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A Potion to Die For

Magic Potion Mystery, Book 1
Narrated by: Carla Mercer-Meyer
Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
4 out of 5 stars (582 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Heather Webber (P)2015 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Blake does it again with the debut of another great paranormal mystery series." ( RT Book Reviews)

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 12-08-15

Lighthearted and Fluffy

This was a pretty good book. It was very lighthearted and fluffy. The mystery part was interesting with enough twist and turns to carry the story. There were times when I thought the lead character wasn't very bright or the pacing in the story was slow. Overall, I continued listening to the story and enjoyed it. I will buy the next book and recommend this one to others.

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Different but Flawed

Now first of all I am a straight man so romances are not preferred genre BUT that's not to say I don't enjoy them from time to time.

This IS a different romance because Heather Blake does not write a "girl meets boys" or "love at first sight".
Instead she has written a romance about a former couple who are trying to give their relationship another try.
That being said it is not done very well. One of the main problems is how the two interact with each other.
Dillon(the guy) calls Carly(the girl) "carebear" her old pet name to playfully annoy her though out the story. If it was done from a from Dillon's POV or from a third person narrative it would work just fine. Since it is done from Carly's POV it comes across as annoying.
Another problem is how aggressive Dillon pursues Carly. The whole time I listened I got border line stalker vibe from Dillon. Some might not find this a problem but I felt it should have been toned done.
The biggest issue with parring however falls on how the town comments about their relationship. Instead of having a balance of why it was good that it failed and why it was a shame it failed we are only given the good.

The romance aside the mystery is done very well but the reveal falls short.
Now MY main problem is who the culprit turns out to be. I really like the character and was sad from having it be her.

Aside from the main character we are given some pretty funny side characters. There are like six I could not stop laughing with. If you like funny side characters this book might be worth your time for them alone.

Narration is OK... After hearing Khristine Hvam and Johanna Parker, Carla Mercer-Meyer just falls short of my standards when it comes to "southern accents".

My favorite part of the story was Carla's cousin Delia's character arc. It was for me the most genuine part of the whole book.

If your a fan of paranormal-romances I would say give this a try.

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Mystery with a dose of humor

Good story with a twist at the end. I like that I thought I had it all figured out and then, surprise.

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I thought it was ok...

This was the first Heather Blake book I've tried. I thought it was ok, but it wasn't as good as other Cosy Mysteries I've listened to/read-Madelyn Alt and Lorna Barrett come to mind. I might check out the next book sometime, but it'll probably be a while. Maybe a different series? I'll think about it.

I liked the narrator, and the aunt with the quick trigger finger was pretty good. #SmallTown #Witches #Alabama #FemaleProtagonist #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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Excellent Series

I have read all three books that I have found in this series. Looking forward to future books.

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Whose trying to frame me.

I saw this book on audible and thought it looked interesting. Love the title. The book was a good has i had hoped. I loved the characters and look forward to more in this series.

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  • Julie
  • SULLIVAN, IN, United States
  • 02-25-16

ADORABLE READ! I'LL LISTEN TO REMAINDER OF SERIES

I really enjoyed this easy listen ! It also kept me guessing on who did it - and I didn't have it right, which pleased me greatly! I don't like an obvious ending.

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Another great series from Heater Blake Webber

Any additional comments?

I was so glad to find this book in audio. I have all of Heather Blake's Wishcrafter mysteries and her Lucy Valentine mysteries (written as Heather Webber) in audio (and Ebook) and I love them all. I'm also hoping that her Nina Quinn mysteries (as Heather Webber) will eventually be available in audio. This is the first book in the Magic Potion series and I have been wanting to read it, but just have not had much time to read lately. So when this became available in audio I snatched it up. And it is well worth the listen. The narrator is excellent and the characters in the book are unique and soon became like old friends. I hated for the story to end, so I went to Audible to see if any others were available, and found that the next book in the series (One Potion in the Grave) will be released tomorrow. Great timing! I just preordered it and it will be delivered to my Kindle tomorrow. Looking forward to starting it I would highly recommend any of Heather Blake's/Heather Webber's books. She is an amazing writer.

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East Read

Sweet little book with twist and turns. Fairly typical "Chick Lit". I will be reading the others in the series. Hope you enjoy.

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Ugh

The characters read more like over-sexed YA characters. I enjoy a cheesy mystery, but this was just too much cheese. Also the narrator mispronounced Mobile Alabama, which threw me off. What made me quit listening though was the sheriff/exfiance. I couldn’t get past this guy. I cringed every time this supposed sheriff joked about searching his ex’s panty drawer. This character, clearly meant to be dreamy and funny, was just too creepy for me to handle.