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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 hi 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!


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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 hi 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!

30 review for A Potion to Die For

  1. 5 out of 5

    Paige Bookdragon

    Though not really memorable and pretty basic, I like this book because it's so easy to read and pretty relaxing.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Angela Holland

    I loved this book and now have to run out and get the second one so I can see what kind of trouble Carly will find next. One of the things that drew me to this book was the witch theme. As with other cozies I have read I love the small town where this takes place even the name is cute: Hitching Post. The underlying love theme of the town was cute. I enjoy Heather's writing as she keeps me guessing all the way to the end of the book. She will give you just enough clues so you think you may know w I loved this book and now have to run out and get the second one so I can see what kind of trouble Carly will find next. One of the things that drew me to this book was the witch theme. As with other cozies I have read I love the small town where this takes place even the name is cute: Hitching Post. The underlying love theme of the town was cute. I enjoy Heather's writing as she keeps me guessing all the way to the end of the book. She will give you just enough clues so you think you may know who did it then she switches up and gives you another clue to you now think of someone else. I loved all of Carly's family from her crazy mom, quiet dad, mean Aunt Marjie, bickering Aunts Eunice and Hazel to her cousin Delia. We must not forget Dylan who is Carly's ex. I really liked him as well. I hope to see Carly's relationships with Delia and Dylan grow as the series goes along. Yes there were a few characters I did not like. Johnny Braxton, Coach and John Richard Baldwin. If you are a fan of cozy mysteries or fun witch stories then be sure to pick this book up.

  3. 5 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    … A Potion to Die For is the introductory installation in the 'A Magic Potion Mystery; series by Heather Blake. I borrowed the Kindle Edition through my local library. The reader is immediately introduced to the heroine, Carly Bell Hartwell, who is a successful business owner of the Little Shop of Potions, which focuses on the mind, body, heart, and soul - located in Hitching Post, Alabama. She is known as a healing witch from a long line of hoodoo practitioners. However, she is also a love potio … A Potion to Die For is the introductory installation in the 'A Magic Potion Mystery; series by Heather Blake. I borrowed the Kindle Edition through my local library. The reader is immediately introduced to the heroine, Carly Bell Hartwell, who is a successful business owner of the Little Shop of Potions, which focuses on the mind, body, heart, and soul - located in Hitching Post, Alabama. She is known as a healing witch from a long line of hoodoo practitioners. However, she is also a love potion expert, matchmaker, and all-around relationship guru and an unlikely medicine woman. The medicine aspect captures my attention and curiosity most ardently BOOK DESCRIPTION: 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 the 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! Hitching Post was consistently named one of America's most beautiful small towns. The idyllic small town hosts shops, offices, restaurants, along with what was considered the bread and butter were the chapels, inns. and reception venues.. One drawback for the tech savvy is that there is no cell-phone coverage available. Carly Bell Hartwell was a good witch, She possessed a supernatural witchy power and magical ingredients for potions to heal what ailed for attracting love and health Carly had an extremely quirky family, loyal friends, and was surrounded with some town folk that were more than a little touched in the head, more like mentally deranged, demented, and/or insane. Caryl and Dylan made a good team piecing together clues that eventually reflected the unexpected truth about a murder, attempted murder, assault, and hints about who might be directly involved in the next installation. The cozy paranormal mystery has lots of red herrings interspersed throughout the book to keep the readers guessing. Of course, each installation is able to stand on its own and concludes with a successful H.E.A. following many twists, turns, and red herrings. ------------------------------------- A Potion to Die For: A Magic Potion Mystery . . . Kindle Edition by Heather Blake (Author) Carla Mercer-Meyer, Narrator  Print Length: 338 pages About the Author Heather Blake is a pseudonym of Heather Webber, the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including the Nina Quinn Mysteries and the Lucy Valentine books. ..

  4. 4 out of 5

    beachbum bookworm

    4 ☕☕☕☕ 05-04-2020 Newest Assignment details: Where: Hitching Post, Alabama Who: Carly Bell When I first arrived in Hitching Post to meet up with Carly...I didn't expect that it would be in the middle of a mob scene...at first, I couldn't even get her to stop and talk to me (which I understood...she was being chased afterall). Later she explained she thought I was part of the "witch-hunt". When we outran the townspeople and were safely back at here potion shop (well what we thought was safe) ...wh 4 ☕☕☕☕ 05-04-2020 Newest Assignment details: Where: Hitching Post, Alabama Who: Carly Bell When I first arrived in Hitching Post to meet up with Carly...I didn't expect that it would be in the middle of a mob scene...at first, I couldn't even get her to stop and talk to me (which I understood...she was being chased afterall). Later she explained she thought I was part of the "witch-hunt". When we outran the townspeople and were safely back at here potion shop (well what we thought was safe) ...which we quickly realized wasn't when we discovered a body in her storefront. She was the obvious suspect, and it was time for us to band together and find the real killer.... My thoughts: I loved the narrator of this audiobook! I have read the 3rd book in this series...and I'm happy to say the series has improved since the 1st book. That's saying a lot considering this first book is just the right concoction (like one of Carly’s potions). It’s a great introduction to the development of a fabulous southern small town and hilarious group of characters! I loved Carly's mom and dad, and her aunts...although someone should really take away Aunt Marjorie's gun!! Truly the wacky people of this town (mostly made up of Carly's family) are laugh out loud funny and filled with great southern charm! The mystery was good...lots of suspects and fast paced...although the reveal/explanation was a little confusing. I think there was just too many parts. A potion to die for is a great start to a series that is to die for!! It is positively enchanting! This book was listened to audio while working on my current crochet project....for pictures check out my blog @: http://beachbumbookworm.com/

  5. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    Cute cozy mystery about a witch living in Alabama, running a potion shop.loved the small town filled with wedding chapels and quirky characters. Fun, fun, fun, of course crazy mom who runs a wedding chapel, but isn't married, crazy ants the town calls the odd ducks, crazy cousin Delia Who Carly is learning to trust, and of course the love interest Dylan.. I liked the road this Mistry took you one you thought things were going one way, and then they went another way, and then a different way, and Cute cozy mystery about a witch living in Alabama, running a potion shop.loved the small town filled with wedding chapels and quirky characters. Fun, fun, fun, of course crazy mom who runs a wedding chapel, but isn't married, crazy ants the town calls the odd ducks, crazy cousin Delia Who Carly is learning to trust, and of course the love interest Dylan.. I liked the road this Mistry took you one you thought things were going one way, and then they went another way, and then a different way, and then it ended up an entirely different way than you thought. Fun story, definitely going to read the next book in the series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Beth McCraw

    4.5 stars! Really good and looking forward to book 2!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    leslye

    Cozy mysteries have a formula that some readers find stale, but that formula is what draws me to this genre. Sometimes it's fun to focus not on the gory aspects of murder, but rather the madcap adventures of the quirky town folks trying to solve the crime. Sure, they are fluffy, with more emphasis on character than plot, but that's just fine with me. A Potion to Die For welcomes us to Hitching Post, Alabama- a charming little town known for it's wedding chapels, quickie marriages, and interesting Cozy mysteries have a formula that some readers find stale, but that formula is what draws me to this genre. Sometimes it's fun to focus not on the gory aspects of murder, but rather the madcap adventures of the quirky town folks trying to solve the crime. Sure, they are fluffy, with more emphasis on character than plot, but that's just fine with me. A Potion to Die For welcomes us to Hitching Post, Alabama- a charming little town known for it's wedding chapels, quickie marriages, and interesting magic shops. Carly Hartwell owns "The Little Shop of Potions" which specializes in healing potions- whether for health or love life. Carly has many colorful personalities around, from her quirky mother who will do anything to drum up business for her wedding chapel, her triplet aunts (the "Odd Ducks") who each own a boarding house that matches their personalities, to the eccentric neighbor who can predict when couples will marry or divorce. There are a few "normals" in town, but they won't be your favorites! Ms. Blake makes you fall in love with her characters and any Southerner will laugh out loud at how well she captures the "Deep South" lifestyle. This book was adorable! The story moves along at a nice pace with a mix of mystery, humor and romance. Looking forward to what happens next with Carly.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bree Hill

    Really enjoyed the small southern town setting. The family aspect. I didn’t really see The Who done it coming. And I mean, Witch stories are the best. Looking forward to book 2.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Lester

    Hitching Post, Alabama is the setting for the first book in Heather Blake's new Magic Potion Mystery series, A Potion to Die For. Readers who have read Blake's Wishcraft series will love that she doesn't stray too far from her roots and keeps up the witchy theme in this series. Readers are introduced to Carly Bell Hartwell, a healing witch with a local potion shop. She has a quirky family including a cousin who dabbles in hexes and three aunts known around town as the Odd Ducks. With characters Hitching Post, Alabama is the setting for the first book in Heather Blake's new Magic Potion Mystery series, A Potion to Die For. Readers who have read Blake's Wishcraft series will love that she doesn't stray too far from her roots and keeps up the witchy theme in this series. Readers are introduced to Carly Bell Hartwell, a healing witch with a local potion shop. She has a quirky family including a cousin who dabbles in hexes and three aunts known around town as the Odd Ducks. With characters like these readers are sure to find another hit series on their hands. Heather Blake once again thrills readers with something old and something new. Blake's Wishcraft series was a lighthearted foray into witchery and she garnered many fans with her spunky heroine and all of her mishaps. The new Magic Potion series has a lot of similarities. Once again Blake focuses on a witch as her main character. She allows readers to discover that Carly Bell is what might be considered a healing witch, using potions and the like to bring health to her patrons. She specializes in love potions which was a nice touch. I liked the fact that Blake continued with this theme into a new series. She did a remarkable job letting readers get to know Carly Bell and what she was doing and why she did it. I liked all the witchy information imparted throughout the book and did not think it was too overdone. I hope Blake continues to explore this idea with her readers. The characters take center stage in this book and Blake does a fantastic job of introducing readers to a whole crop of quirky, eccentric people to populate this series. Carly Bell Hartwell is a great heroine. She knows who she is and she's comfortable with herself and with her strange family, but that doesn't always mean other people share that sentiment. I liked the fact that Blake creates some really over the top inhabitants for this small town, like the Odd Ducks, Carly Bell's aunts who are bit on the weird side but definitely fun to read about. Then you have cousin Delia who is the polar opposite of Carly Bell. She runs a hex shop and appears kind of devious all the way around. Readers will love this new and different characters that really set this series apart from the Wishcraft series. The characters are very important in this book and I found that Blake put a lot of emphasis on character development and bringing in the back stories of those characters who would advance the plot of the story, but I think there is one other character that has to be discussed, Hitching Post, Alabama. What a quaint little town. I loved everything from the name to the atmosphere that Blake allows to permeate her descriptions of the town. I liked the fact that it took ion the characteristics of a character in the book because it was so central to the story. The mystery aspect of this one was hard to figure out. What was the local lawyer doing with one of Carly Bell's potions? How did he end up dead? Was it poison in the potion? Will Carly have to rely on her ex to help her figure it all out? Will this be the end of her career in the potion business? and who in the wide world of Hitching Post, Alambama is getting divorced anyway? All of these questions and more were buzzing around in my brain as I sifted through the suspects and motives they could have for the crime and I was stumped. I couldn't get a handle on who I thought it could be and I liked that. The ending was a surprise though reading a good book from Heather Blake never is. She is one of the best paranormal cozy writers around and you'll not want to miss the beginning of this new adventure!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The Good: Hitching Post, Alabama doesn't sound like a place that would be teeming with magical ability, but quite a few residents possess witchy powers. Almost all of them are quirky, bordering on incurably eccentric. The book features a murder that's twisty and an utter surprise, but the real fun here is the relationships. Carly's long rivalry with her cousin Delia and the super messed up situation with her ex-fiance Dylan both make for compelling reading. The "Will they or won't they?" of both The Good: Hitching Post, Alabama doesn't sound like a place that would be teeming with magical ability, but quite a few residents possess witchy powers. Almost all of them are quirky, bordering on incurably eccentric. The book features a murder that's twisty and an utter surprise, but the real fun here is the relationships. Carly's long rivalry with her cousin Delia and the super messed up situation with her ex-fiance Dylan both make for compelling reading. The "Will they or won't they?" of both relationships kept me completely involved in the book. Will Carly and Delia be able to work together and perhaps become friends? Will Carly and Dylan get past a little case of left at the alter? It all just worked. The Bad: Carly is a little much to take. She's stubborn and has only a minimal grasp of understanding what's going on around her and the appropriate way of dealing with those situations. Quite a few of her issues in the book stem from reacting to what's on the surface and never, ever looking beyond what she assumes to be true.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    I loved this cozy little mystery, starting with the cover and the cute cats. ;) The setting is Hitching Post, Alabama, and that just sounds so quaint of a town with a little western touch. I wouldn't expect to find magic or a potions shop in a town with this name. Don't let the cutesy cover fool you. There's a murder, mystery, suspense, and I love the relationships in this book. Lots of women with witch's qualities and magic brewing all over the place.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chatting About

    Something witchy's going on in Hitching Post, Alabama--the wedding capital of the South. Carly mixes potions using a secret ingredient, while her cousin, Delia, dabbles in black magic and tries to find out where Carly's secret is hidden. Carly's shop is filled with faceted, rainbow colored potion bottles which she fills using good magic to make potions that help people with their problems. When someone's found dead clutching a potion bottle in his hand, Carly is the number one suspect. She must Something witchy's going on in Hitching Post, Alabama--the wedding capital of the South. Carly mixes potions using a secret ingredient, while her cousin, Delia, dabbles in black magic and tries to find out where Carly's secret is hidden. Carly's shop is filled with faceted, rainbow colored potion bottles which she fills using good magic to make potions that help people with their problems. When someone's found dead clutching a potion bottle in his hand, Carly is the number one suspect. She must find the true murderer to clear her name! Filled with humor; quirky, yet appealing characters; and set in a picturesque town where someone has deadly secrets they'll kill for, A POTION TO DIE FOR is a bewitching read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    3.5* rounded up to 4* Another cute witchy cozy mystery, my not so secret secret genre. I've finished Heather Blake's other series, A Wishcraft Mystery, and thought I'd try her, A Magic Potion Mystery series. It follows the same format, a little magic, a fairly close knit community, a little romance, a crazy bunch of characters, and a murder to solve. I liked it and will continue with the series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    A book away from an episode of hoarders

    A cute start to a new cozy mystery series. I chuckled out loud at some of the antics of the southern characters. I never saw "whodunit" until the end and then it made perfect sense.

  15. 5 out of 5

    oshizu

    3.5 stars rounded down. This paranormal cozy mystery was rather fun but the romance was too cutesy for me. On the plus side, I have now read a book set in Alabama...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I really liked this book! I like the small town in this story, its called “Hitching Post”. The town has lots of interesting stores and characters. When someone is found dead in the back of Carly’s store..the Police have to close her store to look for clues. Meanwhile, Carly sets off to find who ( and why ) he was killed. Did someone use one of her Magic Potions to kill him? Thats one of the questions she needs answered. One of my favorite characters in this story is Carly’s cousin Delia. They dont I really liked this book! I like the small town in this story, its called “Hitching Post”. The town has lots of interesting stores and characters. When someone is found dead in the back of Carly’s store..the Police have to close her store to look for clues. Meanwhile, Carly sets off to find who ( and why ) he was killed. Did someone use one of her Magic Potions to kill him? Thats one of the questions she needs answered. One of my favorite characters in this story is Carly’s cousin Delia. They dont always get along..but they are family..and they help each other. There is also a romance in this book, between Carly and her on again/off again boyfriend Dylan. ( I hope their romance story continues in the next book in this series! )

  17. 4 out of 5

    Betty

    Romance And Magic The first book in this paranormal romantic mystery is a fun , relaxing read. Carly Hartwell is racing to reach her shop of magic portions before the mob wanting to get love potions. After her arrival she is startled to find a dead body holding a bottle of her portion in the middle of her shop. Her ex fiance his the homicide detective on the case. They had tried to get married twice only to have his mother sabotage the attempts. Carly uses her witch's talents to cure and help. Sh Romance And Magic The first book in this paranormal romantic mystery is a fun , relaxing read. Carly Hartwell is racing to reach her shop of magic portions before the mob wanting to get love potions. After her arrival she is startled to find a dead body holding a bottle of her portion in the middle of her shop. Her ex fiance his the homicide detective on the case. They had tried to get married twice only to have his mother sabotage the attempts. Carly uses her witch's talents to cure and help. She has a cousin, Delia who practice the art of hexs. The characters will capture your interest at once as they search for answers.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    A fun entertaining cozy mystery to enjoy on a lazy afternoon. This is the first book in the potion series and I found it enjoyable. It had a great development of the interactions of the characters and you see a pair of cousins who are at odds and how their relationship changes as Carly, the main character, races to solve the murder of a man in her very own shop! I'm curious to see where the next book takes us and how the characters are further developed.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    A good start to the Magic Potion Mystery series. Don't let the series title fool you -- this is a good solid cozy mystery series, with a little "magic potion" thrown in (for good measure). There are parts that are laugh out loud funny. Looking forward to more in this series!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tari

    This was so good! I like a good witchy cozy sometimes and I've been wanting to read this author's series for quite sometime now. Luckily, this is an online book discussion group book for next week, or I might not have started with this exact series. It's a bit older, but I would call it a hidden gem. The characters in this small Southern town were awesome and so funny sometimes! I got the biggest kick out of Carly's aunt Marjie chasing people away from her property with a shotgun. She ran an inn This was so good! I like a good witchy cozy sometimes and I've been wanting to read this author's series for quite sometime now. Luckily, this is an online book discussion group book for next week, or I might not have started with this exact series. It's a bit older, but I would call it a hidden gem. The characters in this small Southern town were awesome and so funny sometimes! I got the biggest kick out of Carly's aunt Marjie chasing people away from her property with a shotgun. She ran an inn, but it was old and dilapidated that if someone came along in a suit, she immediately figured they were up to no good aka wanting to buy her out. It was a really twisty mystery with a lot of great red herrings. Carly was a known healing witch and I enjoyed how she made her potions, but there was someone out to get her or get revenge on her by framing her with a body planted in her shop. I definitely hadn't thought of the person who ended up being the killer. The showdown was really good and a little bit funny. I didn't really want to like Delia, Carly's cousin who is the complete opposite of a healer witch, but there was just something about her that was actually likable. I'm hoping that the cousins can learn to get along better, and it sounded like things were looking up by the end of the book. I'll definitely be reading the next two books!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I really enjoyed this first installment in a new series. I have read a book from this author before and I was not disappointed this time around either. Heather Blake hits the cozy writing style perfectly and I could easily have read this book in one sitting if I had the time. The characters were fun and interested and I loved the small wedding town feel. There were many comedic moments (especially thanks to Carly's mother) that made it even more endearing. I thought I had everything figured out I really enjoyed this first installment in a new series. I have read a book from this author before and I was not disappointed this time around either. Heather Blake hits the cozy writing style perfectly and I could easily have read this book in one sitting if I had the time. The characters were fun and interested and I loved the small wedding town feel. There were many comedic moments (especially thanks to Carly's mother) that made it even more endearing. I thought I had everything figured out a couple different times, but was surprised by the ending. Anything magical is usually a hit with me and this was no exception. I found myself really wanting to try one of the potions and loved that the magic part wasn't too over the top. I can't wait to read another in this series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anne Jobe

    Fun read. An obsessive witchy reader friend suggested the title. I tried it. For fun, I may read a few more witchy books.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Drummond

    A New Series that has a great story line and a plot that will have you wanting to move there forever. A Potion to Die For is a book that looks into family and it's legacy. And then there was the two failed marriage attempts to a very handsome police men. If that's not enough then theirs the murder and attempted murder that has the store and you in a very bad spot. can a little magic and love solve the unanswered question or is it to late for the shop and love ever after.

  24. 5 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    Welcome to Hitching Post, Alabama. A charmed little town that revolves around love and marriage. When a local soothsayer forecasts “Sunny with a chance of divorce” the entire town goes crazy and heads to Little Shop of Potions to get their love potions to make sure they stay hitched. Carly Bell Hartwell, the owner of the shop, rushes to beat the crowds and get her magical potions ready for her many customers. Upon her arrival things quickly turn from magical to criminal as there is a dead man on Welcome to Hitching Post, Alabama. A charmed little town that revolves around love and marriage. When a local soothsayer forecasts “Sunny with a chance of divorce” the entire town goes crazy and heads to Little Shop of Potions to get their love potions to make sure they stay hitched. Carly Bell Hartwell, the owner of the shop, rushes to beat the crowds and get her magical potions ready for her many customers. Upon her arrival things quickly turn from magical to criminal as there is a dead man on the floor clutching one of her potion bottles. Now she is the prime suspect and she will be lucky if she can give her potions away. *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! Dollycas’s Thoughts The whimsical characters that inhabit Hitching Post are just fantastic. You have Carly, the “good” hoodoo witch, who chooses to focus on the positive – healing, love, marriage, happiness. Delia, her cousin, the darker, “not really bad”, voodoo witch who owns Till Hex Due Us Part and conjures more of the hexes with no concern of consequences. Both have the ability to feel other people’s emotions. Then there is Carly’s mom who runs one of the local wedding chapels and who will do anything to drive the competing chapel out of business. Add in Eulalie, Hazel, and Marjie Fowl, Carly’s aunties or “The Odd Ducks” as the townsfolk call these 65 year old, fraternal triplets, that never have been married. They own 3 local Bed & Breakfasts. Two of which are very welcoming to tourists and the third will greet anyone trespassing on her property with a shotgun. And for that necessary romantic conflict there is Sergeant Dylan Jackson, investigator for the Darling County Sheriff’s Office. He is also the man Carly almost married not once but twice! There are more wonderful townspeople to meet too. Heather Blake takes these characters and brews up a magical mystery that was a pure pleasure to read. Smart, funny, and clever with a touch of southern charm. A truly extraordinary debut for this series!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Elliot A

    I could tell from the way the author chose to introduce characters and advance the plot that this book is clearly meant to belong to and be read as part of the new and probably longer lasting Magic Potion Mystery series. I was a bit at odds with the first half of the story, since it plunged the reader right into the middle of the action, but on the other hand took about 170 pages to pick up the pace. There was quite a group of characters introduced at the beginning of the story and one could feel I could tell from the way the author chose to introduce characters and advance the plot that this book is clearly meant to belong to and be read as part of the new and probably longer lasting Magic Potion Mystery series. I was a bit at odds with the first half of the story, since it plunged the reader right into the middle of the action, but on the other hand took about 170 pages to pick up the pace. There was quite a group of characters introduced at the beginning of the story and one could feel the author's merciful accomplishment and talent in keeping them from causing much confusion to the reader. Having said that, it was difficult at times to find the actual main thread of the story and I found the overall atmosphere of the town/setting a bit lacking. The main character was also kept at bay for the first half of the story, making me wonder if I would know enough by the end of the book to form an opinion about her. Many side stories and small tangents were introduced that I think will work quite nicely in keeping this series going for at least another two or three books, but I felt my patience tested as I struggled to form a clear picture of the main character. The writing style was easy and flowed nicely. The dialogue and narration contained a few typical southern phrases and a bit of a dialect that added to the charm of the books setting of a small town in Alabama. I was intrigued and impressed by the set up of the murder mystery element of the story. It was so interwoven and intertwined, yet simple enough to detect the obvious connections when thinking about them retrospectively. It kept me guessing and forming my own theories until the culprit was named. Considering the compilation of other genres within this story, this part did not suffer and I am thankful for it. The magic in this series by the author was kept to a minimum, although one can tell that the foundation for further storylines already exists. Overall, I found this story to be cute and by the end it certainly had me interested enough to continue with this series. I recommend it for anyone looking for a light summer read. ElliotScribbles

  26. 5 out of 5

    Moondance

    If there were a Wanted poster for witches, I was sure my freckled face would be on it. Carly Bell Hartwell owns Little Shop of Potions in small town Hitching Post, Alabama. The town is known for its magic and wedding chapels. Carly is the "good" witch in town, selling love potions and healing tinctures to the townspeople and tourists Carly's cousin, Delia, is the local "bad" witch creating hexes. Mr. Dunwoody, Carly's neighbor, foresees certain events and has started a domino effect of chaos when If there were a Wanted poster for witches, I was sure my freckled face would be on it. Carly Bell Hartwell owns Little Shop of Potions in small town Hitching Post, Alabama. The town is known for its magic and wedding chapels. Carly is the "good" witch in town, selling love potions and healing tinctures to the townspeople and tourists Carly's cousin, Delia, is the local "bad" witch creating hexes. Mr. Dunwoody, Carly's neighbor, foresees certain events and has started a domino effect of chaos when he sees a divorce in the near future. Carly sprints through the town to stay ahead of the hoard trying to reach her shop to buy love potions. Delia has come to warn Carly of untold danger. Little do they know that the danger lies within Carly's shop in the form of a dead man clutching a vial of one of her potions. The investigating office is no other than Dylan, Carly's ex fiancé who left her at the altar. Twice. Well once because she left the second time. And so begins a delightful romp through Hitching Post. Heather Blake has a wonderful talent for creating amazing characters. From Carly's three kooky aunts known as the Odd Ducks to her wedding chapel owning mom to the angry high school coach accused of embezzlement. The storyline flows as we learn how the cousins acquired their magic and about Leilara, the family secret that Delia desperately wants from Carly. The mystery is well done. I didn't realize the murderer until Carly figured it out. I love the town and wish it was someplace I could visit. I look forward to read the next book in the series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joy Pixley

    This is more of a cozy mystery set in small-town Alabama than a paranormal story. Despite the main character Carly being a witch who runs a potion shop, magic plays a surprisingly small role, so don’t expect much of that. On the other hand, it's nice to read something even a little paranormal that isn't super dark and heavy these days. Carly gets sucked into solving a murder right away and we're off! The writing is fun and quick, the charming town is filled with quirky characters, and the danger This is more of a cozy mystery set in small-town Alabama than a paranormal story. Despite the main character Carly being a witch who runs a potion shop, magic plays a surprisingly small role, so don’t expect much of that. On the other hand, it's nice to read something even a little paranormal that isn't super dark and heavy these days. Carly gets sucked into solving a murder right away and we're off! The writing is fun and quick, the charming town is filled with quirky characters, and the danger feels real but lighthearted at the same time. The subplots about Carly navigating her relationships with her ex-fiancé and her rival cousin help flesh out her character and keep the story moving, and we meet many other intriguing characters who may play larger roles in later books. It's a bit slow at first, as Blake keeps pausing the scene to introduce the full backstory of every new character or setting that comes into view. It feels very much like book one of a series in that sense, and I think at least a few of these characters could have stayed in the wings until the next book, for all they added to this story. But once it gets going for real, the pacing picks up and the tension rises. The ending was satisfying, and set things up nicely for more adventures for Carly and her friends and family. If you like cozy mysteries and are looking for an easy read at the beach this summer, try this out.

  28. 4 out of 5

    TheGeekyBlogger

    Listened for Review (Tantor) Overall Rating 4.00 Story Rating: 4.25 Character Rating: 3.75 Audio Rating : 3.50 First Thought when Finished:A Potion to Die For by Heather Blake was a witchy good time! Quick Thoughts:I thought this was a good mix of mystery and magic. The mystery was strong and loved all the twists/turns. The characters were fun. It took a bit for me to warm up to Carly but by the end I really liked her. Oddly, I really liked her cousin D from the beginning so I am hoping she is in boo Listened for Review (Tantor) Overall Rating 4.00 Story Rating: 4.25 Character Rating: 3.75 Audio Rating : 3.50 First Thought when Finished:A Potion to Die For by Heather Blake was a witchy good time! Quick Thoughts:I thought this was a good mix of mystery and magic. The mystery was strong and loved all the twists/turns. The characters were fun. It took a bit for me to warm up to Carly but by the end I really liked her. Oddly, I really liked her cousin D from the beginning so I am hoping she is in book 2 more. Overall, this was a really good cozy mystery that makes me want book 2 NOW! I will wait for the audiobook though :) Audio Thoughts: Narrated by Carla Mercer-Meyer/Running time 10 hrs Carla did a solid job but it did take a bit to warm up to her accents. As the story went on the more I liked it. The females were strong and the male voices were easy to get used too. I have a feeling I will like Book 2 narration right off the bat. Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, DONE! Reviews

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Gallagher

    This was a good book, but I like her Wishcraft series better. One thing Ms. Blake is good at is creating settings for her books, and detailing them just enough that you can imagine being there - the characters are warm and inviting, and it's like you could easily befriend them. I think the southern thing just got to me a little too much, I'm a northern girl and I guess a laid back small southern town like Hitching Post, Alabama just doesn't resonate with me as much as Salem, Massachusetts does. This was a good book, but I like her Wishcraft series better. One thing Ms. Blake is good at is creating settings for her books, and detailing them just enough that you can imagine being there - the characters are warm and inviting, and it's like you could easily befriend them. I think the southern thing just got to me a little too much, I'm a northern girl and I guess a laid back small southern town like Hitching Post, Alabama just doesn't resonate with me as much as Salem, Massachusetts does. Overall though, a good book, quick read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    JoAn

    A Potion to Die For by Heather Blake is the first in this series. The narrator did a good job of having a distinctive voice for each character. This was a fast paced cozy and the characters were all well developed as the story progressed. The town of Hitching Post sounds like a great place to visit. I enjoyed meeting the characters as they were introduced. They were quirky and likeable, even Harly's cousin, Delia. Mystery, a touch of paranormal and a little romance made for an enjoyable read.

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