Séances are for Suckers
When something goes bump in the night . . . it’s most likely a plumbing problem, or something equally mundane. But fake medium Eleanor Wilde is happy to investigate and cleanse your home of spectral presences—for a fee. Hey, it’s a living . . .
Ellie has an ailing sister to care for, and working as a ghost hunter who doesn’t believe in ghosts helps cover the bills for...more
After an accident ten years ago in which Ellie survived but lost her mother that night and her sister was left in a coma Ellie has had to do whatever she can to pa ...more
Ellie is flown to England to the ancestral manor home of Nicholas Hartford III. His mother is convinced they're being haunted by a spirit called Xavier, and Nicholas wants Ellie to p ...more
This book was one of the best cozy mysteries I have ever read. The writing was fantastic. The mystery was well plotted and had me guessing until the end. It had a great cast of secondary characters. I wasn't sure at the start I was going to like Ellie. She is, after all, a con-artist that prays on people's fears for her own financial gain. And I am still not 100% onboard with that, but perhaps the author will take her in a different direction (hopefully) after the events of this book. With that ...more
In this 1st book of this series, we meet Eleanor Wilde, a self-proclaimed fake medium. She is a ghost hunter that doesn’t believe in ghosts. Eleanor is turning peoples fears into profits to help pay the bills for her sister in a long-term care facility. Her current job takes her to a musty old castle in England. Nicholas Hartford III doesn’t believe in ghosts either but he is hoping Ellie can convince his mother that her ghost, Xavier has left the building. Ellie is up for the ...more
Ellie Wilde is a ghosthunter who doesn't believe in ghosts. However, she does believe she can help her clients get peace of mind from whatever it is that's haunting them. Faking the tricks of the trade, she's made quite a name for herself. Then one day when visiting her twin sister in a care facility, she's whisked away by this stranger, Nicholas, to join him at Castle Hartford in England, supposedly to help his family get rid of their ghost. E ...more
Ellie narrates her own story in the first person. She explains that she makes her living through fraud, scamming those that want to talk to their dead relatives and solve their Earthly problems via séances. A refer ...more
Nothing is quite as it seems at the Hartford Estate, though. And when a real dead body turns up, Ellie starts to th ...more
I started reading "Séances are for Suckers" because I received the second book in this series from a publisher to read. So I had to read the first one so I wouldn't get lost in the story. When I started, I didn't know I would like it so much!
Eleanor Wilde (Ellie) has many responsibilities at hand. She has a hospitalized sister, in a vegetative state, and to have money to pay for her treatment, she works as a medium, ridding homes of unwanted ghosts. The problem is, Ellie doesn' ...more
Nicolas Hartford whisks her to his family Estate in England, knowing she is essentially a con artist, to try and find out who and how its haunting is occurring.
So with reservations, she goes and finds out that someone is indeed playing the tricks and after a stran ...more
There was some confusion to me as to what happened and why with the 3rd sibling in the triplet group.
Overall I really enjoyed this book, I liked all the fun little details and the basic th ...more
The First Eleanor Wilde Mystery
After realizing that being a regular ghost hunter can't pay the bills Eleanor Wilde changes tactics. Now she's Madame Eleanor of Eleanor's Cleansing Service. While her brother considers her a con artist, Ellie believes being a fake medium is the only way to earn enough money to pay for their sister's care. Intrigued by the cynical Nicholas Hartford III, and knowing she'll be paid a tidy sum, Eleanor agrees to go to England to ...more
Author: Tamara Berry
Genre: Cozy Mystery/Paranormal/ Exotic Locations
Publisher: Kensington Mystery
Page Count: 320
Publishing Date: September 24, 2019
From Kensington Books comes a new cozy series “An Eleanor Wilde Mystery” Séances Are for Suckers written by Tamara Berry.
In this new cozy series, we meet Ellie Wilds aka Madam Eleanor, a fake psychic ghost hunter who only wants to make enough money to keep her comatose sister alive and well cared for. If she h ...more
Main character Ellie was an example of that: her humor was often well delivered, and there was a lot of promise for a series, but just out of focus I thought. She could also be annoying in that she justified her financial situation for her fraudulent activity; on the other hand, she also brought closure to folks who needed it, fake "result" or not.
The secondary characters were okay, but not great ...more
Ellie is the youngest of a set of triplets. On her eighteenth birthday, her mother is killed and her sister descends into a vegetative state. Her brother is an elementary school gym teacher. To earn the money for her sister’s long-term care, Ellie works as a fake medium. Ridding families of their ghosts frequently means more psychological than psychic assistance.
When Nicholas approac ...more
I thought this was a fun new twist on the usual paranormal cozy mystery. The main character, Eleanor, is not a physic at all, but pretends to be one to make a living and support her sister. Despite the fact that at heart, Ellie is a con artist, she's still incredibly likable and funny. And she does play "ghostbuster", getting rid of the rats in the attic or making sure that the plumbing is fixed.
Ellie is smart and observant, and the mystery unusual enough to keep me up late r ...more
I loved the concept of this cozy mystery, and I was thoroughly entertained while reading it. Like with her Penelope Blue series (which I adore!), Morgan/Berry's writing is sharp and witty, and the story unfolds at the perfect pace.
I hope there will be many, many more Eleanor Wilde mysteries to come! ...more
Unfortunately, I had a hard time engaging with any of the characters and the story did not grab my attention.
I volunteered to read and review an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.
Tamara also writes romance novels as Tamara Morgan and Lucy Gilmore. Visit her at www.tamaraberry.com to learn more. ...more