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Potions Are for Pushovers

(Eleanor Wilde Mystery #2)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  232 ratings  ·  85 reviews
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 livi
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published November 26th 2019 by Kensington Books
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Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Potions Are for Pushovers by Tamara Berry is the second book in the cozy Eleanor Wilde Mystery series. Like most cozy mysteries each book of the series does contain it’s own mystery to be solved so they can be read and understood as a standalone or in any order. Those that follow the series from the beginning however will get more character development from book to book.

Eleanor Wilde or Ellie as she likes to be called is a fake medium, well fake as in she let’s her customers continue in their be
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A charming and well written story with a slight super natural element. It's the second novel and continuation from an initial book about a modern day "good witch" with a mystery to solve.

I started this a while ago and then put it down for more pressing reads, but I'm happy I returned to it as I really enjoyed both the writing and the story. Sometimes, I like veering off from my usual reading habits to add some flavor.
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
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 m
Donna Davis
I loved Berry’s first Eleanor Wilde mystery, Seances Are for Suckers, and so I looked forward to this one. Ellie, our protagonist, makes a living as a sham medium and pusher of herbal potions. She arrived in this tiny English town in the last book, hired by the wealthy Nicholas Hartford to scam his family, but they fell in love and so she stayed here. Business is on hold, however, until the murder of the local battle ax has been solved; until Ellie can sell her potions again, she can’t make a li ...more
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a quick aside, I wasn’t aware that this was the second book in the series when I started it, so the beginning took me a little bit to get the hang of, and I might not have the same connection to the characters I otherwise may have.

Potions are for Pushovers is a nice, original take on a witchy, paranormal cozy. Although Ellie is the village witch — providing attraction tonics and love potions etc — she also a big old fraud. Despite the occasional visit from her ghostly sister, she remains a sk
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

This is the second book in this series, but I quite easily fell into the world and the characters. Ellie was a fantastic lead, and Nicholas as her beau was a great choice. Seeing them on page together made me want to go back and find out how they got together in the first book, because their banter was just precious. This book has a slight Supernatural lean, so I expected the ending to be more spooky, but alas, the worst m
This was an entertaining whodunit with hints of paranormal elements intertwined. I enjoyed the shenanigans that Ellie found herself in, ha ha ha. I wasn't a huge fan of Nicholas' character in book one but I found him much more likable this time around. Overall, Potions are for Pushovers was a fun little cozy mystery that has me interested in what happens next in this series.
Ellie Oberth
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful series (of 2 books). The author's use of language is amazing. I don't know how to put it in words, but the words she uses and the way she handles description (of settings & characters) and the way she pens the protagonist's inner thoughts is remarkable.

The plot is solid, too.

(A note - if you don't like to read about harm to animals, this isn't the book for you)
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Potions Are for Pushovers by Tamara Berry is the 2nd book in Eleanor Wilde Mystery series, and a unique book that I really enjoyed. I loved this book as much as her first book, Séances are for Suckers.
Eleanor Wilde moved to England, hired by a rich English man Nicholas Hartford III, to get rid of the ghosts in his family's England estate. Nicholas knows she is a fake, but wanted his mother and sister convinced. Now Ellie has established herself as the town witch making potions. When someone in t
Sue Em
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Cozy, with a little touch of snark and less paranormal than you might expect from a book whose lead character has settled into a quaint English village as a psychic/witch/purveyor of elixirs and potions. Of course, she spent most of her adult pretending to be a psychic to support the care for her comatose triplet sister. To protect her reputation, Eleanor Wilde becomes involved with solving the death of the most unliked resident of her new hometown. Her new "apprentices" with other engaging char ...more
Carolina Figueiredo

I received access to this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books Publisher for this amazing opportunity.

This book is a continuation of "Séances are for Suckers". The name of this book, "Potions Are for Pushovers", is also quite original.

In the first book, Eleanor Wilde (Ellie) works as a medium, ridding homes of unwanted ghosts. The problem is, Ellie doesn't believe in any of this and uses tricks to deceive
Karen Hollins-Stallman
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 tantalizi
Potions are for Pushovers by Tamera Berry is the second An Eleanor Wilde Mystery. Eleanor “Ellie” Wilde is asked to be on the town fete committee by Rachel Hartford (replace her mother) and, of course, she agrees. At the meeting, Sarah Blackthorn collapses and dies. Inspector Piper stops by the next day to see Ellie because one of her potion bottles was found on the victim who died from poisoning. It was an attraction elixir which was not meant for consumption, but there was nothing that would h ...more
Cynthia Moore
I had a hard time getting into this book. The actions against animals really put me off. I have a hard time reading about someone hurting animals, people deserve it sometimes but not animals. I also had a hard time connecting with the main character. I am not a saint, but cheating people doesn't make me inclined to like a character.
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Second Eleanor Wilde Mystery

Deciding to stay in England Eleanor Wilde reinvents herself from ghost banishing psychic medium to local witch, selling potions and elixirs. Opinion of her is mixed in the village, but she has regular customers as well as a young girl who decided to become her apprentice as part of a school project. But when the village battle-axe keels over in the church hall after accusing Eleanor of giving her the evil eye, business come
The Cozy Review
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Suzan Amin Khoja
5 stars, must-read.
Before I start, I gotta rant today about this novel. So let me start.


As you all have probably guessed I loved the book. It was a fantastic blend of romance, mystery, thriller, fantasy, craziness and excitement. This book has a simple and basic starting with an introduction to the characters and
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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. Throug
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
A well written and plotted mystery with characters that I grew to like. I hadn't gotten around to reading the first one first, but this worked well enough as a stand alone. I really got a kick out of Lenore and Rachel being Ellie's apprentices. I hadn't guessed the killer but it made total sense at the reveal. Ellie's cat Beast had gone missing, and while she feared the worst, what really happened had been something adorable which I won't reveal.

The only drawback for me with this book was that I
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was an interesting book. It's a bit different in the characters, professions and location of the usual cozy mysteries. I enjoyed it. I did find that it was slow in spots. I liked the idea that the apprentices were investigating werewolves and the main suspect certainly seemed to fit that category. I was very surprised by who the bad guy was as he didn't really appear much in the rest of the book. I'd like to see the relationship between Eleanor and Nicholas develop a bit faster. #PotionsAreFo ...more
Criminal Element
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most delightful paranormal cozy mysteries I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading! Our heroine, New Yorker Eleanor Wilde, is slowly settling into life in a bucolic English village after the events that originally brought her here in the first book in the series. She’s taken up the position of village witch, selling magical elixirs and potions to lovelorn locals—all nonsense, of course, as she’s a charlatan through and through. Necessity caused her to embrace the life of a con ar ...more
Alice Liu
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Potions Are for Pushovers is one of the most unique cozy mysteries I have read. Protagonist Eleanor Wilde is a fake psychic, yet this is one heck of a paranormal mystery. Tamara Berry's understanding of human nature creates an intricate psychological murder mystery while, at the same time, allowing all things to mirror back to the main characters. It hits you at many levels, and is funny while being smart.
Not as good as the first one, but I enjoyed this entry into the series and can’t wait for the third one
Potions Are for Pushovers was a fun cosy mystery with some unique characters. The plot and mystery was interesting with a few twists and turns and a steady pace.
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun book. Very different kind of series, but really interesting and really fun read. Very surprising twist at the end. Loved it!
Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a nice cozy mystery. Not too gory, not too sappy in the romance department... Ellie, the resident expat and witchy psychic of a small English village is accused of being a poisoner with the victim’s own last breath. The mystery deepens when werewolves somehow get into the mix. The story has some cheesy elements, namely the sister speaking to Ellie from “the great beyond.” Ellie also didn’t seem like a well fleshed-our character. She seemed like she could barely take care of herself and ...more
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, read-in-19
I thought the first book in this series was cartoonish but a lot of fun. I was really looking forward to the second installment, but I can't really recommend it at all. Pretty much nothing about it works. Eleanor's teen sidekicks are charming, but they disappear about halfway through the book. The romance is beyond cheesy, none of the various plot threads go anywhere, and the murderer is a character who has barely appeared in the book.

At one point, Eleanor steals a man's medical records from his
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in a series. In this one, Ellie has moved to a small village in Sussex, England and taken up residence in a cottage near the castle where her love interest, Nicholas, lives. Supporting herself as a witch, she’s not very popular in public, but many come to her back door for one of her potions. Lenora, the twelve-year-old daughter of the local schoolmaster and his doctor wife, signs up to shadow Ellie for a school project, though her mother objects to her being with a witch. Ell ...more
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Potions Are for Pushovers by Tamara Berry is the second book in Eleanor Wilde Mystery series but can be read as a standalone.

Having read the first book in this series I approached this one with both excitement and trepidation. Excitement, because I thought that the first book was one of the best book of this genre that I have ever read and I was worried that I might not like the second installment as much. I needn't have worried. It was just as good.

After the death of her sister, Ellie is free t
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