Title: Caught Dead Handed
Author: Carol J. Perry
Series: Witch City Mystery #1
Synopsis: “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 night 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…”
Review: I have a weakness for cozy mysteries involving cats, coffee, or the paranormal. I call it my guilty pleasure, and for a long time I was embarrassed by it because cozies have a reputation for being fluffy or silly and for being full of clichés. Well, yeah, that’s kind of true. But I still enjoy them. Sometimes it’s nice to read something you don’t have to think too much about.
Caught Dead Handed is a fun bit of fluff. I enjoyed the characters, especially the cat, O’Ryan. I think it would be fun to be a call-in psychic hosting late night horror movies on television. Lee and Aunt Ibby are likable characters. With a cozy you are pretty much guaranteed that everything will wrap up nicely in the end, and your favorite characters will be okay, but I was still compelled to stay up late to finish and find out what was going to happen. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
If you like this book you may want to read:
Tails You Lose (Witch City Mystery #2) by Carol J. Perry
A Familiar Tail (Witch’s Cat Mystery #1) by Delia James
Secondhand Spirits (A Witchcraft Mystery #1) Juliet Blackwell