Spell Booked

Retired Witches Mysteries, #1

The owners of Smuggler's Arcane in Wilmington, North Carolina, Molly, Elsie and Olivia are looking forward to going to Boca Raton, Florida to retire. Now this is not your normal retirement. In order to retire the three witches have to find their own replacements. Yes, they are witches. The Grand Council of Witches requires witches that are retiring to give up their powers. They must train their replacements and the spell book becomes the new witch's.

They end up trying a summoning spell on the librarian Dorothy Lane. Dorothy has no idea that she is a witch. This takes a strong spell and the entire power of the three witches to put a spell on a pair of binoculars so they can see Dorothy at the library. The problem is the powers of the three witches are waning. It seems that not all spells are working right these days. Then how do you explain the mix ups to the families who are non-witch members. Their deadline is within 5 years since Molly's husband Joe is retiring.

A call comes in to Joe and he finds out that Olivia is dead. As they are about to go to the crime scene, Elsie shows up. It's hard for Molly and Elsie to be at the crime scene so they head for Olivia's house. The house is in total shambles. Harper, Olivia's cat and her staff. They all head upstairs and find a confused Dorothy Lane on the steps. Molly and Elsie use their powers to find out what happened to their friend.

Authors Joyce and Jim Lavene have written a wonderful paranormal mystery. As you read the book, you almost feel the pages are turning themselves. The authors wrote a very good story that was plotted well. With this being the first book of the series, the authors have given us the start of truly wonderful cozy mysteries. The book is filled with enchantment and who doesn't love enchantment?

I’ll be looking for the next in this series.

Book Blurb for Spell Booked

The national bestselling authors of the Missing Pieces Mysteries summon up the first Retired Witches Mystery in a brand new supernatural series...

Once upon a time in Wilmington, North Carolina, three witches ran a curio shop named Smuggler’s Arcane. But as the years passed, their magical powers started to fade?leaving them no choice but to conjure up a retirement package?  

Before they could blink their eyes or twitch their noses, Molly, Elsie, and Olivia somehow became eligible for AARP. But they can’t fly off to Boca Raton just yet. First they must give up their magic, recruit and train three new witches, and pass on their cherished spellbook.

They’ve barely begun to consider potential practitioners when Olivia winds up dead and their spellbook is stolen. To honor their friend and reclaim their spells, Molly and Elsie are about to go wand-to-wand with a dangerous young witch more powerful than the trio was in their prime. And this time they’re going to need more than magic up their sleeves

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2014 4.00