Book Review: The Trouble With Witches by Shirley Damsgaard

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The Trouble With Witches (Ophelia & Abby, #3)The Trouble With Witches by Shirley Damsgaard

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When it comes to reading cozy mysteries, I enjoy interesting settings and sometimes even a little magic. There’s something fun about the lighthearted mystery combined with witchcraft or the occult. One of the first series I began reading years ago was the Ophelia & Abby mystery series by Shirley Damsgaard. I read two back in 2015/16 but then got pulled into a different direction. I’m on a quest to catch up on all series I’ve started so that I am current, then I’ll take on a few new ones. This month, I went back to it with the third installment, The Trouble With Witches. It was a good, solid mystery with a likable cast and setting, but I remember it being a bit better in the earlier two.

Abby and Ophelia are grandmother and granddaughter who are also modern day witches. They solve crimes and butt heads with the local police in an Iowa town. In this caper, they’re pulled to Minnesota to investigate a possible disappearance when a news reporter whom Ophelia has a little crush on asks for their help. A girl has gone missing and might be in a cult of witches. Rick, the news reporter, knows Abby and Ophelia’s secret, but he’s careful not to tell anyone else. The ladies take a road trip and discover a nice family, a mean family, Native American on a walkabout of sorts, and a poor almost-orphaned girl. How does it all come together? Someone ends up murdered. A past magician’s secrets are revealed. But who’s connected to whom in this scheme?

Overall, it was a good read and took about 3 hours to finish today. I like the magical aspects of it as they’re mostly about spells and mental connections. It challenges readers to think outside the box, but it also offers an opportunity to see a different approach to solving a puzzle. I was a little thrown off that they went to a different state, and there weren’t any normal characters from their town in this one other than the policeman and the news reporter on a couple of occasions. In the end, it was a good read, but I preferred the earlier ones. I will pick up another one next month to see if I’m ready to finish the series or say I’m done for now. I’ve given this one 3.5 stars and will round up or down on various sites to balance it out.

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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. The debut book, Academic Curveball, in my new mystery series, Braxton Campus Mysteries will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations. I read, write, and blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge –and multiple Readathons. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.


4 thoughts on “Book Review: The Trouble With Witches by Shirley Damsgaard

    robertawrites235681907 said:
    October 11, 2018 at 11:59 PM

    Interesting review. I like the theme of the book.

    Liked by 1 person

    Beware Of The Reader said:
    October 12, 2018 at 5:04 PM

    Good review Jay but too bad thos cozy mystery was not better for you but …you can’t adore them all 😉

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 12, 2018 at 5:38 PM

      So true. I can live with it as long as it doesn’t happen again!


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