Skeptic in Salem: An Episode of Murder (A Dubious Witch Cozy Mystery—Book 1) - Fiona Grace

Skeptic in Salem: An Episode of Murder (A Dubious Witch Cozy Mystery—Book 1)

By Fiona Grace

  • Release Date: 2020-10-16
  • Genre: Cozy
Score: 4.5
From 424 Ratings


"Very entertaining. Highly recommended for the permanent library of any reader who appreciates a well-written mystery with twists and an intelligent plot. You will not be disappointed. Excellent way to spend a cold weekend!"
--Books and Movie Reviews (regarding Murder in the Manor)

SKEPTIC IN SALEM: AN EPISODE OF MURDER is the debut novel in a charming new cozy mystery series by bestselling author Fiona Grace, author of Murder in the Manor, a #1 Bestseller with over 100 five-star reviews (and a free download)!

When Mia Bold, 30, learns that the pharmaceutical company she works for only cares about money, she quits on the spot, walking away from a high-powered career. Worse, her long-time boyfriend, instead of proposing as she expected, decides to break up with her.

Mia’s true passion lies in her own podcast, devoted to debunking the occult and shining light on the truth. The daughter of a con-man father, Mia feels a moral responsibility to the truth, and to spare others from being conned. 

When Mia, at a crossroads, receives an invitation from a famous supernatural podcast inviting her to move to Salem and join their podcast as the skeptic-in-residence, Mia sees a chance to start her life over again and to pursue her life’s mission.

But things in Salem do not go as planned. When an unexpected death happens—in the midst of Mia trying to debunk a haunted inn—she realizes she may be in over her head. With her own future now at stake, can she really prove that witches and ghosts do not exist?

A mesmerizing page-turner, packed with intrigue, mystery, romance, pets, food—and most of all, the supernatural—SKEPTIC IN SALEM is a cozy with a twist, one you will cherish as it has you fall in love with its main character and as it keeps you glued (and laughing) throughout the night.

“The book had heart and the entire story worked together seamlessly that didn't sacrifice either intrigue or personality. I loved the characters - so many great characters! I can't wait to read whatever Fiona Grace writes next!”
--Amazon reviewer (regarding Murder in the Manor)

“Wow, this book takes off & never stops! I couldn't put it down! Highly recommended for those who love a great mystery with twists, turns, romance, and a long lost family member! I am reading the next book right now!”
--Amazon reviewer (regarding Murder in the Manor)

“This book is rather fast paced. It has the right blend of characters, place, and emotions. It was hard to put down and I hope to read the next book in the series.”
--Amazon reviewer (regarding Murder in the Manor)

Books #2 and #3 in the series—AN EPISODE OF CRIME and AN EPISODE OF DEATH—are now also available!


  • Peggy l

    By PeggyLmystery
    Great read, twists, Investigation, and quirky characters!
  • Great read

    By s tiny
    I enjoyed reading this!! It was full of fun and twists and turns!!!! One problem, it needs more prove reading. Lots of errors!!
  • Skeptic in Salem

    By Only me2
    I have only read 10 of Fiona Grace’s books so far. Every single one of them I enjoyed. The books are written in a way that they capture your attention from the very first page. These are books that you just cannot put down. I am really looking forward to reading the rest of her books. You really need to add her books to your must read list.
  • Very fun romp!

    By RobGradstudent
    This was a fun book to read. Interesting characters and an intriguing location. Can’t wait to read more!
  • Just Right

    By 1 more page
    I was worried about being spooked as usually do not like scary, but enjoyed the story.
  • Skeptic in Salem

    By cdly8
    Just a relaxing read. Enjoyable from start to finish. The only thing missing was an appearance by Frank Bold.
  • Very good

    By slapstickgum
    I really enjoyed this book and all the characters. Looking forward to the next one!
  • It was okay. Nothing special

    By Annoyed JB
    It was okay. Nothing special
  • Good start to a new series

    By Cozy Lady1
    This is a good book to start a series. I’ve read another series by this author, but I love that this book deals with the paranormal, occult and Salem. It was a fast read and keeps you guessing. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
  • Wicked growing pains

    By Bend in like a Bohemian
    On the same day she loses her job, instead of being comforted by her fiancé, he dumps her Mia grabs a chance to follow her crazy podcast dreams, and takes a job in Salem Massachusetts With some teammates who have her back, and others ready to throw her under the bus for publicity Mia is off to a rocky start. It might be tempting to seek comfort from a familiar past, but maybe Mia is ready to embrace possibilities for a different future and folks who believe in her Intense dark drama and paranormal romance I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.