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The Witch Is Dead (Ophelia & Abby Mysteries, No. 5) [Kindle Edition]

Shirley Damsgaard
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Life is busier than ever for witch Ophelia Jensen. In addition to her day job at the library, she—with the help of her grandmother Abby—is preparing to officially adopt Tink, the young medium she's taken under her wing. So when Ophelia's elderly Aunt Dot, eager for adventure, wants to investigate the murder of a funeral director in the neighboring town, Ophelia tries to say no. But then Tink's dog pulls a skull out of the woods—a skull that may belong to a murder victim.

Finding mysterious bones in the woods isn't the only strange thing that's happened to Tink lately. She's been having visions of ghastly ghosts imploring her for help. But before Ophelia can connect the apparitions with the murder, Tink is kidnapped! Ophelia and Abby will have to battle a creepy crematorium owner and an invasion from some modern-day body snatchers to find their protégé . . . or else they'll have to hold a séance just to speak to her again.



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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: 227 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061147230
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000UZPHDU
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fairy Entertaining September 10, 2007
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The Ophelia and Abby series was possibly in need of some light relief after the sinister happenings in Witch Hunt (Ophelia & Abby, Book 4), and light relief is what we get here. Well apart from the mutilated corpses. Not too many laughs to be had there.

The delightfully dotty Aunt Dot, an elderly relative of our heroines, joins the regulars for this colorful yarn. I particularly enjoyed Shirley Damsgaard's description of the rotund nonagenarian, seen through the eyes of Ophelia, Head Librarian and resident witch in the sleepy town of Summerset: "[Aunt Dot] proceeded across the room like a steamroller, her head whipping from side to side as she took in the library." Well, it made me laugh. And she communes with fairies!

Although there are hints of what is to come in the story, much of the first half of `The Witch is Dead' is devoted to character development. We learn a little of the Appalachian-based members of Abby and Ophelia's witchy clan and, as ever, we join Ophelia in her day-to-day life. These novels are written in the first person from Ophelia's point of view.

As this series has grown, continual references are made to events in preceding stories. While this novel can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story, I would recommend that newcomers to the series take in the third instalment, The Trouble with Witches (Ophelia & Abby, Book 3) and the fourth, the aforementioned `Witch Hunt' before reading this fifth book.

Since its rather stuttering first instalment,
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Witch Is Dead is a fun to read cozy mystery November 23, 2007
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Psychic with Ophelia Jensen is getting ready to adopt Tink, a teenaged medium she is mentoring with the help of Ophelia's grandmother, Abby. Unfortunately the adoption hasn't exactly gone smoothly so far and is complicated by other things. The last thing Ophelia needs right now is another mystery to solve.

Now Aunt Dot has come to visit and is itching for an adventure. Fortunately for her, but not for Ophelia, when a local funeral director is killed in his own mortuary, too much just doesn't add up. Then there are the visions Tink has been having about corpses with missing body parts begging for help.

As if that wasn't enough, now Tink has been kidnapped! Ophelia and Abby must really get involved in solving the mystery, with the not so welcome help of Aunt Dot and her fairies. But is the kidnapping connected or is it a part of a completely different scenario?

The Witch Is Dead is the fifth book in the Ophelia and Abby Mystery series but is the first one I've read. While there were some parts of the story I was not up to speed on (like Tink's back story and a certain sexy DEA agent who keeps popping up), for the most part I had no problems following the story.

The mystery to be very well done and it kept me guessing as to what was really going on and who the guilty party was. There were one or two things I figured out right away, if not the motives for them, but generally, I was carried along with Ophelia, Abby, and Aunt Dot as they try to get to the bottom of things.

The Witch Is Dead is a fun to read cozy mystery, creepy crematorium owners, dismembered ghosts and body parts aside. There's enough humor to keep the story light in spite of the darker aspects of the story line.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Whimsical murder mystery October 25, 2008
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Enjoyable read about a group of witches with psychic capabilities. I am not a complete fan of murder mysteries but this one provided some light moments with the addition of Aunt Dot, Ophelia's great aunt, from the Appalachian mountains. I enjoyed the psychic parts of the book as well as Aunt Dot's cavorting with fairies. However, for me the murders and dead bodies which are the murder/mystery part of the story were a bit gruesome. That being said this is still a worthwhile read and will keep you guessing about the mystery and chuckling at Aunt Dot until the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Ophelia & Abby Mystery Yet! July 16, 2008
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This was a thoroughly satisfying read. The characters of Ophelia and Abby continue to grow more intriguing, and my initial reservations about the introduction of Tink as a regular character are completely gone. Aunt Dot was a hilarious addition to a rather gruesome story, and the return of Cobra/DEA agent gave me hope for romance in Ophelia's future. The pace never lagged, and the parallel stories were fascinating. I cannot wait for the release of the next installment now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing February 18, 2008
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This book is one of those books that you just can't put down... I'm not a person that can sit and read books for hours on end but all of the Ophelia & Abby mysteries are real "Page Turners". I think i read these books in a matter of days (2-3) as opposed to weeks-months.

I HIGHLY recommend these books to anyone who is into mysteries
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting Review: The Witch Is Dead January 21, 2009
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THE WITCH IS DEAD
SHIRLEY DAMSGAARD
Paranormal Mystery
Avon Mystery
Sensuality Rating: Sweet
ISBN# 978-0-06-114723-4
292 Pages
$6.99
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Rating: 4.5 Enchantments

THE WITCH IS DEAD is the fifth book in the popular Ophelia and Abby Mysteries series. This time around, Ophelia Jensen has her hands full trying to officially adopt young Tink. But when Mr. Buchanan, the local funeral director--and Aunt Dot's new friend from the plane--suddenly dies under mysterious circumstances, Ophelia tries to keep her fairy believing great aunt from throwing the whole family head long into the investigation, which doesn't last long. Between Tink's nightmares of disembodied ghosts and the mysterious Silas Green, things start to get complicated quickly--especially when Tink's dog turns up a human skull. And that's not the least of Ophelia's problems, when the local police tell her that thanks to the town's rumor mill, the killer might believe Tink knows more than she does, putting her in danger. A threat that may be all too real when the young teenager goes missing.

THE WITCH IS DEAD is one of the best mysteries of the year! New to the series, it took me a short while to get the relationships between everyone, but that didn't detract from the story in anyway. A complex mystery, that suddenly breaks off into two threads, the mystery behind Mr. Buchanan's murder and the sudden disappearance of young Tink, kept me flipping the pages till almost four in the morning to find the truth about both. I loved the relationship Orphelia has with her soon to be adopted daughter Tink, as well as her grandmother Abby. I actually have two sets of favorite scenes in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting mystery series.
Published 3 months ago by Mary Ann Parrish
5.0 out of 5 stars tippie
This is the 5th book of hers. That I have read and loved! I can't wait to start no 6
Published 9 months ago by Tippie Biko
5.0 out of 5 stars A humdinger
I really love this series. In this book Tink , the foster daughter, gets kidnapped. Of course the ladies trip over bodies and body parts, plus Ethan or Cobra as he was known... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Susan
5.0 out of 5 stars another winner
great series...love the characters and story lines...worth your time to read the whole series...im always looking for the next book ...worth the buy.... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Arlene Tifft
4.0 out of 5 stars Gruesome
When you read the book you'll know the reason for the title. Good plot and mystery was fun discovering the villian.
Published 14 months ago by glinda davis
4.0 out of 5 stars One antagonist spotted early
I really enjoy this series. It has some flaws, but in this one I could forgive the flaws better than the last one. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Audrey Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Ophelia & Abby Mysteries
Twist & turn, you think you know but then it comes up with a surprise.
Enjoyed the entire series a lot.
Published 21 months ago by Robert Sorcic
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ
I have loved this series of books. I have read all of them. Hope she does more. She is a great writer
Published 22 months ago by Sara
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Novel Which Moves the Series Forward
The fifth book in this remarkable series did not disappoint me in the least. Ms. Damsgaard managed to grow the characters and move the series forward with a solid murder mystery. Read more
Published on November 5, 2012 by L. Rigod
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I love this witch series because it shows how gentle and nature reliant the practitioners of witchcraft can be and the characters are well done so you feel you know them and like... Read more
Published on September 21, 2012 by EVBSMOM
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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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