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I finished reading Look Both Ways before bedtime last night. It's the third book in author Carol J Perry's "Witch City" mystery series.

Lee Barrett finds herself at loose ends. She no longer has a TV show, nor does she have any classes to teach over the summer. To keep busy, she volunteers to act as property manager for the three plays being put on by the local college. In addition, Lee has a new apartment to furnish. While scrounging for props, she can do a bit of both. When Lee purchases a beautiful old bureau, she learns it belonged to a woman who was murdered several years ago. The bureau has hidden compartments, which yield some fascinating ephemera from its previous owner. However, the woman's missing pink diamond is not one of the objects secreted away in the bureau. Someone seems to think it's there, though, as shortly after Lee buys the piece, the woman who sold it to her is murdered, and Lee's name and address have been stolen from the company that delivered the bureau. When Lee begins to see visions of both murdered women, she must decide whether or not to share her gift with her boyfriend, police officer Pete.

Very good story. I enjoyed how the past and the present paralleled one another. It was fun to read about Lee's adventures in antiquing, and I was happy to see her relationship with Pete progressing.

Favorite line: And why am I holding a conversation with a cat?

Charming! Five stars!

*****
chez_jae: (Books)
Once again, I stayed up too late to finish a book, but I had to know who done it!

I read Tails, You Lose, which is the second installment in Carol J Perry's "Witch City" mystery series.

After losing her job as a TV psychic, Lee volunteers to teach at Salem's Tabitha Trumbull Academy of the Arts. During renovations, a local handyman disappears in the basement of the "Tabby" and is later found dead near the water. As a result, Lee reluctantly taps into her clairvoyant abilities to see if she can help with the police investigation.

In the meantime, Lee involves her students in making a documentary of their building, which used to be Trumbull's Department Store. She's also juggling her budding romance with police detective Pete. As things begin to converge, Lee is afraid one or more of her students may be involved with something other than their classwork, and she still has to figure out the meaning of the vision she had, of a young woman showing her two antique keys.

There was quite a bit going on in the story, but everything came together neatly in the end. The author did a good job of dropping clues without making things either too easy or difficult to discern.

Favorite line: "It's always nice to be welcomed home with purrs and kisses."
Least favorite line: "They seem to be birth dates. Here's John Junior 9/4/1951. And Joseph 11/11/1970..."
Why? Why must even my reading taunt me so?!

Four of five:

****
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My goal for the year was to read 35 books, so...GO TEAM ME!

Anyway, I stayed up late last night to finish reading Caught Dead Handed, which is the first book in author Carol J Perry's "Witch City" mystery series.

The story features main character Maralee (Lee) Barrett, who has just flown to Boston and traveled to her hometown of Salem for an interview at a local TV station. Lee wants the job of reporter, only to find it was awarded to someone else before she even interviewed. However, the station manager offers Lee the position of call-in psychic, since the previous hostess walked out the night before and never returned. Lee agrees to think it over, and when she leaves the station she discovers the body of the woman who held the job before her. Lee reluctantly accepts the job that was offered to her, but when she begins to experience actual visions in the obsidian crystal ball on the set, she is drawn further into the murder of her predecessor.

This was a charming cozy mystery, and it was just creepy enough not to be too fluffy. I have one more book in the series, and the third installment is already on my Amazon wish list. Can't wait to read more! Five stars:

★★★★★

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