The best witch mystery books that treat the paranormal seriously

Kirsten Weiss Author Of Bound
By Kirsten Weiss

Who am I?

I believe that magical systems and worlds based on folklore and existing magical practices feel more “real” to the reader... and are a lot more interesting. As an avid Tarot reader, I’ve taken some deep dives into the esoteric magical traditions and symbols behind the cards. I’m still coming up for air on the topic. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to channel this arcane (and let’s face it, not otherwise very useful) knowledge into my own witch and paranormal mysteries. I hope you enjoy the witchy mystery novels on this list!

I wrote...


By Kirsten Weiss,

Book cover of Bound

What is my book about?

In a family with two witchy sisters, Karin is cursed with a lack of magic. But when she finds a body in flighty, big sister Jayce’s coffee shop, a dark enchantment begins unraveling. And Karin and her small mountain town will never be the same.

As Karin works to untangle the murder, the knottier the mystery of her small mountain town becomes. Why are hikers vanishing in the nearby woods? Why are some people cursed with bad luck and others with good? And what is Jayce’s handsome new lawyer hiding? With her sister’s fate hanging by a thread, Karin struggles to untangle the truth, and death stalks ever closer…

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The books I picked & why

Secondhand Spirits

By Juliet Blackwell,

Book cover of Secondhand Spirits

Why did I love this book?

In addition to being a fun witchy mystery with a hilarious familiar, the author treats the magical art of Brujeria with deep respect and knowledge. And the heroine’s got a lot of heart. With romance, vintage clothing, and magic, this series is hard to beat. Secondhand Spirits is the first book in the Witchcraft Mysteries featuring Lily Ivory and a great place to start this series.

By Juliet Blackwell,

Why should I read it?

3 authors picked Secondhand Spirits as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Love the vintage- not the ghosts

Lily Ivory feels that she can finally fit in somewhere and conceal her "witchiness" in San Francisco. It's there that she opens her vintage clothing shop, outfitting customers both spiritually and stylistically.

Just when things seem normal, a client is murdered and children start disappearing from the Bay Area. Lily has a good idea that some bad phantoms are behind it. Can she keep her identity secret, or will her witchy ways be forced out of the closet as she attempts to stop the phantom?

Midnight Crossroad

By Charlaine Harris,

Book cover of Midnight Crossroad

Why did I love this book?

Midnight Crossroad builds on existing mythology and folklore as well as on her more famous Sookie Stackhouse series. The Midnight books have a slightly heavier vibe than the prior series, and I love seeing another aspect of her “Trueblood” world, this time set in a small town in Texas. I found myself rooting for every member of this darkly quirky cast of characters—supernatural and otherwise.

By Charlaine Harris,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Midnight Crossroad as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The quirky paranormal murder mystery about a small town where only outsiders fit in . . . now a major TV series

From Charlaine Harris, the bestselling author who created Sookie Stackhouse, the world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a new, darker world - populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that's how the locals prefer it.

Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It's a pretty standard dried-up western town.

There's a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is…

Book cover of A Veiled Deception (A Vintage Magic Mystery)

Why did I love this book?

This frothy, well-paced cozy witch mystery features a psychic who can pick up visions of the past wearers of old clothes. How convenient that she runs a vintage clothing store… Add a Cary-Grant handsome ghost and some very lively romantic entanglements to the great clothes and a charming small town, and you’ve got a winning paranormal mystery. The author also does an excellent job describing the experience of clairtangency—psychic touch.

By Annette Blair,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked A Veiled Deception (A Vintage Magic Mystery) as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A fun new mystery series from the author of Gone with the Witch.

The right dress can be magic; the wrong one?murder! From the national bestselling author of Sensation?s Witch series comes the new Vintage Magic mystery series, featuring Madeira Cutler. While opening her own vintage clothing shop, Maddie must clear her family?s name when her sister?s wedding festivities hit a snag: murder.

Strange Magic

By Syd Moore,

Book cover of Strange Magic

Why did I love this book?

Most authors put their notes about what the book is based on at the back. Syd Moore puts it right up front—the true story of a witch hunt hysteria in England. And once that story’s in your head, it colors everything that follows in this paranormal mystery set around an Essex witch museum. Most of the laughs (and there are plenty) come from the wry and witty heroine of this intriguing mystery, packed with information about witchcraft past and present.

By Syd Moore,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Strange Magic as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Rosie Strange doesn't believe in ghosts or witches or magic. No, not at all. It's no surprise therefore when she inherits the ramshackle Essex Witch Museum, her first thought is to take the money and run.

Still, the museum exerts a curious pull over Rosie. There's the eccentric academic who bustles in to demand she help in a hunt for old bones, those of the notorious Ursula Cadence, a witch long since put to death. And there's curator Sam Stone, a man about whom Rosie can't decide if he's tiresomely annoying or extremely captivating. It all adds up to looking…

Book cover of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

Why did I love this book?

Spooky and atmospheric, this story travels between a cunning woman facing the Salem Witch Trials and a modern-day mystery set in the area. The premise is intriguing: what if there was some real witchcraft going on during the witch hunts? The author weaves into this lush, romantic novel a wealth of fascinating detail about historical witchcraft. And though this book is a standalone, it provides a good taste of her other witchy novels.

By Katherine Howe,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

While clearing out her grandmother's cottage for sale, Connie Goodwin finds a hidden parchment inscribed with the name Deliverance Dane. And so begins the hunt to uncover the woman behind the name, a hunt that takes her back to Salem in 1692 . . . and the infamous witchcraft trials.

But nothing is entirely as it seems and when Connie unearths the existence of Deliverance's spell book, the Physick Book, the situation takes on a menacing edge as interested parties reveal their desperation to find this precious artefact at any cost.

What secrets does the Physick Book contain? What magic…

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