Blog Tour Pumpkin Pies and Potions by Polly Holmes-Book Review


Witches, cats, pumpkin pies and murder!

I’m Evelyn Grayson and if you’d told me by the time I was 23, I’d have lost both my parents in a mysterious accident, moved in with the coolest Aunt ever, lived in a magical town, and I was a witch, I would have said you were crazy. Funny thing is, you’d be right.

Camille Stenson, the grumpiest woman in Saltwater Cove is set on making this year’s Halloween celebrations difficult for everyone, but when she turns up dead and my best friend is on the suspect list, I have no choice but to find out whodunit and clear her name.

Amongst the pumpkin carving, abandoned houses, and apple bobbing, it soon becomes apparent dark magic is at play and I must use all my newfound witches’ abilities to find the killer before another spell is cast.

Step into Evelyn Grayson’s magical world in the first book of the Melting Pot Café series, a fun and flirty romantic paranormal cozy mystery where the spells are flowing, and the adventure is just beginning.

If you like witty witches, cheeky talking cats, and magical murder mysteries, then you’ll love Polly Holmes’ light-hearted Melting Pot Café series.

My Review

Murder, mystery, romance, and friendship. Pumpkin Pies & Potions follows a group of friends as they try to solve a murder, with new surprises that crop up along the way. Evelyn Grayson is a fun character with a big heart. There is nothing she won’t do to protect her friends, even if that means throwing herself in the middle of danger with hardly a thought for herself.

Although the story has a slow build-up, when the danger reached its peak, I found myself glued to the pages, wanting to know what happened next! I enjoyed the magic, spells, and humor weaved throughout the book, as well as the small bits of romance.

The ending set up a promise of more mystery to come in the series, with a love triangle I hope will unfold in the next book. Pumpkin Pies and Potions is a great first book to start out the Melting Pot Café series.

My rating: 4 stars


Why didn’t I just tell Tyler to catch a cab home?

I rose up on my tippy-toes to see over the waiting crowd as the passengers exited the plane one by one. The butterflies in my stomach fluttered, fuelling an overwhelming urge to flee. I rocked from foot to foot, my muscles twitching. It had been several months since I’d face-timed Tyler, had he changed? Or would he look the same as he did complete with tattered dreadlocks and unkept beard. Six months is a long time to be travelling a third-world country. I guess he had his reasons.

A buff, toned man strutted toward me and his gorgeous grin stole my breath right out of my chest. I didn’t know where to look first. His broad shoulders, his humongous upper arms, his sexy square jawline or his dreamy cobalt blue eyes. Gone were the dreadlocks replaced with a short back and sides and not a hair in sight on his face. Smooth and sexy, sending my pulse into meltdown.


“Wow, Evie girl, aren’t you a sight for sore eyes,” he said lifting me into a bear hug and spinning, my feet dangling half a metre off the floor. “How’s my favourite witch?”

I grabbed his shoulders and my palms barely fit around his tight bulge of muscle. The seductive scent of musk filled my nostrils and had my head spinning. What the hell happened in Nepal? Shock doesn’t even begin to cover it. “Tyler, I hardly recognised you. What happened to the dreadlocks and beard?”

Pumpkin Pies and Potions now on sale for 99 cents

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Polly Holmes is the cheeky alter ego of Amazon best-selling author, P.L. Harris. When she’s not writing her next romantic suspense novel as P.L. Harris, she’s planning the next murder in one of Polly’s mysteries.

Polly’s award-winning Cupcake Capers Series is rich in storyline and location with characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. She publishes her cozy mystery books with Gumnut Press. Pumpkin Pies and Potions is the first in her new paranormal cozy series.

Cupcakes and Corpses was a finalist in the Oklahoma RWA’s 2019 IDA International Digital Awards, short suspense category. Cupcakes and Curses claimed second place and Cupcakes and Cyanide gained third place making it a clean sweep in the category.

You can visit P.L. Harris/Polly Holmes at the following locations:
Danger, Mystery and Romance with a hint of Cozy Sweetness: Reader Group

Polly Holmes will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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14 thoughts on “Blog Tour Pumpkin Pies and Potions by Polly Holmes-Book Review

  1. Thank you for your kind words about Pumpkin Pies & Potions. I’m excited to confirm there is more fun, danger, spells and of course the love triangle in book 2 – Happy Deadly New Year.


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