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The Trouble with Witches (Ophelia & Abby Mysteries, No. 3) [Kindle Edition]

Shirley Damsgaard
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Book Description

Ophelia has always considered her psychic abilities an imposition, except for those times she's been able to put her paranormal talents to good use—like when a friend asks her to help find a missing teenager. Unfortunately it means she and Abby, her kindly, canny sorceress granny, will be taking to the road to pursue the vanished girl in the wilds of Minnesota.

The signs are pointing toward the secluded new age research facility of Jason and Juliet Finch, who live with their troubled—and possibly matricidal—thirteen-year-old niece. And a bizarre local murder that follows their arrival—plus the appearance of a mysterious Native American shaman—only emphasize the urgency of Ophelia and Abby's hunt, drawing them into a web of dark secrets and to the last place they'd ever wish to be: a cottage in the woods where true evil quite possibly resides.

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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: 214 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000R8PF9Q
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stories of witches October 1, 2006
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3rd in the Ophelia & Abby series, librarian Ophelia has opened up to learning about her psychic abilities from her grandmother, Abby. When they get a request from a friend to help find a missing girl who is reputed to have moved to a cult-like community who investigate psychic abilities, the grandmother/granddaughter team decide to go to the area in Minnesota on vacation to see what they can find out. Ophelia immediately happens upon Tink, the niece of the Finches, the psychic investigators, and feels an immediate connection with her. Tink has made friends with a local Native American shaman, despite his open bitterness against whites. After a strange encounter with a spooky shack in the woods, Ophelia finds another body - this time of a local war veteran of dubious sanity. When Tink confesses to the murder to protect her friend, Ophelia decides that she must find the basis of the paranormal mysteries in the area to clear Tink's reputation and find the missing girl, whose absence seems to take second place to the other mysteries in the small town. Great series!! Love the work, story, and paranormal aspects. Can't wait for the next one, WITCH HUNT, in April.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Continues the strong series October 12, 2006
By moria2
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The Trouble with Witches is the third book in the Ophelia and Abby series. Like its predecessors, it is a great paranormal mystery. Abby and Ophelia are very realistic and likable because their magic doesn't make them perfect or all knowing. They make errors in judgment and mistakes. Rick from Witch Way to Murder calls Ophelia to see if she and Abby would be willing to help him try to locate a missing teen who is a friend of his family. Since she feels that she has just let Henry Comancho down, it doesn't take long for Ophelia to pack up with Abby and head north to Minnesota. Why does Rich think they can help? Well, the young woman was last seen in the company of a paranormal and psychic research group that might be a little cultish. Since neither the group members nor the locals are interested in talking with a reporter, Rick thinks Abby and company might have better luck since they are witches and definitely not reporters. Almost immediately, they draw the notice of the research group members. At the same time, Ophelia starts experiencing odd things, meets a curious Native American, and continues her disturbing habit of tripping over bodies. Another great book in the series!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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When Abby and Ophelia learn that a young girl has disappeared in PSI, a remote Minnesota commune of psychics, the pair of witches take a vacation to see if they can help locate her. They are quickly joined by Ophelia's friend and employee, Darci, who loves an adventure as much as anyone.

What they discover is a small town with more secrets than just PSI, including a lakeside resident with a hit and run driving record, a Native American veteran with a justifiable anger at whites and a whole lot of shamanistic talent.

What breaks the trio's heart though is learning another young girl, Tink, silver haired and lavender eyed, with strong talents as a medium who is being drugged and spelled to keep her talents in check.

The trio are in a desperate race to solve the mystery of what PSI is about so they can save both missing girls--and ultimately themselves. "Trouble" is moving away from the tea cosy mystery where the books started and into a bit more heavy mystery-paranormal.

Character growth for both Ophelia and Darci is very well done. Ophelia is beginning to accept her own magical gifts and through her acceptance, we begin to learn how her magical heritage works as well. Darci is also coming into her own, through Ophelia's mentoring and showing herself to be a clever and intelligent person as well as a beautiful one.

The one-half star demerit is for a somewhat muddy plot. With the addition of so much local color and Tink's plight, their original purpose sometimes gets lost. However, this is still a very well-written and interesting book and a valuable addition to the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cozy mystery series January 10, 2007
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This series is turning out to be very enjoyable. Well written, likeable characters, fun hometown, interesting situations. This one in particular even got me through a bout of the 'flu -- it has to be good to hold my attention when I'm sick, feverish, aching and restless. My friends and I exchange books (money for non-essentials being hard to come by), and this is one series they always ask, "Is the next one out yet?" If you enjoy cozy mysteries, this is the series for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars really good series September 5, 2006
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Ophelia and and Abby are asked to help out with a missing teen.

They suspect she is caught up in a psycic cult and set out to help find her. They rent a cabin on a lake near the compound and strange things are happening.

Lights, shadows and a cranky bitter indian shaman help the mix.

This book is a great page turner and the ending is just great. Cannot wait till the next one in the series.

You just gotta love Abby and Darci!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very cool and symbolic mystery. January 15, 2011
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Ophelia finds herself in another mess in this one. Comacho is gone as quickly as he came, but now it seems like all he was there for was for Ophelia to see that he really wasn't her enemy and was in fact a good man, unlike her first impression. His leaving and her helplessness to find his missing person, tug on her heartstrings so much that she's willing to try again when Rick calls in a favor. And when dealing with witches, eventually there was going to have to be some kind of cult involved. Rick is as savvy as ever, a good person for Ophelia to trust and bounce her ideas off of. Abby is wonderful in this book, definitely full of witchy spunk and wisdom. I'm also happy about Darci getting to join them on the mystery. It felt like the gang was back together again, and thankfully with less fumbling than was in the first book. The Native American themes were interesting in this book and I wish they could have been expanded upon more. Walks Quietly was an interesting character and I hope he'll be seen again. Because of him, Ophelia comes to appreciate more the importance of omens and trusting her instincts. I thought it was kind of funny that Brandi wasn't a bigger feature in the book. The mystery that they come to solve is not really in the direction that Ophelia's dreams and observations lead her, as she comes to be more curious about Tink. This was actually the first mystery I was not able to pick out the murderer by the sixth chapter because it was more complex and weaved together better than some of the last. I had no idea who the murderer was until Ophelia and everyone else figured it out. I also liked the motivation behind the cult, that for the most part they were working on understanding psychic abilities and even though there was a dastardly plan involved it wasn't hokey at all.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good book from start to finish. I'm on book #4 now. thanks
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting mystery series.
Published 5 months ago by Mary Ann Parrish
5.0 out of 5 stars The Series
My daughter and I both like all seven of the books. We are anxiously awaiting the next in the series.
Published 8 months ago by Georgia resident
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
This one fell a bit flat which is why I think Tink was introduced to inject a little interest into the Ophelia/Abby relationship.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars keeps me coming back for more
so far I have read all the Ophelia and Abby Mysteries.. so Shirley get back to work .... I need another to read...
Published 9 months ago by Tippie Biko
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable
i love this series..each book is well worth the time and money spent....i enjoy all of the characters and the settings...always a very quick read with good story lines.
Published 13 months ago by Arlene Tifft
5.0 out of 5 stars the trouble with witches another cant put the book down tale of...
It was good to read more of ophelia and Abby this time away from their home - I had thought it would be repetitive but this wasn't so.
Published 18 months ago by Margaret Anson
2.0 out of 5 stars An Occult Mystery
I would alternately title this "Gidget Hones Her Magic." Good plot, okay writing, but
juvenile, too perky heroine. I wanted to slap her but that is me. Perky annoys me. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Harriet Stanton
4.0 out of 5 stars Paranormal Mystery
Damsgaard gives us a paranormal mystery. Ophelia finds at last a good side to her many psychic gifts when she uses them to find a girl and saves another. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Claudette Cleveland
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
Faced paced and so much fun! Great book and addition to the series!! Ophelia and Abby are a great mystery solving team.
Published on November 15, 2012 by Frank W. Stewart
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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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