Shirley Damsgaard made me very uncomfortable with her fourth Ophelia and Abby mystery, so I guess she was successful. I didn't want Ophelia to worry so much about her foster daughter, Tink, or to go against her grandmother, Abby's feelings. And, I was upset with Abby. The prologue showed Ophelia in so much danger, I was reluctant to continue. And, to be honest, it took me a while to get into the book. There's so much foreshadowing in the prologue. When I finally was able to get past the uneasiness, I raced through the book.
Ophelia Jensen is a librarian in the small town of Summerset, Iowa. She, her grandmother, Abby, and Tink all have some psychic powers. They are all witches with different talents. Each woman is in a different stage of her life, and none are finding it easy to cope. Ophelia is just growing into her powers. Tink is only thirteen, and has to learn to use hers safely. And, Abby is aware she's aging. All three women must deal with their raw feelings in Witch Hunt.
Bikers have invaded the town and taken over the bars in Summerset. Townspeople feel threatened, and it only becomes worse when one of the bikers is murdered while in bed with Becca, Darci's cousin. Becca came to town to help Darci, Ophelia's friend and library assistant, celebrate her birthday. Some celebration. As Ophelia says, "How much worse could it be? Unexplained suicides, unsolved murders, hints of extortion and drugs?"
It only gets worse as Ophelia delves deeper into the truth behind the bikers and murder. Damsgaard's latest mystery is a winner. It will make you worry and turn pages faster and faster as you hurtle towards the end.
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Witch Hunt by Shirley Damsgaard. Avon Books, ©2007. ISBN 978-0-06-114711-1 (paperback), 292p.