Hemlock and Hedge (The Witches of Wormwood, #0.5) by Ruby Loren #BookReview @RubyLorenAuthor

Cover: Hemlock and Hedge
(The Witches of Wormwood, Prequel)
by Ruby Loren


The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)

(by Goodreads)

Only a witch would poison a cake.
And only another witch would blackmail the poisoner.

Hazel Salem is the family disappointment.

She isn’t a witch.

She doesn’t believe in magic.

And she definitely doesn’t want a black cat for a pet.

But when she discovers an unsolved mystery amongst her inheritance, she is forced to accept that ignoring her heritage is no longer an option.

Hazel is determined to reveal a secret that’s stayed hidden for years.

But the witches of Wormwood have other ideas…

If you love witty sleuths, smart mysteries, and snarky humour, you’ll love this series. Pick up these page-turning witch mysteries today!

Gluten-free lemon cake recipe included!


Genre(s): Kindle eBooks
> Literature & Fiction > British > Short Stories
Kindle Short Reads > 90 minutes (44-64 pages)
> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
> Literature & Fiction
Series: The Witches of Wormwood, Prequel (#0.5)
Length: 56 pages
Release date: 2019-01-16



I shook my head at the mysterious recipe and looked at the next item. It was something else that I recognised – a tarot card. The Lovers, to be exact. I looked at the beautifully painted watercolour print of a couple embracing before flipping the card over. There was nothing to see beyond the design on the back. It was just a normal tarot card.

I pulled the envelope open, just to check, and discovered one final item stuck inside. It was a hastily hand-scrawled note of only three words.

My Opinion

This book introduces you to Hazel Salem who just inherited her mother’s shop in Wormwood.

With “Hemlock and Hedge”, Ruby Loren presents us with the prequel to the series “The Witches of Wormwood”. This prequel is a bookish appetiser for the series, telling how Hazel solves an old mystery. The story is nicely elaborated, comprises interesting turns and fun elements, a delicious recipe, and has a  good flow. Ruby Loren introduces each character with care, providing them with sufficient depth for their respective relevance. I was drawn into the story right away – as Hazel’s invisible friend. I could easily envision the characters and locations – with odd clarity. I had a great time reading “Hemlock and Hedge”. I am looking forward to continuing the story.

This is for you if you like paranormal mysteries, cats, likeable and unusual characters, surprises, and good storytelling.


In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Mood Suspenseful, funny
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent)
Violence :mrgreen:  (none to speak of)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (decent)


About the author

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

Connect with the Author:

Website:  http://www.rubyloren.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/RubyLorenAuthor
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8451735.Ruby_Loren
Amazon:  Ruby Loren
Buy links:  books2read.com/u/38xxpL

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about “Hemlock and Hedge”?  Or – if you did not yet read “Hemlock and Hedge” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


2 thoughts on “Hemlock and Hedge (The Witches of Wormwood, #0.5) by Ruby Loren #BookReview @RubyLorenAuthor

    • It is a very enjoyable short read, Suzanne. Can you imagine that I asked my husband to follow the recipe? Unfortunately, this will have to wait until he has more time for baking.

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