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It Takes a Witch: A Wishcraft Mystery

It Takes a Witch: A Wishcraft Mystery

Написано Heather Blake

Озвучено Coleen Marlo


It Takes a Witch: A Wishcraft Mystery

Написано Heather Blake

Озвучено Coleen Marlo

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Mar 26, 2014
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9781494570606
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Darcy Merriweather and her sister, Harper, hail from a long line of witches who have the power to grant wishes using spells. They've come to Enchanted Village in Salem, Massachusetts, to join the family business, but they soon find themselves knee deep in murder.



Until three weeks ago, Darcy and Harper were working dead-end jobs and trying to put their troubles behind them. Then their aunt Velma delivered a bombshell: They're actually Wishcrafters-witches with the power to grant wishes with a mere spell. Wanting a fresh start, they head to their aunt's magic-themed tourist town to master their newfound skills.



But their magic fails them when a wannabe witch turns up dead-strangled with Aunt Ve's scarf-and Ve's sweetheart, Sylar, is found looming over the body. Ve is standing by her man, but Darcy overheard Skylar wish that the victim would disappear-forever. With Harper distracted by her handsome new crush, Darcy is determined to sleuth her way to the truth. But it'll take more than a wish to unravel this mystery...
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  • (4/5)
    Cute little fun book to read. I enjoyed it a lot and can't wait to read the other ones in the series.
  • (4/5)
    I found this to be surprisingly good. I had seen it before in the Library's catalog and I had avoided it, but as I had run out of books to read (books that interest me at the moment), I thought I'd try something new (not different).Darcy & her sister (wish-crafters) have gone to live with their Aunt Ve in "Enchanted Village" of Salem, MA. Enchanted Village is a tourist village of shops run and inhabited mostly by witches. After a town meeting, the newest & most obnoxious resident, Alex(andra) has been found dead by strangulation in the alley. Alex wanted very badly to be a "witch" and worked at "crafting" herbals which made many people break out in hives & boils.... Alex also had a secret that she claimed would prove she was "one of them".Aside: According to the story, powers were hereditary, and what one power a witch had depended on one's parent. A witch could marry a non-witch, but if the witch disclosed their power, they would lose it but it would be passed to their children. If the witch died the power would pass to the spouse, but the spouse would be unable to use the power...Back to the story: Alex's Harry Winston diamond watch is missing and Aunt Ve's scarf is found around the dead woman's neck. Aunt Ve's boyfriend, who is found standing over Alex's body, was once dating Alex and is arrested.Darcy meets Nick, a former detective w/ a a young daughter, they fall for each other & work to discover who really murdered Alex.There were several entertaining instances of Darcy's "wishcrafting" gone awry but it was fun and fit in well with the rest of the story.I have the 2nd & 3rd in the series on my reading table....
  • (4/5)
    A great new to me is set in a village outside of Salem, Massachusetts where may witches reside, each with one of several different types of talents, wishcrafting, curecrafting,...really enjoyed the atmosphere of the village and characters. Will read the next in the series of 7 (so far).

    BTW, Heather Blake aka Heather Webber.
  • (5/5)
    This is an amazing story. A good reading from start to finish.
  • (4/5)
    A great first to start a new series. While reading it, I had a few disney flashbacks, but overall the characters are likeable, three dimensional people, the setting is very well written and easy to "see" and the plot was very good. A couple of red herrings, a small twist or two, and a great ending. Truly, I'm looking forward to the next book.
  • (4/5)
    Read for Bookclub (DFWTea)(Kindle)Overall Rating: 4.00Story Rating: 4.25Character Rating: 3.75First Thought when Finished: I am not sure where my original review of It Takes a Witch by Heather Blake went (this is a re-read for me) but it was fun coming back to the beginning of the series to refresh my memory of the sisters when they were new to town. Sometimes re-reads are just what hits the spot!Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, Done Reviews
  • (4/5)
    The heroine of this light and airy mystery is a woman who recently learned that she has the ability to grant other people's wishes. I found the first half of this very hard to get into, because there were far too many characters, plot threads, and infodumping. The author seemed to be overdoing the world-building by throwing everything out there all at once, and over-explaining it all. But by the time I hit the halfway point, I was drawn in to the story. As a mystery it didn't have much substance, and some of the magic rules didn't make a lot of sense, but the characters were interesting, and very likeable. Even the people who did bad things were given some good traits.
  • (3/5)
    As much as I tried I just couldn't like this book. Not one I could get into, not my style.
  • (4/5)
    This book was a pure delight. The characters are very likeable without being cloying, the setting is charming, and the storyline very well written. Add a tantalizing mystery and you have a book that is very hard to put down. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a bit of paranormal and dry humor with their cozy mystery.
  • (5/5)
    Recently divorced Darcy Merriweather and her younger sister Harper have just moved to Enchanted Village in Salem, Massachusetts, after the death of their father. Their Aunt Ve let them in on a little family secret - they're both Wishcrafters. They inherited the power to grant wishes from their mother who died many years ago, but their father didn't want them practicing witchcraft while he was alive. Now Darcy and Harper are living with Aunt Ve in the Enchanted Village, learning about their heritage and new found powers.A town meeting is called to address the theft problem in the village. There's a pickpocket on the loose, and business owners are concerned the crime spree will scare away the tourists. At the meeting, Darcy is introduced to several town residents, both magical and mortal (though she's not sure who's a crafter and who's not). She also meets the very handsome and charming Nick Sawyer, a former military man and police officer hired to catch the thief.The meeting takes an ugly turn when a wannabe witch is murdered in the alley behind the bookstore, and Aunt Ve's boyfriend Sylar is found hovering over the body. Sylar is arrested, though the evidence against him is weak, and of course, Aunt Ve is distraught.Darcy can't believe that her aunt's kind and lovable beau is a killer, so she does some investigating of her own. She finds out that the victim had more enemies than you could shake a wand at, and the town is full of juicy secrets.What I loved:The setting: I loved the Enchanted Village with its many magical-themed shops. The town had a very cozy feel - it's a place I'd love to visit.The intriguing characters: The book had a large cast of characters, but each of them was unique and easy to remember. I liked how the village was home to many different types of crafters and familiars, all with different kinds of magical talents.The well-constructed mystery: This was not an easy one to figure out (which I love). There were plenty of possible suspects and plot twists to keep me guessing. Darcy was a very clever sleuth!The budding romance: I love cozy mysteries with a hint of romance, and Darcy & Nick's is setting up to be a good one, though they have some obstacles to overcome first.The fantastic twist revealed on the last page: Read it and find out what it is. ;-)What I didn't love:The magical secrets: For some reason, Aunt Ve wouldn't share a lot of info regarding the craft with Darcy and Harper. A lot of stuff they had to figure out on their own, which didn't make sense. Aunt Ve should be teaching them not keeping them in the dark.Overall, this book was a captivating beginning to the Wishcraft Mystery series, and I can't wait to read more!
  • (4/5)
    Darcy and her sister, Harper, have just learned that they are WishCrafters. That means that they can grant the wishes of others, actually, they have to grant them as long as they are not malicious. This can come in handy, in the business they are involved in with their aunt, Ve. In this business they help find things for people or provide serves to help people out. Generally, this is non-magical help, but every now and then... In this town of witches and mortals, Darcy is still trying to figure out who is what. She is also becoming more and more involved in the lives of the townsfolk, magical and not. When the owner of the local lotions an potions shop, turns up dead, accusations fall close to home and Darcy is out to solve the mystery.I enjoyed this mystery. It is the first in the series so it suffers a bit from first book syndrome. All the characters and the town have to introduced. We have to get the backstory on Darcy and others. And being paranormal, there is world building involved. This slows the book a bit, but not so much that I did not enjoy the story. The mystery is pretty good. I really liked Darcy and some of the other characters. The romance is fun so far. I will definitely be reading the second book in the series.
  • (5/5)
    In Blake's mystery novel, Darcy and Harper Merriweather are sisters that hail from a long line of witches from Salem, Massachussetts. Both sisters had been working dead-end jobs when their Aunt Ve informed them they were WishCrafters--witches capable of granting wishes. Eager for a new start, the sisters join their aunt in her magic themed hometown to hone their new skills. But when a wannabee witch is found murdered, fingers all point to Aunt Ve's boyfriend prompting both women to try their hand at crime solving. A wonderful blend of murder and magic and a powerful initial installment to The Wishcraft Mystery series.
  • (4/5)
    When Darcy Merriweather's father dies, her aunt Velma invited her and her younger sister Harper to live and work with her. Eager to make a fresh start, the two young women agree.Velma lives in Enchanted Village, near Salem, Massachusetts, which specializes in shops focusing on the magical. What visitors didn't realize was that the magic was real. Many of the village's residents were witches, and when Darcy and Harper move in with their mother's sister, she informs them that they have inherited this ability from their mother's side of the family.Velma owns a business called "As You Wish", which purports to do anything its clients request. This is made easier by the fact that her (and her nieces') particular gift is "wishcraft". Yes, granting wishes. There is a stringent set of rules that they must follow, which takes some time to learn.At a town meeting, Velma's beau Sylar has a disagreement with an unpleasant woman, and says he wishes she'd go away forever. Later that evening, Darcy discovers her in the alley, apparently strangled, with Velma's scarf around her neck. Of course, Sylar is the prime suspect, and the lackadaisical police chief isn't investigating any further. Certain that Sylar is innocent, Darcy and Harper decide to help Velma prove it.Heather Blake is a pseudonym for Heather Webber, the author of the Nina Quinn mystery series and the Lucy Valentine series, and she's very good at what she does. Darcy, Harper and the other inhabitants of Enchanted Village are enchanting characters, and it will be fun to get to know them.The second book in the series, A Witch Before Dying will be published in August 2012.*FTC Full Disclosure: Many thanks to the publisher, who sent me a copy of the book for review purposes.
  • (4/5)
    Once you get all the 'Crafters' straight in this tourist mecca called Enchanted Village, where witches live and work in plain sight, the story just sails along. Darcy and Harper Merriweather have just arrived in this Salem environ, new to the news that they are witches, living (and learning) under the watchful eye of their Aunt Ve. When Aunt' Ve's latest beau is accused of a local murder, the snooping begins. Blake has created an interesting world of witches, each skill based solely on ancestry, and all the characters are very engaging. This was a great introduction to a new series. I will definitely seek out the next title this summer.
  • (5/5)
    What a GREAT start for a new series!