Title: One Potion in the Grave Series: Magic Potion Mystery #2
Release Date: 2014-10-07
Genres: Mystery & Thriller
Also by this author: A Potion to Die For, A Potion to Die For (Misty's Review)
ONE POTION IN THE GRAVE
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.