Nightshade for Warning (Enchanted Garden Mystery Series #2)

Nightshade for Warning (Enchanted Garden Mystery Series #2)

by Bailey Cattrell

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ISBN-13: 9780451476890
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Series: Enchanted Garden Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 110,287
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Bailey Cattrell writes the New York Times bestselling Magical Bakery Mystery series as Bailey Cates. She has studied philosophy, English, and history, and has held a variety of positions, ranging from driver's license examiner to soap maker. She also writes the Home Crafting Mysteries as Cricket McRae.

Vanessa Daniels has worked as a professional actress in theater, film, TV, commercials, and voice-over for almost two decades. She holds a BFA in drama from New York University and is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors' Equity Association.

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Nightshade for Warning 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 4 Narration 2 Story 4 The second in this delightful series brings us back to check in with Elliana, owner of the Scents & Nonsense shop, known for her Enchanted Garden which fuels the aromas in the perfumery, and mixes with Ellie’s special magic to bring healing, happiness and surety to her customers and visitors. Adding to the magic in the shop are Dash and Nabokov, the shop’s dog and cat, with free run of the shop, garden and Ellie’s small garden shed tiny house in back. In this story, the aromatherapy and garden’s magic take a backseat to the ongoing mystery, sparked when Ellie is informed that a national magazine wants to feature her garden shed now house as one of the unique tiny houses that are all the rage. An unexpected visit from her brother and his girlfriend bring Ellie face to face with the very grumpy reporter sent to interview her, as a flare up at dinner the night before starts her worrying. That is compounded when she hears that the man was found dead, her brother’s girlfriend is the chief suspect, and the detective isn’t known for his willingness (or ability) to actually investigate further. This brings Ellie to ask her friend (and police officer) Lupe to help her investigate the death, and look into the reporter’s family, as she discovered he had ties and family in her little town. Oh what fun and the plethora of suspects, from one twist to another, secrets pop like weeds, one after another until the culprit is revealed. Perhaps missing a touch of the magic of the first book, as Ellie is so very involved in separating fact from fiction, answering the many questions that appear until the murderer is revealed. This is a book, and a series that is best read to be enjoyed: the evocative language and description that Cattrell weaves throughout the story allows for your imagination to take hold as you feel immersed in the story, right alongside the investigation. That being said, this was an audiobook narrated by Vanessa Daniels, and as you can see with review of Daisies for Innocence, that was not the best experience. In fairness, I like to listen to a few examples of a narrator’s work, hoping to see improvements and growth in performance style. In this book, there were many of the same issues: odd hesitations without purpose that contrasted against those moments where words and sentences are rushed through. In this installment I again had the feeling that this was a chore for the narrator: one to be completed quickly, and then forgotten. While I have yet another title from this narrator in my review queue, I’ll refrain final judgment, but this was not an enjoyable listen for a book that deserved a performance that felt as if the narrator cared to perform. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous 9 months ago
The second book of Bailey Cantrell's series is much better than the first. The characters are becoming more well-develoed and are coming to seem like ol friends. The plot is interesting and the mystery of who-dun-it harder to figure out until late in the book. Overall, it was an enjoyable way to spend a few hours. I'm already ordering the third in the series. Stephanie Clanahan
BeckyMcF More than 1 year ago
After I finished this book, I really wished that I had a Book 3 to read next! The mystery was very good and I especially enjoy the plant lore, Ellie and her family and friends!
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Isn’t that a gorgeous cover? As soon as I saw it and felt the springtime temps here is Wisconsin I knew I had to escape right into this book. Elliana Allbright is the owner of Scents & Nonsense where she sells items made with special oils she distills from plants in her own garden. The Enchanted Garden is right next to shop and abuts right up to her tiny house. The garden is a relaxing place with spots for people to sit and wind down from the stress in their lives. Ellie may be able to whip up the perfect perfume to ease whatever malady they may be feeling. Ellie’s dog, Dash and shop cat, Nabokov have free rein of the area so they may dish out their own kind of comfort too. In this installment, Ellie’s tiny home, formerly a garden shed, has gathered some acclaim and a national magazine is sending a reporter and photographer to include her home in an article about the tiny house craze. Ellie bumps into the journalist while she is out having dinner with her brother and his girlfriend. She wasn’t that impressed with the man but tried to be friendly so that his story about her wouldn’t do more harm than good. When she learns the next day he was found dead in his hotel room and that her brother’s girlfriend is the prime suspect she knows she has to dig up the real killer and fast. She has witnessed how the lead detective investigates, in that he doesn’t. She hopes she can persuade his partner and her friend, Detective Lupe Garcia, to work together to solve this case and clear up the whole bloomin’ mess. The way this author sets the scene is absolutely magical. You can practically smell the flowers blooming in the Ellie’s garden, feel enveloped by a fog that rolls in, and pick a book off the shelf curl up in the chair in Ellie’s living space. It is a place I would love to visit. I have even given serious thought about living in a tiny house myself. That would be fine until the kids and the grandkids want to visit then I don’t know what I would do. We meet some very interesting characters this time and we travel to a very intriguing place. The reporter that was killed has ties to Poppyville and Ellie is going to shake that family tree to see what seeds drop out. This leads her down a very surprising path of twists and secrets. Readers will feel like they are on her shoulder as she does her best to distill the real criminal. It was not an easy task and at first there were many more questions than answers. This story is so well written and the characters are very engaging. The themes are current and relevant. There is just a hint of magic and humor pops up in all the right places. Bailey Cattrell has treated us all to an enchanting mystery.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
This second installment in the Enchanted Garden Mysteries will fill your senses with mystery. NIGHTSHADE FOR WARNING was a nice follow up from book one, DAISIES FOR INNCOCENCE. It had the same style of writing fans have come to expect from author Bailey Cattrell aka Bailey Cates. Though I will admit, I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book. I didn’t dislike it, it just didn’t pull me in as quickly as book one. With that being said . . . I really enjoy the cast of characters in this series. They are unique, and fun to read. And I could lose myself in Ellie’s Enchanted Garden. It seems truly delightful. I also love how author Cattrell has Ellie living in a tiny house on her property. Tiny houses are so in right now (not something for me though). With Ellie’s character, and her fairy like garden, her tiny house is a perfect fit. NIGHTSHADE FOR WARNING was a well plotted mystery. It was one that raised many questions. While I figured out a few answers, Bailey Cattrell stumped me on that many more. As the reveal was getting closer, I was more and more sure of who the killer was. And HA! I was . . . wrong.  The author includes a cookie recipe, and a foot polishing recipe, both of which I’m eager to try. If you enjoyed DAISIES FOR INNOCENCE, you’ll want to read NIGHTSHADE FOR WARNING.