Addison Renard and Elsie Langton are witches who are planning
to retire and move to Florida. If only they could find and
train replacement witches for their coven. Their dear friend
and fellow witch,
Dunst, was killed, and is now a ghost with very little of
her witchy abilities left. Her daughter, Dorothy Lane Dunst,
however, has magic and is now in training to take her mother's
role. Elise represents fire, Molly represents water, and Dorothy
represents earth. They hope to entice Brian Fuller, an air
witch, to round out the coven, but he is somewhat reluctant.
of the Grand Councils of Witches, Cassandra Black, visits
the coven's shop, Smuggler's Arcane, to warn them that someone
is killing male witches and that they will learn more at the
full moon celebration the following night. Meanwhile, Molly's
husband, Joe, a police detective, has caught the case of a
local young man, presumably killed by this serial killer.
Joe's ex-wife, also a detective, has come to town to partner
with him to find the murderer. How well will this turn of
events go over with Molly? When it becomes apparent that Brian
is the next target, Molly and her fellow witches must spring
into action. For Molly, this includes a deal with the frightening
and creepy "Bone Man," who says he will protect
her husband and son from the wrath of the Witches Council
if Molly returns his wife to him. The challenges seem insurmountable,
even for those with magical powers.
and Jim Lavene are masterful paranormal mystery writers, and
I always look forward to a new Lavene book. Paracozies are
quite the rage these days, and I adore the genre and the leeway
they gives authors for creating storylines that stretch reality
in new directions.
fior Mr. Good Witch is a spell-binding mystery, the perfect
successor to Spell Booked, and provides readers with a natural
evolution of characters and plot in the "Retired Witches
the book immensely, and found myself reading late into the
night, promising myself "just one more chapter,"
yet continuing on until the end. I look forward to the next
Retired Witches Mystery and hope that the Lavenes are hard
at work on it already. As I've said in other reviews, you
can't go wrong with a Lavene mystery, and I highly recommend
Looking for Mr. Good Witch!