One Potion in the Grave by Heather Blake is the second book in the “Magic Potion” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian, October 2014
Carly Bell Hartwell’s love potions are always in demand in Hitching Post, Alabama, the wedding capital of the South.
When Katie Sue Perrywinkle walks into the Little Shop of Potions, Carly is surprised and delighted to see her old childhood friend. Katie Sue fled her hometown and a troubled family over a decade ago. But she’s not back for a social visit. She’s come to settle a score with Senator Warren Calhoun, who is in town for his son’s high-profile wedding.
But before Katie Sue has a chance to voice any objections, she’s forced to forever hold her peace. After finding her friend dead, Carly vows to find her murderer. Were the corrupt Calhouns willing to go to any lengths to avoid a scandal? Did Katie Sue’s family take the term “bad blood” to a whole new level? And why did the bride-to-be come to Carly for a love potion? As Carly gets closer to the truth, a killer is planning a very chilly reception.
This is a brilliantly executed and finely tuned tale that enthralled me from beginning to end. This eccentrically quirky pleasing cast of characters pulled me into the story line that I felt every emotion the main protagonist displayed in her interaction with those around her. The author did a great job of hiding the murderer in plain sight- well done, well done. Being the second book in this series, this is the best one yet and I love how the family relations pull together to help their own. A delightfully engagingly entertaining enchanted story that will lift your spirits and leave you smiling. I can’t wait for the next book in this wonderfully fantastic series.