The Seventh Witch (Ophelia & Abby Mysteries, No. 7)

By Shirley Damsgaard

“A Golden Broomstick to [these] most unique sleuths, a septuagenarian witch and her psychic granddaughter.”
—Carolyn Hart

 

The 7th Witch is the 7th installment in Shirley Damsgaard’s Agatha Award-nominated Ophelia and Abby sequence that includes a small-town librarian with paranormal talents and her endearingly unapologetic witch grandmother. Combining the easiest facets of poser and fantasy—a sort-of leave out Marple with magic—Damsgaard’s The 7th Witch is a whodunit with a distinction; a pleasant diversion for a person who loves the supernatural allure of Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels or Kim Harrison’s bestselling tours to The Hollows.

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Are the Dorans a huge kinfolk? ” “Big enough,” she snorted. “They began with the 3 boys. just one left is the eldest—Zachary—a extra deceitful guy than him by no means drew breath. ” She gave her head a moderate shake. “The heart one was once killed in a bar struggle down in Knoxville, and the youngest—Sharon’s daddy—was killed together with his spouse, in a vehicle twist of fate. inebriated riding. ” “That’s loads of tragedy for one relations. ” Her eyes swung in my course. “I’m now not asserting they deserved an early loss of life, yet all 3 of these boys have been wild and depraved. ” a dead ringer for Sharon staking a declare on Ethan sprung to brain. have been there different Doran ladies ready to pounce on him? “What approximately their daughters? Are they wild and depraved, too? ” “Sharon’s the one lady baby within the kinfolk. ” Great-Aunt Mary snickered. “She’s lower a large swath via this valley, that’s for definite, and depraved? ” She paused and her eyes narrowed. “Someday her deeds will come domestic to roost. ” could in addition lay it out on desk, i assumed. “I understand she’s a witch, Great-Aunt Mary. I observed how every body acted on the cemetery. all of them imagine she prompted Oscar Nelson’s loss of life. ” “Ha, Oscar’s had a abdominal affliction for years. He died of a hemorrhage and that’s the truth,” she huffed. “Her a witch? ” Great-Aunt Mary’s lips twisted in a sneer. “She thinks she is aware magick, yet she doesn’t. She makes use of it for her personal egocentric purposes. She’s hoodwinked each person during this valley. ” “How? ” Great-Aunt Mary put her crocheting in her lap. “All her valueless cousins and her uncle thinks her spells safeguard them…they can do something they wish and not anything will contact them,” she stated with no relatively answering my query. “Time’s a-comin’ whilst it’s going to collapse round their ears. ” back i assumed of Ethan and his undercover task. Did Great-Aunt Mary “see” Ethan because the device of justice that may carry the Dorans down? may still I ask her? may I ask her with out giving Ethan away? “Ah,” I stammered, “I have a question—” Her cackle minimize me off. “You’re filled with questions, woman, yet you won’t get any longer solutions from me. ” Her boastful angle annoyed me. “I can discover alone, you know,” I blustered. “You have your methods and i've mine. ” She cackled back as she accumulated up her yarn. “No, you don’t. for those who have been a woman, maybe,” she stated, shoving the yarn and items of Tink’s afghan in a bag mendacity subsequent to her chair. “You’ve overlooked your expertise too lengthy for it to be of a lot strong. ” I jerked ahead, insulted by way of her comment. “You’re wrong,” I insisted. “I’m not,” she argued again. “I advised your grandmother years in the past to get a deal with on you, yet she neglected me. Now it’s too past due. You’ll by no means be what you have been intended to be, more’s the pity. ” She rose slowly to her toes and gave me a troublesome glance. “You’ve allow the relatives down. ” I shot up. “I have not—you simply be patient. ” The phrases flew out of my mouth. “If that girl attempts any of her hocus pocus on us,” I jabbed a finger at my chest, “I’ll positioned a cease to it. ” She shook her head in disgust. “You’re no fit for the likes of her, no matter if her magick is vulnerable.

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