"Seven-Year Witch" By Angela M. Sanders: Review/Giveaway

Review by Kathleen Costa

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Josie Way has a secret. She’s a witch, having inherited her late grandmother’s magic along with a series of letters providing instruction in magic…powered by books. With her budding skill she can “hear” books which is perfect since she is the librarian in the small, yet quirky, not-even-a-town of Wilfred, Oregon. The books tell her about themselves, who may own them, whether they’re appreciated or neglected, or offer some assistance. This gives her the unique ability to recommend the perfect book to any library patron. The library is housed in the old Victorian mansion, built by the town’s founder and converted by the founder’s daughter, and along with an eclectic array of books, a community gathering area, a pipe organ, rooms on the second floor for Mrs. Garlington’s music lessons, and the assistant librarian’s office and writing room, Josie has a flat on the top floor where she rooms with Rodney, a sassy black cat, with whom she has a close bond. Since no one knows about her magical abilities, she studies on her own: coincidentally today’s lesson…curses!

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“It’s cursed!” says Mrs. Garlington. She believes the land on which a retreat center is proposed is cursed. The architect on the project pops into Della’s Café sharing his grand vision for the project, but later Josie witnesses Ruff and Sita Waters, the property owners, loudly disagreeing with his vision. Unfortunately, curses and conflicts aren’t Josie’s biggest issue, as she’s reminded by many: “Sam Wilfred’s back. Have you heard?” Sam, the founder’s great-great-grandson and a last summer interest, has moved back into the Big House next door, but when she delivers a welcome home coffee cake, she’s introduced to his infant son and the wife she thought Sam was divorcing.

The idea of curses might be more true than fancy when Sam’s wife Fiona disappears, and Sam is suspected of foul play. Josie starts a search which leads to the property in question and the discovery of the architect’s body…murdered. Fiona’s return is a relief, but she offers no answers to everyone’s questions. When another murder occurs, Josie might find even a fledgling witch is over her head. What book can provide the best support?

The Book Said It’s Great, and I Agree! Angela M. Sanders has penned a very amusing cozy for the second book in her Witch Way Librarian Mystery with a delightful premise that our witch can hear books. This offers more than a few giggles (ex. the French cookbook warns her “Oh là. Too much spice,” and the Indian cookbook responds, “No, I say…”). However, the magical elements are not juvenile hocus-pocus as they blend well with Josie’s personality and the predicaments in which she finds herself. Although the drama wasn’t complex and I had the suspect on my possible list, it was the journey filled with engaging twist and turns, rich characters, fascinating history, and a witty narrative that kept me reading. Josie is delightful to follow as she is still learning the depths of her magic through letters written over a decade ago by a grandmother who sadly cannot offer any more insights. A love life is insinuated, but there are just questions. Although the crimes have a conclusion, the book ends with figurative ellipses like there’s more to come…book three?

Be a Big Angela M. Sanders Fan!

“Intrigue and Wit, Served Dry with a Twist.” Angela M. Sanders pens four clever cozy mysteries along with this delightful paranormal gem, Witch Way Librarian Mystery. There is the Joanna Hayworth Vintage Clothing series set in Portland, the Booster Club Capers about a retirement home for petty criminals, and the Kite Shop Mysteries, written as Clover Tate, set on Oregon’s gorgeous coast. Something for every cozy taste!

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Kathleen Costa is a long-time resident of the Central Valley, and although born in Idaho, she considers herself a “California Girl.” Graduating from CSU-Sacramento, she is a 35+ year veteran teacher having taught in grades 1-8 in schools from Sacramento to Los Angeles to Stockton to Lodi. Currently Kathleen is enjoying her retirement revitalizing hobbies along with exploring writing, reading for pleasure, and spending 24/7 with her husband.
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  1. Sounds like a fun read. Would have liked
    to have extra "help" when I was workingg
    as a librarian. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

  2. New author and series to me. Would really like to read.

  3. Books are magical in themselves but I love the concept here of using books for magic.

  4. Ms. Sanders is a new author to me. This book sounds like a ton of fun.

  5. Thank you for the introduction to this author and their book. It is always delightful
    to find someone new to add to my list of authors.


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