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One Potion in the Grave by Heather Blake ~ Book Review (paranormal cozy mystery)

One Potion in the Grave by Heather Blake ~ Book Review (paranormal cozy mystery)Author: Heather Blake
Title: One Potion in the Grave
Series: Magic Potion Mystery #2
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 336
Release Date: 2014-10-07
Genres: Mystery & Thriller
From the author of the Wishcraft MysteriesCarly Bell Hartwell’s love potions are always in demand in Hitching Post, Alabama, the wedding capital of the South.… When Katie Sue Perrywinkle walks into the Little Shop of Potions, Carly is surprised and delighted to see her old childhood friend. Katie Sue fled her hometown and a troubled family over a decade ago. But she’s not back for a social visit. She’s come to settle a score with Senator Warren Calhoun, who is in town for his son’s high-profile wedding. But before Katie Sue has a chance to voice any objections, she’s forced to forever hold her peace. After finding her friend dead, Carly vows to find her murderer. Were the corrupt Calhouns willing to go to any lengths to avoid a scandal? Did Katie Sue’s family take the term “bad blood” to a whole new level? And why did the bride-to-be come to Carly for a love potion? As Carly gets closer to the truth, a killer is planning a very chilly reception.…
Format: Paperback
Also by this author: A Potion to Die For, A Potion to Die For (Misty's Review)

jennifers review


I was so excited when I saw that our public library got One Potion in the Grave. It’s the second book in the Magic Potion Mysteries series.

I have been looking for this book ever since it came out, because I really enjoyed reading the first book A Potion to Die For. I have to say I think I set my expectations too high. It was a great book, but not as good as the first one. However, it may be that I just waited and waited for this book, and I built it up in my mind to standards that no book could meet.

If you haven’t read the first book, you can jump right into the series with the second one, because the author provides plenty of details and backstory about the characters. This time around, Carly is confounded by a bad feeling regarding her friend Katie Sue who returns to Hitching Post. Katie Sue, now going by the name Kathryn, confides to Carly that she is in town to get even with the Calhoun family. The Calhoun family is also in town because their son is going to get married at Carly’s mother’s chapel.

The best part of this book is the characters. Carly, Dylan, and Ainsley are all very likable. Carly’s mother and aunts are a riot. They provide the comedic element.

For the most part, the mystery is solid and entertaining. Although it was very clear from the beginning that Carly had the wrong idea about Katie Sue and Warren Calhoun’s relationship, I was surprised by the killer’s identity and motivation. Overall, I thought the author did a great job of dropping clues, red herrings, and keeping up the suspense.

It may have not met my lofty expectations, but I did enjoy reading this very much. I had a hard time putting it down. I would definitely recommend it to readers who like cozy mysteries with witches, plus I would definitely read another book in this series if given the opportunity.

I give One Potion in the Grave 4.5 stars.


About Heather Blake

Also writes as Heather Webber

Heather Blake grew up in a suburb of Boston, and enjoys going “home” in her novels. As a young mother, she tried her hand at writing novels and hasn’t looked back. Currently, Heather lives in the Cincinnati area, and is currently hard at work on her next novel.

15 Things You May Not Know About Me
1) I am completely, hopelessly addicted to Dr Pepper.
2) Three of my favorite shows as a child were Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, and Quincy, M.D. (Is it any wonder I write what I do?)
3) I can eat a whole sleeve of Girl Scout Thin Mints without thinking twice. They’re there, and then they’re (poof!) gone.
4) My first trip to Salem, Massachusetts, was when I was a sixth-grader on a field trip.
5) I once quit a job at McDonald’s because I was only given a five cent raise.
6) I look forward to the first snow of the year every winter.
7) I like to be in complete control of the TV remote.
8) Still own a pair of ice skates I used as a child (yet have not been ice skating in over twenty years!).
9) I’m a very good driver (probably as a result of learning to drive in Massachusetts).
10) One of my favorite places is Stowe, Vermont.
11) I once kissed a dolphin (and loved it!).
12) I collect tiny glass and ceramic bowls.
13) One of my favorite items on my desk is a laughing Buddha.
14) I am as klutzy as people come—and have the scars to prove it.
15) I would probably be a nurse if I wasn’t a writer. (Thank goodness this writing thing seems to be working out.)

(bio from Goodreads)


Jen Schaper
I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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