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Librarian Josie Way moved to small-town Oregon to lay low. Instead, thanks to newfound magic abilities—and a killer on the loose—she’s leapt out of the frying pan and into a cauldron of trouble . . . Josie Way loved working among the Library of Congress’s leather-scented stacks—until she uncovered corruption and made herself a target. As Wilfred, Oregon’s new librarian, Librarian Josie Way moved to small-town Oregon to lay low. Instead, thanks to newfound magic abilities—and a killer on the loose—she’s leapt out of the frying pan and into a cauldron of trouble . . . Josie Way loved working among the Library of Congress’s leather-scented stacks—until she uncovered corruption and made herself a target. As Wilfred, Oregon’s new librarian, Josie can stay undercover until the case goes to court. But life in this little town isn’t as subdued as she expected. The library, housed in a a Victorian mansion, is slated to be bulldozed. Still digesting the news that her safe haven is about to become scrap lumber, Josie discovers a body in the woods . . . Almost as shocking, Josie learns that she’s descended from a long line of witches—and her powers have suddenly sprung to life. With help from a spoiled alley cat who just may be her familiar, Josie’s thumbing through a catalog of suspects, hoping she can conjure a way to save her library—and her life. . .


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Librarian Josie Way moved to small-town Oregon to lay low. Instead, thanks to newfound magic abilities—and a killer on the loose—she’s leapt out of the frying pan and into a cauldron of trouble . . . Josie Way loved working among the Library of Congress’s leather-scented stacks—until she uncovered corruption and made herself a target. As Wilfred, Oregon’s new librarian, Librarian Josie Way moved to small-town Oregon to lay low. Instead, thanks to newfound magic abilities—and a killer on the loose—she’s leapt out of the frying pan and into a cauldron of trouble . . . Josie Way loved working among the Library of Congress’s leather-scented stacks—until she uncovered corruption and made herself a target. As Wilfred, Oregon’s new librarian, Josie can stay undercover until the case goes to court. But life in this little town isn’t as subdued as she expected. The library, housed in a a Victorian mansion, is slated to be bulldozed. Still digesting the news that her safe haven is about to become scrap lumber, Josie discovers a body in the woods . . . Almost as shocking, Josie learns that she’s descended from a long line of witches—and her powers have suddenly sprung to life. With help from a spoiled alley cat who just may be her familiar, Josie’s thumbing through a catalog of suspects, hoping she can conjure a way to save her library—and her life. . .

30 review for Bait and Witch

  1. 5 out of 5

    PamG

    BAIT AND WITCH by Angela M. Sanders brings corruption and magic to a new paranormal cozy mystery series set in Wilford, Oregon. A Victorian house that is the small town’s library is just the place for Josie Way to hide, or so she thinks. Our protagonist, 25 year old Josie, arrives in town to be the new librarian. While working at the Library of Congress, she and a colleague overheard a conversation that deals with corruption. After they go to the FBI, her colleague disappears and Josie decide BAIT AND WITCH by Angela M. Sanders brings corruption and magic to a new paranormal cozy mystery series set in Wilford, Oregon. A Victorian house that is the small town’s library is just the place for Josie Way to hide, or so she thinks. Our protagonist, 25 year old Josie, arrives in town to be the new librarian. While working at the Library of Congress, she and a colleague overheard a conversation that deals with corruption. After they go to the FBI, her colleague disappears and Josie decides to get out of town until the trial. However, her hiding place isn’t as calm as she expected. The library is set to be torn down so that a retreat can be built. On top of that, Josie finds out she is descended from a long line of witches and her powers have suddenly been activated. The library books are actually talking to her. Finding a dead body the first night she arrives only adds to her terror. Will the crooks find her? What will happen to the library? Is Josie able to control her magic? How long will she spend in Wilfred? Who was killed on the library grounds and why? The writing style felt warm and friendly. I was able to vividly see the picturesque library, the town, and the people of Wilford. I quickly related to Josie and wanted her to be safe and successful. Of course, things don’t always go smoothly, but I was rooting for her to win. The secondary characters were a mixed lot of the unusual as well as ever-day folks that you could meet in any small town. While their depth varied, it felt adequate for a first book in a series. Of the secondary characters, Rodney the cat stole the show. Overall, this was a story that quickly drew me into Josie’s world. It was filled with the challenges of starting over against a backdrop of murder, corruption, secrets and more. This was a fun and entertaining read that I did not want to put down. I also enjoyed the way the historical aspects of the town and a possible romance were woven seamlessly into the story. This is the first book in the Witch Way Librarian Mysteries series, and I highly recommend it to those that enjoy the genre. If you love share Josie’s and my love of books and libraries, this may be the next book for you. It was a fun, relaxing, and entertaining read and I can’t wait for the next book featuring Josie. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kensington Books and Angela M. Sanders via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own and are not biased in any way. Publication date is currently set for December 29, 2020. This review was originally posted at Mystery and Suspense Magazine.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a cozy mystery, and this is the first book in a new series. I liked some parts of this book, but I hated other parts of this book. I have to say I really hated the ending because I feel it was not a ending. It was like we were running a long and just stopped out of no where, and that was the ending. I hate books that do that even if there is going to be another book in the series. Maybe that is just me, but I need a good ending in a book. I also felt that it took me 30% of the book for m This is a cozy mystery, and this is the first book in a new series. I liked some parts of this book, but I hated other parts of this book. I have to say I really hated the ending because I feel it was not a ending. It was like we were running a long and just stopped out of no where, and that was the ending. I hate books that do that even if there is going to be another book in the series. Maybe that is just me, but I need a good ending in a book. I also felt that it took me 30% of the book for me to care about the characters. I did love the mystery, and I love how the author did the witch parts in this book. I will read the second book in this series, but I will be hoping the ending will be a ton better in that book. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Kensington) or author (Angela M. Sanders) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review about how I feel about this book, and I want to send a big Thank you to them for that. (*)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Review coming soon.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    This book hit my favorite trifecta of reviewing -- a new-to-me author, the first book in a cozy series, and something fun and different! I love discovering new authors to enjoy especially cozy mystery writers. Cozies are my relax & just enjoy reading treat....and really enjoy trying a new writer and a new series! I haven't read a lot of cozies that involve magic or witches, so reading this book was fun! I usually go for culinary cozies or ones with cute pets. Nice to change from my usual sometim This book hit my favorite trifecta of reviewing -- a new-to-me author, the first book in a cozy series, and something fun and different! I love discovering new authors to enjoy especially cozy mystery writers. Cozies are my relax & just enjoy reading treat....and really enjoy trying a new writer and a new series! I haven't read a lot of cozies that involve magic or witches, so reading this book was fun! I usually go for culinary cozies or ones with cute pets. Nice to change from my usual sometimes! The basics: after getting into hot water in a corruption case while working at the Library of Congress, Josie moves to Oregon to lay low for awhile. She should be able to hide pretty easily in a small town, right? Wrong. Not only does she discover her family's history of witchcraft, but her powers become active....and she finds a dead body. This story is fun and entertaining. I like Josie as a main character. She has a lot going on in life....and it seems more just keeps coming! The story moves at a nice pace and has more than enough humor, sleuthing, suspense and interesting characters to keep my attention. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book in this series! **I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from Kensington. All opinions expressed are entirely my own**

  5. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    This is the first book in a new, cozy mystery series. Josie has taken a job in the small town of Wilfred - she needed to disappear from her job at The Library of Congress after overhearing a conversation between two men making an illegal deal. After reporting them to the authorities she needed to leave the area and hide until the criminals were behind bars. When she arrives in Wilfred, she find the library is in an old mansion, and she will live above the library in a small apartment. There's a This is the first book in a new, cozy mystery series. Josie has taken a job in the small town of Wilfred - she needed to disappear from her job at The Library of Congress after overhearing a conversation between two men making an illegal deal. After reporting them to the authorities she needed to leave the area and hide until the criminals were behind bars. When she arrives in Wilfred, she find the library is in an old mansion, and she will live above the library in a small apartment. There's a murder on the grounds and Josie discovers the body. She also discovers she has some magical ability - in fact, she's a witch. I enjoyed this cozy mystery and liked Josie and some of the characters in Wilford. This was not a hard-core murder mystery by any means, but was what you would expect from a cozy mystery with a paranormal twist. Rodney, the cat was an interesting character and added interest to the story. Thanks to Kensington Books through Netgalley for an advance copy.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Peggy R

    I thought this was a solid start to a new cozy mystery series by author Angela M. Sanders. It is a paranormal mystery dealing with a young librarian and the discovery that she is a witch, all while on the run after overhearing some criminal activity while working at the Library of Congress. I enjoyed the characters in the series. The author did a good job of making Josie likable and getting the reader interested in following her discovery of her powers as a witch and learning a bit more about th I thought this was a solid start to a new cozy mystery series by author Angela M. Sanders. It is a paranormal mystery dealing with a young librarian and the discovery that she is a witch, all while on the run after overhearing some criminal activity while working at the Library of Congress. I enjoyed the characters in the series. The author did a good job of making Josie likable and getting the reader interested in following her discovery of her powers as a witch and learning a bit more about them. She is surrounded by an interesting cast of secondary characters including some of the local citizens and a mysterious FBI agent, who could be a future love interest for Josie. For me, I thought the pace was a bit slow at the beginning and I had trouble figuring out how the author was going to tie in the murder to what was happening with Josie. There were not a lot of clues, at least in my opinion, that made determining the killer's identity easy. The sheriff had his sight set on a particular suspect and didn't waver until near the end of the book. I thought the mystery could have been a little bit tighter and when the killer's identity was revealed I was surprised because for me it didn't really make much sense. The motive and the reveal felt rushed and like I hadn't had enough woven into the story to completely buy into the identity of the killer. The premise of this series is similar to another paranormal mystery series involving a magical bookshop and books that talk to the protagonist in a manner of speaking. That said, I think that I will check out the next in the series to see where the author takes the characters and what she has planned in terms of the mystery. I voluntarily read a digital advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher, Kensington, through Netgalley. The thoughts and opinions are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Books and magic?! Sign me up.  These are some of my favorite aspects in a cozy mystery, and this story did not disappoint.  I loved getting to know the small town of Wilfred, it's citizens, and the wonderful sounding library in an old mansion. If I had the option I would be there all the time.  This story had many mysterious aspects; not only is there a murder, but Josie is running away from her old home in DC, AND she is discovering magical powers! Though this story was light on the actual sleu Books and magic?! Sign me up.  These are some of my favorite aspects in a cozy mystery, and this story did not disappoint.  I loved getting to know the small town of Wilfred, it's citizens, and the wonderful sounding library in an old mansion. If I had the option I would be there all the time.  This story had many mysterious aspects; not only is there a murder, but Josie is running away from her old home in DC, AND she is discovering magical powers! Though this story was light on the actual sleuthing, there was enough going on to keep me interested and guessing the whole time. Josie is a great character and I cannot wait to see more of her and I hope we see more magic she can do.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    Bait and Witch by Angela M. Sanders is the delightful debut of A Witch Way Librarian Mystery series. Josie Way has been working at the Library of Congress. She is having lunch in a basement room with her co-worker and friend when they overhear two men plotting corruption. They report what they overheard, and the FBI becomes involved. The next day Josie’s co-worker has vanished which has Josie and his wife worried. Josie decides to lay low and takes a position as librarian in Wilfred, Oregon. The Bait and Witch by Angela M. Sanders is the delightful debut of A Witch Way Librarian Mystery series. Josie Way has been working at the Library of Congress. She is having lunch in a basement room with her co-worker and friend when they overhear two men plotting corruption. They report what they overheard, and the FBI becomes involved. The next day Josie’s co-worker has vanished which has Josie and his wife worried. Josie decides to lay low and takes a position as librarian in Wilfred, Oregon. The next day, Josie learns that beautiful Victorian the library resides in may be sold which means she will be out of a job as well as a place to live and a hiding place. Later that day, Josie takes a walk in the woods and finds a murdered woman. Josie has always felt a kinship with books, but she begins to notice some odd things after beginning her new job. Its almost as if the books are talking to her. That cannot be possible or can it? Bait and Witch is a fun story to read. I liked the interesting cast of characters that includes the library staff, town residents, Josie’s family, Rodney, the library cat. I liked getting to know Josie and look forward to seeing what happens with her next. The author has a casual writing style that makes this cozy mystery easy to read. The book moved along at a good pace and we are given vivid descriptions of Wilfred, the library, the shops, and its residents. I especially loved the descriptions of the Victorian the library resides in. There is humor scattered throughout the story along with mystery, friendship, suspense, family, and a touch of romance. The mystery was not the focus of the book in the beginning. It becomes more prominent as the tale progresses. There is a red herring, a couple of suspects, and helpful clues. Bait and Witch is a cute cozy mystery with a paranormal twist. The author came up with some fun paranormal elements. I thought a book witch was a wonderful concept (great opportunities for book references). I am looking forward to reading the next A Witch Way Librarian Mystery. Bait and Witch is a diverting tale with a clever cat, a secretive man named Sam, Roz’s curious project, rampant rumors, political corruption, babbling books, and witchy wonders.

  9. 4 out of 5

    ItaPixie

    Josephine works at the Library of the Congress, a day during her lunch break she overhears a shady deal between two men so after she reported it to the authorities she decides to go on the run. She is lucky enough to get a job as librarian in an Oregon little town, but when she arrives she soon understands that her life won't be quiet as she expected, with books that speal to her and the discovery of a dead body near her new house. I wanted to try something new and I decided to try to read some Josephine works at the Library of the Congress, a day during her lunch break she overhears a shady deal between two men so after she reported it to the authorities she decides to go on the run. She is lucky enough to get a job as librarian in an Oregon little town, but when she arrives she soon understands that her life won't be quiet as she expected, with books that speal to her and the discovery of a dead body near her new house. I wanted to try something new and I decided to try to read some cozy mystries books, and what's better than start a new genre with reading the first book in a new series? I tell you, nothing. I've really enjoyed Bait And Witch, it was such a nice read that kept my attention all through. I loved the magic element and how our heroine discovers her magic powers slowly and gradually. Angela M. Sanders depicted her characters really well, especially the towners that seem all friendly but every single one of them keeps a secret from the others. The mystery is intriguing and very well developped, you won't solve it until the author wants you to. I wish I can read soon Josie's next adventure.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    Bait and Witch is a fantastic addition to the cozy mystery genre. Josie Way is a delightful character, who is introduced to us as a librarian who is moving to a remote area in Oregon. Taking over the local library is just what Josie needs to try and figure out some serious issues. Bizarre things begin to take place as Josie is introduced to the staff and board of directors. Josie begins to feel an odd connection with the books in the library, her ability to know exactly what the patron needs to re Bait and Witch is a fantastic addition to the cozy mystery genre. Josie Way is a delightful character, who is introduced to us as a librarian who is moving to a remote area in Oregon. Taking over the local library is just what Josie needs to try and figure out some serious issues. Bizarre things begin to take place as Josie is introduced to the staff and board of directors. Josie begins to feel an odd connection with the books in the library, her ability to know exactly what the patron needs to read next. As if her own issues aren’t causing her enough problems, she finds out she was hired under false pretenses, and may not even have a job to depend on. I liked the feel of this story, and an immediate connection to Josie made it very easy to lose myself in this story. As I settled in to read this story, I soon became totally immersed in Josie’s life, as she has an important decision to make. I would definitely recommend this book to paranormal cozy mystery fans as well as anyone who appreciates a well told story. I’m looking forward to reading more in this series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Dollycas’s Thoughts Working at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. was a dream come true for Josie Way until she overheard something that turned her into a whistleblower and put a target on her back. In fear for her life, she escaped to Wilfred, Oregon for a job as the small town’s lead librarian. She had hoped for a sleepy little town with no conflicts only to learn that the beautiful library’s fate may be dire. Someone is trying to buy it and tear it down to put up a retreat center. Worr Dollycas’s Thoughts Working at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. was a dream come true for Josie Way until she overheard something that turned her into a whistleblower and put a target on her back. In fear for her life, she escaped to Wilfred, Oregon for a job as the small town’s lead librarian. She had hoped for a sleepy little town with no conflicts only to learn that the beautiful library’s fate may be dire. Someone is trying to buy it and tear it down to put up a retreat center. Worried about how long she will be able to stay in Wilfred without a job she comes up with a plan to try to thwart the sale. Then she finds a dead body in the woods behind the library and worries her fate may be dire as well. As if that isn’t enough to scare the daylights over her, Josie finds she has a strange power regarding the books she has been entrusted to take care of. Unable to explain what is happening she calls her mother and learns she comes from a long line of witches. Her mother tells how she can curtail her witchy ways but soon after she does she realizes she may need those powers to save her life. _____ I was a little nervous about reading this book because paranormal-themed stories are not always my cup of tea but the synopsis really made me want to know more about Josie Way and this Victorian mansion that had become a library. It was that unique library that drew me in. The author’s detailed description of the place brought the amazing building to life. Each room filled with books, the apartment Josie would inhabit, the paintings on the walls, and the amazing central atrium with its stained glass window set in the roof all felt magical to me before Josie realized she had powers. I did enjoy the way Josie’s powers were introduced, a true gift for a librarian. The library also comes with a cat named Rodney who bonds with Josie right away. A witch and her familiar, a perfect pair. Josie is an intelligent and talented woman, comfortable in her knowledge, stepping into this new position in a new place. She is very likable and makes friends quickly with her coworker and library trustee/diner owner/pseudo mayor. We also meet several other residents of Wilfred, some thrilled by the demise of the library and others hoping the sale goes awry. We also meet a man whose family has a long history with the town and the local sheriff. The author does an excellent job introducing the characters and allowing them to evolve throughout the story while leaving them room to grow as the series continues. I was totally entertained by the way the story played out with several secrets revealed and some nice twists and moments of suspense. I probably would have read the entire book in one sitting. I had to force myself to put the book down when the clock struck one and I needed to get to sleep. Bait and Witch has gotten this series off to an extraordinary start. I wish the Wilfred Library was a real place. I would book my ticket for Oregon today. This paranormal story was a hit for me and I recommend it to everyone that loves a fun cozy mystery. I am really looking forward to Seven Year Witch coming out on August 24.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    This is the first book in the Witch Way Librarian series. Josie Way is on the run after overhearing something she shouldn't have at her job at the Library of Congress. She takes the position as librarian in Wilfred, Oregon, where she is hiding out. Not long after she is there, she discovers a dead body. I loved the magic in this book. Josie learns she is a witch and that her powers had been suppressed. They start coming back to her when she works at the library. I love cozies that have books and This is the first book in the Witch Way Librarian series. Josie Way is on the run after overhearing something she shouldn't have at her job at the Library of Congress. She takes the position as librarian in Wilfred, Oregon, where she is hiding out. Not long after she is there, she discovers a dead body. I loved the magic in this book. Josie learns she is a witch and that her powers had been suppressed. They start coming back to her when she works at the library. I love cozies that have books and magic in them. The characters were great. I loved Josie and all of Wilfred's townspeople. This is definitely a series I will be looking forward to reading more from.

  13. 5 out of 5

    The Cozy Review

    Bait And Witch is the first book in a new series. I found it highly entertaining and immensely fun. I am always a fan of witch or book-related cozies, and this book has both. Josie is a witch with a unique magical ability, she just didn’t know it until she found herself hiding out in a library in Oregon, and the books started talking to her. Unfortunately, she finds out that the library may not be around for long as there are plans to bulldoze it. But with the news, a body turns up, and before s Bait And Witch is the first book in a new series. I found it highly entertaining and immensely fun. I am always a fan of witch or book-related cozies, and this book has both. Josie is a witch with a unique magical ability, she just didn’t know it until she found herself hiding out in a library in Oregon, and the books started talking to her. Unfortunately, she finds out that the library may not be around for long as there are plans to bulldoze it. But with the news, a body turns up, and before she knows it, she is looking for a new place to hide, because somebody may want her dead. The murder of an unknown woman comes on the heels of Josie arriving in town. After hearing a backroom deal being made by a politician and a contractor, Josie, along with a co-worker who goes missing, is in danger. She takes the job in Oregon to spend a few quiet weeks, hoping that no one will be able to track her to the town. Josie is a good character with issues. She wasn’t aware that she had magical abilities, but now that she does, she is frightened and excited at the same time. Unfortunately, there is a small issue I had with this book. When Josie finally tells her mother about knowing she is a witch, all they seem to do is try to find a way to suppress her magic instead of learning to use it. This makes it hard to like Josie’s mother and makes Josie a little less likable. Josie’s sister, on the other hand, is a wonderful character. The location of a small town in Oregon is nice, but I would like to have had more description of the town and so forth. Other characters that join Josie throughout the book are interesting and should make future books action-packed and filled with intrigue. There aren’t many suspects, but those that there are, seem to have a good motive and little in the way of alibis. The story is short on evidence, and what there is can be challenging to understand. However, after a while, the reader will begin to piece the story together and see how the evidence works. I could have used a bit more magical influence throughout the book, and I hope that we will get to find out what Josie’s grandmother’s lessons entail. I’d like to hear more about the library as well. Overall, Bait And Witch is an excellent start for a new series, and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cozy Cat Reviews

    This is one of my favorite cozy mysteries of 2020 ! I found this debut charming, well crafted and enjoyable from start to finish. I read this in one sitting I enjoyed it so much. I cannot wait to read book two in the series ! Thank you with gratitude to the author, the publisher and Net Galley for making this available for advanced reading. This is such a fun read as its unique to the cozy world and has a wonderful paranormal magical aspect . This is the debut book in the new "Witch Way Libraria This is one of my favorite cozy mysteries of 2020 ! I found this debut charming, well crafted and enjoyable from start to finish. I read this in one sitting I enjoyed it so much. I cannot wait to read book two in the series ! Thank you with gratitude to the author, the publisher and Net Galley for making this available for advanced reading. This is such a fun read as its unique to the cozy world and has a wonderful paranormal magical aspect . This is the debut book in the new "Witch Way Librarian Series" by cozy author Angela Sanders. Our protagnist Josie was a Librarian at The prestigious Library Of Congress. She overhead corruption and reported it. In doing so she was afraid she was a target for criminals so she fled to Oregon to a small town . She hopes to hide until the case goes to trial and stay safe. She took a job immediately as a librarian. The library she works in is in a charming Victorian that Josie adores. She soon finds she has the ability to know what each patron needs at the library and fits right in with the locals and the library staff. When she finds out her library and the house are to be demolished she is upset and determined to fight it and keep her job. On top of that she finds a dead body in the woods and soon finds out she has magical powers. Josie is shocked to find out she descends from a long line of powerful witches. Soon a cat appears who she realizes is her familiar and is her constant companion. While she deals with worry over the upcoming trial and if the criminals have found her, she try's to solve the murder while saving her beloved library. I loved Josie as a savvy smart independent woman. She has a great appeal as a favorite protagnist . The sleuth was fun and interesting to conclusion with clues very well crafted to please every cozy reader. I look forward to the next in series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tracie

    Josephine Way works as a cataloger at the Library of Congress. On a lunch hour, she and a colleague overhear a conversation that is a government bribe between two men. They decide to contact the FBI and the next day her colleague disappears, but Josephine doesn't know whether he did it on his own. Josephine decides to vanish too and accepts a job in a small town in Oregon. There are surprises all around during the story and a stray cat seems to be the only one she can truly trust. Josephine disc Josephine Way works as a cataloger at the Library of Congress. On a lunch hour, she and a colleague overhear a conversation that is a government bribe between two men. They decide to contact the FBI and the next day her colleague disappears, but Josephine doesn't know whether he did it on his own. Josephine decides to vanish too and accepts a job in a small town in Oregon. There are surprises all around during the story and a stray cat seems to be the only one she can truly trust. Josephine discovers in herself a rather magical way of connecting readers and books and the power of reading shines through. Also, as a amateur sleuth she did nothing foolish to make me want to yell at her. I received a digital copy from the publisher through Netgalley for a honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Sligh

    First and foremost, on the cozy name scale, this is a 5/5. This is the start of new series about a magical librarian, so what else do I need? A coffee shop maybe where they can drink their drinks and discuss? I love this as an opening for this series. It was fun and mysterious. The characters and the cozy ness were absolutely perfect. I felt we were left on a bit of a cliffhanger, which I understand, but still wish it could have been wrapped up a bit cleaner to anticipate the next book. However, First and foremost, on the cozy name scale, this is a 5/5. This is the start of new series about a magical librarian, so what else do I need? A coffee shop maybe where they can drink their drinks and discuss? I love this as an opening for this series. It was fun and mysterious. The characters and the cozy ness were absolutely perfect. I felt we were left on a bit of a cliffhanger, which I understand, but still wish it could have been wrapped up a bit cleaner to anticipate the next book. However, as a first in the series, it does have me already anticipating #2 Thank you Kensington and NetGalley for the gifted copy! I am so excited to see where this series will take us! Bait and Witch is out Dec 29th!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ceylan (CeyGo)

    Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for an opportunity to read Bait And Witch This is a cute cozy mystery, where our heroine Josie, in hiding from after witnessing a corrupt deal, finds herself in a small town library, with a new cat ..ooh and she slowly discover she’s a witch 🧙🏻‍♀️ I loved the magical aspects of this book - the books talking to Josie, and her slowly realizing her powers. The town itself and its townsfolk were also fun to read about. 3.5 ⭐️

  18. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    Adorable! Love the old house library and the small town. Books and magic, yesss! Perfect cozy mystery and cozy characters. Can’t wait for the next one!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sue Em

    Totally enjoyed debut of this new series. Josie Way, a librarian at the Library of Congress, accidentally overhears evidence of corruption in a defense contract. After reporting it, her life is immediately in danger. So she takes a job in rural Oregon and goes into hiding. Once there strange things happen and she reluctantly comes to the conclusion that must be a witch. I loved her story of self-discovery. The new characters really grew on me and I can't wait for the next one. Thanks to netgalle Totally enjoyed debut of this new series. Josie Way, a librarian at the Library of Congress, accidentally overhears evidence of corruption in a defense contract. After reporting it, her life is immediately in danger. So she takes a job in rural Oregon and goes into hiding. Once there strange things happen and she reluctantly comes to the conclusion that must be a witch. I loved her story of self-discovery. The new characters really grew on me and I can't wait for the next one. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Plunkett

    What a sweet, heart-warming, cozy mystery! This was a pure cover pick for me and it could not have been a more fun spooky season read! Josie runs from DC to Oregon to start a new life as the librarian in an eclectic town where taking a bath at the library is just something people do. As she settles in strange things start to happen, is she over tired or maybe it’s something more? I stayed up late reading this one several nights in a row, just because I wanted to see what would happen next. The t What a sweet, heart-warming, cozy mystery! This was a pure cover pick for me and it could not have been a more fun spooky season read! Josie runs from DC to Oregon to start a new life as the librarian in an eclectic town where taking a bath at the library is just something people do. As she settles in strange things start to happen, is she over tired or maybe it’s something more? I stayed up late reading this one several nights in a row, just because I wanted to see what would happen next. The town's characters seem right out of Stars Hollow in Gilmore Girls. Perfect for fans of Juliet Blackwell’s Witchcraft Mystery series!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Candace

    Really, really enjoyed this one!!! Oregon setting, Victorian house library (and home above the library), small town, incredibly smart cat and a witch just learning of her powers! Powers that are connected to BOOKS!!! The characters are fantastic! Love the quirky small town vibes (and characters) and the backstory for her arrival in the small town. The mystery I think was better than usual for cozies because there were more elements and the murder was just small part of many pieces. Loved, loved, Really, really enjoyed this one!!! Oregon setting, Victorian house library (and home above the library), small town, incredibly smart cat and a witch just learning of her powers! Powers that are connected to BOOKS!!! The characters are fantastic! Love the quirky small town vibes (and characters) and the backstory for her arrival in the small town. The mystery I think was better than usual for cozies because there were more elements and the murder was just small part of many pieces. Loved, loved, loved! And now am impatiently waiting for the next!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katreader

    BAIT AND WITCH by Angela M. Sanders The First Witch Way Librarian Mystery When her co-worker disappears after they blow the whistle on government corruption, librarian Josie Way decides to run, at least until after the trial. Taking a job as head librarian in the tiny out of the way town of Wilfred, Oregon, Josie feels as if she's found home. Her senses have come alive and the unique library housed in a Victorian Manor seems to welcome her. Even the books call to her. Before she can get settled, J BAIT AND WITCH by Angela M. Sanders The First Witch Way Librarian Mystery When her co-worker disappears after they blow the whistle on government corruption, librarian Josie Way decides to run, at least until after the trial. Taking a job as head librarian in the tiny out of the way town of Wilfred, Oregon, Josie feels as if she's found home. Her senses have come alive and the unique library housed in a Victorian Manor seems to welcome her. Even the books call to her. Before she can get settled, Josie learns that the library is on the chopping block as the majority of the trustees want to sell and have a retreat center built in its place. Then she finds a dead body! Certain that the body is someone sent to silence her, Josie wonders if she can save both the library and herself! I absolutely loved this book! A complicated mystery with several subplots, BAIT AND WITCH stands apart from other cozy mysteries in that our protagonist isn't trying to solve a murder or prove someone's innocence. She just wants to survive and save the town's library. The story is filled with twists and turns and lots of surprises keeping readers on their toes. The First Witch Way Librarian Mystery gives us lots of unique complicated characters. Their nuances, their quirks, and their backstories provide a rich landscape that the author cultivates brilliantly. Almost everyone seems to have a secret agenda and even the books and portraits in the library have character and express emotion. I love the way the magick reveals itself and can't wait for Josie to fully accept and explore her abilities. She had me quite put out with her at one point as I shouted at her to use her magick! Of course, I adore Rodney and look forward to seeing more of him. BAIT AND WITCH gives a powerhouse start to a new series. I was completely engrossed and enchanted and can't wait to return to Wilfred, Oregon. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book in the hopes I would review it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    Thank you @netgalley and @kensingtonbooks for the ARC of this book. All opinions are my own. This was such a fantastic start to a brand new paranormal cozy mystery series. I loved the small town setting full of a vast number of quirky citizens, as well as the the unique and intriguing magical vibes surrounding the lead. Plus the mystery was captivating and full of a few surprises and twists. Wilfred was a wonderful setting. I loved the idea of an old house that now serves as the town's library. T Thank you @netgalley and @kensingtonbooks for the ARC of this book. All opinions are my own. This was such a fantastic start to a brand new paranormal cozy mystery series. I loved the small town setting full of a vast number of quirky citizens, as well as the the unique and intriguing magical vibes surrounding the lead. Plus the mystery was captivating and full of a few surprises and twists. Wilfred was a wonderful setting. I loved the idea of an old house that now serves as the town's library. The cast of nosy locals made it downright fun. Each were odd in their own way and absolutely fantastic. I loved how Josie helped many magically find the books that they were meant to have. Several were concealing some well kept secrets that added to their intrigue. My favorite character is Lyndon! Every time a new quirk of his was introduced, it was equally shocking and downright just made me smile. Josie was a great lead. I was drawn into her story right from the start. Aside from the local murder, she is on the run from a very serious crime and it definitely added to the suspense as the two cases became intertwined. The fact that she is a witch and slowly discovers her very cool bookish powers and family history overtime was just perfect. I can't wait to learn more about her past as she learns more about her abilities ... especially after that last paragraph! Doesn't hurt that the story contains a protective black cat too! I did pick up on the suspect almost immediately, but there were plenty of red herrings that made me pause numerous times to second guess myself. I also couldn't figure out the reasoning behind their murderous actions. Overall, this was an entertaining read. I look forward to returning to this little Oregon town for the sequel, Seven-Year Witch. I definitely need to know more about Sam!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Josie Way loves her job at the Library of Congress. But one day she overhears something while having lunch in the stacks that endangers her life and makes her go on the run. In an effort to hide she takes a job as librarian in Wilfred, Oregon. Once in Wilfred she finds out there is drama in the small town. The library, housed in a Victorian mansion, is scheduled to be sold and demolished to make way for a resort. When she finds a body soon after arriving, Josie wonders if she's found a good plac Josie Way loves her job at the Library of Congress. But one day she overhears something while having lunch in the stacks that endangers her life and makes her go on the run. In an effort to hide she takes a job as librarian in Wilfred, Oregon. Once in Wilfred she finds out there is drama in the small town. The library, housed in a Victorian mansion, is scheduled to be sold and demolished to make way for a resort. When she finds a body soon after arriving, Josie wonders if she's found a good place to hide, or the bad guys have found her. While dealing with the possibility of someone coming after her, and the discovery of a dead body, Josie learns she is descended from witches, and her own powers have suddenly come out. Josie and her new friends are working to keep the library from being torn down, at the same time Josie is coming to terms with her new power. I would actually give this book 3 1/2 stars. I wouldn't classify it as a cozy, because I don't feel the murder mystery took center stage. There were no clues left for the reader to try and figure out whodunit. It is more of a coming into powers story, with a mystery thrown into it. The reader never meets the victim, so to me she seemed like a secondary character. The town, however, is full of characters, which added to the charm of the book. I liked Josie. She's a strong character who goes to bat for the library, even though she's very new to the community. The way she dealt with her newfound powers made her even stronger to me. There is also a great cat, Rodney, which I always love to find in books. In all, I will read the second book in this series when it comes out, but I won't go into it expecting a cozy. I read a digital copy of this book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    Bait and Witch Witch Way Librarian Mysteries #1 Angela M. Sanders Angela M. Sanders’ debut to her new cozy mystery series is just purrfect, complete with Josie our novice witch, a black cat and of course a fantastic rustic old library filled to the gills with dusty books that speak to said novice witch. With a fast-paced flowing narrative and an intriguing multi-threaded plot Angela weaves her tale about murder and mayhem interspersed with big city corruption and small town politics. Josie, the acc Bait and Witch Witch Way Librarian Mysteries #1 Angela M. Sanders Angela M. Sanders’ debut to her new cozy mystery series is just purrfect, complete with Josie our novice witch, a black cat and of course a fantastic rustic old library filled to the gills with dusty books that speak to said novice witch. With a fast-paced flowing narrative and an intriguing multi-threaded plot Angela weaves her tale about murder and mayhem interspersed with big city corruption and small town politics. Josie, the accidental witch is a charming multifaceted character whose love for books mixed with an innate curiosity makes her the perfect star for this series. There are also some really cool secondary characters including library trustees, Wilfred residents, Rodney the library cat that seems to have a very special relationship to Josie, plus Sam a member of the founding family that has a fondness for our witch. Is Rodney Josie’s familiar, will there be Cupid’s arrows for Sam and Josie? Fans will just have to wait and see. The mystery(s) are confounding and the ending will astound the audience. Fans of cozy mysteries with a bit of woo woo, magic realism and a really good twister will find this book hard to put down. After eves-dropping on an incriminating conversation between a Senator’s aide and a lobbyist, Library of Congress employee Josie Way knows she must report the crime, then she’s forced to leave Washington and hide when her whistleblowing makes her a target. So she answers a Librarian wanted ad for Wilfred Oregon, a small town perfect to hide out until it’s safe to return to her old life in D.C. What she didn’t expect was that she would stumble upon a murder mystery while coming to love the old house turned library, the town, the drama and the library patrons too. Oh and a jaw dropping little secret that she’s a witch from an extremely long line of witches.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anjana

    There are cozy mysteries that have the standard formula of interesting newcomer solving mysteries, and then there are those with actual magic woven (or in some cases thrown) in. I have not been a fan of many with the magic angle and not had much luck with them, but every once in a while when I see the start of a new series I give in to an impulse and decide to pick it up. This time around (as you might have guessed from the elaborate introduction), I liked the magical addition. We have Josie Way, There are cozy mysteries that have the standard formula of interesting newcomer solving mysteries, and then there are those with actual magic woven (or in some cases thrown) in. I have not been a fan of many with the magic angle and not had much luck with them, but every once in a while when I see the start of a new series I give in to an impulse and decide to pick it up. This time around (as you might have guessed from the elaborate introduction), I liked the magical addition. We have Josie Way, who has taken up a job as a Librarian in a small town in order to hide from people who mean her harm. She loves books and thinks this will be a comfortable hiding place, but things immediately start to get more complicated. First, there is the fact that the library is being contested and up to be converted to a retreat centre (my only doubt throughout was why could the retreat centre not have a library?) then there is the fact that a woman was found dead behind the library the very next day after her arrival. To top it all Josie is 'communicating' with books like she never has before, in an almost unbelievable way - until the most apparent explanation makes sense. You have to be okay with magical realism in your books for this part to be digested. It is introduced slowly and made into a substantial backbone for the narrative, so I personally had no complaints. The investigation and the mingling of the different characters in town were entertaining and set a pretty good foundation for the series as a whole. I did not see the twist coming because it was placed in a completely different position in the book that I am used to. I liked the way things tied up and the narrative voice(s). I look forward to revisiting their town soon. I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    4.5 stars This is the first book in the Witch Way Librarian mystery series by Angela M. Sanders. I thought this was a great book. Right up my alley with the whole “coming into your witchy powers” storyline running alongside the murder mystery. Josie is a librarian working in Washington DC at the Library of Congress where she overhears a conversation that she reports to the authorities. Suddenly, she finds herself in hot water and high tales it out of town accepting a job at a small town library wi 4.5 stars This is the first book in the Witch Way Librarian mystery series by Angela M. Sanders. I thought this was a great book. Right up my alley with the whole “coming into your witchy powers” storyline running alongside the murder mystery. Josie is a librarian working in Washington DC at the Library of Congress where she overhears a conversation that she reports to the authorities. Suddenly, she finds herself in hot water and high tales it out of town accepting a job at a small town library with a lot of issues. I found this plot point a little odd. If you are fleeing for safety, how do you suddenly have a job waiting for you at your new destination? I know it is explained in the text but I am not completely buying it. I am overlooking it since I like this story so much. Buffy meets Charmed in a way. Josie is at this new location a very short time when a dead body is discovered nearby and things progress from there. This is the first book in a series and I can see all kinds of possibilities with this in the future. I loved how it ended so I am not completely certain if Sam has a place in book two, but I sure hope he does! This is a new series I will definitely follow! If you like cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed. I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Bait and Witch by Angela M. Sanders is a great start to a new paranormal cozy mystery series. And if you’ve been reading my reviews for any amount of time, you’ve probably come to realize witch cozies are my catnip. Since I’ve read so many of them I am very particular when it comes to deciding if I will continue the series and the Witch Way Librarian Cozies is one series in which I will definitely be seeking out future books. Josie is a wonderfully strong female protagonist who has some solid mor Bait and Witch by Angela M. Sanders is a great start to a new paranormal cozy mystery series. And if you’ve been reading my reviews for any amount of time, you’ve probably come to realize witch cozies are my catnip. Since I’ve read so many of them I am very particular when it comes to deciding if I will continue the series and the Witch Way Librarian Cozies is one series in which I will definitely be seeking out future books. Josie is a wonderfully strong female protagonist who has some solid morals. Rodney, the cat that comes with the library she’s working at, is the perfect blend of sass and loving. Although he seems to be Josie’s familiar, part of me is wondering if he’s actually a human that was turned into a cat… just from a couple of things I read. And, of course, you can’t have a cozy without a cast of quirky characters and a romantic interest. The one really fun/bizarre quirk is that people from the trailer park will come over to the library, which is a big, old mansion, to bathe. At one point, one of the characters walks into the library with a towel ready for her bath. This just really stood out and amused me for some reason. Although Josie starts to accept she’s a witch, actually a very powerful one, she doesn't do much with her powers in Bait and Witch. But with the way this book ends you know that the next book will be exploring her powers in great depth, which I’m really looking forward to.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    Bait and Witch is an exciting start to what is sure to be an entertaining cozy mystery series. Josie Way is on the run! When she and a colleague overhear a corrupt deal going down at their government job in Washington D.C., they find themselves in serious trouble. And when Josie's friend disappears, she assumes the worst and makes a run for it...all the way across the country to Oregon! I loved Bait and Witch. The small town setting along with quirky characters, books, and a cat, give it all of t Bait and Witch is an exciting start to what is sure to be an entertaining cozy mystery series. Josie Way is on the run! When she and a colleague overhear a corrupt deal going down at their government job in Washington D.C., they find themselves in serious trouble. And when Josie's friend disappears, she assumes the worst and makes a run for it...all the way across the country to Oregon! I loved Bait and Witch. The small town setting along with quirky characters, books, and a cat, give it all of the elements I love about the cozy mystery genre. The magic just gives it that extra, well, magic! Josie's unique skill set (no spoilers!) is enviable, and one I'd choose if I had gotten my letter to Hogwarts...still waiting... Though there are a lot of  things to love about Bait and Witch, I'd have to say that the eclectic mix of characters gave the book that special something for me. Josie certainly didn't know what she was signing up for by heading to this small town, but she finds some special friendships among this quirky bunch. I am looking forward to reading the following books in this series. If you like your cozies with a bit of magic, you'll enjoy Bait and Witch too!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    This book was so good that there were some spots where I couldn't even put it down! I really liked the key players a lot and feel like Josie, Roz and Darla will become good friends. Rodney was such an awesome cat, and Josie's powers that she discovered were pretty cool too. I loved what she could do using Rodney's body to get the job done--it came in really handy saving someone's life eventually. At one point there was a random clue that made me start suspecting whodunit, and I was right, but I This book was so good that there were some spots where I couldn't even put it down! I really liked the key players a lot and feel like Josie, Roz and Darla will become good friends. Rodney was such an awesome cat, and Josie's powers that she discovered were pretty cool too. I loved what she could do using Rodney's body to get the job done--it came in really handy saving someone's life eventually. At one point there was a random clue that made me start suspecting whodunit, and I was right, but I had no idea about all the reasons involved. The parts toward the end were suspenseful and the showdown was pretty nail biting since it somewhat followed a vision that Josie's mom had told her she'd had of her, but with her good cat friend and assorted human friends, Josie made it through and caught the real killer. I really loved the ending, and now I'm going to have trouble waiting patiently for the next book. I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, and my opinions are my own.

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