Caught Dead Handed: A Witch City Mystery

Kensington. Sept. 2014. 404p. ISBN 9781617733697. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781617733703. M
When Maralee Bennett was five years old, her parents were killed in an airplane crash. Maralee had seen a vision of the fiery explosion in a reflection on her shiny black patent leather shoes. Fast forward a couple of decades and Lee returns to Salem, MA, from Florida after her husband's death. Staying with her Aunt Ibby, a reference librarian, and looking for a job as a reporter for the local television station, Lee is hired because the station's resident psychic, Ariel Constellation, has been murdered. As Crystal Moon, Lee begins hosting Nightshades, a late-night horror movie/talk show, but it appears she may be more gifted then she realized, as her obsidian gazing ball seems to be telling her something, but what?
VERDICT Introducing a sympathetic heroine trying her best to overcome difficulties in her personal life, this rewarding paranormal cozy series debut will have Victoria Laurie fans lining up to follow.
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