Book Review: Carol J. Perry’s “Witch City” Series

Posted by Nichole on November 28, 2016 in Book Reviews, Mystery, Paranormal |

Another series that I’ve fallen in love with.  So far there are only three titles in the series, but I’m hoping more.  And soon.  In this series Carol J. Perry has combined a number of things I love or am pretty familiar with.  First, the main character works in television.  And not only do I watch television, I actually work for a local TV news station.

Second, the series takes place in Salem, Massachusetts.  I’ve never been there, but it’s one of those places that is definitely on my bucket list, so the idea of a series taking place there intrigues me.

Finally, the main character is a reluctant psychic, much like the main character in my own novels.

With those three points, how could I not like such a series?

Caught Dead HandedIn the first book, Caught Dead Handed,  we meet Lee Barrett as she applies for a job as a television reporter.  She’s recently returned to Salem after working in television in Florida.  However, instead of stumbling upon the job of her dreams, she stumbles upon a the body of the station’s late-night television psychic.

Lee doesn’t get the reporter job, but she is offered the late-night gig, which she takes.  As she looks to fill the time-slot, Lee discovers that she is also filling the psychic role.  And as she reluctantly embraces the ability to see the future, Lee also helps find the truth about her predecessors death.

Tails You LoseIn Tails, You Lose, Lee is once again on the job hunt.  She’s lost her job as a TV psychic (and still hasn’t been able to land that reporter job).  So Lee takes on a position that many a displaced professional  has taken: she becomes a teacher.

Right before the newly-created career center opens, however, a family friend is found dead in suspicious circumstances.

While Lee and her students work to document the amazing history of the building the school is located in, they stumble upon the answers to the friend’s death.

Finally, in Look Both Ways, Lee is still teaching non-traditional students who are interested in a career in television.  She also cLook Both Waysontinues to build  her adult life in her childhood home town.  And that means, furnishing a home.

But wouldn’t you know it.  As soon as Lee finds a perfect bureau, the owner of the shop where Lee buys it ends up dead.  No matter how hard she tries to stay out of it, Lee is drawn into the mystery.

I really enjoyed each of these books and look forward to more.  Author Carol J. Perry has created believable characters and I personally enjoyed her thoughts and descriptions of the television stations.  (I think we may have worked with some of the same people!)

The paranormal aspect of the series is realistic and could easily be something that takes place everyday in any place.  The plots are fun and overall the books are a quick read.  According to Carol J. Perry’s website, the next book, Murder Go Round will be out at the end of January, 2017.  I can’t wait!



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