This Shirley Damsgaard series revolves around a witch named Ophelia who keeps getting entangled in mysteries. In the first book, Ophelia is unhappy and unaccepting of her ‘powers’. Then with each following book, she grows a little stronger and more confident in her abilities. This sixth book, “The Witch’s Grave”, has Ophelia coming into a new level of power while experiencing dreams of another, possibly past, life.
Ophelia is happy when she meets a handsome blond stranger and they seem to have an instant ‘connection’. So when he asks her to walk with him and discuss a date, she’s glad to comply. Their walk is interrupted when he is shot right in front of her. He manages to pass her a diary before he collapses at her feet and in the flurry of the rescue, she forgets to give it to the police. That night she reads the diary and becomes interested in what could possibly make this man a target for a killer. That night, she also begins to dream of a woman. The further she gets into the mystery, the more of this mysterious woman’s past life is revealed. Can Ophelia figure it out before the killer comes for her?
I’ve enjoyed Ophelia’s journey so far and in past books, the balance between magic and mystery has been weighted more towards mystery. However, in this book the balance shifted quite a bit towards the magical side and I think the mystery suffered as a result. Hopefully, Damsgaard will adjust the balance and I certainly intend to keep reading about Ophelia’s life, loves, and mysteries.