‘One Potion in the Grave’ by Heather Blake

oping hbSTORY: (Magic Potion Mystery #2)

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 vows 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.…

REVIEW: To introduce readers to The Magic Potion Mystery Series, here is some background:

Carly Hartwell grew up in the town of Hitching Post, Alabama.  The town got its name for being the wedding capital of the south.  She and her cousin, Delia, inherited a legacy from her great grandparents that allows them to have certain powers.  Carly uses her powers to make potions to help and fix people.  Delia has chosen to make potions to put a hex on people.  Carly runs a shop called Little Shop of Potions and Delia runs a boutique called Till Hex Do Us Part.  Unfortunately, they never were good friends.

Carly’s parents run a wedding chapel in town.  Her three spinster aunts, who happen to be triplets, each own an Inn in town.  These three quirky women are known as the Odd Ducks.  Carly lives in her grandmother’s old house in dire need of renovation.  Carly was twice engaged to marry Dylan, a cop in town, but each time one or both got cold feet at the altar.

A high society wedding is planned in Hitching Post at Carly’s Mama’s wedding chapel.  Landry, the son of the wealthy Senator Warren Calhoun, is marrying his girlfriend, Gabi.  Many of the townspeople are very excited at having these important folks in town and are busy trying to get a look at them.

When Carly’s old friend, Katie Sue Perrywinkle shows up at her shop incognito, Carly is very happy to see her and astounded at the changes in her.  It turns out Katie now goes by Kathryn Perry and has achieved her dream of becoming an MD.  She does not want anyone to know she is in town because there is bad blood between her and some members of her family.  In addition, she was in town because of the Calhoun wedding and she had a “score to settle.”  But when Katie’s body is found on the rocks below Lover’s Leap, it is assumed she jumped.  Did she jump or was she pushed?  Who wanted her dead?

Once again, Carly dons her sleuth hat and begins her own investigating.  As she gets to know the Calhoun family, clues begin to surface about why Katie Sue was killed, things heat up and Carly finds herself in danger.

This second novel of the series is really great.  Once again, the characters of the town keep us laughing at their antics while everyone is nosily trying to solve this crime.

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Complimentary copy provided by the author

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