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Late Checkout

(Witch City Mystery #9)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  118 ratings  ·  51 reviews
A dead ballplayer means foul play in Salem . . .

Field reporter Lee Barrett is not happy that her hours are being cut back at WICH-TV, although it is nice to spend more time volunteering with Aunt Ibby, a research librarian at Salem's main branch. But Lee's least favorite task is going up to the stacks, a spooky, seldom-frequented upper section of the library. On this day
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Paperback, 317 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Shelly
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I have yet to read a book in the Witch City Mystery series that I didn’t like. The writing is descriptive and clever. The plots is always entertaining and the characters are fun. Late Checkout takes place in Salem, Mass. Lee is a field reporter for WICH-TV and has some supernatural powers that make her a natural investigator. When a former minor league baseball player is found deceased surrounded by scattered books with torn-out pages in the local library, Lee is on the scene. This book kept my ...more
Linden
Lee is a reporter for television station WICH in Salem, Massachusetts. When someone is murdered in the local library where her aunt works, Lee unfortunately finds the body. She's determined to help her cop boyfriend, Pete, find the killer, even if it means putting herself in harm's way. Cats, books, and the apparently lethal world of sports collectibles are a great combination in this cozy mystery.
Kirsti
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book.

I do love the setting and premise of these books; it's obvious the author knows her hometown well although she admits to changing some details to better suit the novel. It adds a real home town appeal that works throughout, and makes Lee a more beliveable character. I've read a few books in this series now, and it definitely ties in a real Witchy feel but not in an overwhleming way; Lee has visions but they're unreliable a
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Lisa Morin
This is a great series, fast paced, plenty of strong, colorful characters, and always an interesting mystery to solve.
It's Halloween in Salem, MA and Lee is a bit out off as her hours at WICH TV have been reduced.
When Lee becomes involved in the stations anniversary celebration, she is reminded of all the wonderful television shows she watched when she was a child.
When a mysterious death takes place in the library, Lee unfortunately is the one to discover the body. Thankfully, Lee has her boyfri
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Sue Em
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's coming up on Halloween in Salem, MA which and the city is filled with tourists and special events. Lee Barrett's hours at WICH-TV have been cut (nepotism reigns here too), so she volunteers to help out at the library. Oh well, no good deed ..... Unfortunately she finds an elderly man murdered in the stacks. And her looking into that with her Aunt Ibby dovetails with a project for the tv studio's 70th anniversary As always,the books in this series are well written, with an interesting plot a ...more
Krista
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book. I really enjoy this series. I love that they are set in Salem. I figured this one out pretty early on and some parts are a bit repetitive to previous installments. For me there were more variations to the stories when Lee was at the school rather than a reporter at WICH-TV. I'm still a fan of this series and will read the next one.
Eden
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-cozy
2019 bk. 309. Lee is back, along with Aunt Ibby and her boyfriend, Pete. It is almost time for Halloween in Salem again. Lee's hours at the station have been cut because the boss's nephew needs time on air to jumpstart his own career. While a little resentful, Lee takes the time to volunteer at the local library where she finds a body in the stacks. Investigation shows that the victim worked at the tv station in the 1970's and 1980's. Knowing that the station manager wants to have an anniversary ...more
Patty
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Final Exam by Carol J. Perry, is the 8th book in the Witch City Mysteries, and another great addition. I love this series, the books are never dull, and this book does not disappoint. Lee Barrett is now working as a field reporter on WICH-TV, in Salem, MA. Lee is also volunteering at the public library, where she finds a body in the stacks. I really enjoy the relationship between Lee and her detective boyfriend Pete, Aunt Ibby and of course O'Ryan , the psychic cat. This book has everything you ...more
Sue Em
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
It's coming up on Halloween in Salem, MA which and the city is filled with tourists and special events. Lee Barrett's hours at WICH-TV have been cut (nepotism reigns here too), so she volunteers to help out at the library. Oh well, no good deed ..... Unfortunately she finds an elderly man murdered in the stacks. And her looking into that with her Aunt Ibby dovetails with a project for the tv studio's 70th anniversary As always,the books in this series are well written, with an interesting plot a ...more
Linda Quick
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! This is a wonderful murder mystery set in Salem and out just in time for Halloween. Lee is a reporter for the local news channel and Pete is her detective boyfriend, when Lee stumbles upon a dead body. She begins reporting on it, and investigating the deceased, even as Pete is investigating the homicide.

As they investigate, Lee gets the chance to delve into the history of her news channel, along with beloved characters from her favorite shows when she was a young child. However
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Penny
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came to this series late, but I have read the last couple of novels. I really enjoy Salem and its residents as they are fun, hometown people. I just love that feel. The residents are all fun and quirky, too, though at times I feel Lee only interacts personally with Pete and her aunt Ibby. She needs more friends! This book has Lee knocked down to part time at the TV station, so she starts volunteering at the library where she comes across a body. Of course, she has to find the killer. While I r ...more
Rima Aiello
Sep 08, 2019 marked it as to-read
This series had me hooked from book one, and it has its claws into me even deeper after this latest installment. What is truly amazing about this book is how different the plot is. Sure, it has murder and mystery, but, the author is amazing at finding ways to make each story stand out, and this book is no different. The setting, characters, story, all put together is a grand slam.
Lisa Elizabeth
I’m very invested in the characters of the Witch City Mysteries, so I was delighted to see another Halloween-themed book. I thought the interweaving of WICH-TV’s past and present, along with a locked room mystery and Halloween festivities was cleverly done.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not paid for this review.
Susan Graves
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just love this series! There is something magical about curling up with a witch city book while drinking a hot cup of tea and listening to a thunderstorm. This series forgive the pun is downright witchy fun. I love how Carol Perry writes as she always keeps me intrigued until the very end. I cannot wait for more in this great series. Its almost as good as visiting Salem itself.
Karen
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is first rate, with great characters, a paranormal theme and intriguing whodunit.
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.
Bobbie Kirkland
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of LATE CHECKOUT (Book 9 of the Witch City Mysteries) by Carol J. Perry in exchange for an honest review. WICH-TV did it again; it offered Lee Barrett a job (this time, her dream job of investigative reporter) and snatched it away! This time, WICH-TV put Lee on the sidelines because a family member of the station owner wanted the job. Tired of spending all of her newly leisure time sulking about nepotism, Lee decides to volunteer at the library. Lee’s first volunteer shift ...more
The Cozy Review
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Series: A Witch City Mystery – Book 9
Author: Carol J. Perry
Genre: Cozy Mystery/Paranormal/Witch
Publisher: Kensington Mystery
Page Count: 336

Publishing Date: September 24, 2019

The latest cozy in the “A Witch City Mystery” series Late Checkout from Carol J. Perry arrives on September 24, 2019, from Kensington books.

Lee Barrett is the beloved main character in this cozy series and one that keeps readers coming back for more. Her Aunt Ibby and Lee’s wonderful cat O’Ryan would be the second most imp
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Susan
Halloween in Salem, MA - what's not to like about a mystery with such a setting? In this, the 9th Witch City mystery, Lee Barrett is a young widow who has returned to Salem and shares a house with her Aunt Ibby and her cat, O'Ryan. Aunt Ibby is a research librarian and Lee is a tv reporter for WICH-TV. Lee has a witchy power that she would rather not have - she sees visions via shiny surfaces. Since returning to Salem she has moved from job to job at the tv station and now that she is a field re ...more
Tracy
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's October in Salem, Massachusetts and the busiest time of the year with parades, pumpkin everything, tours, and parties which means plenty to report on. Unless the boss's wife has a nephew fresh out of college wanting to break into the news business. Lee is working part time for the station so she decides to do some part time volunteer work for Aunt Ibby at the library. Last thing Lee expected was to end up finding a story while reshelving books. Okay so she found a story and a dead body....W ...more
Susan Johnston
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Princess Fuzzypants here: I have enjoyed ever single one of the books in this series. Maralee is a fascinating heroine, an investigative reporter who sees visions in shiny surfaces. Along with her yummy cop boyfriend Pete, she and her aunt and best friend who reads tarot cards, solve murders. Of course, they are aided by the not inconsiderable talents of O’Ryan the former familiar of a witch. O’Ryan is, of course, a cat.
They all have their work cut out for them when Maralee discovers the still w
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Cozy Cat Reviews
This is book 9 in the "A Witch City Mystery" series by author Carol J. Perry. I have read many of the series and always enjoyed them as a fun interesting cozy mystery series set in picturesque Salem. I highly recommend this series . Thank you to the Publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity.

This next in series has a fun Halloween theme. Our protagonist Lee is on furlough from her dream job at the news station. She decides to volunteer at the library and finds a body in the stacks ! Lee ha
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Jennie Seaman
OMG another amazing book from Carol J. Perry! This series has quickly become one of my absolute favorites!

Maralee is an investigative field reporter for the local Salem TV station. She also happens to have a gift. She sees things in reflective surfaces. On her first day volunteering at the library, she is up in the scary stacks and finds a dead body! Boyfriend Detective Pete catches the case. Can they work together using his detective skills and her investigative skills, and maybe some supernat
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FMSWarrior
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lee Barrett is volunteering at the library and discovers a dead man in the stacks. Little does she know when she is asked by her boss to help plan the TV Station’s 70th anniversary celebration that the man murdered is also connected to WICH-TV. As Lee researches the station’s history and reaches out to past on air talent, she finds that she is also doing double duty by doing an investigative piece on the murder at the same time.

With a hunky police detective as her boyfriend and a head librarian
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Kathleen Gray
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Wee Willie, who hasn't been in Salem for years, is dead- and Lee's the one who finds him- in Aunt Ibby's research library! Lee's a reporter for WICH TV (get it?) and she's got some time on her hands because there are cutbacks so of course, she, Abby, and her cat O'Ryan (go with it) are on the case (along with Lee's boyfriend Pete, who is a real law enforcement officer). This series (and you'll be fine with this as a standalone) takes great advantage of its setting in Salem, Mass but Perry n ...more
Kerry
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
9th title in the Witch City mystery series finds our main character, Lee Barrett stumbling upon a dead body in the stacks of the library while she is volunteering. Lee's investigation along with her aunt Ibby, Head Librarian, and her police detective boyfriend, Pete, has her interacting with people from the sports memorabilia world and veterans of her station, WICH-TV.

Perry's strengths are her vivid description of the people and places of Salem. This story is told right at Salem's high holy days
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Annarella
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Regardless of what is in my TBR list the books in this series always go to the top and I read as soon as I download the ARC.
I love this series and this book met all my expectations.
I'm always fascinated by the descriptions of Salem and I like the Halloween atmosphere described.
There's always a very good character development and it was great to meet again the cast of characters.
The mystery is good, it kept me guessing and I liked the ending even if it wasn't completely unexpected.
I look forward
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Cindy
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I adore this series!!! Carol J. Perry is one of the most descriptive cozy writers out there, you really feel like you're in the town of Salem truly experiencing the mystery along with Lee. It's a magical realism/cozy mystery series and it adds so much fun to the reading experience. In this installment we follow Lee as she unravels a mystery involving some of the old employees of WICH_TV, all while the October events of Salem are going on. The mystery has a lot of depth as usual and even though I ...more
Book
Aug 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
TV reporter Lee Barrett and her librarian Aunt Ibby collaborate to uncover who murdered the dead man Lee found in the sports section of the library’s stacks. This mystery involves past employees of station WICH-TV, an extremely valuable baseball card and the 70th Anniversary of the TV station. Late Checkout, the ninth Witch City Mystery, follows Lee and her psychic abilities combined with O’Ryan’s (her cat) special talents to find crime solving clues. Carol Perry writes a good story with interes ...more
Janet Graham
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just Another Halloween!
Great story, but it was one of those books where I was yelling at the characters about a major clue that they were missing from almost immediately after the crime. That is more than a bit frustrating, especially when it was major to solving the crime. But, they finally got to it 73% of the way through the book! There is a lot of product name dropping, worse than a movie. I found the story to be a bit slow, way too much unnecessary detail, and somewhat repetitive. The endi
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Samantha
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I really enjoyed this book. Until the end. Without wanting to give too much away, I didn't like that the epilogue, which took place some time after the ending of the book, still kept the out of body tone to it and I'm really hoping that it wasn't setting the stage for the next book. Other than that, it was a delightful read. I always enjoy the cast of characters (this is the next book in a series. While it CAN be ready as a stand alone, I recommend reading the others to fill background that's of ...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.

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Other books in the series

Witch City Mystery (9 books)
  • Caught Dead Handed (Witch City Mystery, #1)
  • 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)
  • It Takes a Coven (Witch City Mystery #6)
  • Bells, Spells, and Murders (Witch City Mystery #7)
  • Final Exam (Witch City Mystery #8)