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Small-town librarian Ophelia Jensen is finally starting to embrace her lot as one of the "chosen"—a psychic and folk magick practitioner, a.k.a. a witch. Expert loving guidance from her magickally adept grandmother Abby helps—and adopting Tink, an exceptionally talented teenage medium, has given Ophelia's life new purpose...until a brutal murder clouds the sunshine of their days. Ophelia's co-worker and best friend, Darci, is distraught when her cousin is implicated in the small Iowa town of Summerset's most recent murder—the violent death of a biker. Unfortunately for Darci's cousin, it's her fingerprints all over the murder weapon. She claims she's innocent, but it'll take Ophelia and Abby more than a good incantation or two to get to the bottom of this crime—what with ghosts, crooked cops, secret identities, and a small army of outlaw bikers thrown into this devil's brew.

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									Witch Hunt
An Ophelia and Abby Mystery

Author: Shirley Damsgaard
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Small-town librarian Ophelia Jensen is finally starting to embrace her lot as one of the "chosen"—a
psychic and folk magick practitioner, a.k.a. a witch. Expert loving guidance from her magickally adept
grandmother Abby helps—and adopting Tink, an exceptionally talented teenage medium, has given
Ophelia's life new purpose...until a brutal murder clouds the sunshine of their days. Ophelia's co-worker
and best friend, Darci, is distraught when her cousin is implicated in the small Iowa town of Summerset's
most recent murder—the violent death of a biker. Unfortunately for Darci's cousin, it's her fingerprints all
over the murder weapon. She claims she's innocent, but it'll take Ophelia and Abby more than a good
incantation or two to get to the bottom of this crime—what with ghosts, crooked cops, secret identities,
and a small army of outlaw bikers thrown into this devil's brew.
Excerpt

The honeymoon was over. The sweet, quiet thirteen-year-old girl from last August had now, in May,
morphed into a drama queen. In the evening, my phone rang constantly with calls from her friend, Nell,
whom she'd spent the entire day with at school. One would think they'd talked over everything there, but
evidently they still had important issues to discuss. Every weekend there was some event that required
her attendance. And if she didn't go, she said she'd die. For a thirty-something librarian who had lived a
peaceful life, becoming a foster mother was a change that had left me reeling. I was in over my head.My
beloved grandmother sat at her kitchen table and listened to my tale of woe with a small smile playing at
the corner of her mouth. Her green eyes held a distinct twinkle."You think this is funny, don't you?" I said,
leaning up against the counter in Abby's kitchen.Her smile widened while she tucked a stray strand of
silver hair back into the heavy braid coiled at the top of her head. In her seventies, her face bore the
traces of the lovely young woman my grandfather had brought to Iowa all those years ago. And when she
smiled, that young woman seemed to peek out."Yes, I do. I can recall similar conversations I had with
your mother when you were a teenager," she said in a voice still rich with the tempo of the Appalachian
Mountains where she'd spent her girlhood.I frowned. "Wait a second. I never spent hours on the phone
every night after school. And most of my weekends were at the library, not running around some
mall.""That's right." She nodded. "You did spend most weekends studying, but I do recall one weekend at
Halloween—""Hey, that wasn't my idea. Linda had a crush on the dean's son. She wanted to get his
attention."Abby's laugh rang out. "Well, you succeeded. You not only got the son's attention, but the
dean's and the campus police."I lowered my eyes and traced the toe of my shoe across the wooden floor
of Abby's rustic kitchen. The smell of wood smoke from her cook stove mingled with the scent of the
dried herbs hanging from the open beams, as I remembered all too well the incident Abby was referring
to. My girlfriend, Linda, thought she was madly in love with the dean's son, but he wouldn't give her the
time of day, so one Halloween we decided to change all that and decorate every bush and tree in his yard
with toilet paper. The pristine white streamers looked lovely waving in the moonlight, or at least we
thought so until the campus police rolled up the driveway and busted us. Not a good situation to be in
when both your parents are professors and the dean is your mother's boss.I think I got grounded for a
month over that little escapade.Abby's voice jarred me out of my trip down memory lane. "And then there
was the time you and Linda—""Okay, okay," I grumbled. "I get it. I put my mother through my share of
drama, too."She walked over to me and placed her hands on my shoulders. "It's going to be all right,
Ophelia. Kids don't come with instruction manuals. All you can do is love them."A frown puckered my
forehead. "I do love Tink. She's had a tough life for someone so young. Losing her mother at such a
young age, then being forced to live with her psycho aunt for all those years."A shudder ran through me
as I thought of Juliet Finch, Tink's aunt and former guardian. When we'd met the Finches last summer,
Juliet had been trying to use Tink's talent as a medium for her own purposes. She tried to keep the kid
drugged, and Tink's only ally had been a Native American shaman, Walks Quietly. Juliet's plan...
Author Bio
Shirley Damsgaard
Take a life-long interest in the paranormal and mix it with a vivid imagination. Let the potion simmer in a
small Iowa town, and the result is the Ophelia and Abby mystery series written by Shirley Damsgaard.
The popular series debuted in August of 2005 with Witch Way To Murder, and went on to receive an
Agatha nomination for Best First Novel.Shirley resides with her family in a small Iowa town where she has
served as Postmaster for the last twenty years. She is currently working on the next book of the series,
which again touches delightfully on the paranormal.
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