Caught Dead Handed : Witch City Mystery

  • by Carol J. Perry
  • Narrated by C.S.E Cooney
  • Series: Witch City Mystery
  • 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

"The atmosphere of this mystery is delightfully spooky, and the psychic elements add mystical touches that enhance the plot." (RT Book Reviews)

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Customer Reviews

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Good light whodunnit

This story has a good premise with good characters. The main character is a young woman whose life has not gone the way she planned. This has made her strong but not bitter, and wary. I really like her.
The mystery she has to solve is complicated, and even though I figured out the big question fairly early on, it was still enjoyable to watch her sort through not only the facts, but also her emotions.
The narrator is excellent.
I listened to this in one day, as I didn't want to put it down. Not a deep, thought provoking novel, but a very well done light afternoon entertainment. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
Oh, and there's a very cool cat. Bonus points!
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- Margaret

Great start to a new series!

I hope we get more of these as soon as possible! There is much to like about this first book, starting with the reader. She's excellent! She does opposite sex characters well, multiple different characters with distinction and interest (the voice she uses for Janice, in particular, is just amazing), and has a very pleasant voice to listen to. She doesn't get lost in her sentences, and knows her materiel.
As far as the book itself goes, the set up is unique and has room for growth. The heroine has an interesting back story, and is self assured and assertive. The setting, (in Salem, Massachusetts, right before Halloween), makes it distinctive and fascinating, and more specifically the setting in the small town TV station, with our heroine deciding to take on the hosting of the late night horror movie call-in show is funny and effective. Some of the scenes on the basement set late at night are quite creepy.
The supporting characters are probably the strongest part of the book. Some of them are funny, some of them are complex, and all of them are interesting. They are all well drawn and distinctive, and since this is the only book (so far) that takes place at the TV station, I'll miss some of them quite a bit as the series goes on. Even the victim is a strong and interesting presence.
The major weakness is that it's so clear, for so long, who the murder must be to the reader, that it's very hard to understand how Lee (the protagonist) doesn't see it as well. I enjoyed the setting and the characters so much that I didn't care much. It should be noted that in book two, I had no idea who the murder was until it was revealed, so this series gets better from that point of view.
Overall, I loved this book, and will doubtless listen to it repeatedly. I can't wait for book three!
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- Meep

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-19-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio