Bait and Witch is the first book in a new paranormal cozy mystery series set in a library in Wilfred, a rural Oregon town. The new librarian, Josie, has accepted the job under false pretenses. She is a federal witness in a high-profile bribery case. Josie only plans to stay a few months in Wilfred and then return to her job at the Library of Congress.
Meanwhile, Josie’s new boss Darla, a library trustee, has some secrets of her own. The Board of Trustees has voted to sell the library. It will be closed within a month if Darla’s lawsuit can’t stop the sale.
On her first night in town, Josie meets a black cat, Rodney. For just a moment, Josie sees through Rodney’s eyes. Her first working day is also weird as Josie feels the books whispering to her alone. It just gets more intense from there.
Bait and Witch requires an immense suspension of disbelief. Anyone, but Josie, would have been looking on Craig’s List for a new job the minute the books started whispering. That’s either possession or schizophrenia. While I believe books are magical, I don’t think they will ever come to my rescue by physically attacking a villain. Even though I do occasionally hear them whispering to me, “don’t get up—finish reading me instead.”
Even though I thought this book went way over the top, it is written well and could appeal to other readers. 2.5 stars.
Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.