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Look Both Ways

(Witch City Mystery #3)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  923 ratings  ·  143 reviews
In Salem, Massachusetts, there are secret everywhere--even in the furniture. . .

When Lee Barrett spots the same style oak bureau she once had as a child on the WICH-TV show, Shopping Salem, she rushes to the antiques shop and buys the piece. Just like the beloved bureau she lost in a fire, this one has secret compartments. It also comes with an intriguing history--it was p
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Published October 27th 2015 by Kensington
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After buying an antique bureau, Lee finds herself embroiled in two murders that occurred years apart. Hours after buying the bureau she discovers the antique dealer who sold it to her dead and a priceless pink diamond missing.

It becomes apparent that the killer will do anything to get the diamond but with so many suspects the police don't know where to look. Lee begins investigating, using her unique witch powers to puzzle out the crime, but the killer remains at large and knows exactly where s
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Lee Barrett is a scryer or gazer, which means she sees visions in shiny objects, mirrors, silver, glass etc. She is also a 30 year old widow who lives with her retired librarian Aunt Ibby and dates a detective. She is a teacher at the Tabitha Turnbull Academy of Arts, but it is during a school holiday when this story takes place. There had previously been a fire in their home and Lee is still working on adding furniture to her apartment. When she hears about a bureau that is the same as the one ...more
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was ok

Publisher: Kensington

Publishing Date: October 2015

ISBN: 9781617733734

Genre: Fantasy/Mystery

Rating: 2.4/5

Publisher Description: When Lee Barrett spots the same style oak bureau she once had as a child on the WICH-TV show, Shopping Salem, she rushes to the antiques shop and buys the piece. Just like the beloved bureau she lost in a fire, this one has secret compartments.

Review: Not being a sexist pig when I say: “This is a book for chicks”. It edges upon the
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In Salem, Massachusetts, there are secret everywhere--even in the furniture. . .

Does an old oak bureau similar to the one Lee Barratt owned as a child, which she lost in the recent fire, hold the key to the murder of the antique dealer she has just brought the bureau from, and an old famous murder of the original owner?

This series just keeps getting better.

I love the cast of characters and the plots. The stories just flows seamlessly, making them a joy to read, time and time again.

If you like th
Oct 12, 2015 rated it liked it
A cozy little mystery, with a touch of romance and magic, that's pretty well written.
I liked the setting of Salem, the author did a good job of bringing some of Salem's history into the story. The characters were fairly well done and relatable, but, without a doubt, my favorite one was O'Ryan - he can come live with me.

I don't particularly like to start reading book in a series that isn't the first one, but this was okay as a stand-alone. The author gives enough background so you're not confused
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the Witch City Mystery series which is set in Salem Massachusetts. Lee Barrett has returned to Salem about a year ago. She lives with her Aunt Ibby who raised her after her parents died. She is on summer break from her teaching job at Tabitha Turnbull Academy of Arts.

In this book there is a murder from the past and a current murder. There is a bureau with 6 secret hiding compartments. Each compartment has something in it Are they clues to the murder in the past as the b
Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars
This is my favorite book so far in the series, the main mystery was complex and intriguing, and the supernatural was also much better then the last book. The characters are really starting to grow on me and I'll start book 4 now, and then have to wait until later in the summer for the release of book 5.
Janet Robel
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful cozy mystery with a paranormal twist that makes for perfect Halloween reading. I simply loved Maralee and O'Ryan and plan on going back to read the first two in the series. New readers will have no problem jumping right in with this book. Set in Salem, Massachusetts, this looks to be a promising series that will garner lots of fans.
Kathy Bryson
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fun series that probes old Salem history, mystical visions, and reinventing yourself after loss along with a budding relationship. Lee sees visions of old crimes in shiny surfaces, but investigates them in the present day with the help of her TV production film class. A rich and entertaining addition to the series!
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another fun cozy mystery involving a special cat. Based in Salem, Massachusetts, we have a scryer, her friend the tarot card reader, and the sexy policeman. The third in the series, it also is a good read.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the Witch City Mystery series. The book is wonderful! I love the entire series; cozy, comforting and lots of fun.

I hope Carol keeps on writing ...
Lisa Morin
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Look Both Ways
Carol J. Perry
Kensington Publishing
Release Date 10/27/15
5 stars

Set in the quaint, mystical town of Salem, Massachusetts, Look Both Ways is the third in this charming and suspenseful series by Carol J. Perry.
The protagonist, Lee Barrett is a teacher at Tabitha Trumball Academy Of The Arts and lives with her Aunt Ibby in a charming old Victorian home. Lee returned to her family home about a year earlier and is happy to be back in Salem. She is romantically involved with Pete, a loc
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
Look Both Ways is the first book that I have read by Perry, and despite being the third book in Perry's Witch City series I was able to follow it very well. I don't think that you needed to read previous books in the series to enjoy this one although I do plan on going back and catching up on them. Lee decides to purchase a bureau from a local store that looks like one that she had as a child never imagining the adventure she would go on because of it. When the shop owner is killed shortly after ...more
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I tend to like reading mysteries and ones with an infusion of magic are even better. Unfortunately, I felt like I was forcing myself to finish LOOK BOTH WAYS. It had a lot of good elements to it including a murder to solve, hidden diamonds, and lots of suspects to choose from to make it a fun whodunit. The story seemed to focus so much on the mundane day to day tasks that I started to lose interest. There were so many small elements and odd conversation
Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
ARC/Cozy Mystery: I enjoyed this book immensely because it had all the things I like in a cozy mystery. It is book three of the series.

A disclaimer: I did get this book as a gift from GoodReads in return for an honest review.

First, I liked the book because it is in first person narrative with our heroine Lee, taking the helm. She is young and single with a gift of gazing. She has a wonderful maiden aunt in her sixties who raised her (I have one in her 70’s who also raised me and is full of life
Melissa ♥ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
Look Both Ways, the third in the charming Witch City Mystery series doesn’t disappoint. We have all the expected charm of New England, old Victorians, cats, witches, antiques, and retired librarians that we have come to expect from this series.

I can’t say enough about how much I love the atmosphere that Perry creates in these books. Some readers may find the details pedantic (and perhaps a bit too “chick lit”) for their taste, but I love being able to see, feel, smell and taste the world that is
Peggy R
Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in this series, but the first book I have read by this author. I enjoyed it so much that I am going to go out and get the first two books in the series. I would consider this as somewhat of a paranormal mystery, as our main character, Lee has visions. The author captured my attend right from the first pages with the description of an old bureau that Lee had as a child. The story is well written and has a fast pace. I also really enjoyed the characters. The author does a wo ...more
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
I hadn't read the previous two books in the series, but Look Both Ways stands alone fine. I am a big UF, paranormal and cozy fan and thought this book would be great since it combines my favorites. I just found the book slow and fairly uninteresting. I didn't care about any of the characters. other than Lee, the rest were just one dimensional.

The paranormal aspect was really lacking. There's so much potential for Lee, her friend Raven and even the cat, but their abilities were so underutilized
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
The 3rd book in this paranormal mystery series and a new author for me. I have found a must read author and feline cat, O'Ryan, friend. The plot is well developed and set against a Salem background. The knowledge of the Salem witch trails was informative.
Lee Barrett is a Scayer and is learning understand her gift. Of seeing scenes in objects. She brought a bureau that was similar to one she had as a child and lost it a fire. It has secret compartments. Later she learned the bureau belong to a mu
Lori Robinett
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I'd read by this author and when I picked it up, I did not notice it was #3 in the series. The book, however, did well as a standalone with references to previous books explained enough that I knew what was going on. The main character was likeable, and the supporting cast was interesting. The setting, Salem MA, was fun (though I would've liked to have "seen" a bit more of it). The plot was believable, and well thought out. This was a book that I looked forward to reading ...more
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
If you like a little supernatural in your cozy mysteries, this is the series for you! I like the characters, relationships grow and change. The location, Salem, MA, is great and the mysteries are always good. This one was no exception! Lee finds herself drawn into an old murder when she purchases a bureau that's like one she had as a child. This one came from the estate of the murdered woman. Flew through it! Recommend!
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Book Cover

As usual, I think the book cover is great. The colors are well done as is the font for the title. It really conveys what the story entails.

First Thoughts

I read and enjoyed the first two books in the series and was excited to read on.


The plot around this one revolves around an old murder sort of due to a piece of furniture Lee buys. I think that’s a pretty uniqu
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
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Susan Angela Wallace
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Look both ways by Carol J Perry is a mystery and thriller and sci-fi and fantasy read.
In Salem, Massachusetts, there are secret everywhere--even in the furniture. . .
When Lee Barrett spots the same style oak bureau she once had as a child on the WICH-TV show, Shopping Salem, she rushes to the antiques shop and buys the piece. Just like the beloved bureau she lost in a fire, this one has secret compartments. It also comes with an intriguing history--it was purchased in an estate sale from a home
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the Witch City Mystery series. I really love this series. It has great cozy mysteries, some romance, and just a touch of magic, in the form of witches (good ones). The main character, Lee, is a scryer, albeit most of the time reluctantly. This and her cat O'Ryan, who previously belonged to a witch and is more human than cat, helps take the mystery along to its completion.

In this book Lee buys an old bureau exactly like one she had in her childhood that comes complete w
Mary Buehrig
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. This is the third installment in Carol Perry’s Witch City Mystery series and, like the previous two books in the series, this one is entertaining from start to finish. You don’t know “who done it” till the very end and there are plenty of suspicious characters to keep you guessing. I like all the main characters, including Lee Barrett, her Aunt Ibby and Orion, her cat/familiar and am happy to see them appear in each book. It’s like visiting old friends to learn what they’re up ...more
May 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
This series began to run out of charm for me with book 3 and ultimately I did not finish it.

I felt like Lee was more whiny and churlish in this book than I remember her being in previous installments. She takes offense at nothing with the cop boyfriend, and her internal angsty drama was not interesting to me. I know that there will be *some* of that in a cozy, but it was a bit too much for me to digest in this.

She also is still trying to pretend she does not have the scrying powers she KNOWS she
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Where to begin. How does a woman who was previously married own absolutely no furniture? Wouldn't you think she would have SOMETHING from her marriage besides a car? Even if she moved across the country she would have transported a side table, some dishes, something from her previous life. And seriously, Tommy's girlfriend shows her the delivery card with her name on it and bells don't go off? Policeman boyfriend doesn't immediately unvestigate?

This book was a snoozer. Didn't hold my attention
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
These aren't the greatest mysteries ever - the clues are usually pretty obvious - and the romantic subplot is developing way too slowly for my tastes, but I like this series. Mostly I like the heroine; she isn't a trouble magnet, she doesn't make a lot of silly mistakes that get her into trouble with the bad guys, and she always puts at least part of the puzzle together, even if she never sees the whole picture. Plus, being set in Salem, these stories have a hint of paranormal magic. This won't ...more
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Lee is learning to use her skills while doing a new position of working during the summer on 3 plays obtaining objects, clothing, etc. for the plays as an Assistant Coordinator. She did pick up a Bureau similar to what she lost in the fire. She loves the Antique shops and comes back to pick up more items but finds the store manager murdered. So while learning about her Bureau and who had own it before her she goes around picking up more objects for the play. She is also getting closer to her boy ...more
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Carol J. Perry was born in Salem on Halloween Eve. She has written many young adult novels, in addition to the Witch City mystery series. She and her husband Dan live in the Tampa Bay area of Florida with two cats and a black Lab.

Librarian’s note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

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Witch City Mystery (8 books)
  • Caught Dead Handed (Witch City Mystery, #1)
  • Tails, You Lose (Witch City Mystery, #2)
  • Murder Go Round (Witch City Mystery, #4)
  • Grave Errors (Witch City Mystery #5)
  • It Takes a Coven (Witch City Mystery #6)
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