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The Witch's Grave (Ophelia & Abby Mysteries, No. 6) Mass Market Paperback – December 30, 2008
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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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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
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. For those new to this series, although it's perfectly possible to read this as a stand-alone novel, I'd recommend starting at the beginning of the series because references to prior events are frequently mentioned. Added to this is the fact that Ophelia's character has blossomed with the addition of her adopted daughter into her family, and she (Ophelia) has also become more accepting of her psychic gift than she was at the series' inception. The effervescent Darci always brings a touch of mischievous fun to the stories, too.
In a recent interview (on the Bitten By Books website), Shirley Damsgaard mentions that the next book may also be the last in the series because the current contract with the publisher ends with book 7. "If sales go well, then another contract might be offered." Let's hope sales go well, then.