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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

120) A Witch Before Dying by Heather Blake

The Blurb :

Darcy Merriweather is Salem, Massachusetts’ newest resident Wishcrafter—a witch who can grant wishes for others. While Darcy isn’t able to grant wishes for herself, she does possess a certain knack for solving problems—including the occasional murder…

When Darcy is hired by Elodie Keaton to clean up her missing mother’s disorderly home, the Wishcrafter is certainly up for the task. After all, the motto of her Aunt Ve’s personal concierge service As You Wish is “No Job Impossible.” But beneath the piles of old newspapers and knickknacks Darcy discovers something much more disturbing—Patrice Keaton’s body.

Darcy’s determined to give Elodie peace of mind by investigating her mother’s disappearance and death. Patrice was last seen over a year ago after a fight with her Charmcrafter boyfriend. Was her murder a crime of passion? Or were Patrice’s troubles caused by the Anicula, a wish-granting amulet? Now Darcy has to not only find a killer, she has to find the Anicula— before the power of ultimate wish fulfillment falls into the wrong hands.

My Thoughts :

I really enjoyed the debut in the Wishcrafter Mystery Series and I immediately pre-ordered this second part. It Takes a Witch really surprised me and I loved the cozy paranormal mix and couldn't wait to see where the author would take Darcy and the fun and crazy characters of Salem.

Even though this is only the second book in the series I felt like I had visited this series many times before. The author has managed to make the place feel like home. Starting the book was like going to visit a few friends and some family. It was familiar and welcoming. I like the people, the place and adore the magical concept.

The mystery aspect of the book kept me guessing all the way through. I, like Darcy, was stumped till the last moment. Of course I figured things out as she did but I really didn't have a clue until the author gave Darcy and me enough clues to solve everything. This for me is a perfect mystery. I hate figuring things out and hating the characters for not getting it. Heather Brewer really does have a gift for creating a great mystery.

What the author also has a talent for is setting up a very sweet and special place and filling it with amazing characters. There is the right mix of magic and mystery too. I can't wait to see what comes in book three. So much happened in book one and two but it wasn't overwhelming. It was natural.

A definite must read if you like reading books by Juliet Blackwell, Victoria Laurie or Madelyn Alt. The third book is already on my pre-order wishlist and I am pretty sure that I will be reading as soon as it comes out in Spring. Try this one and let yourself be magically surprised!

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Aurian said...

Great review, I hope to receive the book very soon, can't wait to read it!

Mardel said...

I think this is the same author that wrote the Lucy Valentine novels - those are good books also. I'm going to have to buy the It Takes a Witch, and it's good to know the second book is just as good as the first. Thanks, looks like a fun series.