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Shirley Damsgaard. The Seventh Witch. New York: Avon, 2010.

Ophelia has mixed feelings about going to the Blue Ridge Mountains for her great-aunt’s 100th birthday party. Although she spent part of her childhood at the family homestead there, she feels more at home in her quiet village of Summerset, Iowa, where she lives with her grandmother and serves as the librarian. Ophelia would prefer to lead a normal life, but her status as a psychic witch dictates that she interact with the extreme – curses, ghosts, and even murder.

In North Carolina, Ophelia expects a carefree vacation, but she quickly discovers that her family’s secrets have put them in danger. Her quirky aunts, who are all witches and healers, help Ophelia piece together reasons why another witch in the area wants to do harm to their family – and to kill her beloved grandmother, Abby. By using her psychic abilities and with the assistance of her love-interest, Ethan, Ophelia exposes a crime committed against the people of the community, sets some family history straight, and saves Abby.

Check this title’s availability in the UNC-Chapel Hill Library catalog.

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Shirley Damsgaard. Ophelia and Abby Mysteries.

  • Witch Way to Murder. New York: Avon, 2005.
  • Charmed to Death. New York: Avon, 2006.
  • The Trouble with Witches. New York: Avon, 2006.
  • Witch Hunt. New York: Avon, 2007.
  • The Witch Is Dead. New York: Avon, 2007.
  • The Witch’s Grave. New York: Avon, 2009.
  • The Seventh Witch. New York: Avon, 2010.

Small-town librarian Ophelia Jensen and her grandmother, Abby, have special gifts: they are both witches with psychic powers. Although Ophelia would rather forget about her abilities, they come in handy when people are in danger. Over the past few years, the duo has helped to save their neighbors in usually sleepy Summerset, Iowa, and a missing teenager in an isolated part of Minnesota, all while trying to understand their supernatural powers. Although Ophelia struggles with her mysticism, her grandmother assists her with each case to show her how important their magick is.

Of interest to readers of this blog is the seventh novel in the “Ophelia and Abby Mystery” series, titled The Seventh Witch.  Ophelia, Abby, and other family members have traveled to their homestead in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina for Great-Aunt Mary’s 100th birthday party. Unfortunately, the celebration is overshadowed by some decades-old land battles with other local witches as well as a rogue family member. As Ophelia begins to uncover family secrets and good witch/bad witch battles, she realizes that she must save someone dear to her from danger who is at the center of the contention – Abby!

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