The Witch's Grave (Ophelia and Abby Series #6)

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Cupid has cast his spell on good witch Ophelia Jensen. The practical, pragmatic, law-abiding librarian has just begun letting down her hair with Stephen Larsen, the author of some of the most scandalous crime exposés ever written. It's a match made in the stacks—until the would-be lovers take a quiet countryside stroll, and shots ring out.

A murderer, not magick, made Stephen disappear—and Ophelia might be next. The sheriff warns her and her grandmother Abby not to meddle, but ...

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Overview

Cupid has cast his spell on good witch Ophelia Jensen. The practical, pragmatic, law-abiding librarian has just begun letting down her hair with Stephen Larsen, the author of some of the most scandalous crime exposés ever written. It's a match made in the stacks—until the would-be lovers take a quiet countryside stroll, and shots ring out.

A murderer, not magick, made Stephen disappear—and Ophelia might be next. The sheriff warns her and her grandmother Abby not to meddle, but after another shooting leaves them shaken the women can't help but get involved. A sinister stalker is slowly drawing closer to Ophelia, and she'll have to summon all her powers to prevent herself from ending up six feet under.

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Editorial Reviews

Carolyn Hart
“A Golden Broomstick to the season’s most unusual sleuths, a septuagenarian witch and her psychic granddaughter. Inventive and imaginative.”
Pat Frovarp
“Ophelia and Abby have Charmed me To Death. I love this series.”
Jo Dereske
“Shirley Damsgaard has created a sassy, savvy librarian who just happens to be a reluctant witch haunted by her past.
Fran - Seattle Mystery Bookshop
"Ms. Damsgaard has proved that her talent is solid and her characters are ones you’ll come to know and love."
Seattle Mystery Bookshop Fran
“Ms. Damsgaard has proved that her talent is solid and her characters are ones you’ll come to know and love.”
Amarillo Texas News
“[C]omplex and likable characters...a bit of romance and suspense. Definitely worth trying.”
Publishers Weekly

The meandering sixth entry (after 2007's The Witch Is Dead) in Damsgaard's Ophelia and Abby supernatural mystery series brings troubling erotic dreams to Ophelia, rural Iowa's reluctant novice witch. She's unsure what her nocturnal fantasies portend until she comes face-to-face with the man of those dreams, exposé author Stephen Larsen. Just after their first kiss, Stephen is shot. As he lies comatose in the hospital, Ophelia's dreams quickly shift from sexy to mysterious, playing out like a serial drama taking place in WWII Paris, while some failed attempts on Ophelia's life lead the Summerset sheriff to suspect that she was the shooter's real target. Ophelia must turn to Abby, her master witch grandmother, for help saving Stephen's life and bringing together the myriad threads of the rather disjointed plot. (Jan.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061493430
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/30/2008
  • Series: Ophelia and Abby Series , #6
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 487,764
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Shirley Damsgaard, author of numerous published short stories, resides with her family in small-town Iowa, where she has served as Postmaster for the last twenty years. She is currently working on the next Ophelia and Abby mystery, which again touches delightfully upon the paranormal.

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  • Posted April 29, 2011

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    A must read!

    This author is an excellent writer - character development and smooth writing is essential. Damsgaard excels with this series. A must own and must read.

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  • Posted January 20, 2009

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    The Witch's Grave by Shirley Damsgaard

    This Shirley Damsgaard series revolves around a witch named Ophelia who keeps getting entangled in mysteries. In the first book, Ophelia is unhappy and unaccepting of her 'powers'. Then with each following book, she grows a little stronger and more confident in her abilities. This sixth book, "The Witch's Grave", has Ophelia coming into a new level of power while experiencing dreams of another, possibly past, life. <BR/><BR/>Ophelia is happy when she meets a handsome blond stranger and they seem to have an instant 'connection'. So when he asks her to walk with him and discuss a date, she's glad to comply. Their walk is interrupted when he is shot right in front of her. He manages to pass her a diary before he collapses at her feet and in the flurry of the rescue, she forgets to give it to the police. That night she reads the diary and becomes interested in what could possibly make this man a target for a killer. That night, she also begins to dream of a woman. The further she gets into the mystery, the more of this mysterious woman's past life is revealed. Can Ophelia figure it out before the killer comes for her?<BR/><BR/>I've enjoyed Ophelia's journey so far and in past books, the balance between magic and mystery has been weighted more towards mystery. However, in this book the balance shifted quite a bit towards the magical side and I think the mystery suffered as a result. Hopefully, Damsgaard will adjust the balance and I certainly intend to keep reading about Ophelia's life, loves, and mysteries.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Read the entire series in a week and enjoyed it. Hopefully there

    Read the entire series in a week and enjoyed it. Hopefully there are more books coming.

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  • Posted August 20, 2012

    Great series, good book.

    Great series, good book.

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

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    Another top notch mystery

    This series is the best in the paranormal genre bar none! Love the characters which are like old friends by now. Hope this series continues for many years!

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  • Posted November 21, 2009

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    Eagerly Awaiting #7!

    As always, great fun. Shirley Damsgaard makes the best mind candy going! Will it solve world hunger or stay in my permanent library? No, but it's a guilty pleasure for all.

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

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    Great Cover, disappointing characters

    This is the first of the series that I've read (I picked it up solely on the cover and to try out a new author). Perhaps if I'd started out with the first book, I might have been happier with this book. The plot had some interesting twists but the supporting characters were stereotypical and bland.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2009

    The Witch's Grave is a hit!

    The Witch's Grave is a great addition to the series. It is entertaining, and the characters are very believable. They are not static, but are maturing and becoming more real. A wonderful way to spend a rainy, or sunny, afternoon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2009

    Good witch and grandma work wonders in small town

    This is a different quirk on the housewife detective. The relationship with grandma and the adopted daughter is endearing. While fighting her heritage, Ophelia solves crimes which doesn't endear her to the local police. The series is humorous and the insights from grandma are interesting.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    I love Abby & Ophelia.

    I've been reading this series since the begining. Every time I finish one book I can not wait for the next. The Witch's Grave caught my intrest right away and never let go. The story twist of Ophelia's dreams had me reading every moment I could. I look forward to Ophelia discovering her powers and seeing how she puts them to use.

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