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Caught Dead Handed (A Witch City Mystery) (vuoden 2014 painos)

– tekijä: Carol J. Perry (Tekijä)

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She's not a psychic--she just plays one on TV. Most folks associate the city of Salem, Massachusetts with witches, but for Lee Barrett, it's home. This October she's returned to her hometown--where her beloved Aunt Ibby still lives--to interview for a job as a reporter at WICH-TV. But the only opening is for a call-in psychic to host the late night horror movies. It seems the previous host, Ariel Constellation, never saw her own murder coming. Lee reluctantly takes the job, but when she starts seeing real events in the obsidian ball she's using as a prop, she wonders if she might really have psychic abilities. To make things even spookier, it's starting to look like Ariel may have been an actual practicing witch--especially when O'Ryan, the cat Lee and Aunt Ibby inherited from her, exhibits some strange powers of his own. With Halloween fast approaching, Lee must focus on unmasking a killer--or her career as a psychic may be very short lived. . .… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Caught Dead Handed (A Witch City Mystery)
Kirjailijat:Carol J. Perry (Tekijä)
Info:Kensington (2014), Edition: 1st Printing, 416 pages
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Boy, I really can't with cozy mysteries. DNF ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
Lee Barrett has come home to Salem, Massachusetts with her sights set on a reporter's job at WICH-TV. When she shows up for her job interview, not only has the position already been filled, but she discovers the station's late-night psychic, Ariel Constellation, dead in Salem Harbor. Instead of a news anchor job, she finds herself filling the dead psychic's job -- introducing late night cheesy horror movies, and answering calls from viewers looking for psychic advice. She becomes Crystal Moon for the show, Nightshades. When another body is discovered and strange things start happening around the station, Lee becomes an amateur sleuth to discover the identity of the killer.

Caught Dead Handed is the first book in the Witch City Mystery series. There are 3 books in the series so far.

This book was a fun read! I love cozy mysteries, especially ones with cats. The main character, Lee, not only fills Ariel Constellation's job, but adopts her cat as well. The cat's name is Orion, which Lee changes to O'Ryan. The plot is a nice mix of mystery and humor. I liked the main character. She doesn't take herself too seriously. I mean how can you take yourself seriously when your job is to dress up in a gypsy costume and pretend to be psychic?

The twist in the plot wasn't a big surprise. I had it figured out a few chapters before it was revealed. But that didn't impede my enjoyment of the book. The writing, plot, and characters were all well done, maintaining my interest all the way to the end. I did feel that things wrapped up rather hurriedly at the end, but I can't fault a 400 page cozy for moving too quickly. The pacing was very well done. I just felt the wrap-up was handled a bit too fast, with the mystery solved just a few pages from the end, without much information on what happened afterwards.

But, I guess all of that is in book 2.....which I will, of course, be reading. It doesn't take a psychic to figure that one out!

My 2020 re-read of this book:

I listened to this story in audio format. The audio is about six hours long, narrated by C.S.E. Cooney. She has a pleasant voice and reads at a good pace. The plot is cute and fun. I can't imagine being a late night horror host, but the main character, Lee, really rises to the occasion and gives it her best! This is definitely a great autumn/Halloween listen. I'm kicking off my season of all things witchy, scary and creepy with this cozy series.

I'm definitely reading through all the books this time!

One thing I find annoying about Scribd -- this audio book on Scribd is the Abridged format. I didn't realize it until I got to the end. It seemed impossible that a 400 page cozy could be read in six hours! I compared the running time with the same audio book on Audible. Scribd - 6 hours. Audible - 8 hrs 52 minutes. I do not want to listen to audio books with 3 hours of the plot yanked out of them!! Several plot points I remembered from my first reading of the book are missing.....grrrrrr.

I'm on my 30-day free trial of Scribd. Not listing whether the audio books are abridged or unabridged, (and most audio cozy mysteries on the site appear to be abridged) may just be a deal breaker. I still have a few days to make up my mind......but the abridged issue has me leaning towards cancelling. ( )
  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
Cute cover. Fun cozy mystery. I'll keep reading the series for Lee, her aunt Ibby, and O'Ryan the cat.

Note to self: A couple problematic bits, and the "twist" was one of biggest my pet peeves in a mystery/thriller. Siblings, George and Janice Valen. Marlena, their abusive mother, died under suspicious circumstances (falling down the stairs). Janice is actually Willie, George's little brother, who after years of the sexual abuse, developed dissociative identity disorder. Lived primarily as Janice. Willie killed Yvette and Ariel. ( )
  flying_monkeys | Jun 22, 2020 |
This is a decent start to a new series, but I have to wonder how much research or practical knowledge went into it. Some of the "witchy" mistakes I could chalk up to creative liberties, but the 8th Trump card as The Sorceress?? Good grief. Not even in specialty decks, where you might indeed find a Sorceress, would you find it as the number 8 trump. You lost major, major cred points with that one!

The characterization was good, a few holes in the plot line, but nothing unforgivable. Just a glaring error. ( )
  OtownShorty | Mar 26, 2020 |
I liked the story, I liked the paranormal premise, & I even liked most of the characters.

After the death of her NASCAR driver husband, Lee Barrett returned home to Salem MA for a job interview at the local WICH-TV station. Before she has a chance to interview the station manager/owner hires someone else.

When going back to her car, Lee comes across a hand; when she looks again, it is connected to the very dead body of the t.v. station's late night psychic. The discovery leads to Lee being given the job of the dead woman.

Immediately after the discovery of the dead psychic, another woman is found with her throat slit... and then the killer attempts to steal Orion (now named O'Ryan), the psychic's cat.

Lee begins to have visions in the black reflective surface of the dead psychic's obsidian ball... A long forgotten/buried scrying talent she had as a child, which gave her a vision of her parent's plane crash when she was five.

I pretty much figured it all out, but it was very interesting and held my attention. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 27, 2020 |
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She's not a psychic--she just plays one on TV. Most folks associate the city of Salem, Massachusetts with witches, but for Lee Barrett, it's home. This October she's returned to her hometown--where her beloved Aunt Ibby still lives--to interview for a job as a reporter at WICH-TV. But the only opening is for a call-in psychic to host the late night horror movies. It seems the previous host, Ariel Constellation, never saw her own murder coming. Lee reluctantly takes the job, but when she starts seeing real events in the obsidian ball she's using as a prop, she wonders if she might really have psychic abilities. To make things even spookier, it's starting to look like Ariel may have been an actual practicing witch--especially when O'Ryan, the cat Lee and Aunt Ibby inherited from her, exhibits some strange powers of his own. With Halloween fast approaching, Lee must focus on unmasking a killer--or her career as a psychic may be very short lived. . .

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