Saturday, November 7, 2015

BLOG TOUR AND GIVEAWAY: Look Both Ways (Witch City Mystery #3) by Carol J. Perry

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Book Information

Paranormal Cozy Mystery

3rd in Series

Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages

Publisher: Kensington (October 27, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1617733734

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Synopsis: In Salem, Massachusetts, there are secret everywhere--even in the furniture. . .

When Lee Barrett spots the same style oak bureau she once had as a child on the WICH-TV show, Shopping Salem, she rushes to the antiques shop and buys the piece. Just like the beloved bureau she lost in a fire, this one has secret compartments. It also comes with an intriguing history--it was purchased in an estate sale from a home where a famous local murder took place.

The day after the bureau is delivered, Lee returns to the antiques shop and finds the owner dead. The police suspect the shop owner's unscrupulous business partner, but Lee wonders if the murder is connected to her new furniture. At least part of the answer may be revealed through a mirror in the bureau, tarnished and blackened, allowing Lee to tap into her psychic visions. Using this bureau of investigation, Lee may be able to furnish her policeman beau with the evidence needed to catch the killer--before the next one to be shut up is her.

Review: A fun cozy mystery. Even though it is the third in the series, it works well as a stand-alone. I have yet to read the first two, but I have plans to do so in the near future.

I enjoyed the fact that the story is set in Salem, and that the author includes some of the town's history in the story. The characters are personable and well-developed...and the cat, O'Ryan, is a fun part of the story. 

The author manages to combine a current murder with one from the past, both of which are solved by Lee and O'Ryan. The paranormal aspects are not overwhelming, but they are an important part of the story.

There are plenty of suspects throughout the story, and I had a difficult time trying to narrow them down. The reveal was perfectly executed, and left me wondering how I hadn't figured it out sooner.

Rating: Four stars

About the author
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Carol J. Perry knew as a child that she wanted to be a writer. A voracious reader, whose list for Santa consisted mostly of  book titles, she never lost sight of that goal. While living in Florida, Carol was on assignment for Southern Travel Magazine, preparing an article on the world’s tallest sand castle which was being built near her home. That combination  of events inspired her first young adult novel, Sand Castle Summer. That book was soon followed by half a dozen more. Always an avid reader of mysteries, Carol Perry’s debut mystery novel is set in Salem and involves a mysterious cat, several witches and some strange Halloween happenings. Appropriately enough, this Salem-born author celebrates her birthday on Halloween eve!
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Grandma Cootie said...

Sounds like a fun book, new author and series to me.

tisonly143 said...

This book sounds very interesting and a bit exciting to read :) hope to win
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Kaye Killgore said...

I loved the first book in the series.