A Potion to Die For by Heather Blake (2013): Book Review

A Potion to Die For by Heather Blake (2013): Book ReviewAuthor: Heather Blake
Title: A Potion to Die For
Series: Magic Potion Mystery #1
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 336
Release Date: 2013-11-05
Genres: Mystery & Thriller

TROUBLE IS BREWING... 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!
Format: Paperback
Also by this author: One Potion in the Grave, A Potion to Die For (Misty's Review)
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Jen’s Review of A POTION TO DIE FOR

Carly is a hoodoo witch in Hitching Post, Alabama. She owns a magical potion shop, specializing in healing and love remedies. A dead body is left in her shop. Everyone thinks she killed the man. Determined to clear her name, she investigates on her own, despite her cousin’s warnings that she is in danger.

Romantic Interests: her ex-fiance is the investigating officer

My Thoughts:

The story grabs your attention right from the beginning. Carly, her best friend, and her family members are colorful characters who keep the reader entertained.

I liked a lot of things about this book, especially how the author works back in details the reader may had forgotten about. The twist at the end makes sense, but it’s not overly predictable. I also liked how Carly’s cats are scared of the critters in the walls of her money-pit house.

The only negative I noted was how sometimes the author seems to slip in and out of the Southern dialect. This is so minor of a complaint, it doesn’t affect my overall impression.

Overall Assessment:

A Potion to Die For is a fun mixture of romance, friendship, mystery, and witchcraft. The book left me with a satisfied smile on my face.

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)

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