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A Potion to Die For

A Potion to Die For

Написано Heather Blake

Озвучено Carla Mercer-Meyer


A Potion to Die For

Написано Heather Blake

Озвучено Carla Mercer-Meyer

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4.5/5 (10 оценки)
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9 hours
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Издано:
Feb 24, 2015
ISBN:
9781494579548
Формат:
Аудиокнига

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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 that every married person in Hitching Post, Alabama, wants a little extra matrimonial magic to make sure that 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 that her potions really are to die for.
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  • (4/5)
    This series was recommended to me by a fellow goodreads member so I thought I would give it a shot. It was a fun read about a small town and I will probably read the next two in the series.

    Hitching Post, Alabama is a small, quaint town know for its magic, witchcraft and wedding chapels. Carly Bell Hartwell is the owner of Little Shop of Potions, a magic potion shop specializing in love potions. She enters her shop on a day when she expects to be extremely busy only to find a dead body, the local lawyer holding one of her potion bottles in his hand, in her breakroom. When the local sheriff shows up, it is none other than her ex-fiancee. Carly was very hurt by Dylan when he chose his mama's feelings over hers. Carly still has feelings for Dylan and it is obvious he has feelings for her, but can they get by their past? Carly lives in an old run-down house that constantly needs work and Dylan is happy to help her out. While all this is going on, there is also a criminal case involving the local coach of the baseball league who has it in for Carly. Are her potions dangerous and/or poisonous? Her business is suffering and Carly decides she needs to solve this mystery in order to get her business back on track. With the help of her estranged cousin Delia, they set out on a dangerous mission. There are a lot of eccentric and humourous characters in this town that all add to the quirkiness of the story. Getting ready to start the next one.
  • (5/5)
    A Potion To Die For is one of the best first in series cozies that I have read. The character all played a distinct role and and we're a pleasure to get to know. The story is told from the MC's perspective and what a lovely way she has of telling a story. Her sense of humor and southern charm are beyond charming and it had the feel of a friend telling a tale. Much love, Heather Blake. You have set the bar pretty high for further installments.
  • (5/5)
    Funny, well-written, and has a great touch of mystery mixed with the magic.
  • (4/5)
    Heather Webber/Blake is one of those authors who not only write multiple series (this is the beginning of her third current one) but writes them all really well. I'm certain she's not in a small group in this regard, but she is one of the few authors I trust enough to just blindly pick up their new series based on my enjoyment of her past ones. A Potion to Die For introduces us to a new cast of characters in Hitching Post, Alabama. It's a fictional town but it sure sounds like a beautiful setting for crazy. A small town known for it's quickie weddings (and quickie divorces) and incredibly eccentric characters, including a weather forecaster that occasionally throws in premonitions pertaining to relationships ("Sunny with a chance of divorce"). Ms. Blake loves to surround her MC with crazy, so if you like quirky and eccentric characters, this book will surely tick that box. Carly Bell appears to be just about the only sane one in her family. She's a witch and runs a potion shop in Hitching Post. As the oldest of her generation, she inherited the family house (falling down), grimoire and the "magic drops" that ensure the potency of her potions. These drops are the result of the tragic deaths of her great-great-(maybe one more great) grandparents. G-g-g-grandma was a white witch and grandpa was a dark Voodoo practitioner. In present time, Carly chooses to follow the path of her grandmother and practice white witchcraft. But she has a cousin, Delia, that chooses to follow the Voodoo path and runs a shop across town that specialises in hexes. Family history results in these two being estranged, but as the book progresses the two find themselves having to deal with each other. I really liked the dynamic between Carly and Delia, and I love the very deliberate division of light and dark between the two relatives. There's a cast of odd-duck parents, aunts, neighbours and best friends, but the only other major character in this book is Dylan Jackson, the chief investigator for Hitching Post. He's Carly's ex, but under sort of funny yet sad, circumstances. He's obviously going to be the love interest here and I like him a lot. The murder mystery in the book was done very well. A dead body holding incriminating evidence found in an incriminating place. Nothing was obvious, although it occurs to me that because this is the first book, and we're being introduced to a whole cast of characters, any obvious suspects would be hidden in plain sight. Either way, I never had a firm grasp on who the killer was and I found the ending delightfully twisty, with a nicely unexpected ending. Ms. Blake's books all have a delightfully innocent air about them - characters are for the most part happy, optimistic and with an air of innocence you don't often find in books today. I struggled a bit with it at first, but decided after the second book of her Wishcraft series to just go with it and enjoy it - I don't actually require angsty characters to enjoy a book or series and I do love me some crazy. This book wasn't an exception. I found Hitching Post to be a really entertaining place to visit and I'm looking forward to finding out what's up for them in the future.
  • (4/5)
    Listened for Review (Tantor)Overall Rating 4.00Story Rating: 4.25Character Rating: 3.75Audio Rating : 3.50First 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
  • (4/5)
    Carly and her family have lived in Hitching Post, Alabama forever. And her magical potions are a staple for the community and tourist alike. But when a body is found in her shop, people start wondering if Carly has turned to the dark side. Determined to clear her name, Carly dives into an investigation and ends up with the wrong sort of attention. Now she is just trying to stay alive.This was so much fun. It is a nice start to a new series, introducing a cast of fun and eccentric characters. The mystery was good but as will all good cozies, it is the characters and the setting that really makes this book. First books can sometimes be clunky but this one is as smooth as buttercream on a wedding cake. I fell into the setting and characters right away. Looking forward to the next in the series.
  • (4/5)
    I truly enjoyed this book and hope to visit Carly and her shop again. Well crafted characters, charming setting, and lots of adventure. Great way to spend an afternoon.
  • (5/5)
    I’ve been waiting on this book to come out for many months! I bought it early on release day and gobbled it up. A POTION TO DIE FOR had all my favorite elements: a puzzling mystery, surprising plot twists, a cast of colorful characters, a little woo woo, and the beginnings of a second chance romance to boot!Carly Bell Hartwell is a healing witch and owner of Little Shop of Potions, located in Hitching Post, Alabama. The tourists and townsfolk are always in need of her magical potions, especially when a seer predicts an upcoming divorce. On the same day as the prediction, Carly finds a dead body in her store’s break room. It’s a local lawyer, obviously murdered and clutching one of her potion bottles. Bad news for Carly and her livelihood!Carly is soon wrapped up in an intriguing, multilayered mystery. Her ex-fiance Dylan is the investigator on the case, which makes for some nice romantic tension. (Yep, there’s still something between them, even if they don’t want to admit it – yet.) Being that Hitching Post is a very small town, Carly is able to see and hear things that may help with the investigation. With a little help from her arch nemesis (also known as her cousin Delia), Carly is able to piece together what really happened to the murder victim and bring the killer to justice. By the way, I loved Delia. She owns the hex shop across the street from Carly, and she only deals in the dark arts. There’s an interesting family squabble going on there, with lots of history behind it.A POTION TO DIE FOR is an enchanting start to Heather Blake’s new series. Fans of paranormal cozy mysteries are sure to be delighted. Looking forward to more!
  • (5/5)
    In Blake’s paranormal mystery novel, Carly Bell Hartwell is the owner of the Little Shop of Potions, a magic potion specialty store. A local resident has predicted there will be a divorce before the week is out and business is booming as everyone seeks out love potions to protect their relationships. But when Carly finds a dead attorney in her break room clutching one of her potion bottles, business stalls as rumors run rampant that she is the culprit. With determination, Carly hones her sleuthing skills and goes in pursuit of the truth before someone else gets hurt.An amazing blend of magic, romance and mystery. What a wonderful introduction to the Magic Potion Mystery series.