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Carol J. Perry

by Cynthia Chow


This week we have a pair of magical mysteries for your reading fun-Final Exam: A Witch City Mystery by Carol J. Perry, and May Day Murder: A Wiccan Wheel Mystery by Jennifer David Hesse. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of both books, along with links you can use to purchase them. If you have ad blocker on you won’t see the Amazon links at the end of each review.

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by Cynthia Chow


Halloween isn’t the only holiday exuberantly celebrated in Salem, Massachusetts. In fact, the town is embracing the Christmas season with the theme of “Ring in the Holidays in Salem,” with Santas ringing on every street corner, bells decorating every store, and a musical bell performance by the Christmas Belles ladies.

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by Cynthia Chow


Living in Salem, Massachusetts, Lee Barrett has become accustomed to living in a community with a long history of witches and witchcraft. What she’s still getting used to is her growing ability to see visions in reflections, unsettling sights that are often vague but in hindsight always come true in the end.

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by Cyntha Chow


After her television show as a television psychic was cancelled, Lee Bartlett began her life over by returning home to live with her aunt in Salem, Massachusetts. An opportunity to teach television production at the Tabitha Trumbull Academy of the Arts has given her a path toward a new career, and a fire at her Aunt Isobel Russell’s home has Lee rebuilding from scratch in their renovated upstairs apartment.

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by Sunny Frazier


There’s magic in the air, as well as mystical felines, tarot cards, psychic mirrors, magic potions, retired witches—and murder. Read on if you dare!

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by Carol J. Perry


I love a good mystery. So do millions of other readers, and some of them don’t mind paying a premium price in order to acquire a particular volume. The 34th annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair, held recently at St. Petersburg’s handsome 1920s vintage Coliseum Ballroom was, as usual, a veritable literary feast. A hundred dealers from around the country displayed their wares in well lighted, neatly piped and draped booths, and mysteries were prominently featured in many of them.

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by Sunny Frazier



What better gifts for a mystery-lovin’ mom than these new titles?
For the mom who has trouble finding time to read, we have Murder, Fantasy and Weird Tales, a collection of 18 short stories put out by Rosemary & Larry Mild. Nothing “mild” about these offerings!

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by Cynthia Chow



After a less-than-successful career as a television journalist in Florida, Lee Barrett (formerly Maralee Kowalski) returns to her home of Salem, Massachusetts to apply as a newscaster with WICH-TV. She loses out on that position, instead becoming a late-night horror-movie psychic host. When that job is eliminated due to some murderous scandals, Lee volunteers as a guest instructor at the new Tabitha Trumbull Academy of the Arts.

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by Cynthia Chow



Ten years ago Maralee Kowalski left her home of Salem, Massachusetts with the dream of becoming a star. After losing jobs as a weather girl and home-shopping network host, she is returning from Florida as the newly-named, thirty-three year-old widow Lee Barrett, to live with her Aunt Ibby and to apply for a position as a real television news reporter. While the position is already filled, the psychic host of Nightshades has just walked off the show; permanently, as Lee learns firsthand. Lee may not be a believer, but she has acting experience the program director is looking for in a replacement. Before she knows it, Lee has her foot in the door of WICH-TV and another new name, Crystal Moon.

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