Sex and the Psychic Witch
Annette Blair
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Sex and the Psychic Witch
Annette Blair
Berkley Sensation
Paperback
304 pages
August 2007
rated 1 of 5 possible stars

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This book is the first of three stories focusing on the Carrtwright sisters - Harmony, Destiny and Storm. The sisters are identical triplets and, apparently, seductresses.

The focus of this story is Harmony, who is the buyer for her sisters' vintage curio shop. Her psychic talent is that she can read objects and learn of their former owners. A Celtic ring leads her to a castle on the coast of Massachusetts. When she arrives at the castle she meets its owner, King Paxton, who is spending ever more money trying to renovate the castle before selling it. It soon becomes apparent that the 'ghost' that causes mayhem and delays his building work is quieted when Harmony is in residence, so King employs her to spend time in the castle so he can complete the necessary renovations.

There is something altogether unsatisfying about this story. It seems to consist more of a series of loosely-connected scenes between Harmony and King. These two are instantly in lust with each other, and the first third of the book sees them alternately kissing each other and then ignoring each other. Harmony is apparently looking at the vintage clothes in the castle to see what can be sold, although she's also looking for the partner to the Celtic ring, although how this can take up all her time over several days is unclear. King Paxton is trying to do the castle up in order to sell it plus deal with bankers, yet he doesn't actually appear to do any work and it is unclear what work he would actually do to help with the renovations.

Harmony finds out about the ghost, Gussie, almost immediately and tries to learn more about her. What she learns is that Gussie doesn't like Paxton and takes revenge in a rather poltergeist-esque way. Various bits of the castle fall down at inconvenient moments, Harmony and King get trapped in an underground cave, that sort of thing. Things become stranger when two members of King's family appear unexpectedly as well as do, in due course, Harmony's two sisters. There are also a bundle of kittens thrust into the story for no good reason, various other side characters who are pretty nebulous, and a denouement against Gussie which is rather a damp squib.

The appeal in this story is the feisty heroine and her two sisters, their amusing banter and quirky natures. However, this appeal palled very quickly for this reader, and I was left plowing through a story with minimal plot, minimal characterization and minimal interest.



Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Helen Hancox, 2007

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