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BOOK REVIEW: THE WITCH'S GRAVE
BY SHIRLEY DAMSGAARD

We hope you enjoy this book review by Caryn St. Clair.



As The Witch's Grave opens, Ophelia is attending a fundraiser for the Summerset Library at a local winery. Appearing more relaxed than readers are used to seeing her, Ophelia seems to be falling hard for Stephen Larsen, a visiting author. Stephen had just begun to tell Ophelia what his newest book was about when a shot was fired and Stephen went down. The last thing he said to her before losing consciousness was to give his notebook to his assistant. Before turning the notebook over to the police, Ophelia reads through the entries and starts trying to piece together what he was working on prior to being shot. This leads Ophelia to leave her Iowa home and travels to St. Louis in an effort to connect with Stephen's assistant.

Always figuring heavily in the plots of the books, Ophelia's dreams lead her in a different direction than usual. This time, reincarnation figures into the mix adding an interesting twist to her witching powers. I love following Ophelia as she learns to use and control her “witching,” But I wish she'd relax and trust herself. It seems that no matter what happens, whether she could have changed it or not, she blames herself for her inability to read a situation correctly. No one, not even witches gets it right all of the time!

This is the sixth book in the series by Damsgaard featuring the seventy something year old witch Abby and her librarian granddaughter Ophelia. While each of the books could be read independently, the books build on the previous storylines. I think it would be best for a reader unfamiliar with the series to read at least the first book in the series, Witch Way to Murder, first. In fact, I would advice readers to read them all, in order. These are such enjoyable reads, it would be a shame to skip any of them.

REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR

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