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Carol J. Perry Books In Order

Publication Order of Witch City Mystery Books

Caught Dead Handed (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tails, You Lose (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Look Both Ways (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder Go Round (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Grave Errors (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
It Takes a Coven (2018) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Sand Castle Summer (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
13 and Loving It (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Make-Believe Love (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Going Overboard (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Carol J. Perry is a renowned writer, who was born in Salem. Perry has penned several young adult novels including the Witch City mysteries. Carol J. Perry and Dan, her husband, reside in Tampa Bay, Florida, with a black lab and two cats.

Carol J. Perry Best Books

Caught Dead Handed

Caught Dead Handed is the first installment by Carol J. Perry, an up and coming writer who is known for the Witch Mystery series. A majority of people especially mystery lovers associate Salem city, Massachusetts with witches. However, for one Lee Barrett, Salem is her home. The book begins as Lee returns to her hometown, where her aunt, Ibby still resides. The main reason why Lee is returning to the city of Salem is that she plans to go for an interview at WICH-TV as a reporter. However, once she arrives Lee learns that the only job opening available is for a call in psychic, who is expected to be a host for the late night horror movies. The previous host of the show had been brutally murdered. Once the interview was over, Lee was successful. She reluctantly takes the job because she had initially thought the job opening was for a news reporter. However, after working as a psychiatrist for some time, Lee begins to see real events inside the obsidian ball, which she has been using as a prop. It is at this point that she begins to wonder whether she has psychic abilities.

To make things a little bit spookier, it becomes apparently clear that Ariel was a practicing witch. The cat that Aunt Ibby and Lee had inherited from Ariel begins to exhibit some strange powers. As Halloween is approaching, Lee’s main task is to unmask the killer or watch her new career as a psychic come to an end. With that said, Caught Dead Handed is an excellent start to what promises to be an excellent book series. In this installment, the readers get to not only meet but also familiarise themselves with numerous characters, many of whom will continue to be featured in several other installments in the book series. Because the book series is titled Witch City Mystery, the witches play an exceedingly crucial part in the narrative.

Tails You Lose

Tails You Lose is another excellent addition to the Carol J. Perry book series. In Tales You Lose, the protagonist, Lee is serving at the Tabitha Trumball Academy as a volunteer instructor. Before it was converted into an art hall, the Tabitha Trumball Hall used to serve as a department store. As seen in the first installment, mysteries are very common in the city of Salem. According to some witnesses, a white lady ghost had been spotted on Trumball’s top floor. The Trumball Hall was remodeled and became very atmospheric with several tunnels running under the hall. The strength of this novel lies in the characters. Lee is a very likable protagonist, whom the readers cannot avoid falling in love with. Lee resides with Ibby her aunt, who is supportive and a great companion. With that said, Tails You Lose is an excellent mystery that has lots of everything including a wandering ghost, murder, a buried treasure and a family that has a history of smuggling.

Unlike the many police characters who are featured in a majority of the police procedurals, Pete takes his time to listen to Lee’s insights and opinions as well. Despite the fact that Pete does not tell Lee everything, he still listens to her and from time to time, he tells her that is going to make a great detective. From time to time, he encourages her in the criminal cases that they are working on. A combination of intrigue, history and family drama, Tails You Lose has a rather engaging plot that grabs the reader’s attention from the first installment. Overall, Tails You Lose is a brilliantly written novel that is highly recommended for any mystery lover.

Look Both Ways

As the third book in the Witch City book series, the author Carol J. Perry once again takes the readers to the city of Salem, a place where there are secrets everywhere. When one Lee Barrett finally spots the rather same-style Oak bureau that she once owned when she was a child, while watching WICH-TV, she decides to rush to one of the local shops and purchase the piece. Compared to her beloved bureau that she had lost during a fire incidence, this Bureau had secret compartments just like the one that she had lost. The bureau also comes with a rather intriguing history; the bureau was purchased during an estate sale from a house where multiple killings were executed. A day after the bureau was delivered, Lee heads to the antique shop only to find out that the owner has been killed. The main suspect in this incidence is the shopkeeper’s rather unscrupulous partner.

Lee begins to suspect that the killing of the shopkeeper might have had something to do with her most recent purchase. Through a mirror in the bureau, the answer is going to be revealed. The mirror is not only tarnished but also broken, thereby allowing Lee to use her psychic powers to tap into the mirror. Author Perry has done an excellent job of amalgamating the paranormal with the ordinary. The reader is going to fall in love with how Lee the protagonist was a down to earth person, and this third installment explores Lee’s other side while she was doing an ordinary task like moving furniture, getting a fresh job for the summer and also as improving her relationship with her spouse Pete. The relationship that Lee shared with Pete, her aunt, her boss and River, her friend that ensured her character was fully developed. Even the mysterious cat also ensured that her character was developed as well.

The reader is going to enjoy when an excellent cast of secondary characters play a crucial role in ensuring that the story continued to be more and more interesting. Look Both Ways has enough twists and turns to keep the readers at the age of their seats. Overall, this excellent read is highly recommended for anyone who loves mystery or magic. All the characters are not only realistic but have also been brilliantly developed

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