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Curses Are For Cads
Eleanor Wilde Mystery #3
BY Tamara Berry

October 27, 2020/ ISBN 978-1-4967-2933-0

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


Eleanor Wilde pretends to be psychic. People in Sussex consider her their resident witch. Madame Eleanor does provide services that benefit her clients, but she doesn’t perform them paranormally. She reads people well and finds ways to allay their fears and help put “spirits to rest” as well as solving a wide variety of problems for those who believe in her.

Eleanor’s boyfriend, Nicholas has switched their vacation plans from scuba diving in Malta to a working trip to Airgead Island, Scotland, where a castle and hidden heirlooms await her skills in talking to spirits with the hopes of finding said heirlooms. At the last minute, Nicholas is called away on business and Eleanor finds herself on a train where she is unexpectedly joined by another psychic. The other psychic is Birdie White, who is a famous clairvoyant. Birdie throws herself into her role with her over-the-top appearance and theatrics. Whether or not either woman will be able to help Sid Stewart reach out to the late family patriarch Glenn Stewart, and learn where the heirlooms are, remains to be seen. There is a curse on the treasure, but will it be breakable or not?

I don’t want to give away too much, so what I will do instead is tell you that I was hooked on this book from the first page. I liked Eleanor right away for her self-awareness, intellect, and attitude. The atmosphere on Airgead Island is spooky and charged and a power failure enhances the scare factor. There is a healthy dose of humor mixed in with the mystery and the paranormal making the story quite well-rounded.

While this is the third book in the series, I enjoyed it as a stand-alone book. However, my goal is to get copies of the first two books as soon as possible. I highly recommend that you get yourself a copy of Curses are for Cads as soon as you can!

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