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The Seventh Witch (Ophelia & Abby Mysteries, No. 7) Mass Market Paperback – January 26, 2010
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From the Back Cover
Small-town librarian and psychic Ophelia Jensen hails from a long line of wise and wonderfully gifted women. There's her grandmother, Abby, a talented witch, and her great-aunt Mary, who's about to celebrate her 100th birthday. But as Ophelia learns, when she and Abby travel to North Carolina for the centennial celebration, their family secrets aren't just magickal—they're murderous.
Someone in the sweet Southern town wants Abby dead. Could it be a rogue witch in Ophelia's own family? A vengeful local witch desperate to settle a bitter feud decades in the making? Ophelia must use all her talents to save her loved ones—before the witching hour comes upon them, and bad blood turns deadly.
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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Top Customer Reviews
Shirley Damsgaard again conjures up a very entertaining story. The setting is nicely evoked as is Ophelia's growing sense of unease: family secrets are gradually unearthed much to the matriarchal Great-Aunt Mary's chagrin. Ophelia and Abby's extended family, often referred to in previous stories, are introduced to the series in this seventh instalment. We have, of course, already met Aunt Dot before. However, under the watchful gaze of her sister, she is more muted in this story than in The Witch Is Dead (Ophelia & Abby Mysteries, No. 5). One disappointment for me was that Ophelia's best friend, Darci, is absent from the proceedings except for one short scene. Her sassiness and sense of fun have always been one of the highlights of the series for me. Ophelia turns instead to her cousin Lydia for comfort and guidance here.
Although each book in this series can be read as a novel in its own right, I'd recommend new readers to go through the stories in the correct sequence. There are a number of characters who reappear throughout the series and events in preceding stories are often referred to.Read more ›
THE SEVENTH WITCH is the seventh book in a series featuring the amateur sleuthing duo of Ophelia and Abby. Ophelia's family heritage is explored in this episode and fans of the series will appreciate the additional insight into the characters of Abby and Ophelia, particularly in relation to their feelings about their magickal gifts. However, THE SEVENTH WITCH can be read as a stand alone as Shirley Damsgaard provides all the necessary history so the reader can enjoy visiting with these wonderful characters!
Shirley Damsgaard does a magnificent job at capturing some of the quaint aspects of a small Southern town. The focus on food and the sense of self-sufficiency and determination to handle things by one's self shine through clearly in THE SEVENTH WITCH and provide a tiny glimpse into the psyche of the South. The lunch scene at Cousin Lydia's makes me giggle even now, for it truly epitomizes the Southern family gathering.
THE SEVENTH WITCH is difficult to classify into any one genre as it blends elements of the paranormal, mystery, and romantic suspense genres. Shirley Damsgaard delves into dark secrets and the power of magick without overwhelming the casual reader with too much esoteric material. THE SEVENTH WITCH is my first foray into the Ophelia and Abby mystery series but it will definitely not be my last! Bravo!
COURTESY OF BOOK ILLUMINATIONS
In this book Ophelia never really uses her magick, which does not mean I did not enjoy her using her head, but we never really got to the reason why. Her runes fail her and we never find out why?
Ms Damsgaard touches on the mistrust of people in the Appalachian Mountains (or maybe the Blue Ridge never find out) as far as the use of magick but also shows the hypocritical side by those very people using magic. She never really follows through on that course which would have made for some interesting inserts.
Tink is allowed to use her magick but that whole scene feels cut short. I love the idea of the standing stones, the name of the seven sisters. I think she could have gotten a lot of mileage out of the cleansing scene but again she seemed to cut it short. Also it would have been nice if a few passages were added to indicate what first started the decline of the space and then what happened to the land after it reverted back to the family. Was there an immediate recovery or just a single flower? I would have also like to see more of the ancestors attached to the stones.
The plot involving Aunt Dot and her fairies was left under developed too. You first get the house elf being insulted and then nothing until he is happy with Ophelia again. What is it that he did in the house that wasn't getting done? If Tink can see them, or at least sense them, why was there not more dialog with Tink sharing what she sees of the fairies? Here was an opportunity for some real funny moments that will never see the light of day.
I did enjoy the new family members and how the folks in the area respect their elderly and will drop everything to help them out if called upon. Not enough of that in the real world.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this series and have read all of them. I hope there will be more.Published 6 months ago by megwis
Yourself to even one of her books in this series you Will be thoroughly entertained with magic, whimsy mystery, mayhem and murder. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
This series is great, I bought them all used. The heroine is like Sookie from True Blood-but the reading is very clean and proper, a little old fashioned or I'd give it 4 stars. Read morePublished 19 months ago by ThirstyMindBooks via Rachel Dean