Bait and Witch
Published December 29th 2020
Librarian Josie Way moved to small-town Oregon to lay low. Instead, thanks to newfound magic abilities—and a killer on the loose—she’s leapt out of the frying pan and into a cauldron of trouble . . .
Josie Way loved working among the Library of Congress’s leather-scented stacks—until she uncovered corruption and made herself a target. As Wilfred, Oregon’s new librarian, Josie can stay undercover until the case goes to court. But life in this little town isn’t as subdued as she expected. The library, housed in a a Victorian mansion, is slated to be bulldozed. Still digesting the news that her safe haven is about to become scrap lumber, Josie discovers a body in the woods . . .
Almost as shocking, Josie learns that she’s descended from a long line of witches—and her powers have suddenly sprung to life. With help from a spoiled alley cat who just may be her familiar, Josie’s thumbing through a catalog of suspects, hoping she can conjure a way to save her library—and her life. . .
This is the first book in the Witch Way Librarian mystery series by Angela M. Sanders.
I thought this was a great book. Right up my alley with the whole “coming into your witchy powers” storyline running alongside the murder mystery. Josie is a librarian working in Washington DC at the Library of Congress where she overhears a conversation that she reports to the authorities. Suddenly, she finds herself in hot water and high tales it out of town accepting a job at a small town library with a lot of issues.
I found this plot point a little odd. If you are fleeing for safety, how do you suddenly have a job waiting for you at your new destination? I know it is explained in the text but I am not completely buying it. I am overlooking it since I like this story so much. Buffy meets Charmed in a way.
Josie is at this new location a very short time when a dead body is discovered nearby and things progress from there.
This is the first book in a series and I can see all kinds of possibilities with this in the future. I loved how it ended so I am not completely certain if Sam has a place in book two, but I sure hope he does!
This is a new series I will definitely follow!
If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.
I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.