My Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Age Category: Adult
Type of romance: MF
First book in a completed series of five lighthearted, fast-paced, and twisty mysteries!
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 …
When I was in the mood for a paranormal cozy mystery book I decided to start this series and I am glad I did. Pawsitively Poisonous is a great paranormal cozy mystery book. The mystery is well done with plenty of spells and magic to help Amber figure things out. Amber is likeable main character and the small town setting is well done. I really enjoyed reading this one and look forward to continuing the series.
Pawsitively Poisonous features Amber, the secret resident witch in the small town of Edgehill. When her friend Melanie dies she becomes one of the main suspects. She wants to figure out who poisoned her friend and clear her name so she gets involved. I liked how it made sense Amber got involved and how with her magic she actually had an extra edge to solve this mystery. I liked seeing the mystery play out, there were a few suspects and I liked seeing how Amber tried to figure out who had done it. I especially liked how she used her magic to help her figure out what had happened and who was speaking the truth. The magic really is an integral part of the story and helped Amber figure out who did it. The ending is satisfying and the reveal of who did it made sense.
Amber was a likable main character and I enjoyed reading about her. Her toy shop was also fun to read about and I liked how she used her magic to animate her toys. The small town of Edgehill was fun to read about and the pet theme was fun.
To summarize: This was a great start to this series. The mystery is a good one, it made sense how Amber gets involved and I liked seeing her try to figure out who had murdered her friend. I liked how Amber used her magic a lot while trying to figure out who had done it and it was integral for solving the case. There was plenty of progress on the case throughout the story and the ending was satisfying. I liked reading about Amber, her shop and the small town of Edgehill. I look forward to returning to Edgehill for book 2!