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Bells, Spells, and Murders

(Witch City Mystery #7)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  129 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
Someone's spreading deadly holiday cheer through Salem, Mass . . .

Lee Barrett has landed her dream job at Salem's WICH-TV. As the new field reporter, she'll be covering events live as they're unfolding. Next on her holiday checklist is an interview with the beloved chairman of a popular walking tour through Salem's historic districts. But it may be his ghost walking this
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Mass Market Paperback, 371 pages
Published September 25th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Sabine
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of this series and have read all the books. I was excited for the next installment and Bells, Spells, and Murders is no disappointment. Lee is a wonderful lead character and during the course of the series she went through a lot of changes in her professional development which keeps everything fresh and interesting.

The paranormal elements are adding just a dash of suspense without interfering or being necessary to solve the mystery. Just the right amount for my taste.

In her new jo
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Kristina
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bells, Spells and Murders by Carol J. Perry is the seventh bewitching tale in A Witch City Mystery series. Lee Barrett is starting her new job as field reporter for WICH-TV in Salem, Massachusetts. Lee is set to interview Albert Eldridge regarding the Holiday Walk, but she ends up with breaking news. Albert is dead in his office from blunt force trauma. Detective Pete Mondello, Lee’s boyfriend, is assigned the case which means late nights for him until the killer is apprehended. Lee starts nosin ...more
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descriptionI didn't quite enjoy this one as much as I did the other book I read by this author Grave Errors. I felt the mystery in this one took a back seat to all of Lee's running around news reporting, which started to get a little boring after a while. I think the author could have dropped a lot of that and it would have tightened up the story and placed more focus on the murder mystery. There were also quite a few inconsistencies within the story, but hopefully, those will be fixed by the time the book
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Lynn
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite cozy mystery series. I stay caught up with the series and pre-order the new books as they are published.

Lee Barrett has had several careers since the series started from faux psychic, to instructor at an arts school and to an investigative reporter at the tv station where she started as a psychic. As a reporter, she goes to interview the chairman of a historic walking tour. She enters the room and he appears to be sleeping. She nudges his shoulder and he slides to the
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Karen
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love that holiday feeling, even in the sweltering heat of August. I was thrilled to get an ARC of Carol J. Perry's upcoming Witch City Mystery Bells, Spells and Murders. I have been a huge fan of this series for years and found this cozy mystery to be perfectly delightful. It was however a little light on the paranormal this time, but still an excellent read! I love the main character. Lee is a very relatable and personable. She is creative, talented and curious. I love her aunt, boyfriend and ...more
Patty
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bells, Spells, and Murders by Carol J. Perry, is the 7th book in the Witch City Mysteries, which takes place around Christmas. I really enjoyed this book, and have already read the other books in the series. Lee Barrett now has her dream job, a field reporter on WICH-TV, in Salem, MA. On her first assignment she discovers the dead body of prominent humanitarian, Mr. Eldridge. Lee is determined to find out what happened with the help of her cat O'Ryan, Aunt Ibby, and her detective boyfriend. This ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Bells, Spells and Murders by Carol J. Perry is the seventh book in A Witch City Mystery series and was as good as the rest in this series. There is no sign that this series is running its course. Chang is good in life as well as in books, so in this outing, Lee Barrett is starting her new job as field reporter for WICH-TV. Lee is assigned to interview Albert Eldridge, the organizer of the Holiday Walk and financial supporter of a number of charities in Salem, Mass. When she arrives for her inter ...more
Betty
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, cats, cozy, e-books, paranormal
The seventh adventure of Lee and O'Ryan is another relaxing and a fun read. Lee Barrett is now a field reporter for WICH-TV. Lee and camera person, Francine assignment is to do a good field report at a charitable organization. Lee goes to get the person and he is dead. The story takes twist a d turns Lee work with her police boyfriend, homicide detective to solve the case. O'Ryan her cat is knocking off books and remove ornaments from Christmas tree. Lee is seeing visions in shiny objects. Lee n ...more
Shelly
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There is an engaging conversational style about these books that draws me in from page one. I have enjoyed all the Witch City Mysteries so far and Bells, Spells and Murders is every bit as bewitching (pun intended!) as the first in the series! It is Christmas time and Lee has landed her first job as a field reporter. She arrives early for an interview with Mr. Eldridge, Chair of the local holiday walking tour and financial supporter of a number of charities in Salem, Mass. The interview never tr ...more
Lisa Morin
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lee Barrett plays an excellent role in Bells, Spells, and Murder by Carol J. Perry.
I've read all the books in this series and this one has to be my favorite.
As a child who visited Salem many times, this series appeals to me for many reasons. The author weaves a well told take of mystery, keeping the reader engaged from beginning to end.
The cover art is exceptional and I couldn't resist taking peeks of the cover while I was reading.
It's Christmas in Salem and Lee is working hard at her new role a
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Laura
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lee Barrett has landed her dream job at Salem's WICH-TV as a field reporter. One of her first assignments is meeting the beloved chairman of a popular walking tour through Salem's historic districts. But when she gets to his office she finds him dead, with a bloody Santa hat on his head.

With her police detective boyfriend working the case and a witch's brew of suspects--including some bell-ringing Santas--Lee chases down leads aided and abetted by her wise cat O'Ryan and some unsettling psychic
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Linda Quick
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another winner! I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and found myself engrossed in the plot. Once more, Lee is seeing images she doesn't understand, even with the clues her faithful (and former witch's) cat provides.

Once thing I really enjoy about this series is how the characters have developed and grown in each book. Lee has had a collection of jobs, from tv psychic, to journalism instructor, to investigative reporter. It is in her role as a reporter that has her covering a murder when she has the
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Sue Em
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
Lee Barrett is now a field reporter for WICH tv in Salem, MA, a position she is delighted to have earned. Her report on a charitable organization didn't go as planned as the intended interviewee is found dead, slumped over his desk. Her aunt, Ibby, and police detective, Pete, have her back as she decided to investigate.

Highly recommended for cozy fans who like a touch of the paranormal. Definitely one of my fav series! Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book i
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Melodie
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
First off, thanks to #NetGalley & #Kensington for the opportunity to read an e-book ARC of this one. This series has been a favorite of mine since book one, so I was very happy to get to read this one! Ms. Perry crafts excellent mysteries with just enough "paranormal" happenings. While this one is not my favorite in the series, it's still a great read. I figured out "whodunit" very early in the story, but that didn't make me like it any less. Lee is back at WICH, but as a reporter this time ...more
The Cozy Review
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lee Barrett has landed her dream job at Salem’s WICH-TV. As the new field reporter, she’ll be covering events live as they happen. On her holiday checklist is an interview with the chairman of a popular walking tour through Salem’s historic district. Unfortunately, it may be his ghost walking on this snowy Noel season after Lee finds him murdered in his office, his bloody Santa hat askew.

With her police detective boyfriend working the case and a plethora of suspects—including some bell-ringing S
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Penny Noble
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am new to this series and author, and this author has picked up a new fan. I also must say even though I’ve never read a book in this series, the author did a great job of making sure new readers knew what was going on, or had gone on the past, so we wouldn’t be lost. I liked all of the characters (I think the cats were my favorite!) and will have to read the previous books to see what all I’ve missed. I do have to mention that some of the book could have been cut out and still would have been ...more
Annarella
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this series and always thought they were really good mysteries but this Iis the best in the series.
The plot keep you guessing till the end and I stayed awake late in the night hooked by the developments, twists, and turns.
The characters are well developed and it's interesting how thing evolves from one book to the next.
The paranormal element that was quite heavy in the previous book is present but in a light way.
The cast of characters is always likeable and the cats are adorable.
I look fo
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Bobbie Kirkland
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of Bells, Spells, and Murders (A Witch City Mystery) by Carol J. Perry in exchange for an honest review. Lee is settling into her new job. With Christmas fast approaching, Lee’s days are filled with special holiday reports about charities and festive events. When Lee shows up for her interview with a local notable who sponsors many of the charities and events, she finds her interviewee dead. One of Salem’s greatest humanitarians has been murdered; who would do such a thing ...more
Laura Hundley
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Yikes! My very first cozy mystery from this author and I was skeered. I feel like it seems that authors are taking advantage of reviews because a lot of their work is getting better instead of worse. While there were some verbiage I did not understand, I guess I figured it out ok. Other than that, this author certainly knows how to scare the pants off of you. As I was was reading along, I found myself wishing I could spend Christmas with her characters. If you like scary books then you really wi ...more
Lisa Elizabeth
The latest entry in one of my favourite cozy series knocks it out of the park! Perry crafts a charming yet menacing tale that invokes the spirit of Christie and Hitchcock. A perfect read for a snowy day when you’re safe and warm.
Maria
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018, audio, hoopla, library
I usually love this series but the middle of this book bored me to tears.
Danielle Urban
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bells, Spells, and Murders by Carol J. Perry is another grand adventure full of mayhem. Murder, secrets, and danger lie here. It's up to Lee Barrett once more to solve another murder investigation. She has a fiery personality that is fun to follow. Her curiosity and determination to solve a case is crazy sometimes dangerous. She is always finding herself in a difficult position. But in the end there is her boyfriend, Detective Pete, there to come to her rescue. It was funny, sweet, and engaging. ...more
Karen
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series is one of my favourties, and this latest offering did not disappoint!
The whodunit kept my interest and guessing right until the end.
I love the characters, and the premise of this series.
I strongly recommend you read this series in order and I cannot wait to read the next one.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Kendrea Parsons
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
I want to start off by saying I really love the Witch City mystery series. It's actually one of my favorite mystery series and I always look forward to a new one. That being said, I can't really say I loved Bells, Spells, and Murders. The plot was not the best and there were a lot of timeline inconsistencies throughout the book that confused me. For instance, on one page it was mentioned that the lighted boat parade was the following day, then not that long after, and during the same conversatio ...more
Susan
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite authors, one who writes a character that is never over the top nosy, "I can do it better than the police" sort. Lee is a native of Salem, MA and lives with her librarian Aunt Ibby. She is dating a local police detective and, until this, the seventh in the series, she was teaching on air reporting at the Tabby, a multi-arts school housed in a former department store. Now she is working for a local tv station as an investigative reporter. Sure beats the first gig she had at the ...more
Susan Johnston
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Princess Fuzzypants here: I truly like Lee Barrett. I like how the books have allowed her to grow from teaching television classes at a local college to being an investigative reporter on camera in this one. She is pretty darned good at her job too. Of course, it does not hurt that she has a habit of stumbling into the middle of murders and mysteries. With her intrepid videographer, she manages to be on the very front line of the death of an important philanthropist. In fact, when she goes to in ...more
Annie
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the seventh installment in this series and gets a solid three stars from me. I read the first two and liked them enough to want to continue, so was pleased to get this as an ARC from the publisher despite it being the latest in the series and having missed a number in between.

Lee has a new job working as WICH-TV's investigative reporter, meaning she's out and about Salem looking for newsworthy items to report on. She wants to do well so as it's Christmas, there are plenty of issues that
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Cindy
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another great edition of the witch city mysteries with a holiday theme. We follow Lee has she try’s to solve the murder of a person she was suppose to feature on her first investigative report at her new job as a field reporter for WICH-TV. With the help of her aunt Ibby, her boyfriend detective Pete and her witch familiar cat she tries to figure out the clues she uncovers through her visions and her investigations. The events take place in the lead up to Christmas and there’s lots of holiday fu ...more
Mary
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Even though I really enjoyed this book I find myself having a few mixed feelings. The mystery itself wad pretty good but it had its pluses and minuses. I had an inkling whodunit but was surprised at the final revelation. The murder took place immediately which gave me zero opportunity to get to know the victim. Even at the end I felt as though I didn't know much of anything about him. Then the story kind of meandered while Lee investigated the crime. I did enjoy most of this part as it was like ...more
Nikki Brooks
I haven't actually read any of the other books in this series but I felt right at home and managed to find my way amongst the various previous plot lines.

Lee is settling into her new job at WICH-TV. She is finally going to get hard hitting stories in amongst the fluff. First up is a piece on the immense charity works undertaken by the elderly Mr Eldridge. But less is dropped into hot water big time when she finds him dead!

Her boyfriend may be the lead detective on the case but he is professional
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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.

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  • Tails, You Lose (Witch City Mystery, #2)
  • Look Both Ways (Witch City Mystery, #3)
  • Murder Go Round (Witch City Mystery, #4)
  • Grave Errors (Witch City Mystery #5)
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