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It Takes a Witch (Wishcraft Mystery Series #1)

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Darcy Merriweather has just discovered she hails from a long line of Wishcrafters-witches with the power to cast spells by making a wish. She's come to Enchanted Village to learn her trade but finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation...

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Overview

Darcy Merriweather has just discovered she hails from a long line of Wishcrafters-witches with the power to cast spells by making a wish. She's come to Enchanted Village to learn her trade but finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation...

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Publishers Weekly
Blake successfully blends crime, magic, romance, and self-discovery in her lively debut, set in the Enchanted Village, a picturesque Salem, Mass., neighborhood that’s secretly the home to Wishcrafters, witches with the power to grant wishes (with certain restrictions). A sudden rise in crime—in particular, the murder of Alexandra Shively, a publicity seeker who claimed to be a Craft “high priestess”—has the community worried about the impact on the tourist trade. Suspicion falls on Sylar Dewitt, the owner of Third Eye Optometry, who was caught kneeling over Alexandra’s strangled body. When Sylar’s girlfriend asks her Wishcrafter niece, Darcy Merriweather, to investigate, Darcy soon realizes that Alexandra had more than one enemy in the village—and Sylar may not be as innocent as her aunt believes. Fans of paranormal cozies will look forward to the sequel. Agent: Jessica Faust. (Jan.)
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"[It Takes a Witch] seamlessly blends elements of fantasy and criminal drama." —-Midwest Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451235527
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Series: Wishcraft Mystery Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 204,912
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author


Heather Blake is a two-time Agatha Award nominee and the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including the Nina Quinn Mysteries and the Lucy Valentine books. She lives in the Cincinnati area.

AudioFile Earphones Award winner Coleen Marlo has been nominated three times for an Audie Award, winning for Snakewoman of Little Egypt by Robert Hellenga. She has also been awarded three Listen-Up Awards from Publishers Weekly, and Publishers Weekly named Coleen Audiobook Reader of the Year for 2010.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted August 20, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Good story, though it loses a star because the Nook version is v

    Good story, though it loses a star because the Nook version is very
    poorly edited (typos everywhere!) and that really annoys me because it
    shows that they didn't put the same care into the electronic version as
    they did into the final print version, especially when the errors are
    the type that any basic word processing software would catch.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    Great

    I love this series so much that I rushed to get the next book before I reviewed this one. :) For me that's the sign of a great series. The typos can be a bit annoying, but the story and the village are simply awesome. It's rare to have such big laughs in a mystery, which shows just how talented this author is.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    Great "get away" read

    I completely enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next book to come out. The magical village and characters are perfect for a relaxing book that will take you to an imaginary village of everyday people who just happen to have magical powers. I looked forward to each time I could settle in with this Darcy and her adventures, and was sad when it was over!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2012

    I'm not too far into the book yet to say whether its better than

    I'm not too far into the book yet to say whether its better than 3
    stars, but its seems to be entertaining and (finally) gets going around
    the end of the third chapter, which I felt like I had to talk myself
    into getting to the good part. I'm hoping the rest gets interesting,
    and if I may make a suggestion - get to the point faster please. I
    usually close a slow moving book in the first couple of chapters. I
    understand about setting up characters but the opening of this one seems
    long-winded.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Very entertaining

    Loved this book. Couldn't wait to pick it up at night and read it. Well written,great descriptive writing and fun,intriguing,romance,mystery and some neat witchcraft thrown in. Can't wait for the next book.....well done. Don' hesitate to buy this author.


    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2012

    Magically Delightful

    Having recently discovered that they are witches, Darcy and her sister moved back to the family¿s homestead to join her Aunt¿s business. All was going well until her aunt¿s boyfriend was found near the strangled body of a woman he wished dead. Believing in her aunt and trusting her own instincts, Darcy tries her hand at sleuthing to expose a killer. I love this book. This magically delightful mix of mystery and mayhem with a dash of romance is a well-crafted, page-turning tale that left me wishing for more time in Enchanted Village, MA. This entertaining who-dun-it boasts adorable and captivating characters and a place I would love to call home. And the ending, OMG! This is a great start to more adventures with Darcy in this enticingly charming new series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    So far so good

    Im not that far into the book but if i had to give it a rating up to chapter 15 it would be 5

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2012

    Witches' ABC

    Finally!! A paranormal book that actually defines the rules of the Craft. Clear direction and a well-defined punishment for breaking the rules. Not to mention an engaging heroine who is just learning to manage her heritage. Add a quirky sister, a young witch she is helping to find her place and the half-crafter dad who knows about the magical happening in the quaint village within Salem, MASS. Oh, did I mention the ex-wife of the dad who is a familiar? Keep reading to discover the perks of knowing a rat who's a tailor and a movie-lines-knowing bird. It's a blast!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    good reading

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It is one of the first books I have read that I felt good after reading it. I'm looking forward to reading more of Heather Blake's books.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2012

    Highly Recommended--you must check it out!

    In Blake's mystery novel, Darcy and Harper Merriweather are sisters that hail from a long line of witches from Salem, Massachussetts. Both were working dead-end jobs when their Aunt Ve informed them that they were both WishCrafters--witches capable of granting wishes. Eager for new starts, the sisters join their aunt in her magic themed hometown to hone their new skills. But when a wannabee witch is found murdered, fingers point to Aunt Ve's boyfriend prompting both women to try their hand at crime solving. A wonderful blend of magic and murder and a powerful initial installment to The Wishcraft Mystery series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2014

    3.5 Stars It Takes A Witch was another book club find that I re

    3.5 Stars

    It Takes A Witch was another book club find that I really enjoyed. There’s definitely a bit of the ridiculous, but in a really fun, have a good laugh kind of way.

    I really enjoyed the unique way witchcraft is setup in It Takes A Witch. Being a witch is a genetic thing – like most – but witches really only have one power. It was fun moving around this small town filled with different witches and learning about the different kinds of witches and what they could do. The other thing I really liked was that you didn’t always know who was a witch – there are lots of them in the small town, but there are plenty of norms too. And one of the number one rules of being a witch is that you can’t tell a norm. If you do, you could lose your powers. So I had a lot of fun trying to figure out who was “safe” to talk to.

    That’s the other thing I really liked – the rules. I loved that there were rules to being a witch – and consequences for breaking them. I just felt bad for Darcy – the main character – because she’s new to her powers and her aunt isn’t really helping her much. She’s blundering around on her own and sometimes she gets into trouble… Though its been like a slap on the wrist so far.

    Darcy was a fun character, though I didn’t get particularly attached to her. I liked her, but there’s nothing about her that stood out as particularly special, I guess. She’s a genuinely good person with good intentions, so that was a plus. I didn’t enjoy the semi-frequent references to missing her husband – she’s recently divorced – and her budding romance was fine, but didn’t get me excited or anything.

    It Takes A Witch was definitely more about the cozy mystery style and the fun small town element for me than it was about the specific characters. There were a lot of them, and since we were constantly trying to figure out who could do what, I also sometimes got them confused.

    The narration was okay – and I’ll continue the series listening – but I will say they narrator – Coleen Marlo – had a bit of a scratchy, grumbly voice that took me a little bit to get used to. Once I did, it worked fine and she did do a good job giving the characters distinct voices that matched their personalities.

    If you like a cozy mystery with small town hijinks and a bit of magical mayhem mixed in, you’ll probably have as much fun with It Takes A Witch as I did.

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  • Posted November 21, 2014

    surprise ending - I've found a new favorite series. It's differ

    surprise ending - I've found a new favorite series. It's different than other witch and ghost stories with interesting characters and a
    great little village.On to a witch before dying.

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  • Posted July 17, 2014

    I loved this book. It is such an interesting concept, a town tha

    I loved this book. It is such an interesting concept, a town that is based on witchcraft for tourists in Salem that actually has witches. The fun part of this book was that they aren't permitted to let any mortal know so having them hint and watching for twitches to figure out if the were one of there kind had me laughing. The characters are all likeable and very diverse. The mystery had me guessing until the very end. I enjoyed this book so much I immediately got the second so that I could continue reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    Loved

    It took a while to get into this book and I almost quit a few times. I'm glad now that I kept reading. Don't know how far I got before I couldn't put it down. But once I to that piont, I was hooked. Can't wait to start the next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2014

    Fun Read

    I'm hooked, can't wait to read the rest of the series.

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  • Posted June 24, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    This book was a pure delight. The characters are very likeable w

    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.

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  • Posted April 13, 2014

    Great,,

    Read the series in five days want 7 more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

    Loved!  

    Loved!  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Very cute

    Very cute read. Enjoyed the how there are different witches or Crafters. Makes it fun and interesting. Everyone is fun and funny. Recommend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Give ittime.

    So far people love this book. I hope yuo love this book to. Justin beiber.

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