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Charmed to Death (Ophelia & Abby Mystery #2)

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Ophelia Jensen's good witch granny Abigail revels in her paranormal powers. But Ophelia never asked for her bothersome psychic abilities -- especially since they proved worthless when the thirty-something librarian's best friend Brian was murdered by a still-unknown assailant.

Now, five years later, another friend is gone, killed in almost identical fashion. Even dear old A
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ebook, 304 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published March 28th 2006)
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James
4 stars to Shirley Damsgaard's Charmed to Death, the second book in the Abby and Ophelia series, for brewing up an even better story and turning on the ways of the witch. While a fun and good example of a cozy and has a lot of potential as a popular new series, it needs another book to fully round out the setting and the characters before I can push it to a 5.

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Ophelia has a dream which her grandmother Abby interprets as a need to solve her best friend's murder from five years ago which was
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Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
It's been over a year since I read the first one - I was excited to continue the series, so ordered the next several in the series. For some reason took awhile to start it, though. Will keep on with the series but my enthusiasm is dampered a little. As with a lot of series, it may spruce back up again though. Let's hope!

I love the concept - small town witch librarian who is slowly coming into her powers, aided by her quirky grandmother, in a cozy mystery setting where she keeps stumbling on dead
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Wendi (BrokenBinding)
2 1/2 stars

I really want to like this series...there is a lot I like about it. But there are niggling annoyances scattered throughout. Ophelia can be entertaining, but most of the time she is annoyingly clueless. I find her hard to believe in the role of librarian.
Betty
Jan 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cosy mystery lovers, light paranormal, fantasy
Just the series for those who like their witches gently turned out. Number 2 in the Ophelia and Abby series, Ophelia, the apprehensive witch, finds herself stumbling alone without the guidance of her grandmother Abby, her trainer, tracking a witch-killer.

The troubles began with the death of Ophelia’s good friend five years previously, leaving her fearful of her destiny. Abby is the powerful witch but the two though able to perform many of the same feats, do not necessarily have the same gifts an
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C.
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: up-to-2012
Here is a mystery that kept me reading until it was done! The lead character has warmed up, melding into a circle of friends we enjoy seeing her with. She has found assertiveness to speak up to figures who once intimidated her. She is forced to explore extra-sensory gifts by herself. Best of all, we meet Ophelia’s Mom.

I’ve seen ratings lowered merely because a reader guessed a culprit's identity - nonsense! There's nothing to hazarding 'person A, B, or C'. The meat in "Charmed To Death" is a pro
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AngryGreyCat
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-mystery
Charmed to Death is the second book in a cozy mystery series. I found the 1st, 3rd & 4th books at my local indie book shop, but couldn’t get a hold of the second, so I ordered it on my Kindle….must read in order syndrome. I am not a big reader of paranormal cozies..but I seem to keep saying that lately so maybe I am reading more of them than I think. Anyway, I enjoy this one and will continue reading it. I like the combination of realistic and paranormal elements. The characters Ophelia and ...more
Sue
Aug 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, series, magical
I jumped right into this second in the series after reading the first and this one solves the mystery of her friend's murder five years earlier that caused Ophelia to shut out other people and deny her heritage of folk magick. Since beginning to embrace her heritage and open herself to friends during the events of the first novel, she makes more strides toward using her precognitive gifts in this novel as she tries to save those around her from the same killer that murdered her friend. This one ...more
Natalie
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love these books, next one in series, I'll be reading.
Peggi Warner-lalonde
Ophelia continues to grow and to accept her abilities. A satisfying read.
Amy
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because my son picked it out because of the cat on the cover. I was bored by it & i usually enjoy books with a supernatural element.
Abbey
BOTTOM LINE: #2 Ophelia and Abby, rural Iowa; fantastical cosy mystery. Ophelia gets to finally solve the murder of her friend Brian, and in many ways this is merely a continuation of the first in series, but with a new protagonist. This was a very, very “soft cosy” in the Aunt Dimity manner, with precious little plot. And every cliche in the romance novel field seems to be thrown in, alas. I had hopes for this series but while the first book was entertaining (and I love Abby and her relationshi ...more
Nikki
Second in the Ophelia and Abby series about two witches living in a small town in Iowa. Ophelia Jensen works in the town library and her grandmother Abby has a greenhouse. But their other vocation is a family tradition of earth-centered witchcraft, used only for good.

As the book opens, Ophelia is continuing to discover what her special powers may be under Abby's tutelage. Abby's other main concern is the proposed factory hog farm in their county, which she is protesting both at town meetings and
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Shala K.
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My five year old daughter told me earlier this week that the secret to finding good books is to look for a cat on the cover. So when it came time to find a mystery with which to while away a lazy Saturday afternoon I picked this one off my to-read shelf. The cat on the cover is adorable.

If you like your mysteries solved not by detective work but through a series of psychic visions and rune-casting, this is the series for you. Spoon-fed answers from the great beyond are not my preferred detectio
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Jennifer
Aug 10, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Following her adventures in the series opener, Witch Way to Murder, Ophelia is settling into her position as a librarian in the small Iowa town where her grandmother, Abby has lived for many years. Ophelia doesn't stay out of trouble for long though because both she and Abby are witches and dead bodies just seem to keep turning up around Ophelia. Soon Ophelia is trying to dodge the policeman who made her life a living hell when her friend Brian was murdered while trying to figure out who would h ...more
catechism
Well, despite the less-than-glowing review I gave the first book in this series, I saw some promise in it and decided to try the second one. Wrong call! I didn't actively dislike anyone, but the main character is still a jerk. I do not require characters to be likeable for me to like a book, but an exception to that rule is cozy mysteries. I want to like my small-town amateur sleuths, dammit! I want to enjoy the time I spend with them. In this case, I just don't.

Also, this isn't really a myster
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Angie Lisle
Apr 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Hazel
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm of two minds with the main character Ophelia. On the one hand I like that she's a strong lead character. But on the other hand, I find her uptight, defensive, sarcastic & rude. She's really afraid of her gift. She treats it as if it's her power when she's just a vessel, as Abby says. She seems more like a teenager in maturity level than a 30something woman. That being said, there is a lot of potential for Ophelia to grow. In this book it's baby steps. She's starting to see the value of h ...more
Jacki
May 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ophelia Jensen once again finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. This time another friend is found dead and Abby is not able to help Ophelia as she uses her psychic powers to find the killer before he strikes next. It looks like Ophelis is the next victim on his list.

As I had hoped from reading the first book in the series, Damsgaard is maturing as an author and her storyline a big improvement from Witch Way to Murder. In addition, her characters are better developed and much mor
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Kimberly Ann
This is the 2nd book in the series and I am reading it second after the 4th book which I read 1st. Are you with me so far?

Ophelia (town Librarian) & her Grandmother Abby have the "Gift", which has passed Abby's mother by. Abby is having to go this alone, but is guided by her Great Grandmother's Rune Stones. Abby has visions & dreams...which are as horrific as the murders themselves. Abby is being tracked by a serial killer who previously killed her best friend Brian and later several oth
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Barbara ★
Ophelia Jensen is basically on her own in this installment as Abby McDonald gets taken out of the picture by foul play (and no she isn't dead). I liked that Henry Comacho (the cop from the first book) makes a return visit and we finally see his humanity. I enjoyed the fact that Brian's murder is finally solved even though, once again, Ophelia gets caught in the cross-fire. (But that's just the way all cozies work.)

This one had three sub-plots (the pig farmer, Brian's murder and a serial killer)
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Patti
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love these books! Lots of intrigue and mystery, and none of the blood and gore some other murder mysteries have.

Ophelia is still mourning the death of her best friend who was murdered five years ago. She is a psychic, but doesn't want to accept her gift because it did not stop the murder of her best friend. When her psychic witch grandmother, Abby, goes to protest a pig farm being built near her land, Ophelia goes to keep an eye on Abby, and ends up finding a dead body.

These are a great series
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Yeva
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I totally love it when an author's work just get better and better. Such is the case, folks. This second book of the series was very nicely done. Although I liked the characters from the beginning, Ms. Damsgaard did a much better job in this story of bringing them to live. Kudos for a very interesting story. One thing that was not so good though. I figured out who did it, and so will constant reader, almost from the very first. That was stinky, but the story was still great. I got over feeling l ...more
Diane Morasco
Charmed to Death is one captivating mystery. Damsgaard's 2nd outing is a suspense driven read.


Kudos to Damsgaard for skillfully crafting Ophelia's growth from her debut appearance. It is a delight to see Ophelia accept & embrace her gifts.

I really love Abby. What a fun, edgy, intelligent grandma ~ she is so enchanting. I just would love to see more of Abby entwined into the gritty action. *Hint*


Darci is a delight as always & I love the relationship between her & Ophelia. I always enj
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Jeannie and Louis Rigod
In this second novel, Ophelia has to learn to stretch her paranormal abilities to solve, once and forever, the killing of her best friend, Brian. The nightmares are vicious but nothing to the evil this dark-souled villain displays as he kills his way to the real quarry...Ophelia!

We get introduced to the detective in charge of Brian's case, new possible love interests, and shocking crime scenes in this fast-paced and engrossing murder mystery.

I'm enjoying discovering this series and find the tale
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Teri Stich
I'm glad I gave this series another shot. The first was cute but a bit disappointing. This one is much better. Ophelia though still fighting her "abilities" at least wasn't as angry with the world. I do hope she gets both stronger and smarter as the series goes on. Though I guess we all have been "hoodwinked" by another at least once or twice, I truly would dislike to think someone like the "murderer" could fool me so.
A fun little Cozy Mytery series about a Witchy Librarian, it can only get be
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BookNerdette
Aug 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jenn
Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book...what can I say? This book would have gotten 3 stars, but I knocked off a whole star because I knew who the killer was within a page of when the character was introduced. It was incredibly transparent! And we know how dense I can be about figuring out whodunit or the plot twists or whatever. The writing was just okay and the characters weren't all that likable or fleshed out. However, I'm willing to concede that it would be better had I read the first book in this series before this o ...more
Jessica RiffeKincaid
Dec 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
n this book a woman is trapped by her "special powers" tht her family cherishes till the end, however she wnts nothing 2 really do wit it...mayb bcuz she fears her true powers as a witch/clarivoyant...bcuz of her seeing her BF get murdered wit her "special gift" she tried 2 warn him but was 2 late 2 stop his fate...bcuz of this she blames herself n tht she will never rely or use her special, powerful, gifts again...a new man n her life tries 2 help convince her otherwise..
Patrícia Schmidt Rodrigues
Great Book, read it!

Ophelia is making peace with her gift, she is what some people cal a healer, a witch. And now she is accepting her gift. Abby is her grandmother adn also a witch, she is the one helping Ophelia to learn and use her gift. The problem now is the PP coming into town, and a new body found, by Ophelia... The problem is, how to explain it, how to tell them about the vision and the murderer weapon? ... ready for reading? That is a good one! (if you enjoy some mistery and witches)
Melissa
Apr 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-fiction
Ophelia and Abby are back to being reluctant dectectives in the 2nd book in the series. Now that Ophelia isn't blocking her magic abilities her past comes back to stock her. Another dead body is found by Ophelia and her nemesis the cop who ran her best friend's murder 5 years ago is back in her life.

Good story and fast paced. Ophelia must learn to trust not only herself but others. Good fast read
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I’ve read many bios that start with the words “I wanted to be a writer all of my life and wrote my first story at the age of five.” I honestly can’t say that’s true for me—at the age of five, as an only child growing up on a farm, my career goal was to be a princess. Unfortunately, all those positions happened to be filled, so I followed the path so many other women have traveled—marriage, childre ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Ophelia & Abby Mystery (7 books)
  • Witch Way to Murder (Ophelia & Abby, #1)
  • The Trouble With Witches (Ophelia & Abby, #3)
  • Witch Hunt (Ophelia & Abby, #4)
  • The Witch Is Dead (Ophelia & Abby, #5)
  • The Witch's Grave (Ophelia & Abby, #6)
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