Saturday, December 27, 2014

Spell Booked (A Retired Witches Mystery), Joyce and Jim Lavene

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Synopsis: The national bestselling authors of the Missing Pieces Mysteries summon up the first Retired Witches Mystery in a brand new supernatural series...

Once upon a time in Wilmington, North Carolina, three witches ran a curio shop named Smuggler’s Arcane. But as the years passed, their magical powers started to fade—leaving them no choice but to conjure up a retirement package…  
Before they could blink their eyes or twitch their noses, Molly, Elsie, and Olivia somehow became eligible for AARP. But they can’t fly off to Boca Raton just yet. First they must give up their magic, recruit and train three new witches, and pass on their cherished spellbook.
They’ve barely begun to consider potential practitioners when Olivia winds up dead and their spellbook is stolen. To honor their friend and reclaim their spells, Molly and Elsie are about to go wand-to-wand with a dangerous young witch more powerful than the trio was in their prime. And this time they’re going to need more than magic up their sleeves…

Thoughts: **I received a copy of this book from the authors in exchange for an honest review.**

This is the first book in a new series, and it's a new favorite of mine. Three witches are ready to retire, but first they have to find and train their replacements. Their misadventures in trying to use their waning magic add plenty of humor to the story of the murder they are trying to solve.

The characters are well written and very well defined. Aside from the three witches, we meet their families, their friends, and their familiars. We also learn that there are werewolves in town, which could lead to some interesting interactions in the future.

I had no idea who the killer was right up until the moment it was revealed, which is the best kind of mystery. I can hardly wait to see what this coven will be up to in the next installment!

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