by Joyce and Jim Lavene
3rd in Series
Berkley (October 4, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
E-Book - ASIN: B01AHKXHTS
With their coven’s spell book still missing, Molly and Elsie—along with their ghostly friend Olivia, her daughter Dorothy, and her boyfriend Brian—are all on edge, especially now that Dorothy’s infamously wicked father is back in the picture. So when they receive an invitation to an exclusive Witches Ball, the ladies jump at the chance to dress up and have some fun.
The castle locale is spectacular and the party is hopping, but the festivities come to a swift end when a member of the Grand Council of Witches is murdered. With the whole place on lock down, the coven is determined to find the cunning killer, even with an angry council and a real Spanish Inquisitor breathing down their necks...
Review: My heart breaks as I review this. Not because there's anything wrong with the book. The book is fabulous, as are all of Jim and Joyce Lavene's books. The problem is, there will be no more, as both authors have past away.
I absolutely adored this book. The three witches, their friends and family are what make this book. In fact, that's what makes all books by these authors. When you read a book by Joyce and Jim, you make new friends and that's how you'll feel about about Molly, Elise, Olivia, Dorothy and Brian. They are friends and family and what happens to them really affects the reader.
There is so much about this book to love. What sets it apart is that Molly, Elise and Olivia (who was a witch but is now a ghost) have to solve the murder of another witch, but in another realm. This isn't the typical cozy mystery. It isn't the typical paranormal mystery either. Its a great mixture of both.
The ending is perfect. I had no idea who the killer was. There were so many people that you thought could have done it. There were a lot of red herrings so you really were kept interested until the last page.
It is fast paced and fun. The perfect October read.
Rating: 5 flowers
About The Authors
Joyce and Jim Lavene wrote award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. They had written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. Joyce passed away October 20, 2015 and Jim passed on May 5, 2016. They are missed by family, friends and their many fans.
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