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It Takes a Coven

(Witch City Mystery #6)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  730 ratings  ·  119 reviews
There’s a new witch-hunt in Salem, Massachusetts . . .

When Lee Barrett joins a former student’s bridal party as maid of honor, she expects cake tastings and dress fittings. But wedding planning becomes more peculiar than Lee’s scrying talents could ever predict. There’s a magical baker, a best man with a checkered past, and a talking crow named Poe as the ring bearer. The

Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published February 27th 2018 by Kensington
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Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I still remember the first time I held the Witch City Mystery book in my hand and fell in love with the cover, and everything about the series. I am a huge fan of Carol J. Perry and her Witch City Mysteries. I feel right at home in them. Absolutely love the characters, the setting is perfectly described and the main character Lee is spectacular. This book is very relatable for me, and Lee, as a character is one of my most favorite, I feel like she and I could be great friends. We seem to have so ...more
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Let's start with the book cover....I am total sucker for the beach, the witches and the deliciously purple colours. What a treat!

I started reading this series shortly after the first book was released and I have been a fan ever since. It Takes a Coven does not disappoint!!!

Several witches in Salem die within a short time span. Is someone specifically going after them or is it just coincidence? Two of them haven't even officially admitted to being witches. Pete, Lee's boyfriend, who is working on
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cats, arc, paranormal, e-books
The six-book of the Witches City series is one of the q in the series. I have read them all and O'Ryan is one of my favorite cats. He is very active in this story. Lee Barrett scrying ability is back and her visions are plentiful. Crows, Cries and more crows are everywhere in Salem, City. The stripped a quince and apple tree bare. No one has an answer why the crows have arrived in numbers. Three cats set on the fence near Lee's home. The witches in Salem are dying, Is someone killing them Lee ha ...more
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series. I read my first Witch City book when it was chosen for one of my book club’s October read. I was instantly hooked. It Takes a Coven is the sixth in the series and does not disappoint! If you haven’t read the others in the series, I highly recommend you do, but this book can absolutely stand on its own. The setting is perfect (Salem, Mass.) and the characters are interesting and colorful. Best of all, the plot is bewitching (pun intended!). There ar ...more
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love spending time in Witch City! Another great cozy mystery set in Salem. Makes me want to go back to visit.
Lisa Morin
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've been a big fan of this series since the first book.
I love reading about witches and since I was born in Massachusetts, I love reading about Salem.
This book has everything I look for in a cozy mystery. The protagonist is a strong, likeable character, the secondary characters are all colorful and fun and the story itself kept me reading way past my bedtime.
Lee Barrett is a fun character and I feel like I would know her if I met her.
This story is well written and the plot was intriguing.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
If you enjoy a paranormal, witchy cozy, you will love this story. It is the 6th in the series and this one has the most paranormal action of them all. When Lee finds out that Bridget's spell book was not destroyed in the house fire, she gives it to River to take care of. Right about that time, several witch's end up dead, possibly murdered and crows descend upon Salem in droves, stripping trees and scaring the residents. River thinks she has brought a curse to Salem. Lee's scrying abilities are ...more
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
“It Takes a Coven” earns 5/5 Magical Mysteries!

I am a “better late than never” fan of Carol J. Perry’s “It Takes a Coven,” the seventh book in her Witch City Mystery. My fascination with the title font, book cover illustration, and setting of Salem, Massachusetts, got me to open up the book, but it was the well-written descriptive style, fun banter, clever story, and fascinating characters that have made me a fan. There were enough references to background and character connections to keep me en
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
It Takes a Coven by Carol J. Perry is the sixth A Witch City Mystery novel. Lee Barrett is finish up the semester at Tabitha Trumball Academy for the Arts where she teaches TV Production and investigative reporting. Lee has agreed to be maid of honor for Shannon Dumas in her upcoming nuptials to Dakota Berman and imagines a relaxing summer with cake tastings and getting fitted for her dress. Then she is offered the opportunity of an internship (in other words an unpaid position) at WICH-TV as an ...more
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
It Takes a Coven is the 6th book in the Witch City series which takes place in Salem Massachusetts.
I feel a reader should start with book one to follow along with Lee Barrett with her career and life with her Aunt Ibby. The first book was my favorite where Lee fills in as a TV call in psychic. However, Lee says that is her least favorite position in her career. She was not a psychic but was filling in for a deceased psychic.

This book has witches dying. Are they being murdered? Why do 20,000 to 3
Sue Em
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It Takes A Coven, the latest book in one of my favorite cozy series, Witch City Mysteries, brings back all our favorite characters Lee, her aunt Ibby, boyfriend, Pete and BFF, River, in another crackling good story. Seems that a number of Salem's witches have died while a murder of crows have descended upon the city. Lee gets involved in investigating while trying to make sense of her latest visions. Maybe a little slow getting started for me, but it was an excellently plotted story and one I di ...more
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, e-books
Love this addition to the series! Lee is busy, busy in this one. She is maid of honor for a former student and has a new job, but witches are dying in town. Is it murder, a curse or just accidents? Also, it seems the town has been taken over by crows.

Lee has really come into her own in this one. She is dealing with her visions better and her relationship with Pete is such a stable, loving influence. O'Ryan and Aunt Ibby are both great supporting characters. Can't wait to see what is next for th
Dec 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
This book tied up some previously loose ends, which was nice.

I have started to feel the side-effects of binge-listening to a series by now. Some repetitions take brute force to ignore - like all the copy, paste comments about how Lee would make a really good cop. (Would she though? I'm not sure. Sometimes she doesn't even make a convincing reporter - which is supposed to be her actual occupation after some degree of serious education and all, but oh well...)

I approved of her leaving the very bor
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It Takes a Coven by Carol J. Perry is the 5th book in the Witch City Mystery series, and another great book. I really enjoy this series, and there is always something new in each book to keep you suck in to Lee Barrett's life. Lee is the maid of honor in one of her former students wedding, witches are dying at an alarming rate, and Crows are flying around town, just like in the movie the Birds. Lee's psychic visions are expanding to the point where she doesn't know if she can believe what she is ...more
Emily Cullen
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Newly hired Investigative TV Reporter Lee Barrett is a friend to Wiccans, aka witches, and when they start dropping dead, her friend, River, is convinced she had something to do with it. That and Lee's own special psychic powers tells her she must get involved. I really enjoy the Witch City Mysteries. They definitely make me want to take a trip over to Salem, MA. This was written this year so I guess I'll have to wait a while for the next one:( ...more
Mar 23, 2018 rated it liked it
This a is cute cozy series with a touch of magic and a coven of witches that are happy to assist law enforcement in their small town. Lee is happy to help plan a friends wedding but gets distracted when 3 witches die very suddenly. Lots of side stories help along with a talking crow have Lee and boyfriend Pete working hard before another witch dies. I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love these books! They are so cozy and home-y. I love the characters and they have started to feel like family. Being from Mass, the Salem setting is so familiar. The mysteries aren't super complex but I don't always guess the outcome. Hope she keeps releasing them quickly! I always come back to this series when I just want something I know I'll enjoy and just want to cuddle up and return to the Winter Street house. ...more
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
**I voluntarily read this ARC**

I found this book to be a little eerier than previous ones. The wedding planning did help offset a little bit of the creepy feeling. The mystery was well written and surprising. The ending was a little bit confusing to me. I really enjoyed the extra paranormal parts added in to the story.
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Someone is murdering the witches of Salem.

Swarms of crows are appearing in town, reminiscent of Hitchcock's "The Birds" Lee believes it has something to do with a powerful witch who was hanged 300 years ago.

Lee accepts a temporary summer job at WICH-TV as an unpaid intern investigative reporter.

Shannon and Dakota get married on the beach of her father's property.
Eileen Lynx
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun series. I like the way the characters are developing.
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really don't believe that the author has a clue what an "investigative reporter" does (despite the "text book" definitions). Lee regurgitated for the Salem public the research her aunt did (much of which had already been reported on their own station). The only thing she brought to the story was her pretty highlights and her (unseen) Jimmy Choos. This character is an insult to real reporters.
In addition, Lee is just so incredibly bland for a main character. She's afraid of her own shadow. Neve
Marilyn Fontane
It Takes a Coven by Carol J. Perry is a paranormal cozy mystery. I was hoping for a closer relationship to It Takes a Village than just the title, but that is my own hang up. This is apparently the 6th in a series which takes place in Salem, Mass. narrated by Lee Barrett who is not a witch herself, but has several friends who are. Lee is preparing to be the maid of honor at a wedding, but a murder of crows invades the city, two witches are found unexpectedly dead, and Lee's ability/talent of scr ...more
E. Sabin
Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This latest addition to the Witch City Mystery series does not disappoint. Each volume in the series leans more into the paranormal than the one before, though all of the books have paranormal elements. As you might expect from the title, It Takes a Coven has witches, both living and dead, Wiccan practices, and Lee’s scrying ability plays an ever-increasing part. Nevertheless, the mystery is down-to-earth and its solution is believable and satisfying. The paranormal elements of the plot compleme ...more
Bobbie Kirkland
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of It Takes a Coven by Carol J. Perry in exchange for an honest review. This book continues the story of widow, shopping network presenter, weathergirl, television psychic, and now instructor Lee Barrett. Lee’s hometown has developed Hitchcockian creepiness as crows by the tens of thousands crowd the overhead spaces. When the local news network offers Lee an opportunity to work as an investigative reporter, Lee chooses to look into the cause of the phenomenon. Is it climat ...more
S. Niehart
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, paranormal
Characters likeable but not that smart, heroine never puts 2 and 2 together and seems frightened all the time.

I like my heroines smart
The Cozy Review
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
After Lee Barrett joins a former student’s bridal party, she expects cake tasting and dress fittings but not murder. There’s a magical baker, a best man with a checkered past, and a talking crow named Poe as the ring bearer. There’s also an old man dead under his apple tree, one of a series of unexplained deaths of witches in the area.

Wedding planning becomes strange when Lee’s scrying talent kicks in. With witches dropping dead before they even come out of the broom closet, Lee’s best friend,
Julie H.
Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it
In It Takes a Coven, Lee is serving as maid of honor in former student Shannon's wedding, taking on a new gig as investigative reporter at the local tv station, Salem is beset with end of times-level numbers of crows, and her visions are happening all over the place and seem to suggest that she needs to orchestrate a handoff of a 17th-century witch's spell book via a recently-departed witch. Oh, and someone may be murdering local witches. In other words, what's not to love?

It's a fun read, to be
Danielle Urban
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It Takes a Coven by Carol J. Perry is a bewitching read. I was enchanted. For fans of paranormal mysteries and Salem witches…this, is a must read. I have not read any previous novel by Carol J. Perry but now, I want to read them all. Her writing is superb. The characters felt so real. I felt like I spent my life living there where Lee and the others live. The cat and talking crow also made this particular book interesting. There’s murder, mayhem, and romance all in this one stunning title.

Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
*I received a review copy from the author. All opinions are my own. This review was originally published on

Book Cover

I think this cover is my favorite of the series so far. As usual, a lot of key elements from the plot are on the cover and the purple colors really make it stand out.

First Thoughts

I’ve read the first five books, enjoyed them all, and now have moved onto the sixth.


Some of the witches in town have been dying all within in a short time span between one another. Le
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It takes a coven by Carol J. Perry is a Witch City Mystery and is the sixth book about Lee Barrette. It is from Kensington Publishing Corp.

Lee is a teacher in Salem, Massachusetts, and used to work at WICH-TV. In this book, she is about to become the maid of honour to one of her friend and maybe even get a job back as a reporter. What is special about Lee is that she has a gift. She sees things in reflective surfaces, visions about places and people.

And sometimes… dead people.

Lee, her aunt and h
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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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