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Witch-in-denial Sydney St. Charles runs an apothecary in Manitou Falls, CO. When her niece receives the severed ear of a rock band murder victim on her birthday-and the band's agent dies suspiciously after buying a love spell from Sydney-she reacts; and with the help of her ex-cop brother, her witchy great-aunt, a sexy amnesiac, and clues from old family journals, she prevails. This amazing concoction of self-deprecating humor, raucous familiars, and idiosyncratic family should entertain most. Dietz, who also writes culinary mysteries, lives on Vancouver Island, BC. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For a woman who doesn¿t believe she¿s a witch, Sydney St. Charles sure works with a lot of spells. The owner of an apothecary shop in Colorado, Sydney is descended from a long line of witches yet she herself doesn¿t believe that she has the power to cast spells. She¿ll have her beliefs challenged when she gets involved in the mystery surrounding the murder of Clive Newton, the sexy lead singer of the Newts and whose body parts are being discovered all over town. What¿s more important (to Sydney anyway) is her meeting with ¿John Elway,¿ a very hot homeless man with no memory. Despite her growing attraction to him, she begins to detect that John isn¿t telling her as much as he knows and Sydney soon begins to fear that he may be involved in the murder. EYE OF NEWT is filled with eccentric and entertaining characters, from Sydney¿s warlock brother to her witch aunt who can do spells but couldn¿t cook to save her life. Chapters shift from the present to the journals Sydney discovers of a young witch in Salem 1692 who has a tragic past and compels Sydney to discover the girl¿s fate. Denise Dietz has created an extremely funny and engaging mystery with a heroine who perseveres despite the fact that she believes herself to be an incompetent detective and a worse witch. With its blend of magic, romance, and mystery Dietz begins a series that is sure to please a wide array of readers.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Manitou Falls, Colorado, witch Sydney St. Charles, who does not believe in witchcraft, and her septuagenarian Aunt Lillian, who does, share a home on top of their store Lilly¿s Apothecary Shop. Currently the town is in an uproar over the murder of Clive Newton of the rock band the Newts as the killer keeps sending parts of the victim¿s anatomy to the surviving band members. Before his death, Clive purchased a love spell from Sydney. Not long afterward, the band¿s manager Veronica Sanderson dies in a fire; Sydney is stunned as she sold a love spell to Veronica............... Concerned over the link and finding a connection to a journal describing a similar homicide in 1692 Salem, Sydney begins making inquiries. However, she also finds herself distracted with seemingly homeless amnesiac ¿John Elway¿ whose only memory is being a Bronco fan. As the attraction grows and she gets closer to the truth, the killer decides to eliminate one nosy witch.......................... This is an entertaining amateur sleuth tale that hooks the audience who will wonder if bewitching spells exist because Denise Dietz casts one on her readers. Fans will enjoy Sydney¿s struggles with a brilliant murderer who seems tied to her but outside of love spell sales, she has no idea what that is. The Elway and the seventeenth century Salem subplots strengthen a fine who-done-it in which the heroine needs a safety spell to ward off a deadly killer............ Harriet Klausner