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Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

At Witt’s End was a bit of a surprise for me. What I was expecting was a Miss Marple kind of cozy mystery. While it kind of resembled a cozy, Sadie Witt is about as different from Miss Marple as two old ladies can be. Sadie is rather eccentric, she loves to dress in the latest fashions generally reserved for 19 year olds – such as thongs and halter tops – and has a zest for life and new experiences. Along with this, and maybe partially explaining her behavior, she’s a death coach. She was picked by the powers that be to help the dead make a decision and see them continue their journey.

Sadie and her twin sister Jane own Witt’s End resort and live there in Cabin 14. Sadie has just noticed a man out in the yard who seems to be lost. He turns out to be her 5th guest – her 5th dead guest – and he isn’t quite prepared to believe he’s dead yet. The restless dead have an expiration date after they die, and Sadie’s job is to help them move along on their way before it’s too late. Along with having a full house, Sadie and Jane have a pending lawsuit from the local Sheriff’s Deputy who wants his grandfather’s resort back and claims the twins’ mother conned his grandfather out of his inheritance. On top of all this, one of her ghostly charges claims he and his family were murdered and he is sticking around to see that justice is done.

Even though At Witt’s End was a bit of a surprise, I have to say that I really enjoyed reading it and I look forward to the next installment. The writing is good and fun, though the sisters can get a little raunchy. It’s hilarious how they snipe back and forth about everything while knowing full well that they wouldn’t have it any other way. The mystery in At Witt’s End isn’t real hard to see, but it was interesting to try and figure how the story would wrap up. Well worth the read if you have an interest in cozy mysteries or light urban fantasy.

Rating: 3.5/5

Caleb is a software engineer and amature woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Beth Solheim. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.