bore witness to an exceptionally well-developed masterpiece. Critiques, minor ~ praise, high!show more
by C. Riedel
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