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The Witch's Grave (Ophelia & Abby Mystery #6)

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  1,433 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
Cupid has cast his spell on good witch Ophelia Jensen. The practical, pragmatic, law-abiding librarian has just begun letting down her hair with Stephen Larsen, the author of some of the most scandalous crime exposés ever written. It's a match made in the stacks—until the would-be lovers take a quiet countryside stroll, and shots ring out.

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Paperback, 262 pages
Published December 30th 2008 by Avon (first published December 24th 2008)
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Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

The author seems to like experimenting to keep the series fresh. Sometimes she takes them out of town, sometimes she introduces new characters like adopted daughters and eccentric aunts, sometimes she shakes up whether they're investigating a murder or something else, and in this book she does some kind of weird merge with flashbacks of a woman in Nazi times who has to say goodbye to a love interest.

The backstory was interesting but it's not a personal preference for me when an author does that.
Jan 05, 2016 Tien rated it really liked it
I didn’t have much expectation from this instalment as I didn’t quite enjoy the last one. However, I was proven wrong! I really enjoyed the little spin in this one which included Ophelia’s dreams of past life. The mystery itself was quite interesting which involved a fairly controversial topic these days in Australia (“undocumented immigrants”). Whilst this particular theme wasn’t deeply explored, the twist to the mystery was unexpected. I read this book in one sitting; an easy read with a ...more
Julie (jjmachshev)
Jan 20, 2009 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009-reads
This Shirley Damsgaard series revolves around a witch named Ophelia who keeps getting entangled in mysteries. In the first book, Ophelia is unhappy and unaccepting of her 'powers'. Then with each following book, she grows a little stronger and more confident in her abilities. This sixth book, "The Witch's Grave", has Ophelia coming into a new level of power while experiencing dreams of another, possibly past, life.

Ophelia is happy when she meets a handsome blond stranger and they seem to have a
Blodeuedd Finland
Aug 09, 2016 Blodeuedd Finland rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozymystery
I think I had the same issues with this one as book 1. It started well enough, but then in the middle I got bored. It was just so meh.

I did not really care for Ophelia.
The whole nazi dream mystery was all wtf is that even doing in the book?
The blurb promised me some romance, the guy gets shot in the first few pages and they met minutes ago.
Yes I did not read the ones in between, but considering book 1 was meh and this one was meh. I wont. It will get an ok from me, since I did like it before it
Dec 29, 2010 Rosey rated it liked it
This might be my least favorite so far of the books. It wasn't bad but it lacked the humor of the other books. Also too much was going on between present day and Ophelia's dreams of a women back in Nazi occupied France. This one had a lot of Abby helping out Ophelia which I liked.
Diane ~Firefly~
Ophelia has an "instant connection" with Stephen when she meets him. But then bad things start happening and Ophelia is having unusual dreams of the past. The author explores the idea of reincarnation this time around as Ophelia and Abby work to figure out what is going on in their town.

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Sep 27, 2016 Al added it
Another intriguing book about Ophelia, Tink and Abby. This time Ophelia is with the person who gets shot. Which leads to compilations and more. Ethan appears via phone call and sheriff Bill again threatens to lock Ophelia up for interfering in an investigation -but she helps him solve that shooting and another death involving illegal aliens.
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
This is definitely better than previous books. It is like I started reading a complete different series. The first five books were either just ok or close to *I like it* category for me, so nothing special. This one is a bit different.

After reading the blurb, I expected Ophelia to be in some kind of relationship with Stephen Larsen. She is not. This: Cupid has cast his spell on good witch Ophelia Jensen. The practical, pragmatic, law-abiding librarian has just begun letting down her hair wi
Jan 03, 2012 Jacki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
With some sexy and intimate dreams visiting her lately, Ophelia Jensen is finally turning into an optimist. Then the literal man of her dreams shows up into town...and is immediately shot. Yep, back to the same old, same old for Ophelia.

One reason I love these books is the setting. Being a gal from Central Iowa, I love hearing mention of running into Des Moines for movies and shopping, or seeing the name of my favorite winery owner appear on the page.

I also love these books for Ophelia's relat
Jul 11, 2011 Vickie rated it it was amazing
This was as good as I'd hoped it would be. Shirley Damsgaard never lets me down.
Ophelia has met a man at a party and as they take a walk to get to know each other better, he gets shot. Who was the intended target, the man or was it Ophelia?

Abbey is a good guide and mentor for Ophelia and her growing confidence in her abilities. I want to work at Abbey's greenhouse and nursery.....

Paranormal cozies have been on the nightstand lately. It's the neatest mixture of amateur sleuth and supernatural. A
Angie Lisle
Feb 24, 2013 Angie Lisle rated it really liked it
Shirley Damsgaard has carved a new niche in the market: Appalachian Paranormal Fiction! Being a West Virginia gal, I love how Appalachia figures into the books without all the negative stereotyping that usually goes along with it!

I always have problems getting started with Shirley Damsgaard's books. But once I make it past the first couple of chapters, I fall in love with the characters again (and again). I am sucked in by the storyline and I have a very hard time putting the book down.

I love
Kimberly Ann
Of the ones I have read so far in this series...This has to be my favorite.

Ophelia is finally accepting who & what she is as well as her "gift". Abby is there only as a guide and a sometime companion.

While at a library fund raiser Ophelia (librarian) meets Stephen (literally the man of her dreams), but as he takes her in his arms they are disturbed by crows...and then a near fatal shot that downs Stephen.

As Ophelia goes about her nosing around, other "accidents" befall her, thus forcing her
Sep 04, 2009 Carol rated it liked it
This wasn’t my favorite in the series. I can’t really put my finger on why. It was a good story, with the present echoing the past, and it was interesting how Damsgaard mangaged to pull all the various thread together. It seemed to lean more toward the magic and supernatural aspects and less toward the actual mystery than previous installments. It just wasn’t quite as gripping, for me. I can’t say this would stand alone, either; you really need to have read the others in the series before ...more
Oct 28, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed every book in the Ophelia and Abby series and this one is no exception. Perhaps this one is even the best one so far. Ophelia and her grandmother Abby are both witches- good ones, that is, descended from Appalachian Mountain women who healed with plants and herbs. In this book Ophelia, the town librarian, meets Stephen, an author of true crime tell-all novels, at a fund raising function and is immediately smitten. However, a few minutes later Stephen is shot. Who was the target- ...more
Jan 14, 2013 Ann rated it liked it
Ophelia Jensen is a witch and a librarian. When she attends a library function, she meets a man to whom she finds an instant attraction. When he is shot right after their first kiss, Ophelia begins to have dreams that transport her back to World War II in occupied France. She is a model and is also acting as a resistance operative. Her romance with Henrick, a Swedish diplomat, is questionable. He seems to be using the Nazis as a way to get rich instead of caring about what is happening to the ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
This volume is number six of an excellent series. This volume has Ophelia Jensen instantly falling in love with a man she seems to remember, Author Stephen Larsen. To her amazement, Stephen also seems to remember her but can't figure from where.

As they take a walk to just talk, a shot rings out and Stephen is critically injured. Ophelia tries to understand what is happening and keeps dreaming of the Nazi occupation of Paris. Meanwhile locally, Ophelia tries to find out what Stephen was researchi
Aug 02, 2011 Dee added it
I discovered these books quite by accident one day. Our local bookstore (Hastings) has cut way back on their mystery collection and there was nothing new by anyone I knew so was browsing through some other less expensive paperbacks. I like mysteries, I find all things paranormal interesting, and the main character is a small town librarian (and I work in a library) so I thought I would give it a read. The books aren't deep, dark and meaningful, but they are a fun read and I even got my mom ...more
Dharia Scarab
Dec 06, 2014 Dharia Scarab rated it really liked it

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
Apr 12, 2014 BookNerdette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
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alicia grant
Feb 26, 2009 alicia grant rated it it was amazing
This was the best one yet in the series.Ophelia meets a writer at a charity event.They are instamtly pulled into a mysery when walking in the woods together and a shot rings out hitting the author.Now Ophelia must solve the mysery was she the intended victim or was the author.Plus hers dreams are strange and she may be dreaming of herself in a past life? I love this series and this one was the best Ophelia really starts accepting who she is and becomes comfortable in her phychic and witchy ways.
Jan 10, 2009 Nytetyger rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009-challenge
Another in the series, and thankfully, this one left out Tink, her adopted and psychic daughter for the most part, as well as limiting all the "side characters" and letting us really see Ophelia do her thing. The mystery was interesting, but the split in which Ophelia is dreaming herself as a member of the French resistance (a prior life, she discovers) was wonderfully done.

I had little hope for this series after the last outing, feeling it was going down the same road as the Madeline Alt "witch
Dec 06, 2010 Daffodil rated it really liked it
Another wonderful entry in the Ophelia & Abby Mystery series. Ophelia has slowly become more accepting of her powers and it really shows in this entry. It was interesting how the past and present were intertwined in this book. I had the who and why pegged early on in the book, at least I thought I did. Turns out the why details were different than I thought. The ending was also satisfying, Ophelia's decisions about her personal life showed real thoughtfulness. Looking forward to reading book ...more
Jun 23, 2011 Bookadventurer rated it really liked it
Shelves: witchy-ways
STRUGGLED reading this one. I've said it before, I read cozy mysteries for entertainment, not to be socially enlightened; I had a REALLY hard time with the under-the-table snippets about illegal immigration very early on. Just tired of political riga-ma-roll being inserted into everything. Rita Mae Brown did it, and lost me. Tamar Myers did it, and lost me. To bad, liked the series until this one. New favorite witchy series: Juliet Blackwell's Withcraft Mysteries.
Aug 04, 2013 Yeva rated it really liked it
Even though I read this installment of the series out of order, I was still able to know what was happening and I didn't feel really out of the loop too much. The story was good, though a little bit predictable. Now, predictability is not always a bad thing, but I hope this doesn't happen in the next story of this series. I've just checked out The Seventh Witch which follows The Witch's Grave. I like the way Ms. Damsgaard writes, and I think this is a fun series.
Apr 29, 2011 Melissa rated it liked it
Shelves: read-fiction
Ophelia meets a stranger and he is the man of her dreams. In the previous weeks leading up to meeting Ophelia feels something change taking root within her. But when the stranger gets shot and Ophelia is the next target. Ophelia must embrase her gift and find her own strength.

Great book. It has some of my favorite things in it, past lives. The book is well written and fast pace and blending the past life and reflecting into the future. Nice evening read looking forward to the next one.
Ellen Black
May 27, 2009 Ellen Black rated it it was amazing
This is the best book to date, in Shirley Damsgaard's Ophelia and Abby series. This story intertwines the lives of a small group of people who lived in Paris during the Nazi occupation with the modern-day lives of Ophelia and Abby, two magickal-minded women living in a small town in Iowa.

Each of Damsgaard's books focus on a metaphysical topic. The Witch's Grave focuses on reincarnation.
Jul 18, 2009 Regan rated it liked it
There were too many leaps and threads that seemed to be thrown in just so the book could be written rather than the story be told. It was about 30 pages shorter than the other and I have to wonder if the other 30 pages (about 20,000) words had been included if it would have been a better story. The reincarnation elements were just sloppy.
Jul 20, 2012 Lyra rated it liked it
Another solid entry, but this one didn't resonate with me as much as some of the others. I'm of mixed feelings on the dream subplot. World War II Paris is well researched, but it didn't come alive for me as much as the normal Iowa setting. I liked the character growth in this installment a lot. Both Ophelia and Abby grew into more well rounded beings. Looking forward to the next one.
Nov 28, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it
A light simple read, but highly enjoyable. Though this wouldn't win any literary awards I found it highly entertaining and hard to put down. I look forward to reading more books in the Ophelia and Abby series and seeing where their gift of 'magick' takes them. Very cute fluff of a mystery that is a perfect comfort read for any late night occasion.
May 28, 2012 Diane rated it liked it
I always enjoy the Ophelia & Abby mystery series. I never give spoilers, but the end of this book left me feeling really happy. This wasn't my actual favorite of the series, only because the dream sequence, bothered me a little. I like good old simple magick, and I'm looking forward to reading the next one in the series.
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