A Potion to Die for – Heather Blake [Review]

A Potion to Die For is the first book in the Magic Potion Mystery series, written by Heather Blake. This paranormal cozy mystery was published on November 5, 2013 by NAL.


A Potion to Die For coverBlurb for A POTION TO DIE FOR


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!



Jen’s Review of A POTION TO DIE FOR

I read A Potion to Die For from the public library because I had heard good things about this author.

This review first appeared on my old blog booksthathook, but I have updated and expanded it here.

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


The Story

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.

The story grabs your attention right from the beginning. I thought the book was well-structured and fast-paced. I never got confused or bored.

The twist at the end makes sense, but it’s not overly predictable.

The Characters

Carly’s ex-fiance is the investigating officer. There’s a little romance there, but not enough to take over the plot.

Carly, her best friend, and her family members are colorful characters who keep the reader entertained. Even the cats are fun to read about. I especially liked how they were scared of the critters in the walls of her money-pit house.

The Writing

I liked how the author works back in details the reader may had forgotten about.

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. As a whole, the book was very well-written.

Do  I Recommend?

Absolutely! I loved A Potion to Die For. If you like cozy mysteries with quirky characters and some paranormal elements, you should read this book. I’ve read the next one in the series too, and I recommend that one as well. Although I haven’t had a chance yet to read the third book, I’m sure the entire series is just as much fun to read.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (A)


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About Jen Schaper

In addition to being a book blogger, I am a mother of three children, a retail backroom coordinator, and a wannabe writer (when I make time to do it).
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