Thursday, April 7, 2016

Looking for Mr. Good Witch (Retired Witches Mystery #2) by Joyce and Jim Lavene

Book Details:

Series: Retired Witches Mysteries (Book 2)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley 
Publish Date: October 6, 2015
ISBN-10: 0425268268
ISBN-13: 978-0425268261

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From the Back Cover:


A sea witch has been leaving bodies in her wake up and down the Carolina coast, baffling authorities who are finding drowning victims with no water in their lungs. The fin-icky female will continue to kill young male witches until she finds her perfect man—the one who survives her mating ritual—so she can live for another hundred years. And now coven hopeful Brian Fuller is about to be ensnared in her net.

Retired witches Molly and Elsie, along with the ghost of Olivia and her daughter Dorothy, need all the help they can get to stop the sea witch. Aided by a selkie and a crème puff–craving mermaid, they’re determined to keep Brian out of her murky clutches. But are they all about to get in over their heads?

My Review:

My review of Spell Booked, Book 1 in the series can be read here:

Molly, Elsie, Olivia, and Dorothy are back!  Our retired witches, their ghostly friend, and a newbie are still trying to find their spell book, find younger witches to fill the coven, and still keep the fact that they are witches a secret.  Of course, Molly failed epically in the keeping witchcraft a secret department in the last book.

The witches in the Retired Witches Mysteris are a very different sort. As a witch ages, they lose magical potency. As such, in order to retire gracefully, each witch has to find a replacement to take their place in the coven. That is what Molly, Elsie, and Olivia were trying to do in book 1 when Olivia was murdered. Now Molly and Elsie have to find their own replacements for the coven and one for Olivia.  They think they may have Olivia's replacement in the form of her long lost daughter, Dorothy but she still needs to be trained.  Potential coven member, Brian Fuller, hasn't committed yet but hangs around because of Dorothy.

When male witches start turning up dead, the girls are worried that Brian will become the next victim.  With no help from the Council, it's up to Molly, Elsie, Olivia, and Dorothy to figure out who the sea witch is and what her end game is before there are any more deaths.

Molly, Elsie, and Olivia are fantastic main characters. They are strong and feisty - rebelling against the Council that refuses to take care of the sea witch problem.  The Council, so far in both books, has proven to be useless until after our feisty witches have made headway into the mystery du jour.  Sure the witches get into trouble but what cozy mystery main doesn't?! Each witch is written in a way that the reader will feel like they've known these women forever. 

The plot is developed nicely with a few twists tossed in to keep the reader guessing. There are no giveaway hints that led me to the conclusion. If you're looking for a different kind of witch story then look no further. Spell Booked will keep you engaged with humor, wit, and the overall unique take on the life cycle of a witch. The plot flows nicely; not too fast or too slow.  I enjoyed the book from the first to the last page.

I purchased the paperback review copy for my personal library.


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