Charlene, recently widowed, has renovated her historic mansion just in time to greet guests arriving for the town’s annual Halloween festivities. She’s lucky to have a helpful staff to provide support–as well as a handsome ghost named Jack standing invisibly by her side.
Unfortunately, while the revelers head out on haunted tours, have their fortunes told, or grab a drink at Brews and Broomsticks, a killer walks among them. When Charlene discovers Morganna, a local Wiccan, dead in her shop, she starts getting cozy with the local coven, looking for clues to locate the crafty culprit. Salem may be famous for the false accusations of witchery in centuries past, but this time someone is genuinely guilty–of murder…
Title: Mrs. Morris and the Witch
Series: Salem B & B Mystery #2
Author: Traci Wilton
Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Published: April 28, 2020
Publisher: Kensington Books
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Mrs. Morris and the Witch is the second title in the Salem B & B Mystery series and drew me back into this world quickly with a lively Paranormal Cozy Mystery to sink my teeth into.
This time around we find Charlene with a newly renovated Bed & Breakfast opening just in time for the Halloween craziness that overtakes Salem each year. She’s planned well, but she didn’t expect to discover a dead body after returning from a ghost tour. It seems the victim, who really was a witch in more ways than one, wasn’t liked much by a lot of people, yet the person who is the main suspect is innocent and Charlene sets out to prove that. Along the way she’s going to discover more background on this witch than she’d ever have wanted to know and has to stay one step ahead of the true killer before they decide she’s getting far too close.
As a reader who truly enjoys the ride of any Cozy Mystery it’s not my main focus to figure out whodunit but to have fun with the journey… and I certainly did with Mrs. Morris and the Witch. With enough twists and turns to create a pretzel along with a few red herrings tossed in this story will lead you on a merry chase to catch the real killer. I’m enjoying getting to know these characters better and I do like the building relationship between Charlene and Sam. Yet, since there can be really no true relationship with the adorable Jack I certainly hope he soon becomes Charlene’s sidekick in solving crimes… and not a ghostly part of a three-sided romance.
In any event, I had a blast with this second story in the Salem B & B Mystery series and would not hesitate to recommend it for readers who love a really good Paranormal Cozy Mystery. The next title is out in the fall with a Christmas feel to it, looking forward to that release.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from Kensington Books via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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