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A Potion to Die For

(Magic Potion Mystery #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  3,528 ratings  ·  435 reviews

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 h
Mass Market Paperback, 337 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by NAL
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Paige  Bookdragon

Though not really memorable and pretty basic, I like this book because it's so easy to read and pretty relaxing.
Angela Holland
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
✨ 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
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
beachbum bookworm
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 ☕☕☕☕
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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 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
Beth McCraw
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars! Really good and looking forward to book 2!!
Leslye ✴
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
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
Bree Hill
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Debbie Lester
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: para-witches
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 ...more
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.
Chatting About
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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 ...more
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.
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. ...more
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z3-2019-read-in
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...
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing

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
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
Micky Cox
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
2.5 stars

I like how simple cosy mysteries are. Sometimes it's very nice to slip into something "safe" and sweet. This one, however, was a little bit too simple. It didn't really draw me in. Neither the characters, the town nor the plot stood out in anyway. (The only thing I found really clever and funny was the name "Deja Brew".)

Seeing as there are only three books in the series, I think I might listen to them all, but the jury is still somewhat out on that.

My main issue was that the audiobook
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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.
Bonnie Drummond
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Susan B
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A decent first book in series. If the killer is nit who you suspect then the writer did her job.
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
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
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
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
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
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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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
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Heather Blake grew up in a suburb of Boston, and enjoys going “home” in her novels. As a young mother, she tried her hand at writing novels and hasn’t looked back. Currently, Heather lives in the Cincinnati area, and is currently hard at work on her next novel.

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