Bait and Witch and Seven-Year Witch(Witch Way Librarian Mysteries #1 and #2) by Angela M. Sanders #bookreview #mystery #paranormal

Title: Bait and Witch

Author: Angela M. Sanders

Publisher: Kensington Cozies

Publication Date: December 29, 2020

Page Count: 338

My rating: 4 stars

About the book:

Librarian Josie Way moved to small-town Oregon to lay low. Instead, thanks to newfound magic abilities—and a killer on the loose—she’s leapt out of the frying pan and into a cauldron of trouble . . .
Josie Way loved working among the Library of Congress’s leather-scented stacks—until she uncovered corruption and made herself a target. As Wilfred, Oregon’s new librarian, Josie can stay undercover until the case goes to court. But life in this little town isn’t as subdued as she expected. The library, housed in a a Victorian mansion, is slated to be bulldozed. Still digesting the news that her safe haven is about to become scrap lumber, Josie discovers a body in the woods . . .
Almost as shocking, Josie learns that she’s descended from a long line of witches—and her powers have suddenly sprung to life. With help from a spoiled alley cat who just may be her familiar, Josie’s thumbing through a catalog of suspects, hoping she can conjure a way to save her library—and her life . . .

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Title: Seven-Year Witch

Author: Angela M. Sanders

Publisher: Kensington Cozies

Publication Date: August 24, 2021

Page Count: 290

My rating: 3 1/2 stars

About the book:

Finding your feet in a new job isn’t always easy. That goes double for Josie Way, who’s settling in as Wilfred, Oregon’s, new librarian—and has just discovered she’s a witch. But will her fledgling powers be enough to save her from a spell of murder?
While Josie develops her witchcraft with the help of letters left by her grandmother, there are other changes happening in her new hometown. A retreat center is being built at the old mill site, and rumor has it that the location is cursed. That piques Josie’s interest almost as much as Sam Wilfred, handsome FBI agent and descendant of the town’s founder . . .
When Sam’s soon-to-be ex-wife, Fiona, goes missing at the same time that a bloodied weapon is found, Josie enlists her witchy insight, and her cat familiar, to clear Sam’s name. But then the mill project’s architect is found dead, and it’s clear that someone has been drawing up a vicious plan. Now Josie will have to divine her way out of fatal mischief, before this deadly trouble turns double . . .

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Bait and Witch and Seven-Year Witch by Angela M. Sanders are the first and second book in the new paranormal cozy Witch Way Librarian Mysteries series. As with most cozy mystery series each of the books in the Witch Way Librarian Mysteries will contain their own mystery to be fully solved so they can be read as a standalone or in any order if choosing to do so. There is of course character development that carries over from book to book for those that read from the beginning.

Josie Way had been working at the Library of Congress when she became a witness to a corruption case and became a target for those involved. Looking to disappear until things were resolved in DC Josie found an opening at a small town library in Wilfred, Oregon where she thought she would never be found.

After arriving in Wilfred Josie finds her safe place was not as she expected with the library being housed in an old Victorian mansion which was slated for demolition. As Josie tries to figure out what to do next though she finds that she’s actually she’s descended from a long line of witches. Josie’s witchy roots help her in her new job and also finding the killers that seem to plague the small town.

Being someone that enjoys all different kinds of books I’m always drawn to those that cross different elements of genres together. Seeing that the Witch Way Librarian Mysteries series had a touch of paranormal I was immediately engaged in the story in the first book. I enjoyed the characters and knew I would return for book two after finishing the first. The second book went down a little in rating as I found that I thought it could have done a little better re-introducing the characters and setting than it did but the mystery was still a fun one to follow so I will continue on to book three.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

About the author:

Angela M. Sanders worked for more than a decade as a congressional investigator before turning author. Her lack of success finding bathtub reading that was indulgent yet smart led her to write the Joanna Hayworth Vintage Clothing mysteries and The Booster Club capers, which center around a retirement home for petty criminals. Under the pen name Clover Tate, she also wrote three kite shop cozy mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime. The Witch Way Librarian series of cozy mysteries for Kensington debuts with Bait and Witch on December 29, 2020.

When she isn’t at her laptop, Angela is rummaging in thrift shops, lounging with a vintage detective novel, or pontificating about how to make the perfect martini.

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