Monday, December 10, 2018

Audiobook Review: A Potion to Die for By Heather Blake

A Potion to Die for By Heather Blake
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Release Date: November, 15th 2013
Format: Audiobook narrated by Carla Mercer-Meyer

My Rating: 
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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 wouldn't normally have picked up this book, or have even discovered it had Jorie from Jorie Loves a Story not raved about the audiobook narrator on twitter. It just so happened that my library had this on overdrive, and I put it on hold not expecting to get it so soon! I actually read this back in November, but held my review since I had been focusing on SciFi reads last month. If you like cozy mystery with a dash of magic, this book is for you!

The story in this one is about a small town with a ton of busy bodies, where our protagonist Carly owns a potion shop. A lot of people flock to her business for love potions, etc but when a man is found dead in her shop a lot of the town folk think she did it. So of course Carly tries to set out to figure out what really happens. I love a good amateur detective and someone just wanting to figure out what happened to clear their name. So I really enjoyed reading Carly's story.

The characters in this novel are great! Carly's mom and her aunties are ridiculous, but their antics always made me laugh so much. I also liked the development of the relationship between Carly and her cousin Delia. Delia is kind of like the Town Goth, so Carly definitely has some preconceived notions about her. I admit that did rub me the wrong way for most of the book, because I felt like she was extremely judgmental of her own cousin, but during the novel they get much closer and come to a better understanding of each other.

I listened to this book on audio, and really enjoyed the narrator Carla Mercer-Meyer. I'm from the North, so I can't say that the Southern accents are accurate because I just don't know, but I think she does a really good job with it. All the characters really came to life here, and I could really feel like I could see this cozy little small town in the South.

The one thing I wished there was a little more of was magic. When I said the book had a dash of magic, that wasn't an exaggeration. The magic in this book is pretty simple. Carly is an empath and can feel people's emotions and can tell if someone is lying. It made her feel more like a psychic than a witch. The potions she makes are only effective because she has a certain serum if you will that has magic properties, so I was expecting more witchy feelings from this book, but didn't get them. This didn't make me like the book any less, I just felt like something was missing from it.

This book was cute, and an enjoyable read. Especially if you just need something lighthearted to read between other books. If cozy mysteries are your thing, I would definitely recommend this one.

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Happy Reads Everyone!