Review: Seven-Year Witch (Book #2: Witch Way Librarian Mysteries) by Angela M. Sanders

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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…

Source: NetGalley, Kensington, and Purchase Rating: 4½/5 stars

The Bottom Line:  I’m going to go out on a limb here and say, even at only book two in the series, this series is shaping up to quickly become one of my favorites!  This read is a bit of slow burn compared to book one, but I very much enjoyed the ride.  Josie is learning to develop her skills and I especially loved how she’s truly learning to rely on her books to help her learn and problem-solve.  No longer does Josie have only her instincts to rely on when sleuthing, but an entire library full of (mostly) willing helpers. 

In many ways, the plot of this book tied into the plot from book one and liked the continuation without a load of repetition.  Sam is back in town with a baby and wife in tow, the resort construction is a hot mess, and apparently there’s an old, old town legend/story that is trying to come to light so a wrong can be righted.  With her hands full and her brain spinning, it takes all of Josie’s considerable skills to suss out the answers and keep herself alive. 

From start to finish I was deeply absorbed in this read and barely put it down to rest.  Josie is such a likeable character, and her burgeoning skills are so fun.  I appreciate a good bookworm character, but Josie’s ability to communicate with her library takes it all to a whole new level.  The sense of community is growing, and Josie is becoming more a part of her new environment, her love life is weirdly moving in directions yet unknown, and her skills are growing through the help of her long-deceased grandmother.  I am so enjoying the pacing, the setting, and the clever plots that seem to always include the past meeting up with the present.  In all, this series is offering me everything I adore in the genre!

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