The Witch's Grave (Ophelia and Abby Mysteries, No. 6)
Shirley Damsgaard
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The Witch's Grave (Ophelia and Abby Mysteries, No. 6)
Shirley Damsgaard
272 pages
December 2008
rated 3 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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Mysteries are great when they have a surprise ending that really knocks your socks off. That's really the whole point in reading them: going through the plot, the cast of characters, the odd events or little happenings, all in the hopes of putting together the clues - and maybe, if you’re good, figuring out the mystery before it is revealed. Some mystery books are more interesting than others in pursuing such challenges, but hope was high for The Witch's Grave. After all, a witch has powers that should make her a worthy opponent for any foe.

Ophelia Jensen is a modern-day witch. She performs spells, can see things others cannot, can read the cards and has visions. She's been having dreams of a sexy man for weeks when one day she finally meets him in person. He is everything that's rocked her dream world, but in one instant - it is all taken away.

Ophelia is left with a big puzzle on her hands and continuous threats against her life as she gets nearer the truth behind a series of deaths plaguing the area. With the aid of her witch grandmother, Abby, the pieces begin to fall into place.

Ophelia must also attempt to filter through emotionally wracking dreams of a Nazi-era woman’s efforts with an underground railroad of sorts. If she can learn from her dreams and connect the many proverbial dots of the current-day mystery, she will find herself face-to-face with the murderous perpetrators and either bring them to justice or die trying.

The Witch's Grave is one of several Ophelia and Abby Mysteries written by this author. While I have not read any of the previous installments to this series, I had little difficulty in picking up the who, what, where, etc. of the previous stories that had relevant bearing on this current novel. I had high expectations regarding the witch factor so blaringly highlighted and insinuated both in the synopsis and throughout the novel; sadly, there's very little “spooky magic” that most readers would expect when picking up the novel. For those wanting gothic, spooky, ghostly, magic spells, sorcery, or whatever, this isn't your book. The magic is much more subtle and lost to a majority of individuals who have not researched what “modern-day witches” do and use in their arts. Otherwise, it is a light read and a middling mystery.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Sonia R. Polinsky, 2009

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