Name: A Potion to Die For
Author: Heather Blake
Genre: Mystery, Suspense, (Somewhat) Romance
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Carly Bell Hartwell lives in a little place called Hitching Post, a tourist town in Alabama that revolves around hosting weddings and honeymoons. Carly’s life, however, isn’t full of lace-trimmed dresses, bouquets, or three-layered cakes, but the running of her successful business. As a witch, she can create numerous potions, from balding cures to love potions, and as an empath, she can sense what ails her customer the moment he or she walks in the door. Unfortunately, this talent can also backfire–she feels their pain as her own.
But all that comes to a screeching halt when she arrives at work one morning to find a dead man in her storage room.
And, to make matters worse, he’s holding one of her potion bottles.
With many twists and turns, this is a very good read that kept my attention from start to finish. It seemed like every inhabitant of this quaint little town had potentially deadly secrets they were determined to hide at all costs. Appearances are, after all, deceiving. No one can be trusted when greed and murder are thrown into the mix.
I absolutely love the characters, their quirky personalities, and the close bond they share with each other. A recurring theme in this book is, as the saying goes, blood is thicker than water. Carly’s parents’ shenanigans will make you smile, her aunts will make you glad that you’re own family is a bit boring, and her ex-fiance will leave you steaming with jealousy.
Another thing I really like about this author is the clever naming. Carly’s overweight cats are named Roly and Poly, the main antagonist is a rude man named Coach Butts (Get it? Because he’s a jackass? hahaha….), and the local eatery is named Déjà Brew, and many more I’ll leave for you to find yourself.