A Potion to Die ForA Potion to Die For by Heather Blake is the first book in the new “Magic Potion” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian, November 2013


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!

Carly is a heroine with a heart of gold which is put to the test in this lighthearted mystery that entertained me with the witty repartee between the wonderful eccentrically whimsical characters that inhabit the town of Hitching Post. This well-written tale was fast-paced and action-fill from beginning to end and I loved how the story moved with an easy flow, especially when I had that aha moment and knew the identity of the perpetrator. With a mix of mystery, humor and romance, I had a great time reading this charismatic and delightfully charming whodunit and I can’t wait for the exciting exploits with Carly and her friends.

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