Knock on Wood

Knock on Wood

by Linda O. Johnston


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ISBN-13: 9780738745527
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 10/08/2015
Series: A Superstition Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 1,089,023
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Linda O. Johnston (Los Angeles, CA) has published over fortyromance and mystery novels, including the Pet Rescue Mystery series and the Pet-Sitter Mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime. She also writes the Barkery & Biscuits Mystery series for Midnight Ink.

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Knock on Wood 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Superstition Mysteries. You do not have to have read the first book, but it does fill in the background for the reader of how Rory ended up in this quaint yet quirky little town. In Knock on Wood Rory is settling into Destiny, managing the Lucky Dog Boutique and becoming part of the Destiny community. She is now giving talks about black dogs and black cats at the town's Welcome Program and thinking about renting or buying a place to live. She is also contemplating a relationship with the handsome Chief of Police, Justin, a sign that she is moving on from the death of her fiance. When her best friend, Gemma, shows up in Destiny a day before her scheduled visit, Rory knows something is wrong. When Gemma tells Rory that she has broken up with her boyfriend Frank, Rory notices that there are several men interested in her friend. There are some fireworks between the gentlemen and when one of them, that Gemma has had a public disagreement with turns up dead, Gemma is a suspect. In true Rory form, she plans to work behind the scenes to prove her friend is not a killer. Rory finds out that the dead man has made several people angry over the past few years and alienated others, but is that reason enough to kill someone? As the suspect list grows, Rory again puts herself in danger trying to find a killer. The characters in this book are all developing or changing relationships. Rory is developing a relationship with Justin as well as friendships with some of the Destiny residents, in particular Carolyn who owns the button shop. Gemma's relationships with Lou and Stuart, as well as the disintegrating relationship with Frank are all an integral part of the plot. I do hope that we will meet more of the Destiny residents and their stories in future books. There are sure to be some interesting stories there. The premise of this series being about living with superstitions is interesting. There are many mentioned that I had not heard of before, which is fun. The one thing that bothers me though, is the repeated superstitions such as knocking on wood, or finding a heads up penny or even black cats crossing your path. It does get annoying when they are repetitious sometimes. Rory has always had a healthy doubt when it came to superstitions, but with this second book, she seems to be starting to believe some of them. If you love cozy mysteries, especially those with dogs in them, you will probably enjoy this book. If you just want to learn more about superstitions and have fun doing it, then pick up any of the books in this series. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Knock on Wood - Superstition Mystery 2 Author: Linda O Johnston Published: 10-8-2015 Publisher: Midnight Ink Pages: 312 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: ISBN: 978-738745527 ASIN: B015CZD3NS Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4 1/4 Stars . Rory Chasen and Pluckie have moved to Destiny permanently and Rory has taken over as manager of the Lucky Dog Boutique. She is looking forward to her BFF Gemma's arrival in town even though Emma is recovering from her break up with boyfriend. Before they have a chance to catch up two of Destiny's most eligible bachelors meet Gemma and with their romantic advances boost her moral and confidence. Then a job offer of managing the Broken Mirror Bookstore next to the Boutique on distracts her. Then Frank shows up in Destiny and Deputy Mayor Bevin Dermont turns up dead with a knock on wood stake through his heart following a public disagreement with Gemma at the Clinking Glass Bar has Rory jumping in to find the killer before Gemma, becomes more than a person of interest. Justin's relationship with Rory is progressing, but as the Sheriff he wants Rory to stay out of it for safety and legal reasons. Not paying any mind Rory sets out to find a killer and clear her friend. This offering of the series seemed to start off fairly well but hit a lull that lasted for a bit, but then picked up and moved at a quick even pace. Rory is a strong character that keeps saying she doesn't believe in superstitions in general, but still won't step on a crack in the sidewalk and can't let go of the fact that a bird was said to have flown into Dermont's home and she had heard a wolf howling the night before his death. The towns folk are charming and make you feel like Destiny is a place you would definitely want to visit often. I enjoyed reading Knock on Wood and look forward to see where Johnston goes next with her Superstition series. My rating is 4 1/4 out of 5 stars.
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I actually would give this a 3 1/2 stars. The reason I am rating it a little lower is the repetitiveness, it's a personal thing with me and may not bother most. Rory says a few times that she is a superstition agnostic, then turns around and crosses fingers, knocks on wood, doesn't step on cracks and makes sure she lets Justin know that she entered is house with the right foot. That is no agnostic, she's a believer and that would be fine but own up to it. I understand the town is based on superstitions but she constantly brings up "I wonder if there is a superstition about that?" and it's never mentioned again, why bring it up? As I said, this is an irritation to me amd may not bother most. That being said, this series has good bones to be really fun. I love the setting and idea, the characters are all likeable. I like the relationship with Rory and Justin moving at a nice pace. The mystery was good, it kept me guessing with a surprise ending, which is explained and wrapped up nicely. I will continue on with this series to see how it develops. I won a copy of this book and this is my honest opinion.
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
Knock on Wood by Linda O. Johnston The Second Superstition Mystery In Knock on Wood we find Rory settling in to the town of Destiny, managing the Lucky Dog Boutique and becoming part of the Destiny community. Not only is she giving talks for the town's Welcome Programs, Rory's even contemplating moving out of the Rainbow B&B to rent an apartment, or even buy a house. Rory's also learning to let go of her dead fiance and open her heart to a relationship with Destiny's Chief of Police, Justin Halbertson. She's also excited that her best friend Gemma is coming down for a visit. However, a troubled Gemma arrives a day early. Something is wrong...and while Rory will give her space for a moment, she'll soon find out the problem and look for a solution. Knock on Wood deals with changing relationships. Rory's relationship with Justin, Rory's old friendship with Gemma and her new friendships with Carolyn and other Destiny residents. Gemma's relationship with Frank, her ex-boyfriend, and her two new suitors, Stuart and Lou. How Frank's feelings for Gemma changed and morphed into something else. Something dangerous? While I truly enjoy reading about superstitions, especially learning about ones with which I was unfamiliar ("A pigeon flying inside foreshadows doom." Who knew?) there is a lot of repetitive information. It's good to share how Destiny reminds reminds its visitors of superstitions (seeding the sidewalks with heads up pennies and buttons) and fine to remind readers how Rory came to Destiny (to research the veracity of superstitions after her fiance died after walking under a ladder). Yet Rory continually reiterates the same question-are superstitions real? As Rory moves on from her relationship with Walter so must Johnston leave some of this rumination behind and focus more on the murder and character relationships. As for the mystery-it's a good one! Public Affairs Director Lou Landorf, one of Gemma's new suitors, publicly criticizes several people then gets into an argument with Gemma. Gemma becomes suspect number one when his murdered body is found. Rory soon discovers Lou made plenty of other people angry, but who was angry enough to kill? Destiny, California is a town based on and fed by superstition. Johnston combines her love of animals with an exploration of interesting superstitions in this enjoyable series. If you love dogs, are interested in superstitions, and enjoy a bit of romance in your mystery be sure to check out the Superstition Mystery series by Linda O. Johnston. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
Luck has nothing to do with author Linda O. Johnston’s Superstition series being as popular as it is. It’s pure talent on the author’s part that gets the credit. KNOCK ON WOOD, the second installment in this wonderful series is just as delightful as book one, UNDER A LADDER. It was fun to be back in Destiny, CA where superstitions are taken very seriously. After all, the whole town revolves around them. It’s so clear that Ms. Johnston did her research while writing this book. She mentions superstitions, and good and bad luck items that I have never heard of. KNOCK ON WOOD is a well written mystery with a great plot that was more than it seemed. Every time I was sure I knew the answers to who and why, something would happen causing me to doubt myself. Ms. Johnston did a remarkable job keeping the answers just out of reach until she was ready for the reveal. I for one am knocking on wood that a third book in this series will be sliding down the rainbow to us sooner than later! Get your copy of KNOCK ON WOOD now. But be careful not to step on any cracks along the way!