Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Jenn's Review: A Potion to Die For

Author: Heather Blake
Series: Magic Potion Mystery #1
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Signet
Pages: 336
Obtained: purchased
Genre: cozy mystery
Rating: 4/5
Bottom Line: Another fantastic magical series from Heather Blake/Heather Webber
Grab, Just get it at the library, or Remove from your TBR list? Grab

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!

Review:  When I need a book I know I will love, I pick up a novel from Heather Blake.  This is a new series from Ms. Blake who has a talent for making the magical fit into everyday life as if it's quite common.  It's one of the many things I love about her work.

Once again Ms. Blake's written some magnificent characters I can't wait to revisit.  I actually had a little trouble getting into this one through no fault of the novel itself.  It is just that I miss all of her other characters from her all her other series and was wishing I was visiting with them.  However, by the time I put A Potion to Die For down I found myself having fallen in love with a whole new cast of characters...  and was missing them desperately.  I want to get to know all of them better, especially Carly's cousin Delia who has been relegated as the bad witch by Carly and the rest of her family.

Once again, I found myself wanting to visit the town that Heather Blake created.  I loved the shops and the houses --I could picture them all so vividly.  Also, I must admit that I fell for the red herring hook, line, and sinker.  The real culprit took me completely by surprise... and I won't spoil it for you by saying any more than that.

If you haven't read a Heather Blake book (or a novel by her other nom de plume, Heather Webber), I can't recommend her enough.  She's one of my all time favorites.



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