A Witch Before Dying (Wishcraft Mystery Series #2)

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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 ...

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Overview

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…  

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"A terrific new mystery series."—New York Times bestselling author Denise Swanson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451237637
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Series: Wishcraft Mystery Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 161,813
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Heather Blake grew up in a suburb of Boston, and enjoys going “home” in her novels. As a young mother, she tried her hand at writing novels and hasn’t looked back. Currently, Heather lives in the Cincinnati area with her family. She is hard at work on her next novel. 

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  • Posted September 30, 2012

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    Highly Recommended--Charming

    Elodie Keaton needs help cleaning out her missing mothers home. So Darcy Merriweather at As You Wish is at her service. Elodie's mother, Patrice, has been missing for 18 months and was a bit of a hoarder. Rumor has it that Patrice went missing after a fight with her boyfriend. Most residents of the Enchanted Village believe that the fight was over the Anicula, an amulet that grants unlimited wishes to anyone within close proximity. Darcy soon discovers that Patrice is dead. Elodie is desperate to know who the killer is and asks Darcy to do a little investigating.

    I want to live in the Enchanted Village. Its so charming and the characters to cute (besides the psycho murders). Darcy is endearing as are her sister and aunt. I adore this series. As a matter of fact I genuinely enjoy all of Heather Blake\Webber's work. She is a talented story teller.

    I would recommend this book\series to cozy lovers. Its definitely one of the best cozies out there.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    I dont know if to get the book or not!

    I mean i know everybody is sayin its good and all but is it worth my money? How long is it what age is it for?

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2012

    Better Than the First!

    Can't wait for book 3. This series just keeps getting better and better. Enough paranormal to satisfy the ESP in everyone! The characters are established and continue to surprise and grow. Great job, Heather!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2012

    In Blake¿s paranormal mystery novel, Darcy, a Wishcrafter, is hi

    In Blake’s paranormal mystery novel, Darcy, a Wishcrafter, is hired by Elodie Keaton to clean up her mother’s house, a mother who has been missing for two years. Although the house is a hoarder’s dream, As You Wish is up to the task—until the missing woman’s body is found buried beneath the clutter.

    Taking on the case, Darcy is determined to help Elodie solve the death of her mother. The deceased had vanished shortly after a falling out with her boyfriend leading Darcy to suspect a crime of passion. Or maybe it was magical since the Anicula, a wish-granting amulet, may have been involved as well. Now Darcy must find a killer before he finds a powerful and dangerous amulet.

    A wonderful combination of magic and murder. A great installment to the A Wishcraft Mystery series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2012

    Fun and engaging series

    Welcome to New Salem, a place full of witches also known as crafters each with their own specialty. Darcy is a wishcrafter and when a wish to find a missing person leads to a murder, Darcy feels she must help find the killer. Add in a wedding, a mysteriously sick Aunt and a hot sheriff and you end up with a real page turner. I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait for the next one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2012

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    Fun, Fast, and Frightful!

    It may be summer now, but A Witch before Dying will get you in the mood for Halloween frights! Darcy has settled into her life in Salem as a Wishcrafter, a witch whose talent is granting wishes. A partner in her aunt's business, As You Wish, she takes on her friend Elodie Keaton's wish, to clean her missing mother's house. In spite of the daunting sight of a hoarder's house, Darcy agrees. No one is as surprised as Darcy when she finds Patrice Keaton's body in her home. Motive, means, and opportunity. Darcy needs to discover the magic 3 of murder before more take place. This is a fun read with engaging and sympathetic characters interacting in a fast paced plot, just complicated enough to keep you interested.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2012

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    Darcy Merriweather is a wishcrafter who can grant wishes for any

    Darcy Merriweather is a wishcrafter who can grant wishes for anyone but
    herself. She works for her Aunt Ve's personal concierge service, As You
    Wish. Aunt Ve is feeling a bit under the weather plus she is trying to
    plan her wedding. Darcy is trying to help her but she also takes on
    Elodie Keaton as a new client. Elodie's mother has been missing for so
    long Elodie realizes that she can no longer afford to pay all the bills
    and keep her mother's house. Her mother was a bit of a hoarder and
    Elodie hires Darcy to clean out the house so she can list it for sale.
    The motto of As You Wish is "No Job Impossible" but this house
    is close to impossible. Darcy just starts to make a little headway
    through the piles of boxes, newspapers and other "treasures"
    when she makes a disturbing discovery. She finds Elodie's mother's body
    buried under all the chaos. It has been over a year since Patrice
    Keaton was seen. She disappeared shortly after an argument with her
    charmcrafter boyfriend. Darcy is determined to figure out just how
    Patrice ended up being part of her own collection. Was she killed in a
    fit of jealousy? Or was she killed because she had something someone
    else wanted? Darcy knows she doesn't have much time and while she can't
    grant her own wishes she has to make sure the wrong person's wishes
    don't come true. I am definitely enchanted by this story and its
    characters! Darcy, Ve, Nick and Mimi will wish their way right into your
    heart. Blake has crafted characters that not only include some
    delightful witches but the familiars are absolutely charming! Archie and
    Pepe had me in stitches. Easy for Pepe as he's a tailor who also happens
    to be a mouse. Archie is a parrot that can quote a line from almost any
    movie. Archie has a unique run in with a very large dog that had me
    giggling out loud and reading the snippet to everyone I could. The
    story has a really fairy tale feel. As Pepe was sewing away I was
    picturing the mice in Cinderella as they granted her wishes. Heather
    Blake wraps her fairy tale with a bewitching mystery, snappy dialogue,
    and a bit of romance in a truly Enchanted Village. A magical story to
    escape into today. It is a fun, lighthearted read that I know you will
    enjoy. Watch for the next book in this series, The Good, the Bad and the
    Witchy: A Wishcraft Mystery hitting shelves in April 2013.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2012

    Love Heather! This is such a wonderful series! It's enchanting!

    Love Heather! This is such a wonderful series! It's enchanting! I would
    love to be as creative as this author! The bonus for me is it's Boston
    area based. Keep writing Heather!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2014

    I am in love with series, I find it amazing everything that can

    I am in love with series, I find it amazing everything that can be fit into a book. Many of the same characters are back with plenty of new ones. This book keeps your interest as to who is a witch and who is human, which animal is a familiar or not. This book not only has you trying to figure who is a murderer, but who is a peeper and who is trying to ruin a wedding. I love the characters in this series, they are likeable and they have a history to them, they interact so well together that you think that you are there. I am definitely continuing on with this series, it is just too much fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2014

    Loved

    I'm really enjoying this series. I like how Darcy is learning (slowly) about her abilities as a witch. I'm not real crazy about Ms. Blake's idea of "crafters." This is the first time I've ever heard of such a thing. I guess I'm getting used to it, but it really is "different."

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  • Posted May 5, 2014

    OOPS!  Somehow I missed writing a review when I read this...so h

    OOPS!  Somehow I missed writing a review when I read this...so here we go.




    Upon the death of their father, Darcy & Harper Merriweather's Aunt Ve swooped into their lives in Ohio, informed them they descended from a long line of witches and moved them to Enchanted Village to learn their craft.  They're  settling in nicely...Harper has taken over a bookstore and Darcy joined Aunt Ve's business As You Wish.  Yes, the family Craft is granting wishes.




    The latest task for the business comes when Elodie Keaton hires the Merriweathers to clean out her mother's house.  Patrice Keaton has been missing for 18 years and Darcy is appalled to enter the house to discover Patrice was a hoarder.  That's not the worst part...as Darcy checks out the piles of "stuff", she discovers a suitcase...containing the remains of Patrice Keaton.




    As if the body isn't enough drama, throw in a powerful amulet, Aunt Ve's planned wedding...did I mention her intended is a primary suspect?  Oh, and hunky Nick Sawyer is still in the picture, Darcy and his daughter are getting closer, and...well...Darcy has her hands full.




    Book 3, please!

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  • Posted April 13, 2014

    Great

    Read all the series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

    I adore this series.   Love this small town.

    I adore this series.   Love this small town.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    L...

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    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2013

    Funny, easy to read and very entertaining

    Funny, easy to read and very entertaining

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    I love this series

    I love this series. There is always a good mystery with some lighthearted, laugh-out-loud, moments sprinkled throughout her stories. I really like that the explanations and descriptions don't drag out either. I always finish her books smiling.

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  • Posted September 20, 2012

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    I enjoy Darcy!

    I love that Darcy always seems to get mixed up in what is happening in her town. I don't quite understand why Missy seems to get huffy but she comes around. I didn't quite see it coming as to why Mimi needed to see the elder. Everything works out in the end and it is really hard not to love the characters! I hope there will be more!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    highly recommended

    A wonderfully delightdul supernatyral romp.
    An easy weekend escape.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

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    Really Enjoying This Series

    The premise is a bit different than the norm, and the characters are developing nicely. Keep 'em coming, please.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

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    LOVE THIS SERIES!

    As I said in the title, I love this series. I love the little town and all of the characters. This story was a good one as was the first. I really love the sisters and all of their friends. Can't wait for the next one.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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