Potions Are for Pushovers

Potions Are for Pushovers

by Tamara Berry

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Overview

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…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496719638
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 11/26/2019
Series: An Eleanor Wilde Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 118,569
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Tamara Berry is a part-time author and part-time freelance writer/editor. She has a B.A. 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 www.tamaraberry.com.

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Potions Are for Pushovers 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Karen-Hollins 5 days ago
Potions are Pushovers is the 2nd instalment in the An Eleanor Wilde Mystery series by Tamara Berry. I was able to read as a stand-alone easily but recommend you read Seances Are for Suckers first. 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… I enjoyed the setting of the small village is Sussex England. I found the story to be fun and well-written, with quirky characters and a realistic protagonist in Eleanor. We all have flaws and insecurities , and some of us have even felt like an outsider before so I found Eleanor to be a fabulous main character. I love her cat Beast, (just rescued 2 kittens last week I could picture one of them as her familiar). Her apprentices Lenora and Rachel are a hoot as well. The mystery was well written with plenty of twists and turns and had a steady pace, even had a few surprises. I suspected but didn’t fully figure out whodunit until it was revealed at the end. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys paranormal mysteries. I requested and received an Advanced Reader Copy from Kensington Books and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Cozy Cat Reviews 6 days ago
Potions Are for Pushovers is the 2nd in the "Eleanor Wilde Mystery" series by cozy author Tamara Berry . Thank you for the ARC . My review opinions are my own. Our protagonist Eleanor (Ellie) has set up shop as a witch . However she has a secret that she she is not truly magical and is selling fake potions and spells to the town. She is also acting as a medium and no one knows she is a fake. Her business is steady and growing and she even hired 2 new people to work under her learning the craft. Everything is going along fine until a murder occurs. Victim Sarah Blackthorn seems to have been killed by one of her fake potions. Now Ellie is suspect number one in the opinion of the police and the town. Ellie suspects something is amiss in town when animals suddenly begin to disappear—including her beloved cat, Beast. Now Ellie’s determined to get to the bottom of the murder and find her cat. Soon she is stumbling across clues that lead her to the right directions. This is a fun mystery with a unique magical theme and great supporting charcters. Ellie is a fun protagonist who is well on her way to charming cozy readers with this 2nd in series.
Dollycas 6 days ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Werewolves aren’t my thing at all, in fact I have turned down books for review as soon as I saw them mentioned in the synopsis or stopped reading books where they have appeared unannounced but after reading the first book in this series Seances Are For Suckers and loving it I trusted author Tamara Berry to keep things cozy and intriguing without ruffling my feathers. I can report that while I did learn some werewolf lore I was right. Eleanor Wilde has set up her business in a mistress cottage on the Hartford family estate and become quite close with Nicholas Hartford III after using her “powers” to clear “ghosts” out of the Hartford castle. He knows she is a fake and is fine with that. She has clients who believe in her and buy her potions and elixirs, but when Sarah Blackthorne is poisoned she loses what clientele she did have and also becomes the number one suspect. New in town she didn’t know that basically everyone hated the woman that was killed which eases her mind as far as the authorities but overwhelms her as her suspect list includes almost everyone she knows. She also finds herself with two young apprentices who due to another death and some missing animals including Ellie’s cat, Beast, believe a werewolf is responsible for the deaths. Ellie even starts to buy into their theory. ____ I really like Ellie and the way she finds her way in this community of characters as the story continues. She has her issues like a leaky roof and the responsibility for her apprentices all while she tries to investigate a murder. I really appreciated that Ellie’s sister Winnie is still a very important part of her life. I also enjoyed the way her relationship with Nichols is progressing. We have learned quite a bit about our protagonist but Nicholas is still mostly a mystery himself. The plot of this mystery is complex and filled with twists and turns and a very hairy individual. The death of a neighbor’s animal was a little gory but was critical to the progression of the story. I enjoyed that the young girls played key roles in solving part of the mystery and that she got a little help from an unusual source. I was caught off guard when the actual killer was revealed. A person completely off my radar. I should have realized after reading the first book to expect the unexpected. Ms. Berry has proven to be excellent at keeping this reader captivated by the story and totally surprising me at the end. Potions Are for Pushovers is a great addition to what I hope is a long-running series. It is very well-written and the cast of characters continues to grow and evolve. The drama is balanced by humor in all the right places and the romance is still a minor point at this point. I am really excited to see what the author has in store next. Please, no vampires This story can be read on its own but recommend reading both books in order for maximum enjoyment.
TheCozyReview 8 days ago
Series: An Eleanor Wilde Mystery - Book 2 Author: Tamara Berry Genre: Cozy Mystery/Paranormal Publisher: Kensington Books Page Count: 288 New from Kensington Books comes the second book in the “An Eleanor Wilde Mystery” paranormal cozy series; Potions Are for Pushovers by Tamara Berry. This is a book readers won’t want to put down. The first book in this new paranormal cozy series was a strong debut, exciting and original, the second one even more. Eleanor is a fake physic who has moved to a remote area in England to start a new life. Using her ability to read people and make natural herbal remedies turned “magic potions” keeps money coming in and a roof over her head. Having her dead sister speaking to her has almost made her a believer in what she knows to be bunk. But when murder comes calling, and her sister's voice goes silent, and her beloved cat goes missing, she jumps into action to find a killer. The fact that the killer may also be a werewolf doesn’t matter. The character of Eleanor is charismatic, intelligent, and easy to like. Other characters such as her boyfriend, Nicholas, niece Rachel, or any of the other ongoing characters in this paranormal cozy will have readers thrilled, intrigued, and genuinely happy as they turn each page. The victim is perfect, not liked by anyone, and a hateful person. The killer may not be a big surprise, but readers will keep going back and forth in indecision. This book is delightful, cuddle up with a glass of wine, a roaring fire, sit back, relax and lose yourself within the pages type of story. The plot in this paranormal cozy is all original, with a great many clues throw around that keep the story fresh and full of possibilities. The writing in Potions Are for Pushovers is smooth, professional, and easy to read. The situations the main character gets into are both funny and heartfelt. This is a paranormal cozy that readers will enjoy without feeling as though it is just the same book as previous additions to the series with a different title. I am pleased to recommend this book and series to all readers.
AMGiacomasso 10 days ago
This is becoming one of my favorite series as I love the humour and originality of the plot. This is the second instalment and it was a lot of fun to read and I laughed out loud more than once. I think that the writer had a lot of fun in writing it and you can feel it as you read. The plot is full of twists and turns and the solid mystery kept me guessing till the end. The quirky and funny characters are well written and likeable, Eleanor is a fantastic character and her dabbling in occult is always hilarious. This could have been a 5* review but I don't like to read about animals being killed and even if I understand that in one case it was requested by the plot I think that is something that does not usually happen in a cozy mystery. I can't wait to read the next instalment even if I know I have to wait for one year. I highly recommend it with the above mentioned warning. Many thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
AMGiacomasso 10 days ago
This is becoming one of my favorite series as I love the humour and originality of the plot. This is the second instalment and it was a lot of fun to read and I laughed out loud more than once. I think that the writer had a lot of fun in writing it and you can feel it as you read. The plot is full of twists and turns and the solid mystery kept me guessing till the end. The quirky and funny characters are well written and likeable, Eleanor is a fantastic character and her dabbling in occult is always hilarious. This could have been a 5* review but I don't like to read about animals being killed and even if I understand that in one case it was requested by the plot I think that is something that does not usually happen in a cozy mystery. I can't wait to read the next instalment even if I know I have to wait for one year. I highly recommend it with the above mentioned warning. Many thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Tangen 11 days ago
cozy-mystery, small-town, murder, relationships, law-enforcement, England, situational-humor, verbal-humor Ellie really isn't a witch or a psychic even though she does talk to ghosts. She has made money shamming those things to make the money to pay for her sister's medical care until her death, and now that she has crossed the Atlantic to be near the man she is afraid to love she keeps it up to pay the usual bills. Ordinarily this is quite benign as the villagers like her well enough, but it does cast suspicion when an unpleasant villager dies of poisoning at a well attended meeting. Let the sleuthing begin! She inadvertently acquires two very intelligent teen girls who become fixated on werewolves, finds dead pets, and discovers something decidedly nasty about the dead woman. An intriguing and well plotted mystery with characters who truly are with lots of misdirection and red herrings. Loved it! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley. Thank you!
PenKay 11 days ago
I had read the first book in this series, and I was ready to read the next. Eleanor is an interesting character in that she is not really a believer in the paranormal but makes her living pretending to, and, to top it off, she hears her dead sister’s ghost. As with the first book, this one is very well-written, has intriguing characters, and an engrossing plot. I love how it seems there is a paranormal element to the story, but the end is very different and ties into the mystery. The only thing that I didn’t really like is that I’m having a hard time relating to Nicholas and to a small degree Eleanor. Not bad enough to really bother me, but I do think about it once in a while. Overall, this is a fun, light, cozy-ish mystery that I quite enjoyed. Recommend this book, and I received a complimentary copy which I voluntarily reviewed.
CozyOnUp 11 days ago
Madame Eleanor is trying to build her life in an English village. Ring the town witch makes things interesting for her, but she truly wants to be accepted for herself. When a local woman is murdered, Ellie finds herself doing her best to help solve the murder, which leads her to discover missing animals and what appears to be a werewolf loose in the village. As Ellie sleuths, her beloved Nicholas does his best to help her, though she is so self reliant it’s hard for her to accept his help. Through the course of her investigation. Ellie comes to find some villagers she wants to know better and build friendships with, but first she needs to find out which one is the murderer and which one is the werewolf...all before her own number is up. I have read both books in this series and e joy seeing Ellie setting down roots and pushing behind her comfort level to become part of the community. Now to see her open her heart even more to Nicholas as she further establishes herself in the village. Can’t wait for the next book in this series.
MKF 11 days ago
Okay- Ellie is really a con artist. But she's a con artist with a big heart who has relocated to the UK and is now selling potions. All is going well with her business and with her love life with Nicholas and then, Sarah Blackthorne is murdered with poison! Sarah was always an unpleasant person but really? Unfortunately, Ellie is a prime suspect so she needs to figure out who's really responsible. Oh, and if there's a werewolf in the area! People's pets, including Beast the cat, are missing. Ellie is on the case with Leonora and Rachel, her young apprentices and fans. Sarah's nephew is back in town too- what's up with him? Thanks to netgalley for the ARC. This is a fun series, with a good sense of humor and now the added attraction of a small British village.
Anonymous 11 days ago
The perfect cozy mystery for those looking for humor, whimsy and a healthy dose of sarcasm. We follow Ellie as she settle's into a small English town and sets up her witch's apothecary shop. Her potions maybe a lot of flavored water and good intentions, but the money she gets for them is real, lol. Her status as the local witch takes a turn for the worse when one of the townsfolk ends up dead from poison and eyes begin to turn to her. Once again, she has to try and solve a murder, this time to keep herself out of jail. Things get even more mystical when the curious events surrounding the poisoning seem to indicate a werewolf may be involved! Super fun and will keep you guessing!