by Cynthia Chow
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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. Even cat O’Ryan is adorned with a bell collar. WICH-TV investigative and new field reporter Lee Barrett has spent the day covering holiday community and charity events, with her next appointment set to interview the chairman of the Holiday Walk committee. It looks as though the rigidly punctual Executive Director of Historical Charities will be indefinitely late, though, as Lee has just found Mr. Albert Eldridge slumped over dead in his office.
Immediately on the case is Lee’s boyfriend, Detective Pete Mondello, but when he goes into serious “cop mode,” he is focused on tactile evidence and forensics. He is not entirely comfortable with Lee’s recently developed skills as a gazer, which gives her the ability to see portentous visions on the surface of shiny objects. The difficulty comes in deciphering the meaning of what appears, especially when they occur at unpredictable and inconvenient times. Lee and her young driver/photographer Francine are determined to follow the murder investigation through, despite Pete’s admonishments and a rival reporter standing by ready to scoop the story. Interviews with those involved in Mr. Eldridge’s proposed Heritage Village are instrumental in tracking down who may have had reason for wanting him dead, but just as important are the clues presented through Lee’s visions and her undeniably psychic cat. If only they could figure out what the reappearing images of doors and the Christmas Carol actually mean…
This is lucky number seven in the always entertaining Witch City Mystery series, as it seamlessly weaves paranormal aspects into what is definitely a novel for the Christmas season. There is even a snowy blizzard predicted by WICH-TV’s highly qualified if bosomy weathergirl to create the perfect frosty holiday setting. O’Ryan’s mischievous clue-dropping and Lee’s eerie mystical visions will please those who enjoy Wiccan elements, but what proves to be even more fascinating are the details of Lee’s investigative journalism. The nuances of crafting a timed-to-the-second video news shoot are genuinely compelling, as are the on-the-spot live broadcasts that must sound practiced but natural.
The former late-night television “fake” psychic has finally come into her own, able to use her otherworldly gifts to enhance investigative reports while squeezing into a little Christmas shopping on the side. Completely irresistible is Lee’s Aunt Ibby, who before jetting off to London utilizes her librarian superpowers to research witnesses and track down suspects. Who could resist a mystery where home libraries are organized by the Dewey Decimal System, an Agatha Christie novel provides critical clues, and Gremlins is the holiday movie of the night?
Don’t forget the delicious bonus! Carol Perry includes the recipe for Aunt Ibby’s Never-Fail Meringue that “cuts beautifully and never gets sticky.”
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