Witch Way to Murder by Shirley Damsgaard (2005, Paperback)

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Overview Bewitched meets Murder She Wrote in this delightful new cozy mystery series featuring Ophelia Jensen, small town librarian and reluctant psychic, and her grandmother Abby, a benevolent witch.  Thirty something Ophelia Jensen wants to live a quiet life as a small town librarian. She's created a comfortable existence with her kooky, colorful grandmother Abby, and if it were up to her, they could live out their days—along with Ophelia's dog Lady and cat Queenie—in peace and quiet. But, to Ophelia's dismay, she and Abby aren't a typical grandmother/granddaughter duo. She possesses psychic powers, and Abby is a kindly witch. And while Ophelia would do anything to dismiss her gift—harboring terrible guilt after her best friend was killed and she was unable to stop it—threatening events keep popping up, forcing her to tap into her powers of intuition. To make matters worse, a strange—yet devastatingly attractive—man is hanging around Ophelia's library, and no matter how many times she tells him she's sworn off men forever, he persists. Soon this handsome newcomer reveals he's following a lead on a local drug ring, and then a dead body shows up right in Abby's backyard. And much as Ophelia would like to put away her spells forever, she and Abby must use their special powers to keep themselves, and others, out of harm's way.


  • ISBN-13: 9780060793487
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/30/2005
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 338,222
  • Series: Ophelia and Abby Series , #1
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Reviews (9)

  • BigMomma44
    5 years, 5 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    Gripping. I couldn't put it down. I'm ordering #2 today!!

  • luv2readMK
    5 years, 6 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    3.0 / 5.0

    This is pretty good, if it's your sort of fiction; I'll look for other books by this author.

  • Lucky-Girl
    5 years, 10 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    4.0 / 5.0

    Ophelia and Abby are witches. Ophelia has a nack for getting into trouble with out trying. With her unlikely sidekick and a handsome reporter she solves an old mystery. I liked this book.

  • Anonymous
    9 years, 1 month ago at Barnes & Noble

    4.0 / 5.0

    Ophelia Jensen is a witch. She has unwanted psychic powers. It causes more problems than anything else. Ophelia wishes they would go away so she could be a normal person, a normal, boring librarian. However, the powers DO help her and Abby solve mysteries. ...................................... Abby is Ophelia's grandmother. Unlike Ophelia, Abby enjoys being a witch. She does not see the results as problems. Abby views them as challenges and she enjoys a good mystery. So when a body is found in Abby's backyard, the two witches do what they do best, meddle. ...................... **** I love this series! The author does not simply give her readers a mystery. She takes them to the edge of reality. Fantastic! ****

  • harstan
    9 years, 4 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    Four years ago in a psychic vision, Ophelia Jensen saw her best friend die she badgered the police until they put out a missing persons report. They found his murdered body four days later and since Ophelia was the last person to see him, she became their number one suspect. Between being harassed by the police and a reporter and feeling guilty because she was unable to save him and Ophelia developed PTSD. --- She moved to Summerset, Iowa to be near her grandmother Abby who is a witch and a practitioner of magick. She keeps everyone but Abby at a distance until Rick Davis comes to town. She doesnt believe for one minute he is a chemical salesman as he is interested in the countys anhydrous ammonia thefts (an ingredient in cooking meth). They stumble over the remains of a murdered man, Rick is beaten up, and she is warned off by threatening letters and a dead coyote left on her doorstep. Ophelia would leave if she could but she comes to believe her grandmother who says it is her and Ricks destiny to fight the evil that has pervaded the town. --- Every once in a while a mystery comes along that is so refreshingly original with characters that are totally unique that readers will need to obtain it immediately. WITCH WAY TO MURDER is one such special book. Ophelia goes from thinking of her psi powers as a curse to a desire to learn magick Abby is everyones favorite grandmother. These three dimensional characters burrow their way into the readers heart from the start. It will be hard to wait for the next book in this beguiling series. --- Harriet Klausner

  • Anonymous
    3 years, 5 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    1.0 / 5.0

    Ophelia is a neurotic bore that only Abby could love.

  • sharno22
    3 years, 2 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    Believable characters and storyline. The best paranormal mystery I have ever read. Reading the second one now and looking forward to reading all of them!

  • Jereshkigal
    4 years, 4 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    5.0 / 5.0

    I discovered this series when I won a contest. I'm so glad I came across it. I find the characters to be down to earth and believable. Ophelia grows and matures as the series goes on and as she is thrust into more situations she didn't ask for. The psychic/witch aspect is more of a background element that doesn't overpower the plot as it tends to do with a lot of stories. Pick up this series- you'll be glad you did.

  • krobs
    4 years, 8 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    4.0 / 5.0

    This was a pick up from a trade store, and I am glad that I did. The writing is good and plot line is fun and keeps you interested. It is a good book to curl up to and read. If you like fantasy, paranormal genera then you will enjoy this series. You should check out the other series I have suggested,all books listed are the first in each one.