Author: Jim & Joyce Lavene
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Retired Witches Mystery #1
Source: Personal Purchase
Once upon a time in Wilmington, North Carolina, three witches ran a curio shop named Smuggler’s Arcane. But as the years passed, their magical powers started to fade—leaving them no choice but to conjure up a retirement package…
Before they could blink their eyes or twitch their noses, Molly, Elsie, and Olivia somehow became eligible for AARP. But they can’t fly off to Boca Raton just yet. First they must give up their magic, recruit and train three new witches, and pass on their cherished spellbook.
They’ve barely begun to consider potential practitioners when Olivia winds up dead and their spellbook is stolen. To honor their friend and reclaim their spells, Molly and Elsie are about to go wand-to-wand with a dangerous young witch more powerful than the trio was in their prime. And this time they’re going to need more than magic up their sleeves…
This book was bittersweet I bought the book when I heard Jim had died, technically I've bought it twice I had it on iBooks but then saw it at Barnes & Noble and had to have a physical copy of it. If for nothing else then to remember them in my own way. Now on to my review :)
I enjoyed this book which follows Molly, Elsie and Olivia who need to retire as their magic is dwindling and the accidents they are creating with there magic are getting silly. They are spying on a local librarian Dorothy Lane who they think has magical abilities and wound make a great young witch.
When Olivia winds up dead having last been seen with Brian a local college guy. Molly and Elsie are adamant that this man did something to her. After futile attempts to find out why he did it and where their spellbook is they discover that there is a rogue witch whose dying running around stealing magical things and killing witches for their powers.
They team up with Brian whose also a witch and Dorothy to find the rogue witch and get their book back what they find is so much more than they bargained for! Will they escape in time or find themselves under the bad witches power or worse yet death??
I loved this book and was glad to be able to get it and read it. While it was sad because I'm not sure what will happen with this series I can totally see Jim and Joyce working on this together. I enjoyed the suspense and was really at a loss when the witch was revealed! I also managed to get the second book in the series so I can't wait to start that one!