Review: One Potion in the Grave by Heather Blake

Description (from cover):

‘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 voes 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.’

My thoughts:

I enjoyed the first book in this series and couldn’t wait to read this one. However, when I did read it, it was very disappointing as it was so obvious as to the solution. I was a little upset that the main character couldn’t figure out the obvious. From the onset, I had it figured out and nothing to me is more disappointing in a cozy mystery. I loved the characters and the setting in this book and to be honest that was really the only thing that keep me going. I wanted to bang my head on the wall, why couldn’t someone figure out the complete obvious?
I like Carly’s character and the hint of witches and magic that the author wove into this story, however, it simply wasn’t enough to distract me from the fact that for a character I thought was so intelligent, she really couldn’t see what was right in front of her. I was disappointed because I really did like the first book in this series and was expecting something more in this installment. 
Overall, I hope that the author comes up with a little more puzzling mystery for the next book in this series. I would hate to see great character get overwhelmed by an obvious solution. I will hold out on this series and wait to see how the next one turns out, hoping that Carly can pay attention to the obvious a little more next time.

Overall Rating: 2.5

Title:  One Potion in the Grave
Author:  Heather Blake
Series:  Magic Potion Mystery #2
Publisher:  Signet
Publication Date:  October 7, 2014
Pages:  336
Genre:  Cozy Mystery
Get It:  Amazon; Barnes & Noble

Disclaimer: This book was selected from the library by myself and I reviewed this book without compensation of any kind. All thoughts and opinions are solely mine.

One thought on “Review: One Potion in the Grave by Heather Blake

  1. It took me a year to read this and I purchased three copies. I wasn't satisfied with it and completely forgot I had purchased it and started it three times. My issue was actually the fact that the author got me to care too much about the murder victim even though I knew from the start that she was going to die. I would rather have read a story about her resolving her issues and moving on with her life than reading about her death and trying to find out who killed her.


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