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December 15, 2014

SPELL BOOKED by Joyce and Jim Lavene


A Retired Witch's Mystery
Book One
Joyce and Jim Lavene

Product Details

(from Amazon)
 The national bestselling authors of the Missing Pieces Mysteries summon up the first Retired Witches Mystery in a brand new supernatural series...

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…
  • Series: Retired Witches Mysteries
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (December 2, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042526825X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425268254

 Editorial Reviews

Praise for the mystery novels of Joyce and Jim Lavene:

“Fast-paced, clever, delightful.”—John Lamb, author of The Treacherous Teddy

“Grabbed my attention on page one… Puzzles are unraveled and secrets spilled in a fast-paced paranormal mystery full of quirky characters you’ll want as friends.”—Elizabeth Spann Craig, author of Death at a Drop-In

“A delightful yarn...Kept me turning pages until it was done.”—Patricia Sprinkle, author of Deadly Secrets on the St. Johns

About the Author

National bestselling authors Joyce and Jim Lavene have written more than forty novels together, including the Missing Pieces Mysteries (A Finder's Fee, A Spirited Gift, A Touch of Gold) and the Renaissance Faire Mysteries (Treacherous Toys, Harrowing Hats, Deadly Daggers). They also write short stories, non-fiction articles and teach writing workshops.

The owners of Smuggler's Arcane in Wilmington, North Carolina, Molly, Elsie and Olivia are looking forward to going to Boca Raton, Florida and retire. Now this is not your normal retirement.   In order to retire the three witches have to find their own replacements. Yes, they are witches.  The Grand Council of Witches requires witches that are retiring to give up their powers.  They must train and the spell book becomes the new witch's.    They are trying a summoning spell on the librarian Dorothy Lane.  Dorothy has no idea that she is a witch.This takes a strong spell and the entire power of the three witches to put a spell on a pair of binoculars so they can see Dorothy at the library.   The problem is the powers of the three witches is waning. It seems that not all spells are working right these days.  Then how do you explain the mix ups to the families who are non witch members.Their deadline is within 5 years since Molly's husband Joe is retiring.
 A call comes in to Joe and he finds out that Olivia is dead.  As they are about to go to the crime scene, Elsie shows up.  It's hard for Molly and Elsie to be at the crime scene so they head for Olivia's house.  The house is in total shambles. Harper, Olivia's cat and her staff, made from the limb of a rowan tree to the cave under Smuggler's Arcane.  They all head upstairs and find a confused Dorothy Lane on the steps.  Molly and Elsie use their powers to find out what happened to their friend.
 What a wonderful book the authors wrote.  Three older witches needing replacement in order to retire.As you read the book, you almost feel the pages are turning themselves.  The authors wrote a very good story that was plotted well.  With this being the first book of the series, the authors have given us the start of truly wonderful cozy mysteries. The book is filled with enchantment and who doesn't love enchantment?

I received a complimentary copy  of SPELL BOOKED from the authors, Joyce and Jim Lavene and Night Owl Reviews for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 4 STARS.


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