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Charmed to Death (Ophelia & Abby Mysteries, No. 2) (Abby and Ophelia Series) by [Damsgaard, Shirley]
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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: 577 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)
  • Publication Date: October 13, 2009
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000R3NN86
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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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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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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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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.

Let's start at the beginning - which reminds me, this series will need to be read in order. It seems as if each story builds upon the last, so a reader might miss out by starting with book 2. In Book 1, Ophelia starts to acknowledge her witchy side - although even she's loathe to call it that. She has a psychic sense, which she has turned away from because it did not help her prevent her best friend Brian from being murdered several years beforehand. Because of that, she has extricated herself from most social interaction and withdraw into herself.

Abby is her grandmother, and gently (well most of the time, anyway) guides her back to her roots. She doesn't push, but is always there to lend insight and offer advice. Abby is a great character, and the way she's written I have no trouble at all imagining her in my mind's eye.

Book 2 brings the mystery back to Brian's death. As for the mystery itself, it's mostly enjoyable, but I found myself irritated with Ophelia for not recognizing the murderer before the end of the story. If anything, the murderer's odd personality and quirks should have alerted her that something wasn't right. Being as Ophelia seems to have a good sense of the people around her, I found the fact that she overlooked this person to be a huge hole in the story.

To further undermine the set-up, Ophelia's friend and co-worker, Darcie, who has been set up from book 1 as being people smart, also didn't pick up on the false notes in the murderer's character.
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This is the second book in the series, and I enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed the first one. I like the fact that Ophelia is growing and changing. I lo forward to seeing what the third book holds in store.
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