After learning that she comes from a family of witches—and adopting a familiar named Alistair—artist Annabelle Britton has made beautiful Portsmouth, New Hampshire, her home. Together with her coven, this good witch is trying to put a stop to magic and murder most foul.
When Anna takes Alistair to see local veterinarian Ramona Forsythe, they meet the most famous cat in town: Ruby the Attitude Cat, spokes-feline for a pet food brand. But then Ramona turns up dead, and Ruby goes missing. It seems like the murderer used magical means, so it’s up to Anna and Alistair to catch a killer and cat-napper as only a canny cat can.
About the Author
Born in California and raised in Michigan, Delia James writes her tales of magic, cats, and mystery from her hundred-year-old bungalow home in Ann Arbor. She is the author of the Witch’s Cat Mysteries, which include By Familiar Means and A Familiar Tail. When not writing, she hikes, swims, gardens, cooks, reads, and raises her rapidly growing son.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Another enchanting installment in the Witch’s Cat Mysteries. Author Delia James takes us back to Portsmouth, New Hampshire to help witch, Anna Britton, and her cat familiar, Alistair catch a killer, and find a missing “celebrity” cat. As with the other books in this series by Delia James, FAMILIAR MOTIVES was a well written tale packed with murder, mischief, and magic. Under the author’s spell, I became immersed in the story, and I couldn’t get through the pages of this book fast enough. Rather you like your cozy mysteries with cats, a para-normal twist, great plots, or all of the above, FAMILIAR MOTIVES has something for everyone. Conjure up a copy of your own!
Familiar Motives is the third book in Delia James’s The Witch’s Cat Mystery series and is a standalone read. The mystery centers around the murder of veterinarian and fellow witch Ramona Forsythe and the disappearance of a local celebrity cat named Ruby. Ramona was cat-sitting Ruby, while her owner was out of town. Anna and her coven leader, Julia Parris, take it upon themselves to investigate the murder when they suspect magic played apart in Ramona’s death. But they have to be careful. While there is a witch coven in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, very few people know that witches exist. Anything they do or discover has to be easily explainable and believable by mere humans. This puts Anna and Julia at odds with sister coven witch Kenisha Freeman, the only witch cop in New Hampshire. I felt the story moved slowly, thus not making this a page turner for me. There’s more going on inside the pages of Familiar Motives than meets the eye. However, I didn’t have this overwhelming need to see who the murderer was and why. Almost everyone involved in this story had a secret. That includes Ramona herself. Once the climax of the story was reached, things definitely got better. There was a surprise or two. But ultimately, this just wasn’t a story that I could really get into. **Received a copy from Penguin Berkley Prime Crime and voluntarily reviewed the book.**
While I have enjoyed the previous books on this series, I found this one hard to get through. The plot was just too goofy and it was extremely boring. So tedious to read. I am glad to be done with it. Hope it gets better. I am afraid the author might be out of good plot ideas. Stephanie Clanahan