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Charmed to Death (Ophelia & Abby Mysteries, No. 2) [Kindle Edition]

Shirley Damsgaard
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ophelia Jensen's good witch granny Abigail revels in her paranormal powers. But Ophelia never asked for her bothersome psychic abilities -- especially since they proved worthless when the thirty-something librarian's best friend Brian was murdered by a still-unknown assailant.

Now, five years later, another friend is gone, killed in almost identical fashion. Even dear old Abby isn't safe, distracted as she is by her fight to prevent a massive, mega-polluting pig-farming operation from invading their small Iowa town. And Ophelia can't count on her snarling, scoffing nemesis, police detective Henry Comacho, to get the job done, so she'll have to take matters into her own hands. Because a common thread to the crimes -- and a possible next victim -- is suddenly becoming troublingly apparent . . . and it's Ophelia Jensen herself!



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“Shirley Damsgaard has created a sassy, savvy librarian who just happens to be a reluctant witch haunted by her past.

About the Author

Shirley Damsgaard, author of numerous published short stories, resides with her family in small-town Iowa, where she has served as Postmaster for the last twenty years. She is currently working on the next Ophelia and Abby mystery, which again touches delightfully upon the paranormal.


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  • File Size: 210 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0060793538
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000R3NN86
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good book April 16, 2006
By moria2
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This is the second of the Ophelia and Abby mystery series. These books are a delightful blend of mystery spiced up with a dash of the paranormal. I like the fact that the paranormal stuff isn't so much "new age" but is more like something one would read in the Foxfire series on the disappearing Appalachian life. In this story, Ophelia comes face to face with what was likely the most defining moment in her life, the death of her good friend Brian in Iowa City 5 years earlier. Without spooling the plot, Abby is not as influential in this story, Darci is as amusing as ever, and Rick from Witch Way to Murder is out of the picture. Instead, there is an annoying journalist from the city, the cop who investigated Brian's death, a pig farming conglomerate, and a coffee table book photographer from the East Coast. Damsgaard goes light on what I've seen with the politics surrounding these large corporate pig farms. So, it doesn't get preachy on that very touchy subject.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars charming who-done-it March 29, 2006
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Librarian Ophelia Jensen and her Grandma Abby reside in Summerset, Iowa. They look like ordinary women but they are witches with Abby training her granddaughter to learn what her gifts are and to use them wisely. They are also psychic with Ophelia having precognitive skills and the ability to find things. Six months ago using her powers she found a murderer and his cohorts. This action enabled her to come out of her shell, the one she retreated into when her friend Brian was murdered, and left in a dumpster.

Ophelia still feels guilty over Brian's murder because she saw his murder in a vision and was too late to prevent his death from happening. At one time Detective Henry Comache considered her a suspect because he believed, rightfully so, she was hiding things from him. Now Abby has a feeling that it is time for Ophelia to find closure over Brian's death which means finding his killer. When Henry comes to Summerset, Ophelia is once again under suspicion when she finds, through her psychic senses, the body of a dead man whom she had a very public fight with. Evil has come to Summerset; Ophelia must find it and bring it out of the darkness before it kills her.

This is a very special mystery in an enchanting series as Ophelia and Abby perform magic in the traditional Bell, Book and Candle methodology. The heroine has gained strength from her brush with death and is finally willing to learn how to use her powers. She also overcomes her hermit like existence to make friends with some of the townsfolk and there is even a hint of romance in the air. Although readers might guess early on who the killer is it won't detract from the enjoyment of this charming who-done-it and why.

Harriet Klausner
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars more, please June 24, 2006
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Gotta have my WOO-WOO!!! Book 2 in Damsgaard's series featuring Ophelia and Abby Jensen, following WITCH WAY TO MURDER. Ophelia is a small town librarian who is finally starting to recognize her psychic powers, while her grandmother, Abby, tries to show Ophelia how to adjust to something she's had her entire life but tried to hide. Now Ophelia's haunted past has pushed itself into the present, and Ophelia must deal with both to find out why she is the connection between the murders. A wonderful paranormal cozy that isn't overwhelmingly cozy. I like it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another awesome book by this author. April 17, 2006
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Ophelia and Abby are at it again. A old murder is coming home to Ophelia and it is all she can do to keep her and Abby safe.

these charactors are well thought out and feel real.

Vivid descriptions of hometown people feel like you could visit these folks and possiably know a few!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good continuation of the series June 15, 2006
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Ophelia is a librarian, who also happens to be a psychic and a witch. She inherited this gift indirectly from her Grandmother, Abby, who also lives in the same small town Ophelia does.

Five years ago, Ophelia left her librarian job in Iowa City because she foresaw a friend Brian's murder and couldn't stop it. Now, the murders are coming to her--she knows it and is afraid the same thing will happen again.

Worse, Henry Comancho, the detective who worked Brian's case is in town and suspecting Ophelia of at least knowing something about the crimes.

This is an interesting and well-paced book about modern witches with a lot at stake. I'm looking forward to the next installation in September.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good follow-up July 18, 2006
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This second installment of the Abby & Ophelia series is a decent follow-up to the debut, Witch Way to Murder. I'm really, REALLY picky about my mystery novel heroines, and for the most part I like Ophelia. The only thing I can see myself becoming really disappointed with is that the story seems to be moving towards a romance between Ophelia and the cop, Comacho. It's just so trite. Just ONCE I would like to read a mystery series written by a woman and featuring a female protagonist that doesn't stoop to the 'romance with the sexy cop' schtick. It's so overdone. Comacho is not at all likeable in the first place, despite the author's attempts to showcase him as some sexy Latino muscleman with a secret soft spot for kids (gag, vomit, hurl). If anything turns me off this series in the end, it will be that. I'll invest in the 3rd one when it comes out, but I have a feeling I might drop it after that. We'll see; maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Charmed, I'm Sure
I really enjoy the Ophelia and Abby Mysteries so far - this is book 2 in the series, and as a reader, I felt as if I got to know the characters much better. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pamelicious
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY good series:)
LOVE these books~I found one in a thrift store, love it so much I had to get on Amazon and find all the others in series and bought them ALL!
Published 2 months ago by ThirstyMindBooks via Rachel Dean
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming
Sweet read. Plot gets a little murky at times but overall a decent read. Looking forward to the next in the series.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Opehlia's Talents Grow
In this second novel, Ophelia has to learn to stretch her paranormal abilities to solve, once and forever, the killing of her best friend, Brian. Read more
Published on July 29, 2012 by L. Rigod
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
An enjoyable second entry into the series. It's fun to see Ophelia embracing her magic a bit more this time.
Published on May 30, 2011 by Alexandra Aimee
4.0 out of 5 stars Good mystery with an improved Ophelia.
Ophelia is starting to show off her mettle in this book as she takes on the issue of Brian's death, something that has haunted her for years. Read more
Published on January 15, 2011 by A. Bridwell
1.0 out of 5 stars Not so magical for me
A reviewer of the first book in this series, "Witch Way to Murder", suggested that you read this book in addition to that one before judging the series. Read more
Published on May 25, 2010 by T. Persson
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychic mystery
I love this author and her writing. I reccomend her books to anyone interested in Wiccan or paranormal studies.
Published on April 10, 2010 by Jo-Ann Blanco-Russell
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
I really liked the first book and was looking forward to the second one. This book's writing was choppier than the first which I forgave for growing pains and a first book. Read more
Published on December 14, 2009 by new englander at heart
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Okay
I read the first book of this series and was very intrigued by the characters and the story. But the premise of book 2 did not grab me the way the first story did. Read more
Published on April 6, 2009 by K. Payne
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Shirley Damsgaard, author of numerous published short stories, resides with her family in small-town Iowa, where she has served as Postmaster for the last twenty years. She is currently working on the next Ophelia and Abby mystery, which again touches delightfully upon the paranormal.

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