Final Exam (A Witch City Mystery) 

by Carol J. Perry


About the Book

Cozy Mystery 8th in Series 
Kensington (February 26, 2019) 
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages 
ISBN-10: 1496714601
ISBN-13: 978-1496714602

A cold case update in Salem, Massachusetts . . .
Life at the house on Winter Street is abuzz with preparations for Aunt Ibby’s 45th high school reunion, and Lee Barrett is happy to pitch in, tracking down addresses and licking envelopes. But as a field reporter for Salem’s WICH-TV, her priority is to be on top of the town’s latest news before anyone else.
When the local police dredge up a vintage sports car containing human remains, Lee is thrilled to be the first reporter on the scene. Once she learns the car is connected to the cold case her boyfriend Pete happens to be working on, her powers of investigation are quickly alerted. But it’s her Aunt Ibby’s emotional reaction to Lee’s TV report that puts her on the case. With the help of O’Ryan, her psychic feline sidekick, she’ll have to unravel a tangled past of secrets and promises to stop a killer from making history again . . .

A young news reporter, who has worked her way up to tougher stories, along with a cat who may have magical powers, both of whom at least experience some psychic visions, plus an experience hardened cop, with a soft spot for the reporter, who is beginning to be a believer. These are the main characters in this interesting series. Overall the book is a series of balances and opposites.
Interviewed information versus experienced intuition, promiscuous teenagers versus accomplished senior citizens, secrets aplenty both in the real world and in the cards.
When Lee Barrett gets a tip that police divers are searching for something in the off-limits quarry, she follows her hunch and finds more than she is prepared for. Having to learn as she reports, she finds it usual that her very supportive Aunt Libby can't find the time to help her search for clues, including Libby's own high school year book, even as she is preparing for a class reunion. Something is very very off.

I really like the characters and learning more about them as this story unfolds.
The time period involved intrigues me, as I could relate to being the same age back then, although not as wild. Following the clues was exciting. I figured out some connections quite quickly but the motive and details kept me interested until the end.
A very well done mystery.

About the Author

Carol J. Perry knew as a child that she wanted to be a writer. A voracious reader, whose list for Santa consisted mostly of book titles, she never lost sight of that goal. While living in Florida, Carol was on assignment for Southern Travel Magazine, preparing an article on the world’s largest sand castle which was being built near her home. That combination of events inspired her first young adult novel, Sand Castle Summer. That book was soon followed by half a dozen more.
Carol has always been an avid reader of mysteries. Her debut mystery novel is set in Salem and involves O’Ryan, a most mysterious cat, several witches and some strange Halloween happenings. Appropriately enough, this Salem-born author celebrates her birthday on Halloween Eve!
Carol and her husband Dan live in the Tampa Bay area of Florida with two cats and a Black Lab.
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  1. Thank you for your review on "Final Exam" by Carol J. Perry and for being part of the book tour.

    Great sounding book that I would love to have the opportunity to read. Love the cover!
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