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On Midsummer’s Eve, a town will vanish. A witch, a devil, a detective, and a talking cat are the only ones who can stop it from happening. That makes the sudden appearance of a mystery body even more inconvenient than usual. Who is the unidentified man in the river, and why does the invisible barrier around town seem to keep letting in the worst kind of people? …Like On Midsummer’s Eve, a town will vanish. A witch, a devil, a detective, and a talking cat are the only ones who can stop it from happening. That makes the sudden appearance of a mystery body even more inconvenient than usual. Who is the unidentified man in the river, and why does the invisible barrier around town seem to keep letting in the worst kind of people? …Like the three annoying ghost hunters who roll into Wormwood with about as much supernatural ability between them as a cheese sandwich. …And the definitely evil Amber Leroux who arrives intent on digging her claws into DCI Admiral. Wormwood has always been weird, but things are about to get even more strange. If you like talking cats, smart mysteries, and snarky humour, you’ll love this magical mystery series. Discover the magic today!


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On Midsummer’s Eve, a town will vanish. A witch, a devil, a detective, and a talking cat are the only ones who can stop it from happening. That makes the sudden appearance of a mystery body even more inconvenient than usual. Who is the unidentified man in the river, and why does the invisible barrier around town seem to keep letting in the worst kind of people? …Like On Midsummer’s Eve, a town will vanish. A witch, a devil, a detective, and a talking cat are the only ones who can stop it from happening. That makes the sudden appearance of a mystery body even more inconvenient than usual. Who is the unidentified man in the river, and why does the invisible barrier around town seem to keep letting in the worst kind of people? …Like the three annoying ghost hunters who roll into Wormwood with about as much supernatural ability between them as a cheese sandwich. …And the definitely evil Amber Leroux who arrives intent on digging her claws into DCI Admiral. Wormwood has always been weird, but things are about to get even more strange. If you like talking cats, smart mysteries, and snarky humour, you’ll love this magical mystery series. Discover the magic today!

30 review for Aconite and Accusations: Mystery

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dominique

    3.5 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sandee

    The best so far in this series. Witches, monsters, gods and mortals. This series continues to engage and provide lots of action and humour. Hazel takes on an apocalypse encouraged by the gods along with a murder to solve with her favourite detective.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cath

    This is book five of the Witches of Wormwood Mystery series and continues the tale with the descending darkness starting to come down upon Wormwood. The Mayor is drawing more and more tourists into the town, supposedly to help boost business for the town, but the more people drawn into the town, the more power the mayor gains from these people. All of this, from his deal with a devil! Hazel Salem is loving the boost to her small business, but not the effect it is having on the town itself. There This is book five of the Witches of Wormwood Mystery series and continues the tale with the descending darkness starting to come down upon Wormwood. The Mayor is drawing more and more tourists into the town, supposedly to help boost business for the town, but the more people drawn into the town, the more power the mayor gains from these people. All of this, from his deal with a devil! Hazel Salem is loving the boost to her small business, but not the effect it is having on the town itself. There is an ancient prophecy linked to this coming darkness and it seems as if the whole town will disappear on Midsummer’s Eve, unless Hazel and others can stop the Mayor and the monsters coming through the thinning holes all over. Hazel has been trying to use her magic skills to close any holes she finds in the forest, but one day has the urge to follow the river, something all magical beings avoid, as this is part of the power source that keeps Wormwood out of the public eye and stops the house prices rising like the surrounding towns. Unless you have a purpose to visit Wormwood, this shield just diverts you to a road that goes around the town. Down by the river, Hazel is pulled to a certain area, where she finds a dead body, but not of anyone from the town that she recognises! She calls in the local police officer, Detective Sean Admiral, who takes ages to arrive. He ends up arriving by foot, as something has stopped him from reaching Hazel’s location any other way. The shield around the town is getting stronger and stronger. It is letting in tourists, but not many others. The victim is male and has multiple stabs wounds in his back, but also a few bits of a plant in his front pocket, which Hazel recognizes as from a poisonous plant. How did this stranger end up in the river? And why are other unusual people coming into town, such as a trio of ghost hunters and an armed gang? Some magical and other non-magical, so why have they been let in, when the detective and his forensic team had to walk in? We also have the secret of Hazel’s father and his actual identity, something her aunts have been keeping from her and which her mother never told her about, before her death. In this episode, we get closer to finding out who he is. Another problem for Hazel and her aunts is the head of the Witches Council, out to get a secret from them, and it has to do with Hazel’s father and something he invented. Hazel also has to contend with another’s attention on Detective Admiral, when her own feelings for him had been becoming more involved. His ability to suddenly fall for the attention of this other woman and ignore Hazel’s denial of her aunt’s guilt, or any other facts against the victim’s wife, this other woman, Amber Leroux. Amber is definitely magical and she and her friends are not in Wormwood for any good purpose as you will find out as you read the book. This book has a lot more going on than usual, yes, there’s a dead body and the mystery of who killed the victim, for Hazel to help solve, but there is also the possible annihilation of Wormwood and everyone in it, to contend with. Hazel’s coven members are split between even believing Hazel and her tales of what is to come, to outright defiance and wanting a new visitor, Amber Leroux, to take over the coven instead of Hazel. Jessie is back in this one as well and has to take a bit of blame for what has been happening. Hemlock, Hedge, a new troublesome kitten and of course Jessie’s hellhound who prefers to stay with Hazel, are all in the book and add to all the chaos and mystery going-on. Another great read with more mystery and evil to be defeated than normal and old secrets to be revealed. Hazel’s aunts and her pets have a big part in this one as well, with an unexpected addition to the family as well. Trying to find something to defeat the Mayor, as he continues to get stronger, is the main stumbling block in saving the town and its occupants as well as all the tourists he is drawing into town. Hazel is not strong enough and neither is anyone else she knows. But Hazel won’t give up without a fight and has no intention of leaving Wormwood, which has now become her home once again and all she has there. There is plenty on her plate and this book has her plate overflowing with problems and chaos! Each book in the series just gets better and better. There is always something happening in Wormwood and Hazel always ends up in the midst of it all! This has been a pleasure of a series to read and whilst each book is like a separate episode in the series, I love to know the backstory of the characters, when I am reading a series and so prefer to read in order. But there is nothing stopping people from reading each book alone, or in any order. I look forward to whatever the author can come up with next to out-do this book!!! I received an ARC copy of this book from the author and I have freely given my own opinion of the book above.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Texas

    Aconite and Accusations #5 - Another good addition to a good series by a good author. After writing so many reviews about a series sometimes it is too easy to slip into a book report mode. Aconite is interesting and intriguing and Ms. Loren always gives a substantial read. Each book in this series (like all her series) improves from the last. I have seen this author blossom into a talented, skilled storyteller giving more than is expected. The characters are believable as is their dialog and the Aconite and Accusations #5 - Another good addition to a good series by a good author. After writing so many reviews about a series sometimes it is too easy to slip into a book report mode. Aconite is interesting and intriguing and Ms. Loren always gives a substantial read. Each book in this series (like all her series) improves from the last. I have seen this author blossom into a talented, skilled storyteller giving more than is expected. The characters are believable as is their dialog and there is always unexpected happenings. I contacted this author to review her books and have never been disappointed; surprised sometimes, yes. 5* The Witches of Wormwood: Mandrake and a Murder #1 - Takes place about six months after Hemlock and Hedge ended. There are a lot of secrets and surprises included in this fast paced, intriguing story. More characters join the cast, some good and some intriguing and some not very nice to be polite. The storylines twist here and there and some are concluded, while others carry into the next book - but no cliffhangers, just teases of what's to come. It's hard to pick a favorite characters since there are quite a few that are endearing or just plain loveable. There are more likeable characters but the nasty ones make themselves known. 5* Vervain and a Victim #2 - Getting better with each addition. I knew Jesse wasn't an angel nor did I think he was the devil himself. Missed not seeing Hedge, but he's there. Got a lot of happenings in this story filled with intrigue, suspense and a touch of humor. The characters are filling out more as their roles increase. There are several surprises or kinks in this well thought out, fast paced story. Ms. Loren does a great job with her descriptions, her storylines and that snooty cat. The Aunties are giving a little bit or two about Hazel or events, but they're involved in a bit of trouble; the ending isn't exactly a cliffhanger, but a heads up to rough sailing ahead. I contacted the author to review her books. 4* Feverfew and False Friends #3 - Very dark and intriguing and fun. This may be my favorite and it is more substantial with its storylines, but I'll see what the next addition to the series brings. The continuous and new storylines are interesting; some keep developing the original theme and some bring more mysteries of the future. Same old characters, with one or two new added to the mix, that are becoming more rounded. There are plenty of doggies; OK, hellhounds that add an original twist, which I loved. The mysteries were good, but I actually like the confusion and tension that Hazel has to deal with about herself and her coven and a few others. 4* Belladonna and a Body #4 – With every series Ms. Loren pens each addition to that series grows in substance. This book is no exception. Always well written with multiple storylines that weave in and out of the series, the storylines of this book adds to the intrigue and suspense of the past, present and future of the characters. The characters run the gamut from the good to the bad; the sweet to the sour; and the personalities have emotions running the gamut. The dialog is always realistic and the good guys aren’t following the stupidity formula, so common today, to get into trouble. Ms. Loren uses her immense talents and her imagination to weave a fabric thick with interest to keep the reader bound in the pages. Her mysteries are better than the usual cozy; not sure if Ms. Loren writes cozies, truthfully, going by comparisons to cozies I’ve read. Sorry, if this review is more in line with the series than the individual book, but after writing so many reviews on a series, a book report wants to leap out about the twists and turns. I want the other readers to enjoy the book as I did, fresh and undiscovered. While not a cliffhanger, the next book is being set up. I contacted the author to review her books. 5* Hemlock and Hedge, Prequel - A different approach to starting life as a witch after the death of her mother sets up the foundation in this introductory prequel. Basic development of characters but since this is a series, Ms. Loren will be having plenty of character growth as the series progresses. Interesting storylines, which of course will develop more, too. Again there's an interesting animal involved; the familiar is a hoot with intelligence. Working together although unbeknownst to Hazel, she and Aziraphale solve the mystery. Aziraphale's secret comes out along with other secrets. There's good suspense and intrigue, and the thought process used to solve the mystery is good, but Ms. Loren writes more substantial plots than the usual cozy genre. I contacted the author to review her books. 4* The Witches of Wormwood end.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    With Minerva and Linda back in Wormwood, things are unlikely to be boring. Hazel is of course still dealing with a contentious coven. Linda has found a niche at the bakery Hazel promised Tristan that she would be sure to look after. More questions surface about Hazel and her family tree. Talents, loyalties and betrayals are big issues. Hemlock seems to continue to get himself in all sorts of trouble, old and new. With a possible Armageddon on its way to Wormwood, magic is working in wildly errati With Minerva and Linda back in Wormwood, things are unlikely to be boring. Hazel is of course still dealing with a contentious coven. Linda has found a niche at the bakery Hazel promised Tristan that she would be sure to look after. More questions surface about Hazel and her family tree. Talents, loyalties and betrayals are big issues. Hemlock seems to continue to get himself in all sorts of trouble, old and new. With a possible Armageddon on its way to Wormwood, magic is working in wildly erratic ways. Even approaching the town seems to be difficult due to a magical barrier. A conniving blonde thief seems to be out to wreak havoc and mayhem in Wormwood. Is vengeance for a woman wronged her only goal? DCI Sean seems a bit smitten on more than one front. Males of any species seem determined to be annoying, of course. Hazel finds that between the masses of lies and lives and lives gone astray, Jesse appears again. He seems to be genuinely remorseful for so much, and occasionally helpful- as much as he ever is, silly demon. When things reach critical mass, Hazel must learn to accept her own faults and limitations, be happy for unexpected assistance and unanticipated results- well mostly. Some consequences must just be accepted and moved past. Trust in herself may be her best bet - except for that tricky thing about magic working in unpredictable ways with dark dimension related leaks and challenges bringing that to new levels of weird . Things are not rosy for Hazel and Wormwood. They’re sure fun to read about though! Great KU read! I have read most of the books in this series on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited. A no calorie treat with action, romance more messed up than even my so called love life, and magical adventures!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    As always this book was a fun and exciting read. I love this paranormal series! It has all sorts of interesting characters from witches, hell hounds, shifters and talking cats amongst other exciting things that go bump in the night. With all these exciting characters you are in for a treat of mysterious dangerous fun. This is book 5 of the Witches of Wormwood and boy things are heating up. The veil between worlds is thinning and the mayor is up to no good. Doomsday is approaching fast and our her As always this book was a fun and exciting read. I love this paranormal series! It has all sorts of interesting characters from witches, hell hounds, shifters and talking cats amongst other exciting things that go bump in the night. With all these exciting characters you are in for a treat of mysterious dangerous fun. This is book 5 of the Witches of Wormwood and boy things are heating up. The veil between worlds is thinning and the mayor is up to no good. Doomsday is approaching fast and our heroine Hazel is running out of time and options. With a body floating in the river and tourists overflowing Wormwood, things really get dangerous and difficult. Access to Wormwood is getting more difficult by the day and those who are there may be trapped. Hazel is facing her most difficult task yet and secrets are starting to reveal themselves. A long lost relative may reveal themselves and the Council is pushing the limits to discover things that Hazel is not certain is in the best interest of her safety. Will Hazel stop Armageddon? Or will the prophecy of her death come true? I love Hazel and all her friends. Her love interest takes a turn in an unexpected way and the secret to what happened to her father will be revealed. This book is a huge turning point in the series. I could not put it down. It was full of danger, mystery and secrets revealed. This cute paranormal series is fun and adventurous. I can't wait to see if the story will continue.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    Facing the final curtain or is it? I'm really hoping this is not the end of the series. Having downloaded the fred 'Hemlock & Hedge' book, I was hooked. As a good series should, the beginning is Hazel Salem, a non-believer in magic coming home after learning she's inherited her mother's apothecary shop in Wormwood, a forgotten spot in SE Englandwhere she had grown up in. The estrangement with her her mum and the weird isolation of the small town had kept Hazel awzy. Now she's back and settling do Facing the final curtain or is it? I'm really hoping this is not the end of the series. Having downloaded the fred 'Hemlock & Hedge' book, I was hooked. As a good series should, the beginning is Hazel Salem, a non-believer in magic coming home after learning she's inherited her mother's apothecary shop in Wormwood, a forgotten spot in SE Englandwhere she had grown up in. The estrangement with her her mum and the weird isolation of the small town had kept Hazel awzy. Now she's back and settling down. That was part of the first book Now this iis the 5th in the series Hazel has a talking cat familiz who used to be a mystic raven. Hemlock is bossy & conniving, always plotting something nefarious which is usually foiled. There are quite a few other characters who pop in and out as Hazel discovers her magic. From there each book has built for us readers on the town of Wormwood, the struggles Hazel has with her magic, her two unknown aunts who show and, oh yes, a pesky prophecy. One she doesn't understand but fears sbe doesn't come out well in it. Oh, and there's also bodies turning up regularly. So, now Hazel is convinced the mayor is plotting Armageddon & has signed a deal with a devil to dominate the World. But there is still the looming prophecy to decipher. This series is so much fun to read. Paranormal cosy with not too much romance & tons of mystery. Did I mention the talking black cat?

  8. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    👻 Very chaotic, solving the murder just a sideline to the main action🙁 September 5, 2019 Format: Kindle Edition 🤔 3-3.5🌟 stars This paranormal mystery was action-packed and had some quality snark from heroine Hazel Salem's cat 🐱 familiar Hemlock. His zingers are definitely the best moments in the story for me. I just found the story too frenetic and loaded with an overabundance of plot threads to thoroughly enjoy. The murder early in the action and the subsequent investigation got minimal play as pr 👻 Very chaotic, solving the murder just a sideline to the main action🙁 September 5, 2019 Format: Kindle Edition 🤔 3-3.5🌟 stars This paranormal mystery was action-packed and had some quality snark from heroine Hazel Salem's cat 🐱 familiar Hemlock. His zingers are definitely the best moments in the story for me. I just found the story too frenetic and loaded with an overabundance of plot threads to thoroughly enjoy. The murder early in the action and the subsequent investigation got minimal play as problems in Wormwood and Hazel's search for her father took over the plot. Poor Hazel could barely keep up as crisis followed crisis and monsters and megalomaniacs turned on the town's inhabitants and the latest influx of gawking tourists looking for magic and mayhem. With a new, dubious femme fatale, masked thieves and ghost hunters added to the mix and the town in peril of total destruction, Hazel and poor old Wormwood just never seemed to get a break!😲 I would be disinclined to read this without having read the earlier books in the Wormwood series. Almost every key character has a storyline that continues from the earlier books and gets little to no explanation. The ending also keeps you guessing on several fronts until the next book. I read a complimentary advance copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sonia Bellhouse

    The series just keeps getting better. As usual, things appear bad in Wormwood and they are about to get worse. The barrier that keeps the town mostly safe, is disintegrating. The town’s Mayor is actively working toward attracting tourists, which will aid in his plan for the town’s destruction. Hazels business is booming, but her worries are multiplying. Her magical abilities are improving. She fears that she alone,won’t be able to stop the destruction of the town she now calls home. Following her The series just keeps getting better. As usual, things appear bad in Wormwood and they are about to get worse. The barrier that keeps the town mostly safe, is disintegrating. The town’s Mayor is actively working toward attracting tourists, which will aid in his plan for the town’s destruction. Hazels business is booming, but her worries are multiplying. Her magical abilities are improving. She fears that she alone,won’t be able to stop the destruction of the town she now calls home. Following her instincts, she is drawn towards the river, where she finds a man's body. The river usually keeps strangers out of Wormwood, but now they are flooding in. D.C.I.Admiral has had to arrive on foot to investigate, being unable to gain access to it any other way. As usual the coven Hazel leads, and which is supposed to have her back is divided. There is a new witch in town Amber Leroux. And she isn’t friendly, The there’s the Witch Council, as well as the mystery about Hazel's father and his disappearance. Jesse is back and appears to be being helpful. Hemlock her most unhelpful familiar tries not to get involved. He now has his own protégé to teach his unhelpful ways. I was sad to see the series end and I have since heard that book six is on its way.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Merry Chapman

    Is this the end of Wormwood? Wow! the 5th book in this series keeps you riveted until the very end! Our main character, Hazel has so much on her shoulders with wanting to know about her father and why he disappeared and is he still alive, what exactly is her own strange magic, who really is the God/devil Jesse, keeping her coven under control, strange ghost hunters and lots of tourists arriving in town, the mayor and his Midsummer's Eve festivities that he is using to give him power and end Worm Is this the end of Wormwood? Wow! the 5th book in this series keeps you riveted until the very end! Our main character, Hazel has so much on her shoulders with wanting to know about her father and why he disappeared and is he still alive, what exactly is her own strange magic, who really is the God/devil Jesse, keeping her coven under control, strange ghost hunters and lots of tourists arriving in town, the mayor and his Midsummer's Eve festivities that he is using to give him power and end Wormwood, he strange feelings for Detective Sean Admiral, the Witches Council and the strange block around the town keeping everyone out unless they go through the woods and so much more. Add to all that she stumbles on a body floating in the river stabbed in the back but with a purple plant stuffed in his shirt pocket. How is all this tied up in one neat little package as the threads are pulled together is the magic storytelling of Ruby Loren. I Loved this episode! With so much going on, I couldn't put the book down once I began it. I highly recommend this series. I received and ARC from the author, but the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Pete

    Is this finally the end for Wormwood? - after a series of 'deals' it looks as though the magical (in more than one way!) village of Wormwood is about to be destroyed. A rather disparate band is hoping to stop it. I really enjoy this series, it is funny, exciting and has superb characters, and each book is better than the last, it is certainly one of the best series of this type around at the moment. The author is growing in skill and confidence, and I enjoy all her work, in the various genres that Is this finally the end for Wormwood? - after a series of 'deals' it looks as though the magical (in more than one way!) village of Wormwood is about to be destroyed. A rather disparate band is hoping to stop it. I really enjoy this series, it is funny, exciting and has superb characters, and each book is better than the last, it is certainly one of the best series of this type around at the moment. The author is growing in skill and confidence, and I enjoy all her work, in the various genres that she writes in, she weaves a complex, and original, plot into an enjoyable cosy mystery, without making it too twee, which a lot of this genre suffers from. You do have to pay attention to follow the various threads of the story, but this just makes it that more satisfying. As with nearly all series, this book could, just, be read as a stand-alone, but it really comes in to its own when read in sequence with the other books in the series. I received an advance copy of this book, but have voluntarily written this honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Denn

    As much as I like (a lot!) this series I am a bit disappointing in the back story that has been gradually unwinding more and more with each book. The story line is not as strong and sturdy as other books written by Loren. Aconite and Accusations was good but it lacks the attention grabbing sparks the other books in the series hold. Instead of flipping from the front cover to the back in one sitting, as I do with most of Loren's books, I was more inclined to take small frequent breaks. I'm haven't As much as I like (a lot!) this series I am a bit disappointing in the back story that has been gradually unwinding more and more with each book. The story line is not as strong and sturdy as other books written by Loren. Aconite and Accusations was good but it lacks the attention grabbing sparks the other books in the series hold. Instead of flipping from the front cover to the back in one sitting, as I do with most of Loren's books, I was more inclined to take small frequent breaks. I'm haven't been a huge fan of the "who and where is my dad" storyline which could explain my dissappointment with Aconite and Accusations. The manner in which dear old dad is being revealed is stealing some of the thunder from the main characters in my opinion. I think the focus should remain on Hazel, her Aunts Minerva and Linda and DCI Sean Admiral. There is an overabu dance of minor plots being thrown at the teader which I found overwhelming and dustracting.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Krystyna

    The Mayor, The Dark Lord and the End of Wormwood? A terrific read. The animals are fabulous but just one question Isn't Artemis normally a female name and shouldn't it be Apollo? A wonderful plot that starts with a murder and one of her Aunts being the chief suspect. Then the arrival of wandering hero and his new son (a kitten named Artemis), a gang bent on finding the treasure of her family, a clue to her father, a group of ghost hunters, hoards of tourists, a smug mayor, an even more smug head The Mayor, The Dark Lord and the End of Wormwood? A terrific read. The animals are fabulous but just one question Isn't Artemis normally a female name and shouldn't it be Apollo? A wonderful plot that starts with a murder and one of her Aunts being the chief suspect. Then the arrival of wandering hero and his new son (a kitten named Artemis), a gang bent on finding the treasure of her family, a clue to her father, a group of ghost hunters, hoards of tourists, a smug mayor, an even more smug head of the Witches Council, missing cats and murder. Is this the end of all that they know and love? Is the prophecy about to come true and must she died to fulfil it? Does the treasure work? Some great humour, wonderful imagery and characters that will leave you wanting the Next Book NOW?

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    The story gets darker and I think this is the best so far. Hazel believes that she will be the sacrificial lamb which will save her beloved town of Wormwood and she can already see that the tears are beginning to form, opening the way for monsters from another realm to step through, and although she is kept busy repairing them, she knows that the day will come when she is not strong enough to hold back the terror. And the Mayor is going around attracting more tourists to Wormwood, in order to gr The story gets darker and I think this is the best so far. Hazel believes that she will be the sacrificial lamb which will save her beloved town of Wormwood and she can already see that the tears are beginning to form, opening the way for monsters from another realm to step through, and although she is kept busy repairing them, she knows that the day will come when she is not strong enough to hold back the terror. And the Mayor is going around attracting more tourists to Wormwood, in order to grow his own power. And along with these come some very unsavoury characters, as if Hazel does not already have her hands full. To say anymore would be a spoiler, so would certainly urge reading it for yourself. If you have not read the other books, it helps to build a better picture if you did. Great series, totally enjoyable. G'on, treat yerself!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    A skilled author who brings you the unexpected. This must be my week to read cozies because this is the second one in two days and I must say I have loved both of them so much. Ms. Ruby has again given us an outstanding mystery. This book is more complex and complicated with all sorts of elements coming together. This series has been beyond entertaining it has been amazing at times so funny and a pure joy to read. I cannot wait to see what Ms. Loren is going to write next. Pick this one up gang! A skilled author who brings you the unexpected. This must be my week to read cozies because this is the second one in two days and I must say I have loved both of them so much. Ms. Ruby has again given us an outstanding mystery. This book is more complex and complicated with all sorts of elements coming together. This series has been beyond entertaining it has been amazing at times so funny and a pure joy to read. I cannot wait to see what Ms. Loren is going to write next. Pick this one up gang! If you have not read the other books in the series I suggest you pick them up too they all are mysteries you will love to come back to over and over again. I did receive a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    This latest book in the Witches of Wormwood series is every bit as good as (if not better) than the previous ones. The Wormwood coven, with Hazel as its leader, is trying to save the town and its people from being destroyed by a power hungry mayor. Whilst the local police detective is trying to help, the appearance of an unidentified dead body is taking up much of his time. As part of the mayor's plans, the town is filling up with tourists, who are useful to his end game. Included in this lot ar This latest book in the Witches of Wormwood series is every bit as good as (if not better) than the previous ones. The Wormwood coven, with Hazel as its leader, is trying to save the town and its people from being destroyed by a power hungry mayor. Whilst the local police detective is trying to help, the appearance of an unidentified dead body is taking up much of his time. As part of the mayor's plans, the town is filling up with tourists, who are useful to his end game. Included in this lot are three ghost hunters, who are also getting up to no good. It is most difficult for Hazel to work out which things are connected and in which way. Hopefully she can do this before the big event the mayor has planned.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    Aconite and Accusations, book 5 in the Witches of Wormwood series, is a treat to read. More involved and complex than the others, it ties many threads from the previous stories together and throws in a twist at the end I didn't see coming! With good characters, and a well-written storyline, this latest installment pulls you in from the first page so you don't want to put it down until finished. The best book so far of a great cozy witchy series! I received an ARC from the author and am voluntarily Aconite and Accusations, book 5 in the Witches of Wormwood series, is a treat to read. More involved and complex than the others, it ties many threads from the previous stories together and throws in a twist at the end I didn't see coming! With good characters, and a well-written storyline, this latest installment pulls you in from the first page so you don't want to put it down until finished. The best book so far of a great cozy witchy series! I received an ARC from the author and am voluntarily leaving an honest review. I love Ms. Lorens's books so much, I also purchased a copy!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Audrey

    This book is fantastic! It ties up all the questions and loose ends from other books in the series! There was plenty of action! When an unknown man is found dead in the forest! Hordes of tourists are flooding into town for the midsummer festival! Hazel and her aunts still have to figure out a way to stop the evil mayor! Even the corrupt counsel comes to town to start trouble. There was a lot going on but this was my favorite book in the series so far! I liked the fast paced plot and couldn’t put This book is fantastic! It ties up all the questions and loose ends from other books in the series! There was plenty of action! When an unknown man is found dead in the forest! Hordes of tourists are flooding into town for the midsummer festival! Hazel and her aunts still have to figure out a way to stop the evil mayor! Even the corrupt counsel comes to town to start trouble. There was a lot going on but this was my favorite book in the series so far! I liked the fast paced plot and couldn’t put the book down! I highly recommend this book and this series!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Merrie

    Great Read This book is another exciting entry in The Witches of Wormwood series. The characters are intriguing and varied. My favorite one is Hemlock, Hazel's familiar. He's snarky and power hungry and very clever. The plot is compelling and quickly pulls you into the world of Wormwood and all its quirks. I always wish the book was longer. I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book and just had to buy it. I can definitely recommend it to anyone who loves a good mystery. Great Read This book is another exciting entry in The Witches of Wormwood series. The characters are intriguing and varied. My favorite one is Hemlock, Hazel's familiar. He's snarky and power hungry and very clever. The plot is compelling and quickly pulls you into the world of Wormwood and all its quirks. I always wish the book was longer. I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book and just had to buy it. I can definitely recommend it to anyone who loves a good mystery.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Barb Foerst

    Wormwood is under threat from their own mayor. If he has his way, the town won’t exist and he will leave and extend his powers throughout the world. If Hazel has her way, the town will continue. Hazel is part witch and part ?, maybe devil. She has a familiar black cat, a hellhound, and 2 aunts who are witches. Who will win? And who killed the man in the river? This is the 5th book in this series and Hazel is growing in her powers. This can be read without reading the others in the series. There a Wormwood is under threat from their own mayor. If he has his way, the town won’t exist and he will leave and extend his powers throughout the world. If Hazel has her way, the town will continue. Hazel is part witch and part ?, maybe devil. She has a familiar black cat, a hellhound, and 2 aunts who are witches. Who will win? And who killed the man in the river? This is the 5th book in this series and Hazel is growing in her powers. This can be read without reading the others in the series. There are a couple good surprises in the book. I enjoy the characters and the strange little town.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Stratman

    Will Wormwood survive her mayor? I just love the characters and the town in this series. They feel like old friends. Poor Hazel just can't catch a break. There is so much going on in this book from the psycho mayor, ghost hunters, the evil witches council, the barrier around Wormwood, and what has Hemlock been up to? I have my own black cat and let me tell you, they are just a different breed! Could I see a cat saying and doing what Hemlock does? Absolutely! All around another great read. I receiv Will Wormwood survive her mayor? I just love the characters and the town in this series. They feel like old friends. Poor Hazel just can't catch a break. There is so much going on in this book from the psycho mayor, ghost hunters, the evil witches council, the barrier around Wormwood, and what has Hemlock been up to? I have my own black cat and let me tell you, they are just a different breed! Could I see a cat saying and doing what Hemlock does? Absolutely! All around another great read. I received an ARC. This is my honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mererid Evanna

    Apocalypse looms for Wormwood. And on top of that, Hazel has to deal with a tattooed dead body, tourist ghost hunters, armed robbers and a rebellious coven. Her household alone would be enough trouble for most people. I love the way the pieces of the plot all fit together and how it's so funny as well as so serious. It was good to see the tree from "Hemlock and Hedge" again and to have Hazel's most outstanding question about her life answered. So is this the end or will there be more Tales of Wor Apocalypse looms for Wormwood. And on top of that, Hazel has to deal with a tattooed dead body, tourist ghost hunters, armed robbers and a rebellious coven. Her household alone would be enough trouble for most people. I love the way the pieces of the plot all fit together and how it's so funny as well as so serious. It was good to see the tree from "Hemlock and Hedge" again and to have Hazel's most outstanding question about her life answered. So is this the end or will there be more Tales of Wormwood? There are many more characters from Norse myth to charm and torment the town...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Richard Goodrum

    The deities really have made pickle relish of the situation in Wormwood. The prophecy must be fulfilled. But figuring out what that means is a difficult chore. Plenty of side adventures and misdirection eventually resulting in a hope for the future. The end was not quite as satisfying as I had hoped. Perhaps a sequel will result in better tidings. Action-packed. Entertaining. Haunting. Tragic. Twisted. Whimsical. Wonderful characters. I received a copy of this book as a gift.  This is my honest re The deities really have made pickle relish of the situation in Wormwood. The prophecy must be fulfilled. But figuring out what that means is a difficult chore. Plenty of side adventures and misdirection eventually resulting in a hope for the future. The end was not quite as satisfying as I had hoped. Perhaps a sequel will result in better tidings. Action-packed. Entertaining. Haunting. Tragic. Twisted. Whimsical. Wonderful characters. I received a copy of this book as a gift.  This is my honest review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Janet Graham

    Is it Finally the End of Wormwood? What a fantastic story! So many bits of the story are sewn up in this episode. There is not a touch of this tale that I do not love. I would not change a thing about this book. This story is a bit longer than most, all the better to tell the tale. To fully enjoy this series, it should be read in order. I think I will read the entire series all over again! I received this ARC book for free from the author and this is my honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    This book was like a complicated crochet pattern, I really had to pay attention to all the different threads to figure out what was happening and who was good or bad. It took me longer than normal to read but I consider it worthwhile since I enjoyed the process. The complexity of the story resolved somewhat by the end but then more characters and possible situations were thrown into the cauldron so to speak. If you have been following this series you won't want to miss this one. This book was like a complicated crochet pattern, I really had to pay attention to all the different threads to figure out what was happening and who was good or bad. It took me longer than normal to read but I consider it worthwhile since I enjoyed the process. The complexity of the story resolved somewhat by the end but then more characters and possible situations were thrown into the cauldron so to speak. If you have been following this series you won't want to miss this one.

  26. 4 out of 5

    David Berg

    I received a free advance review copy of this book and am voluntarily providing my honest review. Hazel was led magically to find a dead body floating in the Wormwood River, who is he? He is covered with tattoos and piercings and why is there a sprig of aconite in his pocket? Hazel has never seen him before. Where is Hemlock? Is this the end of Wormwood? This is a great addition to the series and I really liked it and recommend it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Is this the end of Wormwood? Or will someone find a way to save it? A man is found dead in the river. Police are called but it takes a long time for the Inspector to get there as he can't drive on the road and must walk through the forest. A lot of threads come together in this story. You must pay attention or you may miss something. Be sure to get this book as you won't want to miss it. I love this series. Books are all well thought out and well written. They should be read in order. Is this the end of Wormwood? Or will someone find a way to save it? A man is found dead in the river. Police are called but it takes a long time for the Inspector to get there as he can't drive on the road and must walk through the forest. A lot of threads come together in this story. You must pay attention or you may miss something. Be sure to get this book as you won't want to miss it. I love this series. Books are all well thought out and well written. They should be read in order.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    Wow, what is going to happen to Wormwood? This may take the term “dirty politician” to a whole new level. Hazel certainly has her hands full in trying to keep up with all the happenings going on. Hemlock just tickles me to no end. And now he has a son, Artemis, who may give him a run for his money. Sisters Minerva and Linda have a special bond that can also be quite entertaining. I can’t wait to find out what will happen next. I received an ARC of this book, but my opinion is my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Well Ruby Loren hits another home run. Aconite a Accudations is a fabulous read. Her work gets better with every book. Her characters are consistent and grow with every book. I'm pleased to be on her ARC list. I'm a tad slow at reading them and I'm glad she still keeps me on. Hemlock proved himself to be a good Familiar much to Hazal's surprise. Wonderful read dear lady looking forward to the next one because with a cliffhanger like that there has to be. Cheers Lynn🇨🇦 Well Ruby Loren hits another home run. Aconite a Accudations is a fabulous read. Her work gets better with every book. Her characters are consistent and grow with every book. I'm pleased to be on her ARC list. I'm a tad slow at reading them and I'm glad she still keeps me on. Hemlock proved himself to be a good Familiar much to Hazal's surprise. Wonderful read dear lady looking forward to the next one because with a cliffhanger like that there has to be. Cheers Lynn🇨🇦

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    This series gets better with each book. Is this the eve of destruction for Wormwood? This great read had me on the edge of my seat well into the night! The writing is very skillful, with a tight plot and great 2 and 4-legged characters. Highly recommended! I received this book free and chose to make a voluntary, unbiased review.

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