A Witch Before Dying (Wishcraft Mystery Series #2)

A Witch Before Dying (Wishcraft Mystery Series #2)

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by Heather Blake
     
 

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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

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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ISBN-13:
9780451237637
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Series:
Wishcraft Mystery Series , #2
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
133,619
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

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

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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A Witch Before Dying: A Wishcraft Mystery 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Dee_K More than 1 year ago
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.
bookwizardAG More than 1 year ago
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!
debbieaheaton More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
lizzeee More than 1 year ago
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.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
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.
LibraryMom4 More than 1 year ago
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!
Miccox99 More than 1 year ago
This is my second visit to the Enchanted Village and once again enjoyed a host of vivid characters and much mischief. A wedding, a peeper and a murder all bring mystery and a little mayhem to Darcy's doorstep! The author does a great job bringing her characters to a fully fleshed form while weaving a tale that keeps you frantically reading! I can't wait to see what happens in the next book now that Darcy has her newly minted PI license!
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BaronessBookTrove More than 1 year ago
This book is such a good one as well. The reason for this is because of the whole thing that just like the first one it seems like you are a detective as you go through everything that Darcy does as you try to figure out the killer. Plus who knew that someone who is a hoarder will have something that will help you grant wishes without having to go to a Wishcrafter. With each new book we get new characters in the books and with each new character becomes a lot of new things. They are all very lovely and I love them very much. The reason for that is because with each new character there is a whole lot of new possible choices for them. And with each new character new motives as well. Plus a killer that you would never think of before killed Patrice. It’s just so amazing how anyone could get wrapped up into a story that you swear are real. Just like this one. And I also give this book a five stars as well. To read my other blog posts/reviews please go to my site: baronessbooktrove
Ravenfeather More than 1 year ago
Quick read that was fun. It just seemed too short and I wanted more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
Berls More than 1 year ago
This is a fun series and I'll definitely continue listening to it when I'm in the mood for a light, easy listen. But A Witch Before Dying didn't exactly blow me away. It was just nice. But it was perfect for the stressful week when I listened to it - a no stress listen. I do have to say that the mystery was great. I was on my toes up until the reveal, trying to figure out who committed the murder. And I do love the small town setting, with all the accompanying shenanigans. The thing is, I'm not sure if part of why I couldn't figure it out wasn't that there were TOO MANY SHENANIGANS. So much was going on & there's so many people - I couldn't keep them all straight. It fits - a small town is going to have loads of people and they'll all be interconnected like this, especially when a good portion have a big shared secret of being crafters. Its just a lot to keep track of. I think this is one of those series you want to read back-to-back so that the characters start to really seep in. Too bad I'm not in the mood for more right now. The crafter world is also lots of fun, and even though the rules are a bit ridiculous, they keep it interesting. There was a bit too much repetition of the rules at the beginning, but I guess that's better than being lost. One note on the narration - Coleen Marlo is quite good, with a wide range of voices for the characters. My only complaint would be that Darcy (the MC) sounds a bit too old to me! She's supposed to be my age - 30s - but she sounds older to me like 45 or 50. Not a big deal, though. If you enjoy small town charm with characters you'll love - especially if you can keep them straight - then A Witch Before Dying is a cozy mystery for you. Its fun and light, perfect for when you need a mind break :)
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Debb23 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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."
MaicaKid More than 1 year ago
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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glTX More than 1 year ago
Read all the series
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I adore this series.   Love this small town.
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