Wilfred, Oregon is usually a fairly sedate place, which is just how Josie Way likes it. She’s gradually learning to control her magic with help from the books and letters left by her grandmother, but still has a lot to learn. The arrival of movie star Daphne Morris really shakes things up. The glamourous actress is in town to interview assistant librarian Roz about Roz’s new book, The Whippoorwill Cries Love, for Daphne’s book club. It’s soon apparent that Daphne dazzles every male in sight, including Josie’s crush and Roz’s long-time love interest. Emotions are running high, so it’s not really a surprise when a body turns up.
This is the third in the Witch Way Librarian series. Josie draws her magic from books, and I love the way the books participate in the magic. They also let Josie know who needs that particular book—an ability I would love to have! The characters don’t have a lot of depth, but most are likeable and there is some humor. The townspeople do tend to see their library as part of the community which is both good and bad: good that they rely on it, bad when they decide it is something other than a library, like a café. Josie spends as much time herding people as she does being a librarian.
I don’t think you need to have read the others in the series to understand this one. There are some changes to relationships, changes of which I wholly approve, and I think it will make the series more interesting going forward. It also helps at times if you can suspend disbelief and just go with the flow—and not just with the magic.
Books in the series are:
Bait and Witch
Witch and Famous
Witch Upon a Star (2023)