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Middle-aged bookstore owner Willa Chance is looking forward to the opportunity of appraising a valuable private library that hasn't seen the light of day for 50 years...until she finds a dead body in the backyard and the ghost of the home's previous owner anxiously waiting for her inside.

Hampered by the persistent ghost who insists on keeping secrets from her, Willa navigates a sea of confusing clues as she struggles to uncover the connection between the recent murder and two murders 50 years ago. Is the answer contained in the secret she found in the library? Or the unusual bequest left by the long-dead owner of the house? Or maybe it has something to do with the mysterious journal that everyone seems to be after.

Once again, Willa's cat, Pandora, has to help her figure out the clues while she and the other cats of Mystic Notch try to keep vital mystical knowledge from getting into the wrong hands. Can Willa discover the identity of the killer in time, or will she end up being the fourth victim?

©2014 Leighann Dobbs (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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  • Meep
  • Seattle
  • 08-08-16

I wish Pepper was the lead.

The good things; this series has so much potential. I love the concept of the little town in the New Hampshire mountains. I love the addition of the magical aspect, and all the questions that are apparently going to be gradually revealed about the underlying magic in the town and it's inhabitants. I love the book store, the tea shop, all the old Victorian houses. I love the cats that talk and have a magical mission of their own (though I could do without Otis. Why do authors of cozies seem to believe we always need a jerk in the mix?). I love Pepper, the vintage queen and magical tea shop owner. I like the romantic aspect, which is an important component of a cozy to me, and I also like the fact that it wasn't continually pushing it's way into the main story like it did in book one.
The reader is also very good and easy to listen to.
The irritating things; The main character Willa. She seemed better than she was in the first book when book two started, but once we really get into the mystery she becomes almost as annoying as she was in book one. She is so stupid. She claims to have been a top notch crime reporter earlier in her life, but this is impossible for me to believe. She forms a theory about who the murderer is because reasons (pointlessly stupid reasons, I might add). She doesn't check any facts or look at things rationally, she just decides who the murderer "must" be and then ignores everything else. Once it turns out that person isn't the murderer, she learns nothing, randomly fixes on someone else, and does the same thing with that person. It is stunningly clear to the reader who the murderer must be as there are plenty of clues, but Willa ignores them all. The only real mystery here is who Ranger (the homeless dog) is going to end up living with by the end of the book.
Willa is also rigid, closed minded, and judgmental. She does no research on anything, and at age 48 seems to know very little about the world. She's not quite as bad as she was in book one, but she's still by far the most pointless and irritating character in the book.
I wish Pepper was the heroine. This series would be a lot better that way.
In summary, this a quick light read that's easy to listen to while you are doing other things as it's pretty repetitive and if you missed something it will probably come up again. You just have to be willing to put up with an incompetent main character.

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 12-24-15

A Spirited Tale

This was an enjoyable book. The mystery was well plotted and detailed. The characters were well developed and engaging. The subplot with the animals add a little magic to the story. The lead character, Willa, isn't always very bright. There were times when I thought she overlooked blatant clues. However, if she caught on to all of the clues the story would be over too soon. I already bought the next book and look forward to listening to it.

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Cats, dogs and ghost, oh my.

Another great story by Leighann. I love her books. This one was no exception. I enjoyed the twist and turns in this story, the ghost and i love the fact the cats meet and talk about protecting the humans. I know some people may think this is silly but this is a fun and light read and just plain good. I recommend this book and this series. Look forward to ore in his series.

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Most enjoyable story.

The performance by Elizabeth Rodgers is excellent, the story by Leighann Dobbs is engaging. Some mystery, humor, magic, cats, and a cast of quirky characters all rolled into a delightful experience!

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Super Cute!

As both a cat and a dog lover, I really enjoyed this book and series. A light, entertaining listen that leaves you feeling happy.

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Meh...an okay way to kill time

This isn't the worst book I ever read...but it isn't very good, either. It was worth the $1.99 I paid for it. It was fine for a brainless read while doing other work.

It does have a few things going for it. The premise is cute enough and the talking animals are the most interesting part of it. Some of the side characters are engaging. The narrator is fine.

What doesn't work, unfortunately, is the main character. She is supposed to be a 48 year old "criminal reporter turned bookstore owner". She is, in fact, dumb as a mud fence and has the emotional maturity of a teenager (and she is actually still better than she was in the first book). The romance is just silly, but blessedly is a minor part of the book. The books (at least the first two) are deeply formulaic. In fact, this was pretty much a cookie cutter copy of the first just with a different victim and different killer.

It was fine for a cheap time filler until my next monthly credits roll in. I would not, however, waste a credit on it.

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Interesting enough story

I am not much of a cozy book reader, story was ok, but really not that riving. I prefer stories with much more to them and the characters.

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Tale of ghosts past

I had so much fun reading this book! Mediums and ghosts flavored the story and lots of suspects kept the detectives on their toes. And the animals were wonderful!

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Good for long trip

It is an interesting story with a satisfying ending. The interaction among the cats was great.

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  • Cat
  • Wellington, NV
  • 09-07-17

Ghost and Cats <br />

An easy, sort of cheesy, but a clean murder story. Ghosts and cats and a dog solve the murder

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  • Mrs. Linda Gleave
  • 11-24-17

A spirited talr

loved it, an easy listening story with a twist on animals communication and interaction with humans