Heather Blake

A Potion to Die For (A Magic Potion Mystery #1) By: Heather Blake

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A Potion to Die For (A Magic Potion Mystery #1) By: Heather Blake



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 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 her potions really are to die for!


I missed the fact that this was written by the same author that did the Wishcraft Mysteries. I ended up liking this magic system more, but I wish there was more hocus pocus and paranormal elements.

Carly was an alright character and the supporting cast was pretty good. It was kind of sad, though, that the one person murdered wasn’t a bad guy in any way. Normally in a cozy only eh people die.

I do really wish there was more magic in the world and kept hoping more would show up, but it never happened. It was pretty non-magical to be honest. She made potions that were really just herbal remedies with a “special” ingredient. She also had some empathic abilities that she kept under wraps and a little witchy sense to danger.

I thought her relationship with Delia, her “evil” cousin was well developed and I hope there’s more done there in future books. I actually really liked Delia and Dylan, Carly’s love interest.

All in all, it was a really good mystery, but the magic was a bit lacking for my tastes.


It Takes a Witch (Wishcraft Mystery #1) By: Heather Blake

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It Takes a Witch (Wishcraft Mystery #1) By: Heather Blake


Darcy Merriweather has just discovered she hails from a long line of Wishcrafters-witches with the power to cast spells by making a wish. She’s come to Enchanted Village to learn her trade but finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation…


Now this is the cozy mystery I was looking for. It was a perfect blend of cozy and supernatural. I enjoyed the interesting way Blake chose to use magic. People are Crafters and have a specialty. She made rules and she stuck with them, though, I vaguely remember Darcy helping someone with a money wish which she shouldn’t have. I could be misremembering though and I don’t feel like trying to find it in the book.

Anyway, enjoyed the characters and the setting. I thought the story was interesting and I wasn’t able to guess who done it. There were plenty of questions asked but Darcy wasn’t constantly thinking someone else was the murderer, she went about her search in a friendly manner and wasn’t nosy and annoying. Really liked her and I thought she was very realistic.

After my long search the fact that I finally found exactly what I was looking for made me happy. I can’t wait to read the next in the series, but I’ve burnt myself out on cozies so it might be a little while.