“Josie Way loved working among the Library of Congress’s leather-scented stacks—until she uncovered corruption and made herself a target. As Wilfred, Oregon’s new librarian, Josie can stay undercover until the case goes to court. But life in this little town isn’t as subdued as she expected. The library, housed in a a Victorian mansion, is slated to be bulldozed. Still digesting the news that her safe haven is about to become scrap lumber, Josie discovers a body in the woods …
Almost as shocking, Josie learns that she’s descended from a long line of witches—and her powers have suddenly sprung to life. With help from a spoiled alley cat who just may be her familiar, Josie’s thumbing through a catalog of suspects, hoping she can conjure a way to save her library—and her life …” – Amazon
Bait and Witch by Angela M. Sanders is a great start to a new paranormal cozy mystery series. And if you’ve been reading my reviews for any amount of time, you’ve probably come to realize witch cozies are my catnip. Since I’ve read so many of them I am very particular when it comes to deciding if I will continue the series and the Witch Way Librarian Cozies is one series in which I will definitely be seeking out future books.
Josie is a wonderfully strong female protagonist who has some solid morals. Rodney, the cat that comes with the library she’s working at, is the perfect blend of sass and loving. Although he seems to be Josie’s familiar, part of me is wondering if he’s actually a human that was turned into a cat… just from a couple of things I read. And, of course, you can’t have a cozy without a cast of quirky characters and a romantic interest.
The one really fun/bizarre quirk is that people from the trailer park will come over to the library, which is a big, old mansion, to bathe. At one point, one of the characters walks into the library with a towel ready for her bath. This just really stood out and amused me for some reason.
Although Josie starts to accept she’s a witch, actually a very powerful one, she doesn’t do much with her powers in Bait and Witch. But with the way this book ends you know that the next book will be exploring her powers in great depth, which I’m really looking forward to.
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