Review: Caught Dead Handed by: Carol J. Perry

by - Monday, April 01, 2019

Title: Caught Dead Handed
Author: Carol J. Perry
Publisher: Kensington
Series: Witch City Mystery #1
Pages: 393
Format: Paperback
Source: Library


She's not a psychic--she just plays one on TV.

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 might 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. . . 

My Thoughts: 

In this book Lee Barrett has returned home where her Aunt Ibby lives and where Lee grew up after her parents died.  Salem Massachusetts has lots of magical history.  Lee is about to interview for a new job when she finds out someone else has been hired.  Irate Lee leaves and finds a dead body in the water.  They learn that the body is none other than a late night show host and psychic Ariel Constellation.  Pretty quickly Lee is hired to run the show Nightshades.  While connected to the radio station Lee decides to poke around and find out what is going on?

The big question is who killed Ariel and why?  Could it be the boss's wife who recently had a falling out with Ariel assuming she was messing around with the Boss?  Or was it one of the people who called in looking for advice on Nightshades?  As Lee tries to figure it out she is left with more questions than answers!

I loved going to Salem as I have been there being raised in NH puts you close to visiting Salem.  It was great to see a cozy mystery series take place in Salem. The story really pulls you in to learn more about Lee and her Aunt Ibby, and what brought the two of them together.  Of course I felt bad for Lee who has had her share of sadness with the death of her parents and her husband Johnny Barrett.  She is definitely a remarkable person to keep moving forward regardless of the tragedy she has been through.  

A great book for those who love cats, magic, and things that go bump in the night!  If you've read this book let us know in the comments what you thought of it!

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