A Potion to Die For (Magic Potion Mystery Series #1)

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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 hitched.

But when Carly finds a dead man in her shop, clutching one of her...

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Overview

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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"Prepare to be enchanted by the Magic Potion mysteries!"—Ellery Adams

Praise for Heather Blake’s Wishcraft Mysteries:

“Blending magic, romance, and mystery, this is a charming story.” —New York Times bestselling author Denise Swanson

“Sparkling dialogue, colorful characters, and a clever plot!” —Casey Daniels, author of Supernatural Born Killers

“Blake successfully blends crime, magic, romance, and self-discovery.” —Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451416308
  • Publisher: Signet
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Series: Magic Potion Mystery Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 178,187
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Heather Blake is also the author of the Wishcraft Mysteries, including The Good, the Bad and the Witchy.

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  • Posted November 8, 2013

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    I'm just a little envious of Heather's Blake real life friends,

    I'm just a little envious of Heather's Blake real life friends, because she must be a real kick to hang around. I mean anyone who can make up characters like Carly Bell Hartwell, her over-the-top quirky family, hunky ex-fiance' cop, and her married to the town minister best friend, must be able to find the fun no matter what the circumstances.

    Carly is the owner of a magic potion shop in Hitching Post, Alabama. When Carly find a local lawyer dead on the floor of her shop, clutching one of her potion bottles, she goes from being a popular town healer to suspect number one in the minds of the town folk. As she works her way through all the clues and suspects, she finds that she may not be over the broken engagement and that Dylan may be back in town to take up where they left off.

    Heather Blake (aka Heather Webber) is one of my favorite cozy mystery writers. I'm pretty sure I've read all her books; starting with Nina Quinn, landscaper extraordinaire (admittedly my favorite), Lucy Valentine, matchmaker and finder of lost objects (and people), and Darcy Merriweather, with her newly discovered talent of wishcrafting. They are all well written and you just never know who the culprit is until Heather is wrapping up the story.

    The Magic Potion Mysteries are definitely going on my TBR list and if you like cozies, you're going to love Heather.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2013

    Another great series

    Heather does it again! A new series with characters who are fun and interesting Never boring and great ending!!! Cant wait for the next one

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 5, 2013

       There's a witch hunt in Hitching Post, Alabama and Carly Hart

       There's a witch hunt in Hitching Post, Alabama and Carly Hartwell is the witch they are after.  She always seems to be at the mercy of the townsfolk when Mr. Dunwoody makes one of his predictions.  Carly was use to the crowd, however she was not ready for the dead body she found.  Living in this small town, she of course knew the dead person.   Now to find out why the dead body was clutching one of her potion bottles.




         A bit of magic, lots of mystery, a smidgen of fun and some good ole fashioned southern charm are what make this book fantastic!  Colorful characters and a well written story pick you up and hang on to you until the end.  For me, this was like old home week in book form. *smile*  Ms Blake is one of the best mystery writers out there today.  I highly recommend this book. 




         I found no issues.




         I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because of it's attention-grabbing ability.    k ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 5, 2013

    Heather Blake has written an extremely fun and likeable cozy.  I

    Heather Blake has written an extremely fun and likeable cozy.  It has a charming heroine and a quirky supporting cast of characters, including the town of Hitching Post with quickie weddings as its main source of income.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward  to visiting Carly and Hitching Post again.  This is the beginning of a wonderful new series!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 25, 2013

    A Very Fun Diversion.

    A Very Fun Diversion. I completely enjoyed Blake's 'Wishcrafter' books but I like these characters, and this book, far more. While this breaks no literary ground, the writing is generally fast paced with really appealing characters. The interplay between Carly and Delia is especially fun. While some the plotting and language is repetitive at times (the text could use some trimming) I am anxious for the next book in this series. This was a fun, engaging, diversion for a cold/rainy afternoon.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    OK...I don't know how she does it...with three series with paran

    OK...I don't know how she does it...with three series with paranormal elements, maybe she's got some witchy blood in her veins.  All I can say is that Heather Blake (Webber) just keeps getting better!




    Hitching Post, Alabams is a small town known for its wedding chapels, quickie marriages (and divorces) and some interesting shops.  Carly Hartwell owns the Little Shop of Potions, having inherited the "special secret ingredient" handed down in her family.  Her shop specializes in potions to help people, whether with their health or love life.  




    All positive, right?  Until the day Carly walks into her shop to find a local lawyer dead, with one of her potion bottles in his lifeless hand.  The day gets even better when the local cop investigating the death is Carly's ex (after two disastrous attempts at a wedding) Dylan, who still has the ability to make her pulse rate rise.




    Soon after, another near death involving one of Carly's potion bottles has the locals looking at her suspiciously and staying away from her shop.  Carly wants to clear her name and keep her business so she starts asking questions around town.




    Throw in her crazy family (cousin Delia who deals in the family "dark magic", three interesting aunts, a mother who has a wedding chapel and is determined to pull business from her arch-rival), her attraction to Dylan, and a local coach who has never forgiven her for turning him in years ago for some peeping during gym class...well, it's quite the cast of characters.




    It's a great ride and I made myself slow down my reading because I didn't want it to end.  I'm really looking forward to book 2!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2013

    First thoughts after... I'm so ready for more Dylan! How distra

    First thoughts after...
    I'm so ready for more Dylan!

    How distracted did I get?
    A Potion To Die For is a must read for all mystery lovers!  Heather Blake has created a fun new world I can't wait to visit again.  
    I do love quirky cozy mysteries and this is one of my tops!  Carly is fun and sarcastic and I'd love her as a bff!  
    And Dylan...who doesn't love a hot cop?  LOL  I can't wait to learn more of both Carly and Dylan together and separate.  
    Aunt Marjie I have to say is my fave secondary character and can't wait to see what she is up to next!  
    A Potion To Die For is a wonderful start to a new series I'm already addicted to and am dying for more!  
    A copy of this book was provided by the author for an honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    Great read

    Heather Blake writes characters that are so querky and cool I want to live in her world. So entertaining I smiled through the whole read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2013

    A Fun New Series

    I'm quite a fan of the other books by this author and couldn't wait for this new series to come available. While being a fun cozy mystery, it was also charming and pretty upbeat for a murder mystery. I love the different characters who are just as delightful as those from the Wishcraft series and the many twists in those story really kept me thinking the entire time. It was truly hard to not devour this book quickly and to enjoy it over several days. For me that's the true sign of a successful book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2014

    In a word, charming

    This was my introduction to Blake's witchy novels. In this increasingly popular sub-genre of fantasy literature, Heather Blake is an established master.

    Having an academic background in magical folklore, and having now spent over five decades in the American South, I have a qualified perspective on the what's, how's and why's addressed in this, and similar, works.

    Author Blake blends nuanced humor with solid experience to capture the themes, people and places in her tales. I give her Southern witch debut an unreserved recommendation. This is one of the few modern novels I'll enjoy reading again.

    - Greg Edmonds, Ars Praestigium: The Magic Art Shop

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  • Posted July 25, 2014

    If you're looking for a fun, fast read you need look no further.

    If you're looking for a fun, fast read you need look no further.

    A Potion to Die For by Heather Blake
    The First Magic Potion Mystery

    A Potion to Die For is a fun read that kept me up way past my bedtime, even though I had to get up early!

    Heather Blake writes a fast paced story for this, the first in the Magic Potions Mystery series. It starts with a mob chasing Carly Bell Hartwell, careens through various wacky characters, includes two wild car rides, and ends with me pushing on to finish as I had to know the ending.

    The characters are fresh and funny, but there is a depth to these characters as well. I want to know more about them. A perfect example is Delia. When she first made the scene I thought, "OK, here's the nasty character that's going to make all sorts of trouble and is going to annoy me". Delia may be dark to Carly's light, she may cause problems, but I like her. There's a lot more to her than the stereotypical nemesis and even Carly comes to that realization. Plus, Delia has Boo!

    If you're looking for a fun, fast read you need look no further. A Potion to Die For is perfect for whatever ails you!

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  • Posted June 13, 2014

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    Interesting new series.  I love all of her other books, it took

    Interesting new series.  I love all of her other books, it took me a few tries to get into this series.
    I started it about three different times before it pulled me in.  I thought it was a tony but predictable, but it has potential.



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  • Posted February 3, 2014

    First in a new series by Heather Blake, A Potion to Die For, is

    First in a new series by Heather Blake, A Potion to Die For, is a kitchy , witchy bru ha ha of a good time! Absolutely loved it!

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

    Loved it!

    I loved this book. It had a great mystery with a smattering of hoodoo and romance. I can not wait until the next book!

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  • Posted November 28, 2013

    I really enjoyed meeting Carly and her cousin Delia. The cousins

    I really enjoyed meeting Carly and her cousin Delia. The cousins were so different. Carly runs a potions shop and Delia runs a Hex shop. There is a murder in town and the victim is left in Carly's store. Carly and her friend and cousin help her find the murderer. In the mean time the police chief is her ex-fiancee who still wants her back. There is so many twist and turns to the story. You will really enjoy this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    Wonderful story with a strong female lead

    I loved it! Heather crafts another unique story that makes me want more! The main character Carly, finds a dead man in her potion shop and so it begins. Carly and Sergeant Dylan Jackson have a past, but do they have a future? Nothing like murder and romance!

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  • Posted November 17, 2013

    tis new series of heather's is a wonder. you wonder how you can

    tis new series of heather's is a wonder. you wonder how you can put it down long enough to get any work done! it's magical, in more ways than one. carly hartwell has a shop that specializes in potions, not just any potions, magical ones that actually work. business is good until a body is found in her storeroom with one of her potion bottles in its hand. suddenly people are not trustig her to mis a potion. well, carly is on the case to clear her good name. she has a sister, delia, a witch on the dark side of magic. they don't get along. white witch-dark witch, go figure. oh yeah there is also a young man that carly almost married...twice! the plot thickens. when an unlikeable coach drives into carly's porch, destroying it, yelling that she has poisoned him, things go from bad to worse for carly. this is a story of magic, but that's not all. there are people that you will relate to, and wish you could know, because they seem real to you. you get caught up in the story and forget it is just that, a story, a delightful story. so...who dunit? i'll never tell, and you will have to read the book to find out. you will ot be able to figure it out until the very end!! if you miss this book, you will have missed a very great afternoon with a very great story.

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  • Posted November 15, 2013

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    Welcome to Hitching Post, Alabama. A charmed little town that re

    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!!

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  • Posted November 12, 2013

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    Hitching Post, Alabama is the setting for the first book in Heat

    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.

    The new Magic Potion series has a lot of similarities to Wishcraft. 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, Alabama 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!

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  • Posted November 7, 2013

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    "A Potion to Die For" is first in the Magic Potion ser

    "A Potion to Die For" is first in the Magic Potion series by author, Heather Blake, also known for her Wishcraft series. Carly Bell Hartwell, owner of a magic potion shop, lives in the town of Hitching Post, Alabama. The story opens with her making a mad dash to her shop, trying to avoid a crowd of customers chasing her down for one of her love potions, because of the latest divorce forecast from her neighbor. However, when she finally makes it to her shop, she finds the dead body of one of the town's lawyers, Nelson Winston, clutching one of her potion bottles. When rumors of poison starts circulating town and her regulars avoid her, Carly realizes she is going to have to solve this mystery herself. Of course, this means coming into close contact with ex-boyfriend, Dylan, recently returned to town and working as investigator for the Darling County Sheriff's Office. The story moved along at a nice pace, as Carly gets involved in solving not only Nelson's murder, but also the local embezzlement case he was last trying to resolve. I really loved this story rich with interesting twists and turns, as well as madcap characters that include her three aunts nicknamed the Odd Ducks; her mother, who runs one of the two competing wedding chapels in the town; her cousin, Delia, owner of Till Hex Do Us Part, a mystically themed gift shop featuring hexes, the dark side to Carly's healing potions; and the other zany town characters. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.

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