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Tails, You Lose (A Witch City Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – March 31, 2015
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About the Author
Carol J. Perry was born in Salem, Massachusetts, on Halloween eve, and that magical city serves as the backdrop for her Witch City Mystery series. She is also the author of several young adult novels. Her nonfiction articles on travel, antiques, and ecology often appear in regional and national publications.
C. S. E. Cooney launched her voice-acting career narrating short fiction for Podcastle, the world's first audio fantasy magazine. She is a performance poet, singer-songwriter, and fantasy author whose collection Bone Swans has garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Locus Magazine. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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In this book, Lee Barrett finds herself embroiled in a mystery that involves dead bodies, ghosts, drug-dealers, gold coins, a treasure map, and many, many unexpected twists and turns. But, with her special power and the help of her cat O"Ryan, Lee solves the mystery a la Nancy Drew, with the help of a purse-full of index cards!
As in the first book, Carol brings a lot of fun to the reader. Lee and her aunt are simply endearing character who you root for at every turn.
I can't wait until the release of the third in the series, and hope this series goes on and on.
Christmas is a time of new beginnings for Lee Barrett. The renovations on her home are going well and her relationship with Pete is progressing. A new job is on the horizon. The former Trumbull department store has been turned into the Tabitha Trumbull Academy of the Arts – better known as “The Tabby”. When it opens, Lee is slated to teach television production.
Unfortunately for the Tabby, the school's handyman turns up dead, and the investigation into his death turns up old secrets linked to the Trumbull family. Once again, Lee has to rely on her friends, O'Ryan, and her clairvoyant talents to uncover the identity of a very modern murderer.
This wonderful mystery has a little bit of everything – murder, a wandering ghost, a family with a history of smuggling and a possible buried treasure, an underground labyrinth, witches and of course O'Ryan with his feline talents. There is even romance, as Lee and Pete continue their relationship, and Aunt Ibby finds a new beau in Mr Pennington, the theatrical head of the “Tabby”.
As Lee's class is making a documentary about the history of the Trumbull family and the department store, she has plenty of opportunities to investigate.
Unlike the police characters in many cozy mysteries, Pete listens to Lee's opinions and insights. While he doesn't tell her everything, Pete takes Lee seriously – occasionally telling her that she would make a great detective and encouraging her to take criminology classes. This is a pleasant change from the typical cozy setup.
In Tails You Lose, Lee also comes to terms with her clairvoyant ability and begins to use it purposefully, seeing it as a valuable tool. O'Ryan, as always, plays a vital role in helping Lee uncover the murderer and escape from danger.
If you like well-written cozy mysteries with paranormal elements and cats, Tails You Lose is right up your alley. Although it can be read as a stand-alone, it is best to read Caught Dead Handed first.
--Crittermom (Muttcafe.com blog)
Characters are the strength of the book. Lee is likable protagonist. She lives with her Aunt Ibby who is very supportive and a companion to Lee. It felt very cozy when they would eat homemade turkey soup with homemade biscuits. They often had hot chocolate together. I think most readers would love to have an aunt like Aunt Ibby. Then there is O'Ryan who is the cat that came to live with Lee after the death of the psychic in the first book. In so many books, cats are put on the covers on books and barely mentioned in the books. O'Ryan is a character in the plot line as much as other characters.
I have to mention the location is Salem Massachusetts. This location is filled with possibilities for future plot lines as it is rich in atmosphere and history. I thought the book was a little too long and could have had some extra material edited out. I am looking forward to continuing with this series as I like it. If you enjoy cozy mysteries with light paranormal activities you should like this book.