A sample text widget

Etiam pulvinar consectetur dolor sed malesuada. Ut convallis euismod dolor nec pretium. Nunc ut tristique massa.

Nam sodales mi vitae dolor ullamcorper et vulputate enim accumsan. Morbi orci magna, tincidunt vitae molestie nec, molestie at mi. Nulla nulla lorem, suscipit in posuere in, interdum non magna.

Brief Update and Review of Witch Way to Murder

I’ve been doing so much read­ing because I’ve been sick and unable to do much else. We did get the girl to her doc­tor, so we know there’s no strep around here. The doc­tor would­n’t rule out mono, but would­n’t test for it either. (I don’t real­ly like this woman, and we usu­al­ly try to go when the nicer physi­cian is there.) She said that since they don’t do any­thing but treat the symp­toms if it is mono, and the con­ta­gion peri­od would have been 60–90 days ago, she does­n’t see any rea­son to run a test.

Yes, you aren’t “sup­posed” to be able to get mono more than once, but I’ve had it sev­er­al times, and it seems that Katie has it again, too. That isn’t so unusu­al with peo­ple have chron­ic fatigue syndrome/fibromyalgia.

I want­ed some­thing light to read that did­n’t suck, and I ran across men­tion of Shirley Dams­gaard’s Ophe­lia and Abby mys­ter­ies some­how recent­ly, so I got them from the library. I just fin­ished the first, Witch Way to Mur­der, and I’m tick­led to have found new series of “cozy” mys­ter­ies that I like.

Com­bine two gen­er­a­tions of witch­es, a librar­i­an (who does needle­work!), a per­son­able cat and dog (and no, they don’t talk, thank­ful­ly), and a sexy side­kick in a small town where every­body thinks they know every­body else’s busi­ness and you have a very nice lit­tle set­ting. I won’t tell you much about the plot of the first book, but it is fair­ly good. I’ll be read­ing the oth­er four books in the series now, since they’re on my shelf.

7 comments to Brief Update and Review of Witch Way to Murder

  • Chris

    That isn’t so unusu­al with peo­ple have chron­ic fatigue syndrome/fibromyalgia.

    Inter­est­ing, I have had mono three? four? times since my first diag­no­sis back in 91-ish and I was also diag­nosed with CFS around 2004-ish.

    I won­der if it’s relat­ed…

  • SilverSliver

    Does­n’t it make sense to diag­nose the prob­lem so you know you’re treat­ing the right symp­toms rather than ignor­ing some­thing more seri­ous? Espe­cial­ly con­sid­er­ing a mono spot costs $10 and 5 min­utes? I can see why you dis­like that doc­tor.

  • cyn

    Yep — one of the the­o­ries about the caus­es of CFS/ME has to do with mono. And when Katie and Alice both had mono back in, um, 2003? 2004? (can’t remem­ber which right now — bad pain/fog day), an infec­tious dis­ease spe­cial­ist told Alice that if you don’t recov­er from mono in a cer­tain amount of time, they change the diag­no­sis to CFS.

  • cyn

    Oh, know­ing exact­ly what’s wrong would make WAY too much sense!

    I real­ly need to get their office staff to give us the good doc’s sched­ule, then check to be sure she’s real­ly in before we both­er.

  • BooHiss at the moron doc­tor!

    The book sounds like fun — I was just think­ing that I could use a good cozy. I’ll have to see if my library has these 🙂

  • I see a woman doc­tor. She is smart, fun­ny, warm, kind and effi­cient. And she’s a good doc­tor, too. I quit see­ing the male doc­tor I had been see­ing for years for the same rea­sons that your female doc­tor is prob­a­bly not the doc­tor you should be see­ing.

  • amqueue

    For more rel­a­tive­ly short books with inter­est­ing plot­lines and char­ac­ters but not too much to keep track of, I’d rec­om­mend Patri­cia Brig­gs “Mer­cedes Thomp­son” series. Not sure if that’s the name of it as a series, but there are three tight­ly con­nect­ed ones: Moon Called, Blood Bound, and Iron Kissed. The Hus­band tells me that he isn’t sure there are going to be any oth­ers, because (as he read on the author’s web­site) one of the require­ments from the pub­lish­er was that “the lead char­ac­ter have an inter­est­ing lovelife”. Since the lead char­ac­ter­s’s lovelife is pret­ty much resolved by the end of the third book, that *seems* to leave it as ‘fin­ished’. I have, how­ev­er, heard a rumor that she’s using the same ‘world’ in a new book involv­ing a side char­ac­ter from one of the books and task they were sent off to take care of.

    That said, I’m still enjoy­ing LKH enough to buy her stuff; I’m not so much about mys­ter­ies for the men­tal puz­zle as I am about char­ac­ter and descrip­tion. The elfy ones are amus­ing me, the vampy ones at least have the main char­ac­ter grow­ing up final­ly, and some­thing about Lau­rel­l’s writ­ing style just pulls me in, even the parts that have me gig­gling inap­pro­pri­ate­ly.