“Well, this series is truly becoming a favorite of mine. I love the premise of a family that carries the traits of being true witches/psychics from the Appalachian area. They continue to quietly live their lives and help those they can without any hoopla.
The above is the case with Ophelia Jensen, a Librarian who along with her Aunt, Abby are witches. Ophelia is just learning the talents of the long-lived women of the family. Aunt Abby is an amazing medicine woman, in her own right, and studies the journals of the women passed before her. Not all the women get the abilities, but, Ophelia has and Abby is training her as best she can.
Rick, a friend of Ophelia's, phones with an urgent request...a child, Brandi, is missing and was last seen in the company of a group professing their psychic talents. Is the group a cult? Or, is it legitimate. Rick, a journalist feels something is seriously amiss. There is a Native American shaman who refuses to speak with anyone, the group itself wears garb and acts like a cult, and Rick figures true psychics like Ophelia and Abby can get to the 'truth' quicker than the authorities.
So, Ophelia and Abby head to Minnesota where they are soon joined by Ophelia's assistant, Darci. The action is well-paced, the mysteries are many, and the prose pulls you into this story.
An amazing twist occurs at the ending that I both was surprised by, and applaud. I love where this series is heading. ”
“fun, quick mystery with paranormal overtones”Celtic_Witch wrote this review Wednesday, April 28, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ The Trouble With Witches Shirley Damsgaard
Librarian Ophelia Jensen is back for her third adventure, and once again she finds a dead body. But it seems that dead bodies find her. She is getting used to her psychic abilities, and her friends are beginning to get used it it. She is asked by a friend to find a missing teenager, and she needs to ask her Aunt Abby to get involved. But even Abby may not be strong enough to fight the dark magic they find.”
“When psychic librarian Ophelia Jensen is awakened in the middle of the night by an old friend, Rick, he amusingly asks, “Know where I can find a good witch?” But Ophelia soon learns that her friend needs help with a situation much more serious than his initial teasing suggests. Rick’s friend’s daughter has disappeared, and it seems that a strange pseudo–religious scientific cult the young woman recently joined may be responsible.
But Rick is having a hard time penetrating the secretive cult, and enlists Ophelia to help, hoping her magick skills and special knowledge will help uncover the mysteries of the suspect group. Ophelia and her kindly witch grandmother Abby jump at the chance to use their powers to help their friend, and travel to Minnesota to pose as vacationers. And with the help of a young psychic and a Native American Shaman they meet along the way, the witches hope to save the young woman before she’s lost forever to the clutches of this harmful cult.
“This is..I dunno the middle one in the series....Ophelia (Psycho..oops! Psychic Librarian) and her Grandmother Abby (Appalachian "Wise" Woman) are asked to use their "abilities" to locate a missing young woman, Brandi, who has run away from home to join the PSI community, as she is "Different".
In the process of searching for Brandi, Abby & Ophelia come across the troubled "daughter" of the PSI founders, Tink, an old Native American man who has strange powers, Walks Quietly, and an evil supernatural presence.
I still think Ophelia is quite a bit of a Dummy-head who when it comes to her own innate "powers" participates in "Active Ignorance", and that makes her character weak...because she constantly vacillates between being a scaredy-cat, doubting Thomas, & superpower woman.
But aside from her weakness in character, this is a good story and it held my interest. Another book that I stayed up until 3:00 a.m. reading.
“Ophelia has been asked to go with her grandmother, Abby, to investigate the disappearance of a young girl that Rick knows. Upon arriving to Minnesota, Abby and Ophelia are drawn into a web of cults, black magic and other strange types of magic. Ophelia must overcome her reluctance with her magic to help save the girl and stay alive too.
I really enjoy this cozy paranormal mystery series and can't wait to read more.”
“Plan to reread”Rebecca wrote this review Wednesday, January 28, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The third novel in the Ophelia & Abby Mystery series finds librarian Ophelia and her psychic grandmother Abby on the road to Minnesota to find a missing girl who recently got involved in a cult-like psychic research group. All the main characters are back and there is an interesting Native American shaman introduced but this story is slow, lacking the suspense and interest found in the other Ophelia & Abby mysteries. It seems the author is more interested in having these charming psychic ladies embrace their witch heritage than telling a good story. It wasn’t until the last chapter that the original mystery of the missing girl comes to light. I actually forgot the story was about finding her. More like a 2-1/2.
“A continuation of Ophelia and Abby as psychic witch sleuths.
Rick is back - and he has a job for the duo. This job takes them out of state and to a mysterious lake front.
The book is full of interesting characters, mystery, murder, and intrigue. A perfect continuation of the sleuths. I look forward to the 4th book in the series.”