Potions Are for Pushovers by Tamara Berry

Posted November 26, 2019 by Marsha in Cozy Mystery, Paranormal Cozy Mystery, Series / 0 Comments

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-ax. 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…

Titles in the Eleanor Wilde Mystery series include – Séances Are for Suckers – Potions Are For Pushovers

Title:  Potions Are For Pushovers
Series:  Eleanor Wilde Mystery #2
Author:  Tamara Berry
Genre:  Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Published:  November 26, 2019
Publisher:  Kensington Books
My Rating:  4 stars

POTIONS ARE FOR PUSHOVERS is fast-paced, full of laugh-out-loud moments with twists and surprises that kept me flipping pages on my Kindle until the ending.  I loved seeing Ellie begin to settle in to the village, even if she’s not a believer in ghosts or potions or witchcraft (or so she says) she’ll definitely take a few more steps toward believing in this addition to the Eleanor Wilde Mystery series.  There are obvious suspects, those “hmm, I wonder if” suspects and enough clues scattered about to make solving this Paranormal Cozy Mystery a fun adventure for any reader.  I don’t “have” to figure out mysteries, but discovering clues and following trails is my enjoyment and there are plenty of those to keep me quite happy in this story.

Because this is a Cozy Mystery of the Paranormal kind I’m even more careful with possible spoilers – so, I’ll simply say that I enjoyed POTIONS ARE FOR PUSHOVERS, it kept me engaged, entertained and guessing throughout.  I liked seeing Ellie beginning to enjoy the village life now living near her very rich, very handsome new boyfriend.  She probably wouldn’t admit it, but she is a softy at heart and it’s beginning to show.  I will definitely be keeping an eye out for the next story in this series.  I had fun and would not hesitate to recommend this story to any reader who loves a good Paranormal Cozy Mystery that will keep you on your toes and quite satisfied with the outcome.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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