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Pawsitively Poisonous (A Witch of Edgehill Mystery) (edição 2020)

por Melissa Erin Jackson (Autor)

Séries: A Witch of Edgehill (1)

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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 to 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 this 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 couldn'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 not only find justice for her friend, but to help 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¿… (mais)
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Título:Pawsitively Poisonous (A Witch of Edgehill Mystery)
Autores:Melissa Erin Jackson (Autor)
Informação:Ringtail Press (2020), 258 pages
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Amber Blackwood loves running her shop, Quirky Whisker, in Edgehill, OR. She sells an eclectic mix of things -- healing teas, herbal remedies, even toys -- each with a bit of a magical touch. Nobody in town realizes she's a witch....and Amber wants to keep it that way. One of her friends has been ill for quite awhile and never seems to get better. Melanie drops into the shop for a vial of headache remedy....and is later found dead clutching the empty vial. Amber finds herself drawn into a murder investigation. She knows it wasn't her herbal remedy that killed her friend.....so what did? And why?

Pawsitively Poisonous is the first book in the new Witch of Edgehill series. I loved the quirky characters and the concept of a shop that sells magical toys and remedies. The mystery is cozy (no graphic descriptions of blood, sex, etc...no cursing, etc) with a light supernatural touch. I would love to own one of Amber's magical animated toys! :) The mystery developed at a nice pace, creating suspense with plenty of suspects and twists. The magical/supernatural elements didn't overpower the mystery plot, but just added depth to the characters.

I will definitely read more of this series. It was an enjoyable, light, entertaining read. I liked the mix of humor, magic and mystery.

**I voluntarily read an advance readers copy of this book from Ringtail Press via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.** ( )
  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
I've recently become a fan of cosy mysteries, and this one adds such a wonderful, magical twist!

Amber is a witch and lives in a small town. Of course, no one is aware of what she is or can do. She uses her magic to create moving toys, which kids adore. And she sells herbal mixtures to help with all sorts of things...some infused with her magic spells. When her best friend is murdered, one of Amber's empty bottles of mixtures is found her the woman's dead fingers. The race is on as Amber tries to clear her name, find the murderer, deal with town gossips, and handle the hotheads all vying for the now open space on the town's comity for organizing a yearly...and well visited...marathon.

I wasn't really sure what I was getting into when I started this book, but enjoyed reading in more than I ever suspected I would. Amber is a young. self-assured woman, who enjoys running her little shop in the small town. Some like her. Some don't. In other words, typical, close-knit, small town life. She doesn't let people push her around, but she also doesn't go over board when asserting herself. Her decisions are level-headed and maybe somewhat on the shy side.

The author does a good job at weaving clues and personalities into a hard-to-guess mystery. It's not clear until the last chapters, who the killer is. Every page offers something new, holding the reader in the pages.

The back and forth with the police chief adds a nice amount of tension and mystery to where that relationship might go, especially in the future. Then, there's the journalist, a couple from the bakery...and Amber's cats. It's a great mixture with the promise of many more fun mysteries to come. ( )
  tdrecker | Jul 13, 2019 |
Amber Blackwood, long time resident of the feline obsessed town Edgehill, Oregon and proprietor of the toy and herb shop the Quirky Whisker, has a secret. Her toys enchant the town's children with their movements and her herbal remedies work better than anything you can find at the pharmacy, almost as if by magic. Edgehills' Chief of Police has always seemed suspicious of Amber so when Amber's best friend Melanie turns up dead and a headache tonic from the Quirky Whisker found at the crime scene, Amber is his prime suspect.

Pawsitively Poisonous is the first in Melissa Erin Jackson's Witch of Edgehill cozy mystery series. I wish I could visit Edgehill! Living with four cats and being a tad cat obsessed myself, it would be great fun to visit a town that is cat themed.

The murder mystery is fairly straight forward, though Amber has a lot of work to do to solve the crime. She's not the only one in town with some secrets! It's lucky she has magic to help her out and Amber finds herself taking risks of exposing herself as a witch as she works to solve her friend's murder. Amber is likable and I found her sympathetic with how she's become relatively isolated due to trying to keep her witchy powers a secret. I hope she's able to have more friends in the future. The few side characters we are introduced to are also well done for such a short book.

This was the purrrfect weekend read. Short, fun, with a good mystery and likeable characters. I am looking forward to future installments and solving more mysteries with Amber.

I won a copy of this book in a GoodReads giveaway. ( )
  Narilka | Jun 19, 2019 |
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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 to 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 this 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 couldn'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 not only find justice for her friend, but to help 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¿

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