Title: Potions Are for Pushovers
Author: Tamara Berry
Publisher: Kensington Books
Publication Date: November 26, 2019
Page Count: 288
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
It may have been a ghost that led Eleanor Wilde to set up shop in a quaint English village. But now that she’s established herself as the town witch, Ellie’s contentedly casting spells on anyone desperate enough—or gullible enough—to request her mysterious potions…
Selling mystical elixirs and tantalizing tonics is a pretty good way for a fake medium to earn a living. Or at least it’s Ellie’s main source of income—until a villager turns up dead. The cause? Murder by poisoning. And though Ellie’s concoctions don’t include anything worthy of a skull and crossbones, suddenly she’s the prime suspect. Her only recourse is to find the culprit who did do away with Sarah Blackthorne. No one liked the mean old battle-axe. But did anyone hate her enough to kill her?
It’s enough of a mystery to make Ellie hang up her witch’s hat and take millionaire beau Nicholas Hartford up on his offer to keep her afloat. Except Ellie is not the kind of woman to lean on a man—least of all a man she adores but whose place in her life is uncertain. Besides, Ellie’s taken on two young witches-in-training—apprentices if you will—and both of them are convinced a werewolf is the murderer.
Just as Ellie’s wondering if there really is something otherworldly going on, animals suddenly begin to disappear—including her beloved cat, Beast. Now Ellie’s on the warpath to uncover the wicked truth about the people and the place she’s only just begun to call home…
Potions Are for Pushovers by Tamara Berry is the second book in the cozy Eleanor Wilde Mystery series. Like most cozy mysteries each book of the series does contain it’s own mystery to be solved so they can be read and understood as a standalone or in any order. Those that follow the series from the beginning however will get more character development from book to book.
Eleanor Wilde or Ellie as she likes to be called is a fake medium, well fake as in she let’s her customers continue in their belief of a ghost when she’s moving rats out of their attic. After an accident ten years ago in which Ellie survived but lost her mother that night and her sister was left in a coma Ellie has had to do whatever she can to pay the medical bills. She doesn’t think of herself as a con artist or fake when she is preforming the service she’s been hired to do but it’s a thin line she’s walking nonetheless.
Ellie has now set up shop in her small town since she became known as the town witch after taking care of a local ghost. Since she’s known as a witch she’s been making a living selling potions to the locals. When a murder victim is found to have been poisoned however local law looks straight at Ellie and her “magical” concoctions but when she’s proven to only use natural, safe ingredients she ends up right in the middle of the investigation again.
The Eleanor Wilde Mystery series is proving to be quite the fun and quirky type of cozy that I an always drawn to. With just a touch of paranormal mixed in with the “fake” main character it’s enough to keep one guessing and certainly engaged with the crazy characters and mystery. Definitely one I’d recommend to those that like a cozy that is outside of the box or genre norms.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the Author:
Tamara Berry is a part-time author and part-time freelance writer/editor. She has a BA in English Literature from Eastern Washington University. In addition to books, she has mad love for all things TV, movies, and pop culture. Visit her at tamaraberry.com.