I've been looking forward to reading By Familiar Means since I finished the first book, A Familiar Tail, in A Witch's Cat Mystery series by Delia James. I can tell you that By Familiar Means did not disappoint!
After discovering her special abilities, Annabelle Britton decides to make Portsmouth, New Hampshire her new home. Anna's grandmother is coming to visit - she hasn't been to Portsmouth or seen her coven in 30 years.
Anna worries about how she's going to pay the rent on her cottage. So when an opportunity comes up for painting murals for the new coffee shop, it's like her wish has come true. However, spooky noises has one of the coffee shop owners convinced the building is haunted, and he wants Anna and her coven to get rid of the spirit before the shop opens.
Annabelle doesn't believe in spirits, but she agrees to check out the shop anyway. Her Vibe leads her to finding smugglers' tunnels and a dead body. Now Annabelle, Alastair, and her coven must figure out who the killer is.
My Thoughts: By Familiar Means didn't focus as much on the development of Anna's magical talents as did A Familiar Tail. I would have liked to see more time spent focused on this area.
Despite that, though, this book was an excellent read! I loved Alastair's antics, of course. His behavior will make any cat lover laugh and adore him.
I enjoyed learning about Anna's grandmother and her role in Anna's life and magical journey. It seems that Anna's grandmother will be sticking around for future books in the series, and I look forward to getting to know her personality better.
I really loved this book, and I highly recommend it to all cat and cozy mystery lovers!
FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of, "By Familiar Means: A Witch's Cat Mystery," by Delia James for a fair and honest review. Receiving the book did not influence my opinions in any way. All opinions expressed on Fur Everywhere are my own.