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The Good Pharmacist's Deadly Secrets


Loved it! 😍

Light fantasy elements add to the charm of this endearing cozy mystery.

As soon as I saw the cover for The Good Pharmacist's Deadly Secret, I knew I wanted to read it. Fae elements sprinkled into a cozy mystery? Sign me up!

Our lovable protagonist, Sloan, is a fairy-like creature living in magical camouflage among humans in the Poconos. Her life is turned upside down when she finds herself at the wrong place at the wrong time, landing her in hot water as a suspect in a murder case. With a little help from some of her magical friends, Sloan must find the real killer before it's too late.

The author's writing is both engaging and witty, leading the reader to root wholeheartedly for Sloan. The quick pacing of the plot beats creates a tightly woven narrative. For that reason, The Good Pharmacist's Deadly Secret is an absolute page-turner. In addition, the world-building is creative and charming, without being too heavy on the fantasy lore. I tip my proverbial hat to the author for not only avoiding some hand-wavy magic ex machina to solve the mystery, but for going out of her way to make Sloan's magical abilities actually be a hindrance at times. It would have been all too easy to simply have Sloan and her mystical friends magic away their problems, so I greatly appreciate that the author did not rely on that.

Between the charming genre mash-up, tight narrative, and impeccable writing, there wasn't much about The Good Pharmacist's Deadly Secret that didn't work for me. That said, a few small points stand out. One of Sloan's magical friends is a leprechaun and his nephew, who is written as roughly seven human years old. At one point in the novel, the child leprechaun begs to attend the local (human) school, in which Sloan manages to get him enrolled and started in a day or two. I found that difficult to believe, as an elementary school would need to verify a new child's home address and vaccination status, and these leprechauns only just arrived in the human world a day previously. Additionally, Sloan acted oddly when her human best friend displayed some troubling behavior that should have prompted Sloan to check on her wellbeing, rather than simply brushing it off.

Overall, however, I highly recommend The Good Pharmacist's Deadly Secret for cozy mystery fans who enjoy light fantasy elements without all of the in-depth world building of full-on fantasy books. I can't wait to read more books in this series!

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Hello! I'm Charlotte, an avid reader, blogger, and author. My favorite genres to read include cozy mysteries (especially ones with a culinary hook!), fantasy, and steampunk.


About the author

Belinda M Gordon was born and raised in Pennsylvania and currently lives in Northeastern PA with her wonderfully supportive husband, her dogs, Kip She is of Irish heritage, and uses the Celtic Mythology, specifically of Ireland, as the starting point for this series. view profile

Published on May 09, 2020

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50000 words

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Cozy Mysteries

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