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Witching in Salem for some crime-solving!
What is the Witch City Mystery series about?
Written by American author Carol J. Perry from Salem, Massachusetts, the Witch City Mystery series delivers cozy mysteries with a touch of witchcraft.
The story began as journalist Lee Barrett come back home, to the famous Salem. There, she interviews for a job as a reporter at WICH-TV and ends up as the new call-in psychic to host the late-night horror movies.
Lee plays a psychic on TV, but she also may really be one too. A murder mystery put her talents to the test.
How to read the Witch City Mystery Books in Order?
Every book in the Witch City Mystery series works as a standalone story, but the lives of the different characters evolve from one novel to the other.
- Caught Dead Handed (2014)
- Tails, You Lose (2015)
- Look Both Ways (2015)
- Murder Go Round (2017)
- Grave Errors (2017)
- It Takes a Coven (2018)
- Bells, Spells, and Murders (2018)
- Final Exam (2019)
- Late Checkout (2019)
- Murder, Take Two (2020)
- See Something (2021)
- ‘Til Death (2022)
- Now You See It (2023)
What is the plot of the Witch City stories?
For more information about the books in the Witch City series by Carol J. Perry, you’ll find below the official synopsis for all the books:
Caught Dead Handed – Lee Barrett’s returned to her hometown of Salem, Massachusetts to interview for a job as a reporter at WICH-TV. But the only opening is for a call-in psychic to host the late-night horror movies. It seems the previous host, Ariel Constellation, never saw her own murder coming. Lee reluctantly takes the job, but when she starts seeing real events in the obsidian ball she’s using as a prop, she wonders if she might really have psychic abilities…
Tails, You Lose – After losing her job as a TV psychic, Lee Barrett has decided to volunteer her talents as an instructor at the Tabitha Trumbull Academy of the Arts–known as “The Tabby”. But when the school’s handyman turns up dead under seemingly inexplicable circumstances on Christmas night, Lee’s clairvoyant capabilities begin bubbling to the surface once again.
Look Both Ways – When Lee Barrett spots the same style oak bureau she once had as a child on the WICH-TV show, Shopping Salem, she rushes to the antique shop and buys the piece. Just like the beloved bureau, she lost in a fire, this one has secret compartments. It also comes with an intriguing history–it was purchased in an estate sale from a home where a famous local murder took place. The day after the bureau is delivered, Lee returns to the antique shop and finds the owner dead. Lee wonders if the murder is connected to her new furniture…
Murder Go Round – Lee Barrett has agreed to attend a storage auction with Aunt Ibby—even though she suspects the forgotten rooms will yield more junk than treasure. Her skepticism vanishes once the two win a bid on an overlooked locker and uncover a trove of beautiful curiosities, including a stunning wooden carousel horse with gentle eyes and fading paint. But just before Lee leaves the fairground relic at a local repair shop, the sight of a silver samovar awakens her psychic abilities and conjures visions of murder.
Grave Errors – For residents of Salem, Massachusetts, the day after Halloween brings empty candy wrappers, sagging pumpkins, and a community-wide identity crisis. That is until Lee Barrett’s TV production class suggests extending the spooky season with the traditional Mexican celebration Dia de Los Muertos. But when the students discover not all of Salem’s dead are resting in peace, the post-October blues don’t seem so bad after all…
It Takes a Coven – When Lee Barrett joins a former student’s bridal party as maid of honor, she expects cake tastings and dress fittings. But wedding planning becomes more peculiar than Lee’s scrying talents could ever predict. There’s a magical baker, a best man with a checkered past, and a talking crow named Poe as the ring bearer. There’s also a kindly old man dead under his apple tree—one of a series of unexplained deaths hanging over the Wiccan community…
Bells, Spells, and Murders – Lee Barrett has landed her dream job at Salem’s WICH-TV. As the new field reporter, she’ll be covering events live as they’re unfolding. Next on her holiday checklist is an interview with the beloved chairman of a popular walking tour through Salem’s historic districts. But it may be his ghost walking this snowy Noel season after Lee finds him murdered in his stately offices, bloody Santa hat askew.
Final Exam – Life at the house on Winter Street is abuzz with preparations for Aunt Ibby’s 45th high school reunion. But as a field reporter for Salem’s WICH-TV, Lee Barrett’s priority is to be on top of the town’s latest news before anyone else. When the local police dredge up a vintage sports car containing human remains, Lee is thrilled to be the first reporter on the scene. Once she learns the car is connected to the cold case her boyfriend Pete happens to be working on, her powers of investigation are quickly alerted.
Late Checkout – Field reporter Lee Barrett is not happy that her hours are being cut back at WICH-TV, although it is nice to spend more time volunteering with Aunt Ibby, a research librarian at Salem’s main branch. But Lee’s least favorite task is going up to the stacks, a spooky, seldom-frequented upper section of the library. On this day she has good reason to be afraid—she finds a dead man, surrounded by hundreds of scattered books and torn-out pages.
Murder, Take Two – As a Salem, Massachusetts, native, WICH-TV field reporter, and amateur sleuth Lee Barrett is well versed in the region’s lore. So when the murder of revered local professor Samuel Bond resembles a killing from almost two centuries ago, everyone is on edge. Especially assistant professor Cody McGinnis . . .
See Something – Lee has been promoted from field reporter to program director. Keeping track of all the shows and managing the local TV personalities—including a cowboy, a clown, and a performing dog—has her head spinning. Perhaps that’s what makes her take pity on the distraught woman she finds sitting alone on a bench on the Salem common. When she realizes that the poor woman doesn’t even know her own name, Lee takes her into the warmth of the home she shares with her Aunt Ibby and their clairvoyant gentleman cat, O’Ryan. Maybe Lee can use her own psychic gifts to divine the woman’s identity.
‘Til Death – The staff at Salem, Massachusetts’s local station, WICH-TV, is looking forward to the wedding of their program director, Lee Barrett. But when Lee heads off on her Maine honeymoon, she’ll be haunted by the ghosts of her own past…
Now You See It – Just married, Lee and her husband, Detective Sergeant Pete Mondello, are settling into their new home when Lee is dubbed WICH-TV’s new “Historical Documentary Chief Executive.” Her first subject is the brand-newSalem International Museum, slated to be a location for traveling blockbuster exhibits, starting with “Seafaring New England.” From research to collecting artifacts of Salem’s long-ago days as a shipping capital, the project is a challenge—but when the driver of a truckload of antiquities turns up dead under a pile of fall leaves, it’s not quite the kind of challenge Lee expected . . .
What should you read if you like the Witch City Mystery novels?
If you like reading Carol J. Perry’s Witch City Mysteries, you may be interested in Amanda Flower’s Magical Bookshop Mysteries or Heather Blake’s Wishcraft Mysteries.