From the author of the Wishcraft Mysteries
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.…
I’ve enjoyed reading the Wishcraft Mysteries by Heather Blake. When I saw the release of the Magic Potion Mysteries last year, I grabbed and devoured the first book A Potion To Die For in one setting. I liked Carly as well as her family and friends, and when One Potion in the Grave was out last week, I bought a copy. I’m happy to share that I like this one even more than A Potion To Die For.
Carly was the owner of the Little Shop of Potions. She’s a healer and she’d been using her gifts to help many people. When her childhood friend Katie Sue Perrywinkle paid her a visit and later on found dead in the woods, Carly knew she must do something to find out why her friend was killed. What she didn’t expect was the danger she’d be in when she started sleuthing around. Could she uncover the truth?
I must say Carly wasn’t the smartest amateur sleuth that I’ve read but I liked how loyal she was to her family as well as her friends. She loved coffee and anything chocolaty, and I liked that she’d get her mama some sweet pastries when she knew her mama was under stress. It’s really fun to watch her interact with her aunts – her aunts could be extraordinary dramatic and hilarious – and I had a few good laughs when she talked with her friends, Ainsley and Caleb.
The Perrywinkles weren’t the cleverest bunch and the Calhouns? They were calculating! They wouldn’t mind using their money and connections to get what they wanted, and so you could imagine how frustrating Carly was when many of her potential leads turned out to be dead-ends. There were a few twists and turns that I didn’t see coming and when the truth was revealed, I liked that it brought out more goods than bads – I just loved the people living in this place called Hitching Post!
P.S. If you like stories set in a small town with people who are mostly friendly and a little quirky and wild, you’ll have an enjoyable time reading the Magic Potion Mysteries. There is currently a book giveaway (US only) at Lori’s Reading Corner (end date: October 21). So hop over now, and Good Luck!