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Pawsitively Poisonous: A Cozy Witch Mystery (A Witch of Edgehill Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
Every town has its secrets, but no one has a secret like hers.
Amber Blackwood, lifelong resident of Edgehill, Oregon, has earned a reputation for being a semi-reclusive odd duck. Her store, The Quirky Whisker, is full of curiosities, from extremely potent sleepy teas and ever-burning candles to kids’ toys that seem to run endlessly without the aid of batteries. The people of Edgehill think of the Quirky Whisker as an integral part of their feline-obsessed town, but most give Amber herself a wide berth. Amber prefers it that way; it keeps her secret safe. But that secret is thrown into jeopardy when Amber’s friend Melanie is found dead, a vial of headache tonic from Amber’s store clutched in her hand.
Edgehill’s newest police chief has had it out for Amber since he arrived three years before. He can’t possibly know she’s a witch, but his suspicions about her odd store and even odder behavior have shot her to the top of his suspect list. When the Edgehill rumor mill finds out Melanie was poisoned, it’s not only the police chief who looks at Amber differently. Determined to both find justice for her friend and to clear her own name, Amber must use her unique gifts to help track down Melanie’s real killer. A quest that threatens much more than her secret …
"The mystery was well crafted and kept me guessing. All in all a charming fun new series! I look forward to the next in series." - Cozy Cat Reviews
"Go buy this book. RIGHT. MEOW."- Lindsey G., Goodreads
"Well this was adorable. I especially enjoyed all of the sensory details and all the cats!" - Noel R., Goodreads
"I loved Melissa's Book, just as much as I love cats, which is perfect considering the story takes place in a town obsessed (literally) with felines." - The Literary Apothecary
"I absolutely loved it! It was fun, the writing was great, and I had my suspicions about the killer, but I was wrong and it was great!" - Penny, NetGalley
"I ended up reading this book in a day! It is fast paced and I was excited to get to the next page." - Kalli, Entertainingly Nerdy
- ASIN : B07R8D29RN
- Publisher : Ringtail Press (June 10, 2019)
- Publication date : June 10, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 2820 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 260 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,331 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on June 11, 2019
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I loved this story so much that I have to take a star off for the cliffhanger ending, taking away the good feels from the resolution of the mystery - in a 1st book of the series, with no second book in sight!! That was just meanness on the author's part; totally unnecessary when a small thump at the door and an opportunity to pre-order the next book would have been more than enough of a teaser to set things up.
In addition to its charm and warmth, this book is also a page-turning mystery that kept my interest throughout. I just couldn't put it down. There are references, in this debut book in the series, to additional family members and a complicated family history. I look forward to future books in the series as Amber develops her abilities and unravels the mysteries of her past and present.
Of course, it was pretty obvious from the get go who the murderer was, even if they try to misdirect you from it. Although, the way it went about was something I did not guess which caught me a little off guard but that just made me like the book even more. It also left off on a little cliffhanger which does make me excited to read the next book, which I will be doing.
One thing I did notice was that there was a bit of an absence of romance. It looks like they are trying to set something up for Amber, a little sprinkling of romance but nothing that would get in the way. I do like romances in cozy mysteries but of course the mystery should come first, so I like that they set it up but didn't make it take center stage. I guess I should get ready for a slow burn if there is to be one (if there isn't that's completely fine with me!)
Edgehill, Oregon, is a quiet cat-oriented community, since its founding. But like any small community, Edgehill has secrets. One is Witches. Another is the concealed truth about the home fire that killed two witches, young Amber and Willow Blackwood's parents, and the reason that their aunt ceased rebuilding the house.
Another secret involves Amber's best friend Melanie: her new love interest, and her murder, which points directly to shopkeeper and magic user Amber.
A lovely gentle cozy with magic and cats!
I really enjoyed this book which is a great start to a series. It was well-written with wonderful characters and it pulled me in from the beginning. I look forward to the next book and highly recommend this one.
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Its a great little book, especially for cat lovers, and the author was kind enough to take the time to respond to my comment on the video, so I was very happy to support her.
Well worth the read.