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Spell Booked

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 spell book.

They’ve barely begun to consider potential practitioners when Olivia winds up dead and their spell book 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…

(A Retired Witches Mystery #1)

Berkley (Prime Crime), December 2014

ISBN-10: 042526825X

ISBN-13: 9780425268254



“With their magic fading, witches Molly, Elsie, and Olivia are ready to sell their curio store in North Carolina and retire to Florida. But then Olivia is murdered and their spell book is stolen. At first, Mollie and Elsie suspect the handsome young witch Brian, with whom Olivia was having an affair, but he convinces them of his innocence. Investigating the crime is Molly's police detective husband. Who is killing witches and stealing their valuable artifacts? It appears a powerful rogue witch, not under the control of the Witches' Council, is running amok. VERDICT The authors of the "Missing Pieces" mysteries launch a new supernatural series that features a delightful premise, a couple of enchanting protagonists, and cats as essential familiars.” ~ Library Journal

“I loved these characters, different from the normal cutesy witches, and appreciated the ideas of slowing down and moving on. I also enjoyed the spin put on the magic rules of the Grand Council in that no non-magic person, even family, can ever know of the witches and their magic or there would be dire consequences. And since Molly's husband, Joe, is the investigating police detective, this makes for some challenging circumstances.” ~ Linda K.

“Did anyone happen to hear me cheering the other evening when I finished this book? I never thought I would be so happy to read the story in the "Retired Witches Mystery" series. I wanted to know who did it, but then again I wanted this book to go on and on and on. I was almost sad when I got to the last page.” ~ Tess Tipton