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Tails, You Lose

(Witch City Mystery #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  1,675 ratings  ·  187 reviews
After losing her job as a TV psychic, Lee Barrett has decided to volunteer her talents as an instructor at the Tabitha Trumbull Academy of the Arts-known as "The Tabby"-in her hometown of Salem, Massachusetts. But when the school's handyman turns up dead under seemingly inexplicable circumstances on Christmas night, Lee's clairvoyant capabilities begin bubbling to the surf ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 365 pages
Published March 31st 2015 by Kensington
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chrisa They celebrate Christmas in the first couple of chapters and the rest of the book takes place during January in Salem, MA.

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Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tales, You Lose is the second book in A Witch City Mystery Series. I ordered it after reading and enjoying the first book Caught Dead Handed so much. I found that I liked the first book better but did enjoy this book. What I enjoyed about the first book was Lee was learning how to be a late night TV psychic due to the death of the previous psychic. It was humorous and a unique story line. In this book she is a volunteer instructor at Tabitha Trumball Academy of Arts (Tabby). The Trumball was mai ...more
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked parts of the crime story and didn't care for the supernatural parts as much as in the first book, I'll probably read one more book in the series and if it doesn't get better then I might drop it. ...more
Dawn Michelle
SO MUCH BETTER than the first one. I really enjoyed this one!!
Melissa ♥ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
Another fun edition in the Witch Mystery Series, Tails, You Lose may actually be even better that Caught Dead Handed. I love first books in series…that whole getting to know you honeymoon period with new characters and places. Tails, You Lose did a great job of building on the first in the series.

Lee grows as a character.

I love how much more we get to know her and her personality. We know her back story and her insecurities and can really feel her personal struggle with acknowledging and accepti
What can I say...I just love this series.

From the characters to the location, everything blends in beautiful in these well crafted, plotted and written Witch City mysteries.

This was my second reading and my tarot cards say that it won't be the last! And you know River is very rarely wrong.

If you haven't tried this series yet, you are missing out! So why not go grab a copy of the first book 'Caught Dead Handed' and see what the future holds in your tea leaves?

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Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
3.5* rounded up
This picks up right where the first left off. Lee has volunteered as an instructor in at the Tabby (Tabitha Trumbull Academy of the Arts). She's dating a detective (Pete) and living with her aunt (Ibby/Isobel). I didn't quite like this one as much as the first. I think it's because Lee didn't use her ability that much and for a good part of the book ignored it/wanted it to do away. Her relationship with Pete is very rated G. Her friend River had more of a presence in this one. Ove
Mystereity Reviews
Tails You Lose I struggled with how to rate this one, because the plots in this series are completely fresh and unlike any other book I've read.  Just very creative, unique and thrilling. The writing in this book was even better than the first (which was still a pretty good book) and having read the third book in the series, I know that it's improving as time goes on.
Lee takes a volunteer position teaching TV production at the new Tabitha Turnbull School Of Arts.  Just before the school opens f
Jul 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
This wasn't as good as the first one but I still enjoyed it. I'm not sure what the point of Lee's 'gift' is when it's mentioned a handful of times and then forgotten like a bad blind date. ...more
Sarah Booth
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author definitely stopped beating the reader to death with clues. Nice example of learning from past mistakes and improving drastically.
Dec 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
2.5 stars

This one didn't catch my interest as much as the first one. That's probably partially "my fault" because I've had an awful migraine for 48 hours and feeling bad doesn't really make anything better. 🙄

Never the less, I didn't find this one as engaging as the first one. I couldn't really muster up any energy to actually care about the murder and mystery, but the frequent Nancy Drew references made me smile and feel a bit nostalgic. (The Nancy Drew books got me reading once upon a time.)

Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Author Carol. J. Perry has conjured up a good mystery, brewed with a paranormal flare.

Lee Barrett is back in this second installment of the Witch City Mystery series. She’s is a strong protagonist with mystical powers. Cat lovers will simply adore O’Ryan her cat. It was fun reading scenes involving him.

There were wonderful twists and turns. So many that I wondered if it was all done with smoke and mirrors. But it was done by a talented author who clearly loves her craft of writing.

I hadn't been majorly impressed by Lee in the first go-around sleuthing-wise, but this time she seems to have learnt some organization and researching. She's also the hot cop's girlfriend, and while he does his job and keeps his mouth shut about most things, he's also genuinely interested in what she can learn independently. I found that non-alpha male crap refreshing. I still like Lee, and O'Ryan is still a highlight whenever he happens to be around. I listened to this on audio. CSA Cooney isn' ...more
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
I really liked the first in this new series and was happy to find the 2nd was just as good. I had a good idea who the bad guy was, but wasn't sure until almost the big reveal. Lee is a very believable character and I have no trouble buying her "gift". Once she gets a good handle on it, she's gonna be golden! Looking forward to the next one and seeing where Lee's relationship goes.......oh, and Aunt Ibby's, too! Recommend! ...more
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is fast becoming a favorite cozy mystery series for me. This is book #2 and I've read another one- #4 or 5 maybe. I need to find #1. The series are great mysteries with just a touch of the paranormal- after all, the books take place in Salem, MA.

In this book Maralee gets a job as an instructor at the newly opened school for the Arts nicknamed "The Tabby". She has experience as a TV psychic but is now unemployed. The Tabby was previously an old department store belonging to the Trumbells an
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
2019 bk 243. An enjoyable cosy mystery. The first in the series left me with a developing affection for the characters. The books have the appearance of paranormal mysteries - but they are more mystery than paranormal. In this one Lee uses her scrying abilities only briefly, but there are more witches, and 2 determined ghosts. The one ghost is determined to get her treasure of gold coins to the U. S. government and the other one is determined to save his daughter's life. The mystery hangs on the ...more
Jennice Mckillop
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
So very entertaining. It could loosely be called a historical mystery because it’s sleuths had to research events and documents dating back from the 1930’s when FDR made it illegal to own gold coins, bullion, etc. Folks had to turn it in to the Feds but some families found a way of hoarding what they had. Then add to that the tunnels dug throughout the city of Salem through which lots of illegal activities occurred during the Prohibition.

And of course, the witches and some supernatural events.
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really enjoying this series. It has a good mix of mystery and ghost story. The characters are fun and likable, and I'm so pleased that the main character (Lee) is not a dimwit. So many cozy mysteries make the characters just plain foolish, so I'm always thrilled when the characters are intelligent. ...more
Eileen Lynx
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a good series. Very exciting.
Jan 02, 2021 marked it as dnf
I might come back to this one later, but it's simply not holding my interest at the moment, so onto the Did Not Finish shelf it goes. First casualty of the year! ...more
Carol Ann Labosky
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good mystery story. As it got closer to the end the excitement grew, even when we found out who the murderer was. Until it was revealed, I had not figured it out. I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading the next.
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Book Cover

Like the book before it, I enjoy the over. It shows off a lot of what the story entails and the woman on the front is pretty spooky, especially for a paranormal mystery.

First Thoughts

I enjoyed the first book and was eager to read the sequel.


Lee finds herself in wrapped up in another murder mystery as well as mysteries from the past. With the help of Pete, her d
Roberta Biallas
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-and-own
So I had to take a little break between when I started this book and when I was able to pick it back up again due to Book Club Reading commitments, but it was easy to pick back up and finish. Carol Perry is very good at characterization, though. All of her characters are nicely built up throughout the story. The more I read her work, the more I like it. The only thing that was a little irksome, however, is that there are a few time where she reuses some phrases. But that is minor. What is intere ...more
Dec 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa
This isn’t my favorite series, but I like the location and theme so I’ll keep trying.

Lee is a bit annoying, but I can’t exactly pinpoint why. Also, in the end of this story she just stands and watches [insert killer’s name] sneak up behind a security guard and choke him with a rope - why she doesn’t call out a warning to him is unknown, and kind of dumb.

Also she goes off on this weird tangent where she says she’s not a good driver, but since her husband was a race car driver, she knows how to
Sue E
Apr 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good, but...

I like this series, but I found I didn't get into this book as much as I did in the first one. The first book was very descriptive and I felt I could basically see the settings as the author was describing them, but just didn't get the same feel with this book. Hopefully the third one will get back to the original in its tone and story.
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it
This series is what it claims to be: a cozy, quirky, curled-up-with-a-blanket-and-herbal-tea, type read. The background on Salem has inspired me to actually cross the item of visiting there, sooner, rather than later, from my bucket list. On to the next.
Diane ~Firefly~
I really like the characters and setting in these books, but for some reason they are always slow reads for me. This time Lee is teaching a media class in the new Trumbull Academy when a secret tunnel is discovered under the building. This leads to stories of ghosts and gold coins.
Dawn Frazier
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love this series, some of my favorite characters. And the setting is the best.
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic follow up book and a great series. I enjoyed this story and loved how Lee grew in this book. I am so looking forward to book 3!
❂ Murder by Death
Not quite as good as the first book, but I enjoyed it and it held my attention. The cat continues to steal the show.

Slightly wordier review:
Not bad. I think the narrator is kind of flat, but not everyone can do all the voices.
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Carol J. Perry is the author of the Witch City Mystery series from Kensington Publishers. All of the stories take place in the magical city of Salem, Massachusetts--the "Witch City." Carol was actually born in Salem (on Halloween eve!) and knows the city well. The popular series follows the adventures of Lee Barrett--a field reporter for WICH-TV in Salem, along with her detective boyfriend Pete Mo ...more

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Witch City Mystery (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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  • Look Both Ways (Witch City Mystery, #3)
  • Murder Go Round (Witch City Mystery, #4)
  • Grave Errors (Witch City Mystery #5)
  • It Takes a Coven (Witch City Mystery #6)
  • Bells, Spells, and Murders (Witch City Mystery #7)
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