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The Witch's Grave (Ophelia & Abby Mysteries, No. 6) Mass Market Paperback – December 30, 2008
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“[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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The mystery and the sub-mystery were well-wrought and nicely woven into one story. Ms. Damsgaard is getting better and better!
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
As they take a walk to just talk, a shot rings out and Stephen is critically injured. Ophelia tries to understand what is happening and keeps dreaming of the Nazi occupation of Paris. Meanwhile locally, Ophelia tries to find out what Stephen was researching for his next book. She stumbles upon a possible illegal immigrant scheme.
This was not my favorite book of the series. It was written with accuracy but I just found it too easy to put down and be distracted.
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.Read more ›
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