Vervain and a Victim: Mystery
(The Witches of Wormwood Mysteries Book 2)
by Ruby Loren (Goodreads Author)
A cauldron, a coin, and a corpse.
Three things that don’t belong in the woods.
The man standing over the body shouldn’t be there either, but when Hazel finds him with the victim, she suspects she’s already found the killer.
The only thing that keeps the prime suspect from being arrested is the absence of a murder weapon and a motive.
But in a town as weird as Wormwood, a motive for murder is only one dark secret away.
If you like talking cats, smart mysteries, and snarky humour, you’ll love this magical mystery series.
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We are in book 2 of the new series Witches of Wormwood and things are really heating up for our new witch Hazel Salem. In this book Hazel stumbles, yet again, upon a dead body. This time it is a resident of Wormwood, Bridgette Spellsworth. But that is not all that surprises Hazel, no. What surprises Hazel is that Jesse Heathen is standing over her body. Hazel has not seen him in weeks. Not since he did a disappearing act on her after saving her life. He swears he is not involved, but can she really trust him.
With the oddness of the crime scene, rumors of vampires begin to spread. Making the police work harder keeping people sane, than actually investigating the crime.
On top of the murder investigation, Hazel learns that she will be subject to the Witch Trials, to test her abilities, or lack of, in her case. With all the stress piling up on Hazel, she starts to have uncontrollable magic outbursts. She worries that she just might not live to see this witch thing through, not to mention that her familiar Hemlock is not much help.
Tension is high and Hazel does not know who to trust. Will she figure a way out of the mess she is in? Or will Hazel be just another name on the missing persons list?
This series is picking up speed with this book. There was a lot going on and I had a horrible time putting this book down. There is plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing throughout the book. The characters are gaining momentum and the world of Wormwood is getting more interesting by the minute. Something big is coming and I can’t wait to see what it is.
I love the characters in this book. I do wish though that the Hazel love triangle gains a bit more momentum. It is a slow one that is for sure, but I am really curious to see what Jesse is to Hazel. Those two definitely have some kind of electric chemistry.
Overall this book is a steady paced cozy paranormal mystery. It is filled with loads of interesting characters and intriguing events. A wonderful who done it read, that is fun and highly entertaining. If you love the strange and unusual with a dose of mystery, then this book is for you. I highly suggest that you start with the prequel Hemlock and Hedge and work your way up.
About Ruby Loren
Ruby Loren was born and raised in East Sussex, England. She writes cozy mysteries, paranormal mysteries, and stories about rockstars. Her books are designed to take you away to a little slice of a different world, often set in a rural corner of South East England. Full of ideas, she is always busy writing her next bestseller!
Ruby is the author of the Madigan Amos cozy mysteries, a funny, twisty series that stars zookeeper, Madigan Amos, and is set in Sussex. She has many other cozy mystery series under her belt, including the Blooming series, the Emily Haversson Mysteries, the Hayley Argent Mysteries, and the Holly Winter Mysteries, all set in England.
The themes of her books range from cunning, twisty plots, to slightly silly, humorous mysteries, designed to make you laugh. Her books are perfect for readers, who love to get a know a character, and like to look on the lighter side of life.
Ruby still lives near Brighton, in East Sussex, with her fox-fighting, bird-murdering cat, Jasper. When she’s not writing, she’s travelling the world with her musical duo, Rumours, playing electric guitar and singing lead vocals.
To find out more about Ruby and pick up 3 free books, visit her website: www.rubyloren.com