Witch Way to Murder by Shirley Damsgaard (304 pgs. Avon) is the first book in the Ophelia and Abby Mystery Series. I didn't read this book for any challenge, I just spotted it at the library one day. Isn't it nice to read something just because sometimes?
Ophelia Jensen is the local librarian in the small town of Summerset, Iowa, a place where the townspeople know everything and everyone. She moved to Summerset four years prior, after a great tragedy struck in the big city. Her grandmother, Abby, had lived in Summerset for over 50 years and it seemed like a great place to go to get away from her troubled past. She wants to be left alone, to her own thoughts and feelings. Because Ophelia is keeping secrets. Abby is a witch, with the power to see things and cast certain spells. And Ophelia, herself, has the power of sight. A power that she doesn't want, and has been denying since the tragedy occurred.
But then mysterious stranger Rick Davis enters town, full of questions about Ophelia and the mysterious thefts of anhydrous chemicals...the kind used by big meth labs. And as much as Ophelia tries to deny it, she is drawn to Rick. He is full of questions and insults.....and is wildly handsome. Abby "sees" trouble in the future for Ophelia, and tries to get her to open herself up to the magick that lies within. But Ophelia is too stubborn to believe....until she and Rick stumble across a dead body!
This little mystery is a really decent start to this witching series. I was a little put off by Ophelia's introvertedness. Not only was she a loner, she was downright rude to a lot of people. I really didn't warm up to her until the very end. I do think that other books will prove that Ophelia can be a much better character. I liked Abby and her ways. She was wise and warm. And Darci, another librarian, was great fun!! This book was darker than I thought it would be....not like a lot of the cute little witch books that have hit the market. The mystery was solid, and kept me guessing until the very end. Although I didn't love this book, there was enough there for me to enjoy. And enough of a start that I will continue reading the series! 3.5/5