Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: February 9, 2023 by Crystal Uys


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A Spell of Murder is the first in Clea Simon’s new Witch Cats of Cambridge series – and how adorable is this cover! This new series mixes mystery with a touch of the paranormal and a little romance, and the combination is irresistible.

Protagonist Becca, a newly single and newly unemployed librarian is studying to become a witch. She really wants to believe that the spells she’s trying to learn are working. Little does she know that her three cats, Harriett, Laurel and Clara, are the ones with the real powers.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Featuring Clea Simon’s trademark highly descriptive writing style, I quickly lost myself in Becca’s world. After all, we already know cats are mysterious creatures, so it wasn’t much of a leap for my imagination to follow Simon into a world where cats can make themselves invisible or conjure pillows out of thin air. I particularly fell in love with calico cat Clara, the youngest of the three cats, and the one most closely bonded with Becca.

If you enjoy feline-centric mysteries, fantasy and a touch of magic, you will love this book.

My only problem with it was that it ended much too soon – but thankfully, it’s only the first in a series, and I’m eagerly waiting for the next installment.

A Spell of Murder is available from Amazon.

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