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Final Exam (A Witch City Mystery)
by Carol J. Perry


About the Book

Final Exam (A Witch City Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Kensington (February 26, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
ISBN-10: 1496714601
ISBN-13: 978-1496714602

A cold case update in Salem, Massachusetts . . .

Life at the house on Winter Street is abuzz with preparations for Aunt Ibby’s 45th high school reunion, and Lee Barrett is happy to pitch in, tracking down addresses and licking envelopes. But as a field reporter for Salem’s WICH-TV, her priority is to be on top of the town’s latest news before anyone else.

When the local police dredge up a vintage sports car containing human remains, Lee is thrilled to be the first reporter on the scene. Once she learns the car is connected to the cold case her boyfriend Pete happens to be working on, her powers of investigation are quickly alerted. But it’s her Aunt Ibby’s emotional reaction to Lee’s TV report that puts her on the case. With the help of O’Ryan, her psychic feline sidekick, she’ll have to unravel a tangled past of secrets and promises to stop a killer from making history again . . .

About the Author

Interview with the Author


What initially got you interested in writing?

There was never any question about it. In seventh grade I read two library books-back to back. One was Natalie Enters Advertising and the other was A Star for Ginny. Both books featured heroines who worked in advertising. My future was determined. I enjoyed many years in the ad business. The fiction writing came much later and I am enjoying it just as much!

What genres do you write in?

I currently write a mystery series. I still write non-fiction articles too, and am also working on my first romance novel.

What drew you to writing these specific genres?

I have always been a mystery book fan and some of my middle grade books were in the “kid romance” genre.

How did you break into the field?

I read the kinds of books I wanted to write. I joined writers critique groups. I followed each publisher’s Writer’s Guidelines

What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?

I hope they like my characters as much as I do and that they enjoy the adventures I dream up for them. I research my books carefully and hope that readers find a little “take-away” information along with the story.

What do you find rewarding about writing?

I love the fact that I can do something I’ve always enjoyed doing and can share the results with so many people.

What do you find most challenging about writing?


What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?

Read the kind of things you want to write. Some books will be so wonderful you’ll aspire to be that good some day. Some books will be so bad you’ll be encouraged to know that somebody actually paid for them .Always, always follow the publisher’s/agent’s directions for submitting your work.

What type of books do you enjoy reading?

Still love mysteries. Wish I had more time to read.

Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?

Gosh, I certainly hope so!

What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?

I’m not as good about social media as I should be. I have a website which is probably not always up to date. It’s http://www.caroljperry.com. My fictional cat O’Ryan writes my quarterly newsletter for me and readers can request it on the website. I’m on Facebook occasionally but it’s mostly stuff about my wonderful grandchildren! Thanks for your interest.


Author Bio

Carol J. Perry knew as a child that she wanted to be a writer. A voracious reader, whose list for Santa consisted mostly of book titles, she never lost sight of that goal. While living in Florida, Carol was on assignment for Southern Travel Magazine, preparing an article on the world’s largest sand castle which was being built near her home. That combination of events inspired her first young adult novel, Sand Castle Summer. That book was soon followed by half a dozen more.

Carol has always been an avid reader of mysteries. Her debut mystery novel is set in Salem and involves O’Ryan, a most mysterious cat, several witches and some strange Halloween happenings. Appropriately enough, this Salem-born author celebrates her birthday on Halloween Eve! Carol and her husband Dan live in the Tampa Bay area of Florida with two cats and a Black Lab. Visit her at www.caroljperry.com.

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