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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 da 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


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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 da 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

30 review for Late Checkout

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shelly

    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.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Linden

    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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kirsti

    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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    It hardly seems possible that this is the 9th book in the Witch City Mystery series. I have enjoyed everyone of the books. The location is Salem Ma and the time is Halloween. How perfect! There are parades and several costume balls. Tourist have arrived to celebrate Halloween in Salem. Lee Barrett is an investigative/field reporter for WICH-TV. Her hours have been cut to give a relative of the boss's wife some screen time. Lee decides to volunteer at the library during some free time. She fears g It hardly seems possible that this is the 9th book in the Witch City Mystery series. I have enjoyed everyone of the books. The location is Salem Ma and the time is Halloween. How perfect! There are parades and several costume balls. Tourist have arrived to celebrate Halloween in Salem. Lee Barrett is an investigative/field reporter for WICH-TV. Her hours have been cut to give a relative of the boss's wife some screen time. Lee decides to volunteer at the library during some free time. She fears going up into the stacks due to a childhood incident but she has to put a book back. What she spies upon her trip into the stacks are two legs on the floor under the shelves. They are not moving and never will again. This starts her investigation into who murdered the victim. She works with her Aunt Ibby and policeman boyfriend Pete. Of course, she wants to get the first scoop to report on tv what is happening in the case. During this time she is also planning for the anniversary of the TV station. She is trying to find the performers from yesterday to return. She also finds many of the advertisers are the same and works up a promotion to get them involved. My favorite parts in the book are the relationship between her and Aunt Ibby. She lives in an upper apartment in Aunt Ibby's house. It seems they eat delicious food quite a bit made by Aunt Ibby. This provides a cozy factor to the book. O'Ryan, her cat, is always one of the main characters. I enjoy her visits with River who has a psychic tv show. She does a reading on her tarot cards to Lee in every book. The book is not heavy in the paranormal. This is a series I buy and pre-order when I know a new book is coming out. It has great characters and you can't beat the location for atmosphere.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    Lee Barrett heads up to check out the library stacks in the ninth edition of the Witch City Series, a paranormal. She is startled to find a body with many books scattered near the body. Lee called Pete Mondello and he soon arrived at the library. Lee's hours have been cut at WICH-TV so she has been volunteering at the library to aid her Aunt. The building is search for another way to leave and there is no other way but up the stairs. The victim is identified as an x-ballplayer who had a run in w Lee Barrett heads up to check out the library stacks in the ninth edition of the Witch City Series, a paranormal. She is startled to find a body with many books scattered near the body. Lee called Pete Mondello and he soon arrived at the library. Lee's hours have been cut at WICH-TV so she has been volunteering at the library to aid her Aunt. The building is search for another way to leave and there is no other way but up the stairs. The victim is identified as an x-ballplayer who had a run in with the law. Lee has been put in charge of the station anniversary. While looking for participants she find the scene is very similar to another murder. Pete is stymied how the murder left the library. O'Ryan continues aiding Lee for a solution. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AND SERIES.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    I really enjoy this series. I am not a big paranormal fan, but the smattering of paranormal activity (tarot cards, a psychic cat, scryer abilities) do not consume too much of the story, yet, they add some important elements to the plot of these books. Late Checkout takes place in Salem, Massachusetts where Lee Barrett is a field reporter for WICH-TV. In this outing, her hours have been cut due to a new employee, so she is volunteering at the library. As she is shelving books, she comes across a b I really enjoy this series. I am not a big paranormal fan, but the smattering of paranormal activity (tarot cards, a psychic cat, scryer abilities) do not consume too much of the story, yet, they add some important elements to the plot of these books. Late Checkout takes place in Salem, Massachusetts where Lee Barrett is a field reporter for WICH-TV. In this outing, her hours have been cut due to a new employee, so she is volunteering at the library. As she is shelving books, she comes across a body lying on the floor with sports books scattered around him on the floor. As the police begin their investigation, Lee and her Aunt Ibby begin their own investigation, after all, it happened in the library where Aunt Ibby works. It turns out that this crime ties in with a special assignment that Lee is on for the television station. She is doing research and helping put together an Anniversary Show, and the murdered man was, at one time, an employee. The characters and their relationships really make this series for me. Lee and her best friend River both have some psychic abilities. River reads tarot cards and Lee sees visions in shiny surfaces (Scrying). Unfortunately both of these need to be interpreted in order to offer clues to whatever Lee is involved in. I do like the almost sisterly relationship these two have. Lee's relationship with police detective Pete Mondello is also well written. He accepts Lee's assistance when investigating crimes, but does not want her to put herself in danger, so he always keeps some information from her. They also have a romantic relationship where Pete often spends the night at Lee's place. There is no sexual relationship mentioned, but for a cozy mystery, this is a bit risque. Then there is Aunt Ibby. She is wonderful. A senior who has wonderful research skills that always come in handy. She is more like a mother to Lee than an aunt and they have an amazing relationship. The mystery was a bit more involved than originally thought and as the clues are revealed, there were a few possible suspects put out there. I thought I knew who the culprit was a couple of times, but when I finally figured it out, it made sense. This was not my favourite book in this series, but it was still a well written and plotted story. I will continue to read this series to see what Lee and Aunt Ibby end up investigating in the next story. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sue Em

    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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sue Em

    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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Krista

    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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Salem field reporter Lee Barrett is playing second fiddle to the new reporter at WICH-TV, and she's not happy about it. But it does give her time to volunteer at the library with her house mate, her Aunt Ibby. Ibby is a research librarian at the main branch library in Salem. Lee doesn't like going into the stacks, which are spooky. While she's up there putting away a rare book she stumbles across a dead body, surrounded by hundreds of scattered books and torn-out pages. The dead man is former ba Salem field reporter Lee Barrett is playing second fiddle to the new reporter at WICH-TV, and she's not happy about it. But it does give her time to volunteer at the library with her house mate, her Aunt Ibby. Ibby is a research librarian at the main branch library in Salem. Lee doesn't like going into the stacks, which are spooky. While she's up there putting away a rare book she stumbles across a dead body, surrounded by hundreds of scattered books and torn-out pages. The dead man is former ball player and ex-con Wee Willie Wallace, who hasn't been in Salem in twenty years. Lee is ready to get to the bottom of this case, with the help of her detective boyfriend, Pete Mondello, Aunt Ibby, her clairvoyant cat, O'Ryan, and Lee's own psychic gifts. This is one of my must not miss series, and Late Checkout is a great addition to the collection. There are a lot of elements to this mystery, and Ms. Perry weaves them into the story masterfully. I loved that Lee faced problems at work in this book. It made her more realistic, and the way she faced it, and used her job to investigate the murder, was perfect. The great characters, and intriguing mystery mix together to make this a wonderful read. Once again I highly recommend this series. If you haven't read it yet, start from the beginning. Lee has grown so much throughout the series, and she has become a friend. Highly recommended. I read a digital copy of this book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Eden

    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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    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.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sharon S

    This was a delightful read. Perfect mystery with a hint of paranormal. It flowed perfectly as a mystery but what I loved was the unique storyline Lee the main character has a family history of witches. She inherited the cat that weaves into the story. A person dies in a locked room, whodunit. You must read to find out. Thank you Goodreads for the chance to win this lovely book, and the publisher for giving the free book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Linda Quick

    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.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rima Aiello

    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.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    This was not my favorite book in the series. First of all, I'm not much interested in sports memorabilia but that aside, I thought the story pretty much meandered aimlessly through much of the book. The murder was fairly interesting and I had a hard time figuring out who did it and how it was done. So kudos for that. But things totally went of the rails for me with how the murderer got away with the crime. I won't spoil things but all I could say was "you have got to be kidding". I did like the This was not my favorite book in the series. First of all, I'm not much interested in sports memorabilia but that aside, I thought the story pretty much meandered aimlessly through much of the book. The murder was fairly interesting and I had a hard time figuring out who did it and how it was done. So kudos for that. But things totally went of the rails for me with how the murderer got away with the crime. I won't spoil things but all I could say was "you have got to be kidding". I did like the Halloween atmosphere in old Salem but got tired of the constant references to the traffic jammed streets. While important to the finale, I got it. There was a lot of traffic. So move on. Finally, I found the author's penchant for having lists things like "I did, A, B, C and D" very annoying. I will probably keep reading the series but hope the author does a better job next time.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Hmmmm the end was a bit absurd. I enjoyed it for the most part... but the end kind of ruined it for me.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Elizabeth

    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.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Susan Graves

    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.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    OMG I am so glad i won this book. I couldnt put it down! Will have to read more from her! https://shannonbooks197.livejournal.c... OMG I am so glad i won this book. I couldnt put it down! Will have to read more from her! https://shannonbooks197.livejournal.c...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    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.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Criminal Element

    A murder in the stacks of the Salem, Massachusetts library kicks off Late Checkout by Carol J. Perry, the latest book in the Witch City Mysteries, featuring WICH-TV on-air reporter Lee Barrett. This cozy mystery is set during the month of October, a particularly spooky time in Salem. And this time, it’s personal. Lee is the one who discovers the body of a former minor sports star who also worked various jobs at WICH in the 1970s. And she is the only person who may have caught a glimpse of the ki A murder in the stacks of the Salem, Massachusetts library kicks off Late Checkout by Carol J. Perry, the latest book in the Witch City Mysteries, featuring WICH-TV on-air reporter Lee Barrett. This cozy mystery is set during the month of October, a particularly spooky time in Salem. And this time, it’s personal. Lee is the one who discovers the body of a former minor sports star who also worked various jobs at WICH in the 1970s. And she is the only person who may have caught a glimpse of the killer: I capped a hand over my mouth. This wasn’t a vision in a car mirror. The foot was real. It worse a dark blue athletic shoe and a grimy white sock. It was a small shoe. Dear God, don’t let it be an injured child. Very slowly, deliberately, I forced myself to walk all the way to the end of the aisles so that I could see the other side of that long, dimly lighted row of shelves-so that I could see the rest of whoever that foot belonged to. Even before I saw the man—because surely, it was a man and not a child—I saw the jumble of books. The narrow aisle was strewn with them. Some lay open, their pages crumpled, even torn. Some sprawled, tentlike, bent leaves splayed out on the gray floor while ragged-edged sheets of printed words, ripped from cast-aside volumes, littered the confined space from end to end. I hardly dared breathe. Lee becomes wrapped up in the search for the killer as she performs research on various children’s TV performers at the local news channel. And that’s actually the charm of this mystery: Lee’s deep dive into those fascinating long-ago stars, with names like Ranger Rob, Katie the Clown, and Professor Mercury (Of Professor Mercury and His Magical Science Circus.) Each one of these characters, including the dead man, brings back a nostalgic slice of how local television used to be, especially to Lee herself, who loved Professor Mercury’s show as a child. The story also brings in the world of sports collectibles, including the intense speculation on certain memorabilia items that once took place. Read Corrina Lawson's full review on our blog!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bobbie Kirkland

    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

  26. 5 out of 5

    The Cozy Review

    Series: A Witch City Mystery – Book 9 Author: Carol J. Perry Genre: Cozy Mystery/Paranormal/Witch Publisher: Kensington Mystery Page Count: 336 Publishing Date: September 24, 2019 The 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 9 Author: Carol J. Perry Genre: Cozy Mystery/Paranormal/Witch Publisher: Kensington Mystery Page Count: 336 Publishing Date: September 24, 2019 The 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.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Suspense Magazine

    The city of Salem, Massachusetts is famous for its seventeenth century witchcraft trials. It’s also the setting for the popular mystery series penned by Carol J. Perry, who was born in Salem on Halloween Eve. Fans of the series know that each book has a touch of the supernatural included in its plot. The newest one, “Late Checkout,” adds a large dose of Salem’s favorite holiday—Halloween—to the story as well. Lee Barrett loves her job as field reporter for Salem’s WICH-TV, which means that, rathe The city of Salem, Massachusetts is famous for its seventeenth century witchcraft trials. It’s also the setting for the popular mystery series penned by Carol J. Perry, who was born in Salem on Halloween Eve. Fans of the series know that each book has a touch of the supernatural included in its plot. The newest one, “Late Checkout,” adds a large dose of Salem’s favorite holiday—Halloween—to the story as well. Lee Barrett loves her job as field reporter for Salem’s WICH-TV, which means that, rather than sitting behind a desk in the studio, she’s able to cover events as they are actually happening. Lee’s private life’s going pretty well, too. Her handsome sweetie, Pete Mondello, is a detective on the Salem police force, and she shares her home with her research librarian aunt, Ibby, and a large gentleman cat, O’Ryan. Lee is also a scryer – a person who has the ability to see things in reflective surfaces that other people can’t. Lee’s life changes abruptly when her hours are cut due to the arrival of the station manager’s nephew. Determined to make the best of the situation, Lee decides to volunteer at the Salem Library to help Aunt Ibby. Her first responsibility is shelving book returns, and as she goes through the spooky upstairs stacks, she discovers a dead body buried under a pile of fallen books. The deceased is soon identified as Wee Willie Wallace, an ex-con and former minor league baseball player, who hasn’t been seen in Salem for years. The police determine Willie’s been murdered, and Lee fears the murderer might think she was an eyewitness to the crime. But her psychic powers aren’t enough to save her from becoming the victim of the most unusual kidnapping I’ve ever read. “Late Checkout,” the ninth in Perry’s Witch City Mystery series, is so much fun that I hated to have it end. I just love this series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    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.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Gordon

    During my Goodyear's sabbatical, I started reading a lot of cozy mysteries. I know the genre is often dismissed as silly and formulaic, but sometimes that's what you want! Plus there are plenty of action books that also fall into the silly and formulaic category that aren't treated so dismissively, so there's definitely some sexism mixed in with people's criticisms. The Witch City series is a very standard set of cozies with a female lead living in a small town who just so happens to stumble acr During my Goodyear's sabbatical, I started reading a lot of cozy mysteries. I know the genre is often dismissed as silly and formulaic, but sometimes that's what you want! Plus there are plenty of action books that also fall into the silly and formulaic category that aren't treated so dismissively, so there's definitely some sexism mixed in with people's criticisms. The Witch City series is a very standard set of cozies with a female lead living in a small town who just so happens to stumble across murders on a fairly frequent basis. The particular quirk of this series is that Lee, our protagonist, is a reluctant seer, and her visions help her solve cases. Plus she has a cat who may or may not be somewhat magical! Late Check-out is the nineth in this series, though you could probably pick this one up and enjoy it without reading the previous eight books. In this one, the mystery is centered on sports memorabilia and the anniversary of WICH-TV, the station where Lee works as a part-time reporter. She works with her lovely Aunt Ibby and beau, Pete the police detective to solve a murder that happened in the Salem library. While predictable, I pick up this series because I love reading about this amateur sleuth as she works her way through the case with the fun cast of characters in Salem. It's familiar and comforting, feelings that everyone needs sometimes. I do think the ending was quite abrupt, even for a cozy. A few more bits of foreshadowing about the main twist would have made it smoother. In any case, it was a fun and easy read and I look forward to the 10th in the series :)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jae

    Lee's hours are being scaled back at the TV station, so that the nephew of the boss' wife can get his feet wet in the industry. Lee is hoping that Howard's stay will be temporary. In the meantime, she is making use of her free time to volunteer at the library, where her Aunt Ibby works. While reshelving books in a seldom-used section of the library, Lee stumbles across the body of Wee Willie Wallace--former minor league baseball player and ex-con. Lee's boyfriend, Detective Pete Mondello, is soo Lee's hours are being scaled back at the TV station, so that the nephew of the boss' wife can get his feet wet in the industry. Lee is hoping that Howard's stay will be temporary. In the meantime, she is making use of her free time to volunteer at the library, where her Aunt Ibby works. While reshelving books in a seldom-used section of the library, Lee stumbles across the body of Wee Willie Wallace--former minor league baseball player and ex-con. Lee's boyfriend, Detective Pete Mondello, is soon on the case, but Lee and Ibby can't resist doing some sleuthing of their own. For Lee, Wallace's murder ties in with one of her TV projects, which is an upcoming celebration of the station's 70 years on-air. She learns that Wee Willie was a regular on WICH-TV back in the day. While tracking down some of the other 'oldtimers', Lee discovers more about Wee Willie, and her snooping may have put her in the sights of a killer. I enjoyed most of the story. It was set around Halloween, which turns Salem into a madhouse, and I liked reading about how the sports collectible industry tied in with the murder. Lee is always an enjoyable character, and her Aunt Ibby was back to being her usual helpful, charming self (unlike the irascible snot she turned into in the last book, but I digress). I am also appreciating the slow build of Lee's relationship with Pete. O'Ryan, the cat, adds his own flair to the series. However, the resolution of this story was so out of left field (pardon the pun) that I was left with a faceful of 'WTF?'. This book was headed for a solid five-star rating, but that ending just killed it for me. It's earning an average.

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