Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Now You See It - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads:  Now You See It (Witch City Mystery #13) by Carol J. Perry

Rating: Really Liked It (4 Stars)
Source:   Publisher

Description:  Marriage isn’t the only thing new in Lee Barrett’s life when she’s tasked with a hauntingly dangerous assignment in her job as program director for Salem, Massachusetts’s local station, WICH-TV . . .

Just married, Lee and her husband, Detective Sergeant Pete Mondello, are settling into their new home when Lee is dubbed WICH-TV’s new “Historical Documentary Chief Executive.” Her first subject is the brand-newSalem International Museum, slated to be a location for traveling blockbuster exhibits, starting with “Seafaring New England.” From research to collecting artifacts of Salem’s long-ago days as a shipping capital, the project is a challenge—but when the driver of a truckload of antiquities turns up dead under a pile of fall leaves, it’s not quite the kind of challenge Lee expected . . .

Soon, Lee and Pete are dredging up clues along with a hardy crew of helpers, including Lee’s librarian aunt, Ibby, Lee’s best friend and practicing witch, River North—and of course the clairvoyant cat, O’Ryan. But when a ship model in the exhibit’s collection appears to be haunted, Lee will have to dive into her own treasure trove of psychic gifts before a killer comes to the surface to strike again . . .

Genre: Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  This is one of my absolute favorite series and I was so excited to see this newest book.

My Impression: I so enjoy this series and I'm really liking seeing Lee and Pete adjust to married life.  With O'Ryan's help of course.  Like most long running series there is a lot of information about Lee's regular life.  In the previous books we've gotten to know her and the people who surround her and gotten to follow her career journey so for readers who have been around since the beginning this feels like visiting old friends.  For new readers it may be confusing or not as interesting so I do recommend starting from an earlier book.

Christmas is coming to Salem and the author is giving a fascinating glimpse into the city's rich history.  While Salem is best know for their very witch-y history it also was a town made wealthy by the seafaring trade which is absolutely fascinating.

While there is a lot going on in the book the mystery is still prominent and I really liked seeing Lee and Pete get used to their new dynamic of investigating as a married couple and now that Lee is now program director instead of being a reporter.  

There's a bit of a paranormal note between O'Ryan's rather forceful guidance and Lee's visions but this still reads as a traditional cozy.  There's likable characters and a fun setting all focused around a puzzling mystery that really did keep me guessing.  I very much enjoyed this read and am looking forward for more from this author!

Would I Read More of this Series/Author? Absolutely!  I'm kind of sad that I'm all caught up on both of her series.

Would I Recommend this Book?  If you enjoy cozy mysteries this is a really fun series though I do recommend going back to the beginning.  

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *

1 comment:

  1. Does sound a good series, I really need to go explore this one on GR and then see if its in our library.