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Bait and Witch

(Witch Way Librarian Mysteries #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  317 ratings  ·  158 reviews
Librarian Josie Way moved to small-town Oregon to lay low. Instead, thanks to newfound magic abilities—and a killer on the loose—she’s leapt out of the frying pan and into a cauldron of trouble . . .

Josie Way loved working among the Library of Congress’s leather-scented stacks—until she uncovered corruption and made herself a target. As Wilfred, Oregon’s new librarian,
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published December 29th 2020
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BAIT AND WITCH by Angela M. Sanders brings corruption and magic to a new paranormal cozy mystery series set in Wilford, Oregon. A Victorian house that is the small town’s library is just the place for Josie Way to hide, or so she thinks.

Our protagonist, 25 year old Josie, arrives in town to be the new librarian. While working at the Library of Congress, she and a colleague overheard a conversation that deals with corruption. After they go to the FBI, her colleague disappears and Josie decide
This is a cozy mystery, and this is the first book in a new series. I liked some parts of this book, but I hated other parts of this book. I have to say I really hated the ending because I feel it was not a ending. It was like we were running a long and just stopped out of no where, and that was the ending. I hate books that do that even if there is going to be another book in the series. Maybe that is just me, but I need a good ending in a book. I also felt that it took me 30% of the book for m ...more
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Review coming soon.
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book hit my favorite trifecta of reviewing -- a new-to-me author, the first book in a cozy series, and something fun and different! I love discovering new authors to enjoy especially cozy mystery writers. Cozies are my relax & just enjoy reading treat....and really enjoy trying a new writer and a new series! I haven't read a lot of cozies that involve magic or witches, so reading this book was fun! I usually go for culinary cozies or ones with cute pets. Nice to change from my usual sometim ...more
Nov 04, 2020 rated it liked it
This is the first book in a new, cozy mystery series. Josie has taken a job in the small town of Wilfred - she needed to disappear from her job at The Library of Congress after overhearing a conversation between two men making an illegal deal. After reporting them to the authorities she needed to leave the area and hide until the criminals were behind bars. When she arrives in Wilfred, she find the library is in an old mansion, and she will live above the library in a small apartment. There's a ...more
Peggy R
I thought this was a solid start to a new cozy mystery series by author Angela M. Sanders. It is a paranormal mystery dealing with a young librarian and the discovery that she is a witch, all while on the run after overhearing some criminal activity while working at the Library of Congress. I enjoyed the characters in the series. The author did a good job of making Josie likable and getting the reader interested in following her discovery of her powers as a witch and learning a bit more about th ...more
Books and magic?! Sign me up.  These are some of my favorite aspects in a cozy mystery, and this story did not disappoint.  I loved getting to know the small town of Wilfred, it's citizens, and the wonderful sounding library in an old mansion. If I had the option I would be there all the time.  This story had many mysterious aspects; not only is there a murder, but Josie is running away from her old home in DC, AND she is discovering magical powers! Though this story was light on the actual sleu ...more
Bait and Witch by Angela M. Sanders is the delightful debut of A Witch Way Librarian Mystery series. Josie Way has been working at the Library of Congress. She is having lunch in a basement room with her co-worker and friend when they overhear two men plotting corruption. They report what they overheard, and the FBI becomes involved. The next day Josie’s co-worker has vanished which has Josie and his wife worried. Josie decides to lay low and takes a position as librarian in Wilfred, Oregon. The ...more
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, netgalley

Josephine works at the Library of the Congress, a day during her lunch break she overhears a shady deal between two men so after she reported it to the authorities she decides to go on the run. She is lucky enough to get a job as librarian in an Oregon little town, but when she arrives she soon understands that her life won't be quiet as she expected, with books that speal to her and the discovery of a dead body near her new house.

I wanted to try something new and I decided to try to read some

Lisa Morin
Bait and Witch is a fantastic addition to the cozy mystery genre. Josie Way is a delightful character, who is introduced to us as a librarian who is moving to a remote area in Oregon.
Taking over the local library is just what Josie needs to try and figure out some serious issues.
Bizarre things begin to take place as Josie is introduced to the staff and board of directors.
Josie begins to feel an odd connection with the books in the library, her ability to know exactly what the patron needs to re
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2021
Dollycas’s Thoughts

Working at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. was a dream come true for Josie Way until she overheard something that turned her into a whistleblower and put a target on her back. In fear for her life, she escaped to Wilfred, Oregon for a job as the small town’s lead librarian. She had hoped for a sleepy little town with no conflicts only to learn that the beautiful library’s fate may be dire. Someone is trying to buy it and tear it down to put up a retreat center. Worr
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the Witch Way Librarian series. Josie Way is on the run after overhearing something she shouldn't have at her job at the Library of Congress. She takes the position as librarian in Wilfred, Oregon, where she is hiding out. Not long after she is there, she discovers a dead body.
I loved the magic in this book. Josie learns she is a witch and that her powers had been suppressed. They start coming back to her when she works at the library. I love cozies that have books and
The Cozy Review
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Bait And Witch is the first book in a new series. I found it highly entertaining and immensely fun. I am always a fan of witch or book-related cozies, and this book has both. Josie is a witch with a unique magical ability, she just didn’t know it until she found herself hiding out in a library in Oregon, and the books started talking to her. Unfortunately, she finds out that the library may not be around for long as there are plans to bulldoze it. But with the news, a body turns up, and before s ...more
Cozy Cat Reviews
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite cozy mysteries of 2020 ! I found this debut charming, well crafted and enjoyable from start to finish. I read this in one sitting I enjoyed it so much. I cannot wait to read book two in the series ! Thank you with gratitude to the author, the publisher and Net Galley for making this available for advanced reading. This is such a fun read as its unique to the cozy world and has a wonderful paranormal magical aspect .

This is the debut book in the new "Witch Way Libraria
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Josephine Way works as a cataloger at the Library of Congress. On a lunch hour, she and a colleague overhear a conversation that is a government bribe between two men. They decide to contact the FBI and the next day her colleague disappears, but Josephine doesn't know whether he did it on his own. Josephine decides to vanish too and accepts a job in a small town in Oregon. There are surprises all around during the story and a stray cat seems to be the only one she can truly trust. Josephine disc ...more
Melanie Sligh
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
First and foremost, on the cozy name scale, this is a 5/5. This is the start of new series about a magical librarian, so what else do I need? A coffee shop maybe where they can drink their drinks and discuss?

I love this as an opening for this series. It was fun and mysterious. The characters and the cozy ness were absolutely perfect.

I felt we were left on a bit of a cliffhanger, which I understand, but still wish it could have been wrapped up a bit cleaner to anticipate the next book. However,
Ceylan (CeyGo)
Dec 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley, 2020

Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for an opportunity to read Bait And Witch

This is a cute cozy mystery, where our heroine Josie, in hiding from after witnessing a corrupt deal, finds herself in a small town library, with a new cat ..ooh and she slowly discover she’s a witch 🧙🏻‍♀️

I loved the magical aspects of this book - the books talking to Josie, and her slowly realizing her powers. The town itself and its townsfolk were also fun to read about.

3.5 ⭐️
Feb 02, 2021 rated it liked it
Adorable! Love the old house library and the small town. Books and magic, yesss! Perfect cozy mystery and cozy characters. Can’t wait for the next one!
Sue Em
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Totally enjoyed debut of this new series. Josie Way, a librarian at the Library of Congress, accidentally overhears evidence of corruption in a defense contract. After reporting it, her life is immediately in danger. So she takes a job in rural Oregon and goes into hiding. Once there strange things happen and she reluctantly comes to the conclusion that must be a witch. I loved her story of self-discovery. The new characters really grew on me and I can't wait for the next one. Thanks to netgalle ...more
Elizabeth Plunkett
What a sweet, heart-warming, cozy mystery! This was a pure cover pick for me and it could not have been a more fun spooky season read! Josie runs from DC to Oregon to start a new life as the librarian in an eclectic town where taking a bath at the library is just something people do. As she settles in strange things start to happen, is she over tired or maybe it’s something more? I stayed up late reading this one several nights in a row, just because I wanted to see what would happen next. The t ...more
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really, really enjoyed this one!!!

Oregon setting, Victorian house library (and home above the library), small town, incredibly smart cat and a witch just learning of her powers! Powers that are connected to BOOKS!!!

The characters are fantastic! Love the quirky small town vibes (and characters) and the backstory for her arrival in the small town.

The mystery I think was better than usual for cozies because there were more elements and the murder was just small part of many pieces.

Loved, loved,
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
BAIT AND WITCH by Angela M. Sanders
The First Witch Way Librarian Mystery

When her co-worker disappears after they blow the whistle on government corruption, librarian Josie Way decides to run, at least until after the trial. Taking a job as head librarian in the tiny out of the way town of Wilfred, Oregon, Josie feels as if she's found home. Her senses have come alive and the unique library housed in a Victorian Manor seems to welcome her. Even the books call to her. Before she can get settled, J
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you @netgalley and @kensingtonbooks for the ARC of this book. All opinions are my own.

This was such a fantastic start to a brand new paranormal cozy mystery series. I loved the small town setting full of a vast number of quirky citizens, as well as the the unique and intriguing magical vibes surrounding the lead. Plus the mystery was captivating and full of a few surprises and twists.

Wilfred was a wonderful setting. I loved the idea of an old house that now serves as the town's library. T
Jan 25, 2021 rated it liked it
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Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bait and Witch
Witch Way Librarian Mysteries #1
Angela M. Sanders

Angela M. Sanders’ debut to her new cozy mystery series is just purrfect, complete with Josie our novice witch, a black cat and of course a fantastic rustic old library filled to the gills with dusty books that speak to said novice witch. With a fast-paced flowing narrative and an intriguing multi-threaded plot Angela weaves her tale about murder and mayhem interspersed with big city corruption and small town politics. Josie, the acc
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are cozy mysteries that have the standard formula of interesting newcomer solving mysteries, and then there are those with actual magic woven (or in some cases thrown) in. I have not been a fan of many with the magic angle and not had much luck with them, but every once in a while when I see the start of a new series I give in to an impulse and decide to pick it up.
This time around (as you might have guessed from the elaborate introduction), I liked the magical addition. We have Josie Way,
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This is the first book in the Witch Way Librarian mystery series by Angela M. Sanders.

I thought this was a great book. Right up my alley with the whole “coming into your witchy powers” storyline running alongside the murder mystery. Josie is a librarian working in Washington DC at the Library of Congress where she overhears a conversation that she reports to the authorities. Suddenly, she finds herself in hot water and high tales it out of town accepting a job at a small town library wi
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bait and Witch by Angela M. Sanders is a great start to a new paranormal cozy mystery series. And if you’ve been reading my reviews for any amount of time, you’ve probably come to realize witch cozies are my catnip. Since I’ve read so many of them I am very particular when it comes to deciding if I will continue the series and the Witch Way Librarian Cozies is one series in which I will definitely be seeking out future books.

Josie is a wonderfully strong female protagonist who has some solid mor
Jan 17, 2021 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Bait and Witch is an exciting start to what is sure to be an entertaining cozy mystery series. Josie Way is on the run! When she and a colleague overhear a corrupt deal going down at their government job in Washington D.C., they find themselves in serious trouble. And when Josie's friend disappears, she assumes the worst and makes a run for it...all the way across the country to Oregon!

I loved Bait and Witch. The small town setting along with quirky characters, books, and a cat, give it all of t
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good that there were some spots where I couldn't even put it down! I really liked the key players a lot and feel like Josie, Roz and Darla will become good friends. Rodney was such an awesome cat, and Josie's powers that she discovered were pretty cool too. I loved what she could do using Rodney's body to get the job done--it came in really handy saving someone's life eventually.

At one point there was a random clue that made me start suspecting whodunit, and I was right, but I
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Angela Sanders worked more than a decade as a congressional investigator before becoming a freelance writer and vintage clothing aficionado in Portland, Oregon. Angela’s articles on Pacific Northwest history, personalities, culture, and food have appeared in a variety of publications, and she is a weekly columnist for the popular perfume blog, Now Smell This.

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