Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Bells, Spells and Murders: A Witch City Mystery

Greetings!  Fatal Promise by Angela Marsons comes out on October 19.  It is the ninth book in the DI Kim Stone series. Purls and Poison by Anne Canadeo will be out on October 30 along with Murder by the Book by Lauren Elliott and Lover Come Hack by Diane Vallere.  

Bells, Spells and Murders by Carol J. Perry is the seventh bewitching tale in A Witch City Mystery series.  Lee Barrett is starting her new job as field reporter for WICH-TV in Salem, Massachusetts.  Lee is set to interview Albert Eldridge regarding the Holiday Walk, but she ends up with breaking news.  Albert is dead in his office from blunt force trauma.  Detective Pete Mondello, Lee’s boyfriend, is assigned the case which means late nights for him until the killer is apprehended.  Lee starts nosing around, gathering clues and questioning those close to Albert.   She must work in her sleuthing in between work assignments, shopping for Christmas presents, decorating her tree and participating in a Salem holiday tradition.  Lee, with the aid of her visions and O’Ryan, sets out to wrap up the case before sleigh bells ring out on Christmas Eve.

I enjoyed reading Bells, Spells and Murders.  The author captured the holiday spirit in this merry cozy mystery.  While Bells, Spells and Murders is the seventh story in A Witch City Mystery series, it can be read alone.  Ms. Perry provides Lee’s backstory allowing you to know her and how she came to live and work in Salem.  Christmas in Salem was brought alive in this book.  Cold weather, shopping, baking, tree decorating, a Christmas play, Santa’s ringing bells for donations, family flying off for the holiday and twinkle lights are all included.  I loved how the bell theme was spread throughout the story (some of the references will have you giggling).  The mystery was interesting with several suspects, a red herring or two and pointed clues.  I wish the solution had not been so obvious, and I could have done with less repetition of case details.  I did tire of Pete telling Lee to stay out of the investigation.  He should know by now that she will keep investigating even if her life is in peril (there is no stopping Lee).  All the storylines are nicely wrapped up at the end of the book. My rating for Bells, Spells and Murders is 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it).  Bells, Spells and Murders is my favorite book in A Witch City Mystery series.  There is love, humor, murder, family, friends and Christmas fun in one festive cozy mystery. 

The next A Witch City Mystery is Final Exam which comes out on February 26, 2019.  I appreciate you stopping by today.  Tomorrow I am going to share my review of A Simple Christmas by Charlotte Hubbard.  It is the third story in the Simple Gifts series.  I hope you have a lovely day.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

1 comment:

  1. That's a pretty fat cat there on the cover of the book! Sounds like a fun read!