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Casting Spells by Barbara Bretton
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Jan 12, 2009

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bookshelves: urban-fantasy, romance, mystery, witches
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This was a light but lovely little book - a combination of: cozy mystery, knitting mystery, paranormal fiction, and romance. The town of Maple Grove was a haven for witches and other mystical creatures since the witch-burning days of Salem, and have their first ever murder take place in it. Outside authorities send in a temporary police presence, who (unsurprisingly) falls in love with the mayor of the town - a cute witch who doesn't have her powers yet, but does have the best knitting shop on the Eastern seaboard. Falling in love with him in return gives her her powers, and she must fight to keep the town safe from a "evil" other contender for ruler of the town. This is not a book of much substance, but the eccentric characters and quick plot will amuse you. This is a lighter, less stylistic cousin to Alice Hoffman's Practical Magic.

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