Review - A Potion To Die For

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Title: A Potion To Die For (Magic Potion Mystery#1)
Author: Heather Blake
As the owner of Little Shop of Potions, a magic potion shop specializing in love potions, Carly Bell Hartwell finds her product more in demand than ever. A local soothsayer has predicted that a couple in town will soon divorce—and now it seems every married person in Hitching Post, Alabama, wants a little extra matrimonial magic to make sure they stay hitched.

But when Carly finds a dead man in her shop, clutching one of her potion bottles, she goes from most popular potion person to public enemy number one. In no time the murder investigation becomes a witch hunt—literally! Now Carly is going to need to brew up some serious sleuthing skills to clear her name and find the real killer—before the whole town becomes convinced her potions really are to die for!"

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In a small southern town known as Hitching Post, weddings are their thing. So when a divorce is predicted, everyone flocks to Carly's shop in hopes of her brewing a magical potion in their favor. The problem? The dead man in the shop. Suddenly, Carly's potions are subjected to doubt and rumor. What else is a witch to do besides clear her shop's good name. Or maybe it's the small town southern girl in her that has to have the answers.

What followed was one the greatest paranormal murder mystery I've read since, well, since the author's Wishcraft series. Even if I called the baddie early on, the reasons took a bit of time to uncover.

I loved Carly. She had humor, magic, and spunk. She wasn't afraid to get her hands dirty and snoop, yet she seemed to know just how far she could push things.

The rest of the cast is a collection of odd balls. We have three aunts know collectively as the "Odd-ducks" -tells you all you need to know,- an eccentric wedding chapel running mother, a father who will put up with just about anything from the women he loves, and Gothic dressing cousin who might just be more than she seems. And that's just the ones related by blood. If you want to hear more, we have a handsome cop who has romantic history with Carly, a couple of loyal friends, and some even weirder associates. It really is a full house of lovable crazies who just carry the story away with them.

I found the whole magic aspect interesting. I loved the two halves of the family and their power alinements. The backstory here was creative and thought out. With this, I liked her relationship -of a sorts- with Delia, who has chosen the other side. Can she be trusted even though she's wants the secret ingredient that makes Carly's potions magical? But then again, family is family. There are so many layers in their relationship, and that makes it very interesting.

There is a bit of romance in this book. More playing off of underlying tension and the hint that maybe it's not quite over, than actual courting. (Dylan and Carly have had two failed attempts at getting married, the last ending in a big upset.) I liked getting to know these two and discovering their history. They have that kind of chemistry together that promises a lot. So I am very curious as to how things are going to play out for them.

If you like mysteries with a hint of paranormal, then check this book out. This is one of those authors that I will read any book she publishes.

"Heavens above, Child. Do you know what your mother is up to?"
"I'm sorry, I think you have the wrong number."
"Not funny Calina Hartwell."

"You'd invite the devil himself in if he could fix your electricity."
"Have you seen my hair?"

"Guns, John Richard. That'll get her attention. Oh, or bullets."
"Bullets? Are you sure?"
"All the better to shoot you with."


  1. Ooooh, this sounds quirky cute. I don't know if I'm reading it right though. I think the first quote is really actually kind of funny, I don't know if it's supposed to be though, maybe it's because it's out of context.

    1. Oh, it is supposed to be. There is a lot of humor in her books, which is one of the major drawls I have to her work. I love humor, especially when it has bit of snark in it. Add in some great characters, interesting plot, and a paranormal twist, and I'm sold. *very easily won over*

      Judging by the books we have in common that we both liked, I'd say you probably like this one.


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