Witch Way to Murder
Bewitched meets Murder She Wrote in this delightful new cozy mystery series featuring Ophelia Jensen, small town librarian and reluctant psychic, and her grandmother Abby, a benevolent witch.
Thirty something Ophelia Jensen wants to live a quiet life as a small town librarian. She's created a comfortable existence with her kooky, colorful grandmother Abby, and if it were...more
At first, Ophelia annoyed me as she treated people very poorly; however, you could tell it wouldn't last. After about 25% of the story, she calms down just enough to be likable and you get to see her relationship with her grandmother Abby, her employee and friend Darci, and her new potential love interest Rick ...more
Damsgaard, Shirley – 1st in series
Avon Mystery, 2005- Paperback
Ophelia is the town librarian with psychic abilities, but has repressed her abilities, in spite of the encouragement of her grandmother Abby, descended from Appalachian healers. But when Richard, an attractive stranger, comes to town and dead body turns up, Ophelia begins having very disturbing dreams she can't ignore.
*** This was okay, but not great. It was a little slow. I becam ...more
Ophelia is a librarian. She has a haunted past. The townsfolk like her, but avoid her. Her grandmother is a witch, but only Ophelia knows this. Her only friend is a woman working at the library, and they are not even friends in a way.
Yeah, Ophelia really pushed people away. But then a mysterious hot guy shows up. And there are strange things happening in town. And then there is that dead body, and her grandmother telling her that she must solve this ...more
The main character, Ophelia, is pretty good, though her reaction about not being touched because her best friend was murdered and she couldn't save him, seems a bit much considering that they were friends only. We are told this because he was gay so no hanky panky. Though, we aren't told much else about him so I wonder how close they actually were.
For a book where the main character gets upset abou ...more
Abby blames herself for the de ...more
Kudos to Damsgaard for weaving an enthralling tale of magick & mystery.
Welcome to rural Iowa, where nothing exciting seems to happen & each day merges into the next.
Ophelia Jensen has been a recluse since her best friend was horribly murdered four years ago.
Ophelia doesn't want anyone to know she's psychic & her grandmot ...more
What worked: I'm from Iowa and I can tell the author is from Iowa too. The characters ...more
I enjoyed the pacing in the book and the side characters w ...more
I managed to struggle thru to the end of this book. I won't be ...more
Witch Way to Murder, a novel by Shirley Damsgaard is about the lives of Ophelia Jensen and her grandmother, Abbey; both witches in their own right who hail from many generations of women who practiced the craft. This book is categorized in the "Cozy" genre of mystery, which essentially means a murder mystery with no cursing, no sex, little/no violence, etc etc. I don't take issue with any of those factors, as I don't necessarily find them vital to make an ...more
Unlike a few of the reviewers here, I did like Ophelia. She is suffering from the guilt and trauma of her best friend's death where she was unable to use her magic to save him from a killer. Now she has turned away from her magic and closed ...more
I would have preferred to give it 2 1/2 stars, but since that isn't an option I went ahead and gave it 3 for her effort and excitement.
That being said, here are the reasons I didn't love it:
The backstory came too fast, too early, with too much 'telling'. It wasn't revealed so much as dumped in your lap.
Each sentence was a second in the race to the end. They ten ...more
There was little character development. When the characters - mainly Ophelia & Rick- weren't 2-D they where cliched, whiny or annoying. The dialogue at times was horrible and wooden or overly blatant (I understood Rick was interested in Ophelia and was teasing her, it didn't need to be said five times by Rick).
Ophelia, the main character, was hard to connect with and at times hard to like. Abby was the better character and easier to connect with but there simply wasn't enough of her.
I liked the idea of this book. I liked the main character's assistant. I mostly liked Abby, and I felt like I could or should like Ophelia...but she made it hard. When she wasn't being amusing, witty, and sassy she was whiny, stupidly foolhardy, and wish washy about the one character I truly hated...stalker love interest Rick. He was creepy and arrogant, and read more like a stereotypical villain than a complex multi layered character. His behavior was disgusting. I heard later books ge ...more