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Book Review: The Witch’s Grave by Shirley Damsgaard

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The Witch's Grave (Ophelia & Abby, #6)The Witch’s Grave by Shirley Damsgaard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

On my quest to catch up on past series I’ve enjoyed, I’m almost to the end with the Ophelia & Abby series written by Shirley Damsgaard. Today I’ve finished number six, The Witch’s Grave. I enjoyed this one, but it’s my second favorite thus far. I liked the last book a bit more, yet this was still a good one.

Ophelia is having vivid dreams. She’s also met the man of her dreams in real life. And she thought it was love at first sight… then he was shot. Was the bullet meant for her or him? As she unravels the truth about his identity, she learns more about her own past lives… is reincarnation something she should learn more about? This paranormal cozy takes on new levels when Abby and Ophelia try to solve the biggest case yet. Her adopted daughter, Tink, might be in danger, so she leaves to visit Aunt Mary and Aunt Dot… because that’s gonna be the mystery in the next and final (possibly?) book in the series.

Ophelia is a headstrong girl who knows how to keep herself single and distant. She might flirt from time to time, but she’s really not a relationship-type of gal anymore… at least ever since Brian was murdered before the series started and the only other guys she opened up to about her being a witch weren’t very supportive. I understand why she’s hesitant and I applaud Damsgaard for not making this a central part of the book’s story-line. It’s truly the mystery and a witch’s learning curve. I like this style and definitely recommend it for anyone looking to foray into a new sub-genre or genre-crossing medium. Hey, look at that, I’m using proper lingo. I must be getting lazy in my reviews by introducing quips instead of solid feedback.

This book deals with an author’s secrets, a vision of Nazi Germany, and illegal immigrants. How does it fit together? Well, it’s perhaps a bit of a stretch. I believed all the action, but I also thought too much was left out to make this a show-stopper book. I really want to see if have the full package where I can’t ever put it down. It falls short but is still a really strong read. I can’t wait to dive into number seven next when we visit North Carolina.

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About Me
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 https://thisismytruthnow.com, 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.

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Book Review: The Witch is Dead by Shirley Damsgaard

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The Witch Is Dead (Ophelia & Abby, #5)The Witch Is Dead by Shirley Damsgaard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoy reading about witches, and when paranormal happens to be the theme of the Ophelia & Abby cozy mystery series, it’s definitely on the top of my list to read. I finished the fifth book, The Witch Is Dead, from Shirley Damsgaard, this week and already ordered the sixth and seventh. The series ends with the seventh one, but I heard a strong rumor from a reliable source that the author is writing again… will it be an eighth in the series? Here’s hoping the answer is YES!

Ophelia is a ~32ish witch who is still understanding all her skills. Her mother did not inherit this same power that most of the women have in their family, but Abby, her grandmother, did. Together, they solve crimes in Iowa despite the sheriff always wanting to stop them. In the last book, Ophelia adopted Tink, a teenage witch whose family was abusive, and is trying to be a good role model. With the court date approaching to grant her custody, Ophelia is worried something bad will stand in the way. Tink begins having premonitions and dreams about something horrible, then she goes missing. A dead body turns up, Aunt Dot comes for a visit, and a romance blossoms. These are all the balls Ophelia’s got bouncing around her, but she’s determined to keep them in the air.

The series started out a little rocky for me, but it got better with each book. At times, it can be a little slow and light. The witches don’t really use any powers; it’s more about premonitions and analyzing runes. If Damsgaard amp’d up the paranormal just a bit (still keeping within the light theme) and had more supporting characters with connections to Abby and Ophelia in their town, it would be a very solid series I’d rush out to read. As it stands, it’s a very good one that I enjoy cozying up to for a few hours… worth a read, but missing a truly standout component. That’s still a good thing tho… as I find myself thinking about the characters and plots after I’m done.

I enjoy learning about witchcraft. The writing is simple yet descriptive. Ophelia is flawed and admirable. Tink is a typical rebellious teenager with some good banter for her new adoptive mom. Aunt Dot was hilarious with her fairy obsession. And the thought of meeting Great Aunt Mary at some point is scary! Kudos for another fun story. On to #6…

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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 https://thisismytruthnow.com, 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.

Book Review: Witch Hunt by Shirley Damsgaard

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Witch Hunt (Ophelia & Abby, #4)Witch Hunt by Shirley Damsgaard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Witch Hunt by Shirley Damsgaard is the 4th book in the Ophelia & Abby paranormal cozy mystery series. I began reading the series a few years ago and am trying to catch up on all seven books that exist. Ophelia is the granddaughter of a witch, Abby, and she is learning how to use her powers, run a town library, and solve murders. The killings only started when she returned home. Now she’s got a 13-year-old adopted daughter to care for and teach the ways of the coven (not that there really is one in the books). In this caper, a mean motorcycle gang has taken up residence in Summerset. One biker is found brutally stabbed to death by Darci’s visiting cousin. Darci is a good friend of Ophelia who is turning her life around, but now she’s got more drama to handle.

One of the aspects I enjoy in this series is the light paranormal style and sub-context. It’s easy to follow, methodical, and fun. I also enjoy the town setting and the minimal amount of characters in the backdrop. It’s full of side stories, but they’re always integrated into the murder. It makes for a good, immersive read without trying to remember who everyone is, especially if it’s been a year since you last read. One of the aspects I’m not too fond of is that the characters can be a tad dull. I think they are strong on some levels (visual and mental) but lack some interaction with family and other relationships. I want to see another layer in them to make me find this a truly memorable or 5-star series.

That said, I do enjoy it and will keep reading the next 3 books so I can finish it out. I would recommend it to others who like a bit of paranormal and some occult, but nothing too complex, or for anyone looking for a nice, quiet Iowa setting with a library and witch theme.

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About Me
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 https://thisismytruthnow.com, 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.