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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

54) Looking for Mr. Good Witch by Joyce & Jim Lavene

The Blurb :

A sea witch has been leaving bodies in her wake up and down the Carolina coast, baffling authorities who are finding drowning victims with no water in their lungs. The fin-icky female will continue to kill young male witches until she finds her perfect man—the one who survives her mating ritual—so she can live for another hundred years. And now coven hopeful Brian Fuller is about to be ensnared in her net.

Retired witches Molly and Elsie, along with the ghost of Olivia and her daughter Dorothy, need all the help they can get to stop the sea witch. Aided by a selkie and a crème puff–craving mermaid, they’re determined to keep Brian out of her murky clutches. But are they all about to get in over their heads?

My Thoughts :

It was sad to read this second book in the Retired Witches Mysteries and know that both authors have passed away in the last year.  They have written so many amazing cozy mysteries and I haven't even read half of them.  I even thought about not reading this one because I was sure there would be no third installment.  However there is a third part listed for release on Amazon so I decided to read this one asap.

Now I don't remember really liking the first installment and I can't honestly say I loved this second installment.  The content and concept is good but there is some kind of fluency missing that I am used to from this husband and wife writing team.  I often felt like the story jumped/had gaps and I also kept forgetting how old the witches are supposed to be.  It is a good series but this hasn't been one of the best.

The plot this time around was interesting and it kept me reading until the end but the ciffhanger ending made me glad that I checked to see if there was indeed a third installment.  Of course I will be checking out, what is most likely the last installment in this series but I have to say that the Missing Pieces series is much better.  Although I haven't read all there other books yet and may find another favourite.

One thing is for sure, even if this isn't my personal favourite, both writers had a gift and it will be greatly missed.  Make sure you check out there books.  Definitely one of the best cozy mystery writers!

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1 comment:

Barb said...

I didn't know both authors died. I heard about Joyce but not Jim. That's sad. I enjoyed the first installment and believe I own this one. They will be greatly missed.