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 town that was build around loving cats? Sign me up! This book was purrfectly murderous. See what I did there? lol
Cat jokes aside, this was a fun read, had an unexpected arc for the conclusion to the case. I loved how Amber handled dealing with magic in the modern world. The nosy small town was great, and the towns folk were eccentric. Exactly what I would expect from a cat town not wanting to be modernized.
The epilogue is the real reason for my drop in star ranking. The final “cliff hanger” was laughably lame, after all the character development between characters, we get slapped with that kind of an ending? I about rolled my eyes. The well developed world, and plot was plenty to keep readers wanting to read book 2.