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The meandering sixth entry (after 2007s The Witch Is Dead) in Damsgaards Ophelia and Abby supernatural mystery series brings troubling erotic dreams to Ophelia, rural Iowas reluctant novice witch. Shes unsure what her nocturnal fantasies portend until she comes face-to-face with the man of those dreams, exposé author Stephen Larsen. Just after their first kiss, Stephen is shot. As he lies comatose in the hospital, Ophelias dreams quickly shift from sexy to mysterious, playing out like a serial drama taking place in WWII Paris, while some failed attempts on Ophelias life lead the Summerset sheriff to suspect that she was the shooters real target. Ophelia must turn to Abby, her master witch grandmother, for help saving Stephens life and bringing together the myriad threads of the rather disjointed plot. (Jan.)
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“A Golden Broomstick to the season’s most unusual sleuths, a septuagenarian witch and her psychic granddaughter. Inventive and imaginative.” (Carolyn Hart, praise for WITCH WAY TO MURDER)

“[C]omplex and likable characters...a bit of romance and suspense. Definitely worth trying.” (Amarillo Texas News)

“Ophelia and Abby have Charmed me To Death. I love this series.” (Pat Frovarp, Once Upon A Crime, Minneapolis, MN)

“Shirley Damsgaard has created a sassy, savvy librarian who just happens to be a reluctant witch haunted by her past. (Jo Dereske, praise for WITCH WAY TO MURDER)

“Ms. Damsgaard has proved that her talent is solid and her characters are ones you’ll come to know and love.” (Fran, Seattle Mystery Bookshop, Seattle, WA)
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (December 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061493430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061493430
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Julie Bryant on January 20, 2009
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What a pleasant surprise to find a "new & improved" Ophelia in this wonderful story! The positive influences on Ophelia -- Darci, Abby and Tink -- are making a difference in our usually skeptical and somewhat dour librarian. Without spoiling the major points, I can say that even after finding out everything isn't as she believes, Ophelia emerges stronger and more likeable at the end. I really am looking forward to the next book and further character developments.

The mystery and the sub-mystery were well-wrought and nicely woven into one story. Ms. Damsgaard is getting better and better!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rachel P. Smith on February 4, 2009
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The Witch's Grave is the sixth book in the Ophelia and Abby mystery series. One of my secret guilty pleasures are cozy mysteries, and when you add a twist of the paranormal to it, you have some pretty addicting reading material. Shirley Damsgaard's series is no exception!

The thing I really enjoy about this series is that outside of being really well written and a great read, the characters have depth and are interesting. They grow with each installment, and leave the reader anticipating what could possibly come next.

Again we find Ophelia in the thick of a murder investigation, only this time, it looks as if they may actually be targeting her, and her dream man. The adventure starts out by her relating a series of, shall we say erotic dreams about a gorgeous hunk of a man to her best friend Darcy. Imagine her surprise when she actually meets him at a fund raising event for the library at a local winery. They are instantly attracted to one another, but before they can take their relationship further than a first sweet kiss, a gunman shoots her beau to be.

As she races against the clock to find the killer, she begins to have another set of dreams that appear to be some kind of flash back to another time. This aspect of the story really added another interesting layer and depth that was thoroughly enjoyable. It is nice to see Ophelia start to trust and use her powers more as well.

Will Ophelia finally get her happily ever after? Or will it be snatched away in the blink of an eye? Whether or not you have read one or all of the Ophelia and Abby series, you will be sure to enjoy The Witch's Grave.

Reviewed at Bitten by Books Paranormal Fiction Review Site by Rachel
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Foggy Tewsday on February 25, 2009
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The first five Ophelia and Abby novels were published at the rate of two per year so the year-long wait for the sixth had me hungrily anticipating its arrival. For the most part, `The Witch's Grave' does not disappoint. In fact, I think it's the most ambitious story of the series so far. But there were a couple of points that left me feeling a little disgruntled . . .

Let's first of all deal with those niggles. Two of the characters in this series who have had the biggest impact on Ophelia's life are her best friend, Darci, and her adopted daughter, Tink. Disappointingly, neither of these characters have much of a role in this novel. Secondly, the story's denouement was a little lacking in tension and, in my opinion, things were wrapped up a little to quickly. However, this is compensated for, to some degree, by the expansive storylines in the preceding chapters. The lack of Darci, I'm not so forgiving about.

Ophelia's fogeyish exterior is well and truly punctured as she literally meets the man of her dreams. In a most unOphelia-like manner, she finds herself in lip-locking action only minutes after they've been introduced. However, it's not long before things take a sinister turn and Ophelia, along with her wise white witch grandmother, Abby are embroiled in another mystery.

Shirley Damsgaard skillfully weaves in storylines that have Ophelia's dreams reliving scenes from a past life in Nazi-occupied Paris, and her present-day search for the person or persons responsible for the attempted murder of a famous author.

If you've enjoyed the previous books in this series, then you'll almost certainly enjoy this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maggie on February 5, 2009
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Abby and Ophelia always books are always a pleasure to read. This book was no exception. During every book, I learn a little bit more about Abby. It is always a good read. The plots vary and the mystery of "Who Done it" always seem to evade me. I am glad to have books that make me think and let me into their world, one book at a time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 4fabfelines VINE VOICE on January 24, 2009
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Ophelia is finally becoming to fit into her skin during the latter part of this book.
The book starts off with a fundraiser for the library at a winery.
Ophelia meets a author doing research and she has this feeling she has seen him before and loved him before somewhere. He feels the same.
During a walk down a trail at the winery, Steven is shot. Steven gives her a small date book and tells her to give it to his assistant.
Ophelia helps him and he is rushed to the hospital.
She tries to find the elusive assistant but there is nobody at the offices for days.
Steven is touch and go, for a while and Ophelia begins to reseach what he was writing about.
The trail leads to illeagal immigrants, corrupt politicians, and bribes,.
Ophelia once again is in the think of things, and ends up in St. Louis with Abby.
She sees a man she swears is bent on harming her and rushs back to her home.
In all of this she is having vivid dreams about another life, a life during WWII and being a spy for the allies.
Is Steven her long lost love??
What is going on, was he shot because of the book, or becasue he looks like the evil senator?
By the books end, Ophelia is finally becoming comfortable with her gifts (took long enough) and hopefully the next installments will be just as good.,
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