By Carol J. Perry
The city of Salem, on the north coast of Massachusetts, is famous for its seventeenth century witchcraft trials. It’s also the setting for the popular Witch City mystery series penned by Salem native Carol J. Perry.
Lee Barrett, the protagonist of the series, has settled into her new job as the field reporter for Salem’s WICH-TV. Her job requires that she and her camerawoman, Francine Hunter, cover events as they happen and bring them to viewers in a timely manner. Many assignments take the pair to unusual locations, such as an abandoned stone quarry on the outskirts of town. They’d gotten a tip (don’t ask me how, because I can’t reveal a secret source) that the police were sending divers down to search for something in over a hundred feet of murky water. Much to everyone’s surprise, the divers discover a vintage red Mustang with human remains stuck sideways under a huge chunk of rock, and labor to bring it to the surface.
Other reporters would have been told to leave the scene once the car and its grisly contents were discovered. But not Lee, who’s in a position to get inside information about the case because her sweetie is a detective on the police force. Oh, and there’s one more thing that gives Lee a unique advantage—she’s a scryer, a person who has the ability to see things in reflective surfaces that others can’t, which often helps the local police.
Lee shares the old family home with her aunt, Isobel Russel, a.k.a. Aunt Ibby. When Lee shares the discovery of the vintage sports car with Ibby—the same night that Ibby is hosting a meeting to plan her high school reunion—Lee’s shocked by her aunt’s emotional reaction to the news. Could her beloved aunt be hiding a secret that’s been buried for over forty years?
“Final Exam,” the eighth in Perry’s series, gets an A+ from me! This series just keeps getting better.