I received this book for free from Obsidian in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Ghost of a Potion (A Magic Potion Mystery, #3) by Heather Blake
Series: A Magic Potion Mystery #3
Published by NAL on October 6th 2015
Number of Pages: 336
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Fantasy, Paranormal
Purchase: At Amazon
With all the ghosts that haunt her at this time of year, Carly doesn’t exactly rush to celebrate Halloween. Even a costume ball organized by her boyfriend Dylan's mother, Patricia Davis Jackson, holds little allure. But to please Dylan, who wants peace between the two women, Carly reluctantly agrees to go.
Gossip around town is that architect Haywood Dodd plans to make a big announcement at the party. But before he can address the crowd, he’s found dead with Patricia standing over him, holding the murder weapon. Anxious to clear Patricia’s name and perhaps broker a truce with her, Carly would love to use her snooping skills to find the real killer. Only she has bigger problems to deal with—ghosts are flocking to her for help, including a very persistent Haywood Dodd…
I loved all the Southern-isms in the book. The way the characters talked, the phrases they used for things, the foods and parties and everything. It made the book feel more real, even though I did not grow up in the South, I could picture it all perfectly in my head.
I’m used to cozy mysteries where the business that the main character owns (if they own one at all) plays some part in the mystery. And while this one DID use the potion shop, it was in a very round about way. Most of the focus in this book was on the ghosts and the mysteries themselves. Which is good and as it should be.
I also liked how there were a few side mysteries that Carly had to solve alongside the major one. It wasn’t confusing, and it didn’t feel like they were filler to make the book longer. They way they fell out was believable and at times funny.
I loved the description of the dress Carly wore to the gala event in the beginning of the book. And I totally knew what was going to end up happening with Louella. I loved all the interactions Carly had with her mama, as well as most of the ones she had with Patricia. I could see Carly and her daddy hiding out from her mama, and all the characters really had that real-person feel to them. They were well-developed enough you could almost expect to run into them when leaving your house.
I didn’t have any clue who the killer was before the reveal at the end. And it was done so well, even the explanation as to why they were a killer made sense.
If you haven’t read this series yet, you should!