Late Checkout (Witch City Mystery #9)
A dead ballplayer means foul play in Salem . . .   Field reporter Lee Barrett is not happy that her hours are being cut back at WICH-TV, although it is nice to spend more time volunteering with Aunt Ibby, a research librarian at Salem's main branch. But Lee's least favorite task is going up to the stacks, a spooky, seldom-frequented upper section of the library. On this day she has good reason to be afraid—she finds a dead man, surrounded by hundreds of scattered books and torn-out pages. Her police detective beau, Pete Mondello, is soon on the scene, and the deceased is identified as a former minor league baseball player—and ex-con—named Wee Willie Wallace, who hasn't been seen in Salem for twenty years. With help from her friend River's Tarot reading, her clairvoyant cat O'Ryan, and Lee's own psychic gifts, she steps up to the plate to catch the killer who took the old ballplayer out of the game . . .   Praise for the Witch City Mysteries“Perfectly relaxing and readable.”—Kirkus Reviews “This rewarding paranormal cozy series debut will have Victoria Laurie fans lining up to follow.”—Library Journal “An entertaining story that keeps readers guessing until the very twisted and eerie end.” —RT Book Reviews

Late Checkout (Witch City Mystery #9) Details

TitleLate Checkout (Witch City Mystery #9)
Author
ReleaseSep 24th, 2019
PublisherKensington Books
Rating
GenreMystery, Cozy Mystery, Paranormal, Witches

Late Checkout (Witch City Mystery #9) Review

  • Shelly
    January 1, 1970
    I have yet to read a book in the Witch City Mystery series that I didn’t like. The writing is descriptive and clever. The plots is always entertaining and the characters are fun. Late Checkout takes place in Salem, Mass. Lee is a field reporter for WICH-TV and has some supernatural powers that make her a natural investigator. When a former minor league baseball player is found deceased surrounded by scattered books with torn-out pages in the local library, Lee is on the scene. This book kept my I have yet to read a book in the Witch City Mystery series that I didn’t like. The writing is descriptive and clever. The plots is always entertaining and the characters are fun. Late Checkout takes place in Salem, Mass. Lee is a field reporter for WICH-TV and has some supernatural powers that make her a natural investigator. When a former minor league baseball player is found deceased surrounded by scattered books with torn-out pages in the local library, Lee is on the scene. This book kept my interest until the very end. Readers will enjoy the red herrings along the way. Late Checkout is a fantastic fall reading choice.
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  • Linden
    January 1, 1970
    Lee is a reporter for television station WICH in Salem, Massachusetts. When someone is murdered in the local library where her aunt works, Lee unfortunately finds the body. She's determined to help her cop boyfriend, Pete, find the killer, even if it means putting herself in harm's way. Cats, books, and the apparently lethal world of sports collectibles are a great combination in this cozy mystery.
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  • Kirsti
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book.I do love the setting and premise of these books; it's obvious the author knows her hometown well although she admits to changing some details to better suit the novel. It adds a real home town appeal that works throughout, and makes Lee a more beliveable character. I've read a few books in this series now, and it definitely ties in a real Witchy feel but not in an overwhleming way; Lee has visions but they're unreliable a Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book.I do love the setting and premise of these books; it's obvious the author knows her hometown well although she admits to changing some details to better suit the novel. It adds a real home town appeal that works throughout, and makes Lee a more beliveable character. I've read a few books in this series now, and it definitely ties in a real Witchy feel but not in an overwhleming way; Lee has visions but they're unreliable and often don't make sense until much later. Her friend River features as well, and her Tarot readings can have an impact on the plot as well.The only thing I didn't like was the meandering path getting to the killer took; I felt like it was so obvious from the get go with one character all shady, but Lee, Pete and Ibby seem to overlook the most obvious clues. That was frustrating. I did like the eventual mystery and explanation though, it was just the time it took to get there.Hopefully we see Lee more on the job in the next one too; I liked the investigating part but I also like her interviews. She interacts really well with her workmates too, and even though she keeps saying she has all this time on her hands to volunteer she spends a lot of time down at the station in this book, just not with some of the old crowd. This was a fun addition to the series with only a few small letdowns for me. I enjoyed it as a whole and the eventual publishing might be a little tighter and more polished. Four stars.
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  • Lisa Morin
    January 1, 1970
    This is a great series, fast paced, plenty of strong, colorful characters, and always an interesting mystery to solve.It's Halloween in Salem, MA and Lee is a bit out off as her hours at WICH TV have been reduced.When Lee becomes involved in the stations anniversary celebration, she is reminded of all the wonderful television shows she watched when she was a child.When a mysterious death takes place in the library, Lee unfortunately is the one to discover the body. Thankfully, Lee has her boyfri This is a great series, fast paced, plenty of strong, colorful characters, and always an interesting mystery to solve.It's Halloween in Salem, MA and Lee is a bit out off as her hours at WICH TV have been reduced.When Lee becomes involved in the stations anniversary celebration, she is reminded of all the wonderful television shows she watched when she was a child.When a mysterious death takes place in the library, Lee unfortunately is the one to discover the body. Thankfully, Lee has her boyfriend, Pete to protect her, and soon Lee and her aunt begin unraveling the secrets of the victim.I really enjoy this series, I love Salem and anything witch related. I like Lee as a character, she is smart, talented, and is always ready to find out the truth.Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for approving me to read this book.I'm looking forward to more in this series.
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  • Sue Em
    January 1, 1970
    It's coming up on Halloween in Salem, MA which and the city is filled with tourists and special events. Lee Barrett's hours at WICH-TV have been cut (nepotism reigns here too), so she volunteers to help out at the library. Oh well, no good deed ..... Unfortunately she finds an elderly man murdered in the stacks. And her looking into that with her Aunt Ibby dovetails with a project for the tv studio's 70th anniversary As always,the books in this series are well written, with an interesting plot a It's coming up on Halloween in Salem, MA which and the city is filled with tourists and special events. Lee Barrett's hours at WICH-TV have been cut (nepotism reigns here too), so she volunteers to help out at the library. Oh well, no good deed ..... Unfortunately she finds an elderly man murdered in the stacks. And her looking into that with her Aunt Ibby dovetails with a project for the tv studio's 70th anniversary As always,the books in this series are well written, with an interesting plot and engaging characters. A new Carol J. Perry always rises to the top of my overloaded TBR.
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  • Krista
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book. I really enjoy this series. I love that they are set in Salem. I figured this one out pretty early on and some parts are a bit repetitive to previous installments. For me there were more variations to the stories when Lee was at the school rather than a reporter at WICH-TV. I'm still a fan of this series and will read the next one.
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  • Eden
    January 1, 1970
    2019 bk. 309. Lee is back, along with Aunt Ibby and her boyfriend, Pete. It is almost time for Halloween in Salem again. Lee's hours at the station have been cut because the boss's nephew needs time on air to jumpstart his own career. While a little resentful, Lee takes the time to volunteer at the local library where she finds a body in the stacks. Investigation shows that the victim worked at the tv station in the 1970's and 1980's. Knowing that the station manager wants to have an anniversary 2019 bk. 309. Lee is back, along with Aunt Ibby and her boyfriend, Pete. It is almost time for Halloween in Salem again. Lee's hours at the station have been cut because the boss's nephew needs time on air to jumpstart his own career. While a little resentful, Lee takes the time to volunteer at the local library where she finds a body in the stacks. Investigation shows that the victim worked at the tv station in the 1970's and 1980's. Knowing that the station manager wants to have an anniversary celebration of the station's founding, Lee combines her investigation of this murder with exploring the history and the people who were involved in the children's programming of her childhood. An interesting mystery proving a look into the demise of local area children's programming, the collection of sports memorabilia, and more of Salem, Massachusett's Halloween events.
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    Final Exam by Carol J. Perry, is the 8th book in the Witch City Mysteries, and another great addition. I love this series, the books are never dull, and this book does not disappoint. Lee Barrett is now working as a field reporter on WICH-TV, in Salem, MA. Lee is also volunteering at the public library, where she finds a body in the stacks. I really enjoy the relationship between Lee and her detective boyfriend Pete, Aunt Ibby and of course O'Ryan , the psychic cat. This book has everything you Final Exam by Carol J. Perry, is the 8th book in the Witch City Mysteries, and another great addition. I love this series, the books are never dull, and this book does not disappoint. Lee Barrett is now working as a field reporter on WICH-TV, in Salem, MA. Lee is also volunteering at the public library, where she finds a body in the stacks. I really enjoy the relationship between Lee and her detective boyfriend Pete, Aunt Ibby and of course O'Ryan , the psychic cat. This book has everything you want in a cozy mystery, plus a little paranormal thrown in. The story kept me intrigued and reading page after page. I am looking forward to reading Lee's next adventure.  I highly recommend this book/series.I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and Kensington Publishing. Thank you.
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  • Sue Em
    January 1, 1970
    It's coming up on Halloween in Salem, MA which and the city is filled with tourists and special events. Lee Barrett's hours at WICH-TV have been cut (nepotism reigns here too), so she volunteers to help out at the library. Oh well, no good deed ..... Unfortunately she finds an elderly man murdered in the stacks. And her looking into that with her Aunt Ibby dovetails with a project for the tv studio's 70th anniversary As always,the books in this series are well written, with an interesting plot a It's coming up on Halloween in Salem, MA which and the city is filled with tourists and special events. Lee Barrett's hours at WICH-TV have been cut (nepotism reigns here too), so she volunteers to help out at the library. Oh well, no good deed ..... Unfortunately she finds an elderly man murdered in the stacks. And her looking into that with her Aunt Ibby dovetails with a project for the tv studio's 70th anniversary As always,the books in this series are well written, with an interesting plot and engaging characters. A new Carol J. Perry always rises to the top of my overloaded TBR. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Linda Quick
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this book! This is a wonderful murder mystery set in Salem and out just in time for Halloween. Lee is a reporter for the local news channel and Pete is her detective boyfriend, when Lee stumbles upon a dead body. She begins reporting on it, and investigating the deceased, even as Pete is investigating the homicide. As they investigate, Lee gets the chance to delve into the history of her news channel, along with beloved characters from her favorite shows when she was a young child. However Loved this book! This is a wonderful murder mystery set in Salem and out just in time for Halloween. Lee is a reporter for the local news channel and Pete is her detective boyfriend, when Lee stumbles upon a dead body. She begins reporting on it, and investigating the deceased, even as Pete is investigating the homicide. As they investigate, Lee gets the chance to delve into the history of her news channel, along with beloved characters from her favorite shows when she was a young child. However, as one might expect, meeting your childhood idols is a mixed bag, both much better and much worse than one might expect. Add in the crazy costumes that they used to wear and weave in a compelling mystery and you've got a great tale that kept me completely engaged.Each book in this series is better than the one before. I love how the characters have grown and developed over the series and can't wait to read more about them. Each book is a stand alone novel. If you enjoy the genre, you will love this book. Put it at the top of your TBR as it's the must read seasonal release this fall. The author is on my must read authors' list.
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  • Penny Noble
    January 1, 1970
    I came to this series late, but I have read the last couple of novels. I really enjoy Salem and its residents as they are fun, hometown people. I just love that feel. The residents are all fun and quirky, too, though at times I feel Lee only interacts personally with Pete and her aunt Ibby. She needs more friends! This book has Lee knocked down to part time at the TV station, so she starts volunteering at the library where she comes across a body. Of course, she has to find the killer. While I r I came to this series late, but I have read the last couple of novels. I really enjoy Salem and its residents as they are fun, hometown people. I just love that feel. The residents are all fun and quirky, too, though at times I feel Lee only interacts personally with Pete and her aunt Ibby. She needs more friends! This book has Lee knocked down to part time at the TV station, so she starts volunteering at the library where she comes across a body. Of course, she has to find the killer. While I really enjoyed this book, there were a couple of times it was a little repetitious, and the killer was fairly obvious. However, that didn’t spoil my enjoyment too much, and I’m looking forward to the next installment. Oh, and why can’t Lee see that O’Ryan has special abilities, at least from my point of view? LOL! Recommend! I was provided a copy which I voluntarily reviewed.
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  • Rima Aiello
    January 1, 1970
    This series had me hooked from book one, and it has its claws into me even deeper after this latest installment. What is truly amazing about this book is how different the plot is. Sure, it has murder and mystery, but, the author is amazing at finding ways to make each story stand out, and this book is no different. The setting, characters, story, all put together is a grand slam.
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  • Lisa Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    I’m very invested in the characters of the Witch City Mysteries, so I was delighted to see another Halloween-themed book. I thought the interweaving of WICH-TV’s past and present, along with a locked room mystery and Halloween festivities was cleverly done. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not paid for this review.
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  • Susan Graves
    January 1, 1970
    I just love this series! There is something magical about curling up with a witch city book while drinking a hot cup of tea and listening to a thunderstorm. This series forgive the pun is downright witchy fun. I love how Carol Perry writes as she always keeps me intrigued until the very end. I cannot wait for more in this great series. Its almost as good as visiting Salem itself.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    This series is first rate, with great characters, a paranormal theme and intriguing whodunit.I strongly recommend you read this series in order and I cannot wait to read the next one.I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
  • Bobbie Kirkland
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of LATE CHECKOUT (Book 9 of the Witch City Mysteries) by Carol J. Perry in exchange for an honest review. WICH-TV did it again; it offered Lee Barrett a job (this time, her dream job of investigative reporter) and snatched it away! This time, WICH-TV put Lee on the sidelines because a family member of the station owner wanted the job. Tired of spending all of her newly leisure time sulking about nepotism, Lee decides to volunteer at the library. Lee’s first volunteer shift I received a free copy of LATE CHECKOUT (Book 9 of the Witch City Mysteries) by Carol J. Perry in exchange for an honest review. WICH-TV did it again; it offered Lee Barrett a job (this time, her dream job of investigative reporter) and snatched it away! This time, WICH-TV put Lee on the sidelines because a family member of the station owner wanted the job. Tired of spending all of her newly leisure time sulking about nepotism, Lee decides to volunteer at the library. Lee’s first volunteer shift ends when she finds someone permanently shelved in the stacks. In an effort to regain some traction with the television station, Lee collects the scoop and investigates the homicide. Lee’s subsequent research into the victim, Wee Willie Wallace, and his manner of death reveals connections back to WICH-TV: the long ago suspicious death of the station’s sports expert, and the local children’s programs Lee grew up watching. Is one of Lee’s childhood icons a terrible role model?There’s just a hint of the paranormal in this series: Lee’s clairvoyant and also seems to be developing more intuition in reference to her friend River’s tarot cards. Overall, I enjoyed the book. The only negative was when Lee, typically pretty savvy, totally failed to understand a vision that, after some explanation of context, was pretty direct. I got it; Lee didn’t, and she kept dwelling on her lack of understanding until law enforcement solved the problem without her help. This was frustrating. From my viewpoint, the story would have worked much better if Lee just didn’t have the vision; Lee already had a vision that linked the previous death to the current homicide, and Lee’s developing tarot intuition provided all of the remaining assistance.I really like this series. It’s fun. I recommend this series to fans of cozy mysteries with the following elements: too-smart cats, psychic abilities, news reporters, childhood icons, libraries, Halloween festivities, detective boyfriends, and wise but feisty aunts. The book, as usual, contains some delicious-sounding recipes.#LateCheckout #NetGalley
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  • The Cozy Review
    January 1, 1970
    Series: A Witch City Mystery – Book 9Author: Carol J. Perry Genre: Cozy Mystery/Paranormal/WitchPublisher: Kensington Mystery Page Count: 336Publishing Date: September 24, 2019The latest cozy in the “A Witch City Mystery” series Late Checkout from Carol J. Perry arrives on September 24, 2019, from Kensington books.Lee Barrett is the beloved main character in this cozy series and one that keeps readers coming back for more. Her Aunt Ibby and Lee’s wonderful cat O’Ryan would be the second most imp Series: A Witch City Mystery – Book 9Author: Carol J. Perry Genre: Cozy Mystery/Paranormal/WitchPublisher: Kensington Mystery Page Count: 336Publishing Date: September 24, 2019The latest cozy in the “A Witch City Mystery” series Late Checkout from Carol J. Perry arrives on September 24, 2019, from Kensington books.Lee Barrett is the beloved main character in this cozy series and one that keeps readers coming back for more. Her Aunt Ibby and Lee’s wonderful cat O’Ryan would be the second most important equally. I think Ibby and O’Ryan could carry a series all on their own, and I would be the first person to buy the books!In this new addition to the series, Lee once again finds the body of a stranger, and in all places, Ibby’s library. She is shocked but also determined to find out why the man was killed and why at the library. This is typical behavior for Lee. Her curiosity knows no bounds, and as a field reporter, it benefits her greatly. Lee’s personality can be that of the hard-hitting reporter and the lovable, compassionate friend and niece. The character always leaves readers smiling and craving the next installment in the cozy series.All of the characters readers have come to love and admire are present, but some are not as important in this new book as others and play a tiny part. This is also a problem with this book. Beloved characters such as River North do not play a significant role, and this puts a bit of a damper on the story. The killer, although present in the book, is barely noticeable and may even come off as unbelievable to many readers. The suspects are few, so it isn’t hard to follow them and the clues. This cozy did not have the number of paranormal twists that I have come to expect, and feel is needed. Many readers will know from the beginning how the murder was committed, but not necessarily the who. Unfortunately, I also found the ending far too confusing and unsatisfying.In general, this is a quick read with a nice plot. Even though I found issues with Late Checkout I still happily recommend the book and series to readers who like a touch of the paranormal in their mysteries.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Halloween in Salem, MA - what's not to like about a mystery with such a setting? In this, the 9th Witch City mystery, Lee Barrett is a young widow who has returned to Salem and shares a house with her Aunt Ibby and her cat, O'Ryan. Aunt Ibby is a research librarian and Lee is a tv reporter for WICH-TV. Lee has a witchy power that she would rather not have - she sees visions via shiny surfaces. Since returning to Salem she has moved from job to job at the tv station and now that she is a field re Halloween in Salem, MA - what's not to like about a mystery with such a setting? In this, the 9th Witch City mystery, Lee Barrett is a young widow who has returned to Salem and shares a house with her Aunt Ibby and her cat, O'Ryan. Aunt Ibby is a research librarian and Lee is a tv reporter for WICH-TV. Lee has a witchy power that she would rather not have - she sees visions via shiny surfaces. Since returning to Salem she has moved from job to job at the tv station and now that she is a field reporter things should be great. Nope, not when the station manager's wife's nephew shows up and is given some of her hours because he needs "some experience". Hello cut hours for Lee and some time on her hands, time she decides to spend volunteering at the library. Looking into a mirror gives her a vision of a pile of books and a shoe poking out from under it. The two turn out to be connected - she finds the pile of books and the shoe is attatched to the dead body of Wee Willie Wallace. He was a minor league baseball player and ex-con who had come home to Salem. Was his death in any way connected to the death of a sports caster from the tv station that Lee is researching?This is one of my favorite series and I enjoy the characters of Aunt Ibby, Lee, her friend River (who reads Tarot) and Lee's cop boyfriend, Pete. They work well as an investigative team when the occasional corpse shows up. The witchy theme is never over the top and the mysteries are well constructed with enough twists and red herrings to keep me guessing. My thanks to the publisher, Kensington and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Susan Johnston
    January 1, 1970
    Princess Fuzzypants here: I have enjoyed ever single one of the books in this series. Maralee is a fascinating heroine, an investigative reporter who sees visions in shiny surfaces. Along with her yummy cop boyfriend Pete, she and her aunt and best friend who reads tarot cards, solve murders. Of course, they are aided by the not inconsiderable talents of O’Ryan the former familiar of a witch. O’Ryan is, of course, a cat.They all have their work cut out for them when Maralee discovers the still w Princess Fuzzypants here: I have enjoyed ever single one of the books in this series. Maralee is a fascinating heroine, an investigative reporter who sees visions in shiny surfaces. Along with her yummy cop boyfriend Pete, she and her aunt and best friend who reads tarot cards, solve murders. Of course, they are aided by the not inconsiderable talents of O’Ryan the former familiar of a witch. O’Ryan is, of course, a cat.They all have their work cut out for them when Maralee discovers the still warm body of a former employee of the tv station. Wee Willie has led a rather checkered life so there are few who mourn him but the means of his death are so similar to the death of another former tv icon, Marlee is convinced there must be some connection. The problem is this is a locked room murder without any obvious suspect nor means of egress. It is a puzzler.Maralee is given the assignment of putting together a 70th anniversary celebration for the station and meets many of her childhood idols. They are all connected to the two dead men professionally. Is there another connection as well? One that leads to murder? Even though I had suspicions about the actual killer, there were plenty of turns and a totally unexpected twist at the end. It was a good tight mystery that was perfect for Halloween month.Five purrs and two paws up.
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  • Cozy Cat Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    This is book 9 in the "A Witch City Mystery" series by author Carol J. Perry. I have read many of the series and always enjoyed them as a fun interesting cozy mystery series set in picturesque Salem. I highly recommend this series . Thank you to the Publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. This next in series has a fun Halloween theme. Our protagonist Lee is on furlough from her dream job at the news station. She decides to volunteer at the library and finds a body in the stacks ! Lee ha This is book 9 in the "A Witch City Mystery" series by author Carol J. Perry. I have read many of the series and always enjoyed them as a fun interesting cozy mystery series set in picturesque Salem. I highly recommend this series . Thank you to the Publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. This next in series has a fun Halloween theme. Our protagonist Lee is on furlough from her dream job at the news station. She decides to volunteer at the library and finds a body in the stacks ! Lee has a talent for investigating murders and she decides to solve this case with help from her feisty Aunt Ibby and her friends. She finds the victim had suspicious ties to her own news station and soon clues abound and lead her into directions she never expected. I love the setting , the fun charcters and the sleuth of this mystery. The sleuth kept me guessing until the pleasing conclusion. I love the location of Salem for this Halloween theme mystery with all the decor, holiday spookiness and paranormal happenings. A very enjoyable read that I highly recommend. This series has the perfect touch of magic that adds to the fun and enjoyment of each book.
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  • Jennie Seaman
    January 1, 1970
    OMG another amazing book from Carol J. Perry! This series has quickly become one of my absolute favorites! Maralee is an investigative field reporter for the local Salem TV station. She also happens to have a gift. She sees things in reflective surfaces. On her first day volunteering at the library, she is up in the scary stacks and finds a dead body! Boyfriend Detective Pete catches the case. Can they work together using his detective skills and her investigative skills, and maybe some supernat OMG another amazing book from Carol J. Perry! This series has quickly become one of my absolute favorites! Maralee is an investigative field reporter for the local Salem TV station. She also happens to have a gift. She sees things in reflective surfaces. On her first day volunteering at the library, she is up in the scary stacks and finds a dead body! Boyfriend Detective Pete catches the case. Can they work together using his detective skills and her investigative skills, and maybe some supernatural ones, to solve the case? I love how creative each of the stories in this series is. Each time the characters stay true to themselves and grow at the same time. Ms. Perry is able to keep the reader guessing until the very last page. I love all of the characters so much! Maralee and Pete might just be one of my favorite couples ever. They compliment each other so well. And I totally want my own Aunt Ibby! Overall, really enjoyed this one and I can’t wait to see what comes next! **eARC provided in exchange for an honest review**
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  • Kathleen Gray
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. Wee Willie, who hasn't been in Salem for years, is dead- and Lee's the one who finds him- in Aunt Ibby's research library! Lee's a reporter for WICH TV (get it?) and she's got some time on her hands because there are cutbacks so of course, she, Abby, and her cat O'Ryan (go with it) are on the case (along with Lee's boyfriend Pete, who is a real law enforcement officer). This series (and you'll be fine with this as a standalone) takes great advantage of its setting in Salem, Mass but Perry n Wow. Wee Willie, who hasn't been in Salem for years, is dead- and Lee's the one who finds him- in Aunt Ibby's research library! Lee's a reporter for WICH TV (get it?) and she's got some time on her hands because there are cutbacks so of course, she, Abby, and her cat O'Ryan (go with it) are on the case (along with Lee's boyfriend Pete, who is a real law enforcement officer). This series (and you'll be fine with this as a standalone) takes great advantage of its setting in Salem, Mass but Perry never takes things over the top. There's also a paranormal element but that doesn't get too twee. There's great interplay between Lee and Pete, as well as with Ibby (who can be a real hoot). The mystery isn't too complicated but it's interesting. Thanks to net galley for the ARC. Readers of the series will be happy with this latest installment and new readers will have found their new characters. For cozy fans.
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  • FMSWarrior
    January 1, 1970
    Lee Barrett is volunteering at the library and discovers a dead man in the stacks. Little does she know when she is asked by her boss to help plan the TV Station’s 70th anniversary celebration that the man murdered is also connected to WICH-TV. As Lee researches the station’s history and reaches out to past on air talent, she finds that she is also doing double duty by doing an investigative piece on the murder at the same time.With a hunky police detective as her boyfriend and a head librarian Lee Barrett is volunteering at the library and discovers a dead man in the stacks. Little does she know when she is asked by her boss to help plan the TV Station’s 70th anniversary celebration that the man murdered is also connected to WICH-TV. As Lee researches the station’s history and reaches out to past on air talent, she finds that she is also doing double duty by doing an investigative piece on the murder at the same time.With a hunky police detective as her boyfriend and a head librarian as her aunt, the three of them begin working together to connect the dots between the murder and the TV Station. But will the trio finger the murder before Lee is the next victim? I adore this series and Halloween in Salem is always a hit! The clever whodunit leaves quite a few red herrings and concludes by wrapping everything together and connecting all he dots. Another great entry in the Witch City Series.
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  • Kerry
    January 1, 1970
    9th title in the Witch City mystery series finds our main character, Lee Barrett stumbling upon a dead body in the stacks of the library while she is volunteering. Lee's investigation along with her aunt Ibby, Head Librarian, and her police detective boyfriend, Pete, has her interacting with people from the sports memorabilia world and veterans of her station, WICH-TV.Perry's strengths are her vivid description of the people and places of Salem. This story is told right at Salem's high holy days 9th title in the Witch City mystery series finds our main character, Lee Barrett stumbling upon a dead body in the stacks of the library while she is volunteering. Lee's investigation along with her aunt Ibby, Head Librarian, and her police detective boyfriend, Pete, has her interacting with people from the sports memorabilia world and veterans of her station, WICH-TV.Perry's strengths are her vivid description of the people and places of Salem. This story is told right at Salem's high holy days (Halloween) and bursts with excitement and revelry of the town. Readers looking for a good Halloween read will find it with Late Checkout. I personally did not guess the culprit until right before the end and enjoyed Lee's investigation. Although this is the 9th in the series, I felt readers could understand and enjoy this title without reading the others in the series. Perry does a great job of referencing anything you may need to know. 3.5 cozy read. Nothing ground breaking but enjoyable. I wasn't that into the sports angle but Aunt Ibby and Pete make up for it.
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  • Annarella
    January 1, 1970
    Regardless of what is in my TBR list the books in this series always go to the top and I read as soon as I download the ARC.I love this series and this book met all my expectations.I'm always fascinated by the descriptions of Salem and I like the Halloween atmosphere described.There's always a very good character development and it was great to meet again the cast of characters.The mystery is good, it kept me guessing and I liked the ending even if it wasn't completely unexpected.I look forward Regardless of what is in my TBR list the books in this series always go to the top and I read as soon as I download the ARC.I love this series and this book met all my expectations.I'm always fascinated by the descriptions of Salem and I like the Halloween atmosphere described.There's always a very good character development and it was great to meet again the cast of characters.The mystery is good, it kept me guessing and I liked the ending even if it wasn't completely unexpected.I look forward to reading the next instalment in this series.Highly recommended!Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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  • Cindy
    January 1, 1970
    I adore this series!!! Carol J. Perry is one of the most descriptive cozy writers out there, you really feel like you're in the town of Salem truly experiencing the mystery along with Lee. It's a magical realism/cozy mystery series and it adds so much fun to the reading experience. In this installment we follow Lee as she unravels a mystery involving some of the old employees of WICH_TV, all while the October events of Salem are going on. The mystery has a lot of depth as usual and even though I I adore this series!!! Carol J. Perry is one of the most descriptive cozy writers out there, you really feel like you're in the town of Salem truly experiencing the mystery along with Lee. It's a magical realism/cozy mystery series and it adds so much fun to the reading experience. In this installment we follow Lee as she unravels a mystery involving some of the old employees of WICH_TV, all while the October events of Salem are going on. The mystery has a lot of depth as usual and even though I had figured it out by the end, I still enjoyed every minute of the book. Lee, River, Aunt Ibby, Pete and O'Ryan have become friends and I can't wait to read more.
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book. Until the end. Without wanting to give too much away, I didn't like that the epilogue, which took place some time after the ending of the book, still kept the out of body tone to it and I'm really hoping that it wasn't setting the stage for the next book. Other than that, it was a delightful read. I always enjoy the cast of characters (this is the next book in a series. While it CAN be ready as a stand alone, I recommend reading the others to fill background that's of I really enjoyed this book. Until the end. Without wanting to give too much away, I didn't like that the epilogue, which took place some time after the ending of the book, still kept the out of body tone to it and I'm really hoping that it wasn't setting the stage for the next book. Other than that, it was a delightful read. I always enjoy the cast of characters (this is the next book in a series. While it CAN be ready as a stand alone, I recommend reading the others to fill background that's often referenced) As always, thank you Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.
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  • Janet Graham
    January 1, 1970
    Just Another Halloween! Great story, but it was one of those books where I was yelling at the characters about a major clue that they were missing from almost immediately after the crime. That is more than a bit frustrating, especially when it was major to solving the crime. But, they finally got to it 73% of the way through the book! There is a lot of product name dropping, worse than a movie. I found the story to be a bit slow, way too much unnecessary detail, and somewhat repetitive. The endi Just Another Halloween! Great story, but it was one of those books where I was yelling at the characters about a major clue that they were missing from almost immediately after the crime. That is more than a bit frustrating, especially when it was major to solving the crime. But, they finally got to it 73% of the way through the book! There is a lot of product name dropping, worse than a movie. I found the story to be a bit slow, way too much unnecessary detail, and somewhat repetitive. The ending was like a Hitchcock movie. In all, not a bad way to kill some time. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
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  • Book
    January 1, 1970
    TV reporter Lee Barrett and her librarian Aunt Ibby collaborate to uncover who murdered the dead man Lee found in the sports section of the library’s stacks. This mystery involves past employees of station WICH-TV, an extremely valuable baseball card and the 70th Anniversary of the TV station. Late Checkout, the ninth Witch City Mystery, follows Lee and her psychic abilities combined with O’Ryan’s (her cat) special talents to find crime solving clues. Carol Perry writes a good story with interes TV reporter Lee Barrett and her librarian Aunt Ibby collaborate to uncover who murdered the dead man Lee found in the sports section of the library’s stacks. This mystery involves past employees of station WICH-TV, an extremely valuable baseball card and the 70th Anniversary of the TV station. Late Checkout, the ninth Witch City Mystery, follows Lee and her psychic abilities combined with O’Ryan’s (her cat) special talents to find crime solving clues. Carol Perry writes a good story with interesting characters and a page-turning pace. An entertaining paranormal cozy that delivers a fresh perspective.
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  • Erin A Epps
    January 1, 1970
    Why do I keep doing this to myself? I love cozy mystery and paranormal mysteries. And now I have to find more by this author! I really enjoyed it. Yes, as with any cozy mystery, there are some cheeseball moments. But, in this case they made it better. Dead baseball star aside, I laughed a lot during this read. (I find humor in most things...if I am honest.) Other than a few grammatical errors near the middle (2 if I can remember right), the writing was great. Thank NetGalley for the advanced cop Why do I keep doing this to myself? I love cozy mystery and paranormal mysteries. And now I have to find more by this author! I really enjoyed it. Yes, as with any cozy mystery, there are some cheeseball moments. But, in this case they made it better. Dead baseball star aside, I laughed a lot during this read. (I find humor in most things...if I am honest.) Other than a few grammatical errors near the middle (2 if I can remember right), the writing was great. Thank NetGalley for the advanced copy. And for Carol J. Perry, thanks for writing this.
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