The Goodbye Witch (Wishcraft Mystery Series #4) [NOOK Book]

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As Enchanted Village’s resident Wishcrafter, Darcy Merriweather has the power to make other people’s wishes come true, but what she really wishes is that she had the power to uncloak the invisible man who’s stalking her best friend....



Darcy’s closest friend and fellow witch, Starla Sullivan, hoped she’d never see her ex-husband, Kyle, again. Two years ago he tried to kill...
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The Goodbye Witch (Wishcraft Mystery Series #4)

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Overview

As Enchanted Village’s resident Wishcrafter, Darcy Merriweather has the power to make other people’s wishes come true, but what she really wishes is that she had the power to uncloak the invisible man who’s stalking her best friend....



Darcy’s closest friend and fellow witch, Starla Sullivan, hoped she’d never see her ex-husband, Kyle, again. Two years ago he tried to kill her, and he has been a fugitive ever since. Now Starla claims to have seen him back in Enchanted Village, but it seems she’s the only one who can see him. To everyone else, her ex is invisible.



Darcy only wishes his motives were as transparent as the rest of him. Since the police can’t arrest someone they can’t see, it’s up to Darcy to find the secret behind Kyle’s latest disappearing act—before he does something they can’t see coming….

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
05/01/2014
Modern-day witchcraft comes to the rescue when Darcy's friend Starla's abusive ex-husband is stalking her. His ability to disappear complicates the case. The fourth entry in this paranormal cozy series (after The Good, the Bad, and the Witchy) strikes a poignant note.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101636008
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Series: Wishcraft Mystery Series , #4
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 8,254
  • File size: 2 MB

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. Heather currently lives in the Cincinnati area with her family. She is the author of the Wishcraft Mysteries as well as the Magic Potion Mysteries.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Darcy's best friend Starla's violent ex-husband is in town, yet

    Darcy's best friend Starla's violent ex-husband is in town, yet Starla seems to be the only one who can see him. When he shows up dead, Starla becomes a murder suspect and Darcy decides it's up to her to help save her friend. Meanwhile Glinda is up to her old tricks and Vince is acting suspicious as well.

    When my husband said I could do anything I wanted on Mother's Day, I chose to read outside with this book. It was a great choice. After a stressful week it was just what I needed. Reading this series is like visiting friends, Blake has set up a cozy series with humorous characters and a heroine with a heart of gold, intelligence and a keen wit. I read it in one day and really enjoyed myself. I hope there are a lot more books in this series to come because 4 is just isn't enough. If you like paranormal mysteries or cozy mysteries this series is for you.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2014

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    The fourth book in Heather Blake's Wishcraft Mystery series, The

    The fourth book in Heather Blake's Wishcraft Mystery series, The Goodbye Witch, combines a well written cozy mystery with the paranormal. The charming town called the Enchanted Village isn't at all what it seems sometimes and Blake makes readers believe that wishes can come true there. Great character development and pacing make this book a perfect read for the lounger or the porch swing. A great addition to the series!

    What I liked:

    It's official... I want to live in the Enchanted Village. Heather Blake has made this little town so accessible to her readers that they literally would love to find a town like it and move right in. I always enjoy the way that Blake makes the village come alive with great descriptive passages and characters that seem like old friends. The Goodbye Witch is the fourth book in the series and as a reader I still feel like I am always finding something new about the town or it's inhabitants. 

    I loved the fact that this installment focuses on Starla and Darcy's best friend. These two have been close all along and Starla always seems to know the right thing to do or say and now she's the one in trouble. I liked the idea of blind faith, and how Darcy was utterly convinced that Starla could never hurt anyone including her ex-husband who had tried to kill her in the past. It showed the depth of their friendship and how important Starla was too Darcy and to the series in general. I like it when an author lets the mystery hit close to home.

    Darcy, as usual, has an interesting way of going about figuring out each crime and whodunit. In this one, there plenty of suspects and motives and Darcy has a lot of evidence to work with. I liked seeing the whole gang of Darcy's family and friends trying to save one of their own. It worked well with the story and I thought Blake did a great job of placing her red herrings strategically to keep the reader a little off balance. I figured it out before the end, but not too far ahead. I was very satisfied by the ending and thought that this was probably the best in the series so far. 

    What I didn't like:

    There were a couple of points when I felt like the story dragged a little bit and I wanted to push ahead, but that's just the mystery reader in me. I want to see if I've got it all figured out, like most readers do.

    Bottom Line:

    This was a fun read. It had some good underlying themes, like strong friendship and blind faith. Blake's books seem to improve with each one in the series and I like this one best so far. I want to live in the Enchanted Village so I think it's safe to say this is a good read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2014

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    I really enjoyed this story.   I am really enjoying watching the

    I really enjoyed this story.   I am really enjoying watching the characters evolve through each book and I hope she continues to write for this series. 



    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2014

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    Dollycas¿s Thoughts I have been totally and utterly fascinat



    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    I have been totally and utterly fascinated by this series since the beginning but this one topped them all. Blake has created the ultimate world to escape into. The Enchanted Village is a magical place that wishes can come true. I wish I could live there myself.

    The series has a wonderful cast of characters. Darcy is not only a wishcrafter, she is a strong woman. She has a great relationship with Police Chief Nick who understands her craft because his daughter is a wishcrafter too. Aunt Ve is helping Darcy learn more about her gift along with Darcy’s sister Harper. The all believe everything Starla is telling them, they just need to figure out how Kyle is doing it. They are assisted by some truly magical characters, Pepe, a mouse who can sure thread a needle, and Archie, a talking parrot who can remember any line from almost any movie ever made.

    My favorite character though was Mrs. P. (Mrs. Pennywhistle) This lady touched by heart. She wanted to do anything she could to help Starla and all her friends even when she wasn’t physically able.

    There are several subplots marvelously woven into the main storyline. The Goodbye theme is carried throughout the entire story. I don’t want to say more because you need to read this and discover it yourself. Just keep a tissue handy. This is the first cozy mystery I can remember reading that made my cry.

    Heather Blake has written a wonderful, sensational, awesome story. It deserves way more than 5 stars!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2014

    Not On Par With the Other Books.

    Not On Par With the Other Books. I enjoyed the other books in this series; they are charming, and the titles of each as a a clever play on words with movie titles is fun, so I had looked forward to this. Big letdown. The plot is overly convoluted--especially as it nears the end. Too much going on, too many different factors at play. At times this drags with information being repeated, over and over, unnecessarily as the characters replay events, and I am always amazed when an editor does not take the 'red pen' to not only such superfluous content but also overwhelming and distracting repetition. In this case, literally dozens upon dozens of references to 'eyes': tear-filled, over flowing, the color of them, the emotion in them...yes; eyes are the 'windows to the soul' and are effective descriptors--when used subtly and sparingly. This got so cliched and overwhelming (I was ready to scream at the seemingly 1,000th reference to someone's 'eyes spilling over with tears') I was totally distracted. At one point I found myself counting no less than eight references to eyes 'spilling over with tears' on one page. That may be the curse of a writing professor, but editing is needed in the worst way. I realize this is just a fun, cozy mystery--I lose myself in such books--but that doesn't mean the editing and writing can't be more carefully perused.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2014

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    I think the thing I love about Heather's books is that the chara

    I think the thing I love about Heather's books is that the characters are just like the people I know in real life. I'm not saying my friends can grant wishes or read your aura, but they are funny, kind, loyal, and real, just like the people I know.

    In this update into Darcy's life, her best friend is accused of murdering her ex-husband, a man who had attacked her, then escaped from jail, and disappeared. When he returns to the Village, Starla is terrified, then when he is found dead, of course, Starla is the primary suspect.

    The twists and turns are clever and that is what keeps me returning to Heather's books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2014

    LOVE THIS!!!

    I have read just about every book By Heather blake (aka Heather Webber) and they have never failed to keep me interested! All of the characters are hilarious and are so realistic! While you are reading, you may forget that they don't actually exist outside of the book! On that note, I may have cried a little during this adventure with Darcy and the gang!! I highly recommend!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2014

    One of the best in the series. The characters continue to develo

    One of the best in the series. The characters continue to develop. Can hardly wait for the next installment.

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  • Posted May 7, 2014

    This is the first book that I have read in this fun series, but

    This is the first book that I have read in this fun series, but won't be the last.

    Darcy, a Wishcrafter, in the Enchanted Village. She is startled and concerned when her friend Starla asks her if she thinks she, Starla, can get away with murder. Starla had been taking pictures at the local skating rink when she saw her fugitive, ex husband. But when she looked on the camera he wasn't showing up. He or someone else must have cast an invisibility spell on him. Starla is quite shaken by this and Darcy and her Aunt Ve are hard pressed to find out how this was done. They know they need to find out how, so that Starla can mentally come to get grips with it.

    This book has a cast of fun and interesting characters. Aunt Ve is somewhat of a "free spirit" and can be counted on giving a chuckle or two. As can Harper, Darcy sister. The ones that I particularly enjoy is Pepe, a familiar, who helps Godfrey in his dress shop and Archie, the movie lines spouting parrot.

    Looking forward to the next book in this enchanting series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2014

    Loved

    I'm sorry this ended. Hopefully there will be a book 5.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2014

    I Loved It

    I've read all of this author's books, under both names, and this book was just as captivating. Although the mystery was really well done and kept some clues out of reach until the conclusion, what really makes this a great book is the enchanting characters. The characters are so touching, even the ones that you want to dislike. I love that the characters feel so real and some are so spunky that I wish they were truly part of my life. It was great to see some of the main characters really develop further through this installment in the series, and my favorite part about all of these books is that the female characters are so strong and their unique personalities are actually celebrated. You don't always find that in stories, especially in a whodunit. I look forward to the next book in the series as well as in the potion series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    For some fun buy it.

    I liked it and all her other Wishcraft Mysteries.

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  • Posted May 17, 2014

    if i could make this series more than 5 stars i would!! the im

    if i could make this series more than 5 stars i would!! the imagination in these stories boggles the mind. there is mystery, and romance, and usually a dead body. in this case there is a dead body, but the mystery surrounding it is not your usual mystery. remember this is a wishcraft mystery. there are several couples involved in romance. a beloved friend dies and is turned into a familiar. what is a familiar? read the book! this series is the best i've read in the other worldly stories. very enchanting and very well written, and as i said earlier very imaginative. loving it!!!!!! buy it, read it, and be enchanted like the rest of us readers!!

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  • Posted May 16, 2014

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    Heather Blake's latest book in her Wish Craft series is,  (as th

    Heather Blake's latest book in her Wish Craft series is,  (as the kids would say), " the  bomb". Darcy is a loving, caring witch, who always seems to be in the middle of village problem. Maybe that's why her boyfriend, Sheriff Nick,  (whos happens to be a mortal) wishes that Darcy would mind her own business. This time it's her BFF Starla who seems to be in trouble. Even though Darcy and her sister Harper have lived in the Enchanted Village, near Salem, Ma. about a year Darcy has all ready stepped in and helped several residents. After the death of their father, the girls came to the village to live and work with their Aunt Ve, in her shop, As You Wish. Harper decides to open a shop of her own thus a book store comes to town. 
    With a village full of witches how does the sheriff keep any peace there? Being a mortal, and  widower, whose 12 year old daughter happens to be a witch, he does his best to protect everyone in the village.
    Heather has kept me spell bound in the Enchanted Village. All of the enchanting people, and the enchanting in h tales just serve to make this enchanting series so popular. My recommendation to all of you is to pick up a Wish Craft book and lose yourself in this enchanting series by the ever enchanting Heather Blake.
    FTC Full Disclosure - A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher
    opes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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  • Posted May 15, 2014

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    Another great entry in the Wishcraft series. Darcy is in a funk,

    Another great entry in the Wishcraft series. Darcy is in a funk, dreading her upcoming birthday, every year at this time missing her mother, who passed away when she was seven. Her friend Starla also is in a depressed state because it's the anniversary of the date her ex-husband, Kyle, tried to strangle her. Since Kyle's escape from prison six months after his arrest, no one has heard from him. And then Starla sees him across the ice skating pond. But since no one else saw him, they think she is just being hysterical. Then, when Kyle's body turns up in Starla's house, she becomes the prime suspect. With everything pointing to Starla, and police officer Glinda avidly seeking to arrest her, can Darcy and Nick solve this murder in time. I love this series and the characters are becoming more real with each new book. Be warned that by the end of this book, I was crying, both sad and happy tears. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    Well worth the reading.

    Well worth the reading.

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  • Posted May 10, 2014

    Love, love, love this series. I'm always anticipating the next b

    Love, love, love this series. I'm always anticipating the next book. The only downside is once I start reading it I can't put it down till it's finished and then I have to wait for the next book.

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  • Posted May 6, 2014

    I won an ARC from Heather in a Facebook contest and was over the

    I won an ARC from Heather in a Facebook contest and was over the moon as I love all her books but...I have to say this...I think Heather Blake is a WordCrafter!  I honestly don't know how she does it -- she gets better with each outing and this book is no exception.




    Darcy's best friend Starla's husband Kyle has been "on the lam" since escaping from jail after his arrest for attempting to strangle her.  No one has seen him for two years.  Then Starla comes running to Darcy, hysterical, because she saw Kyle in Enchanted Village.  It seems that Starla is the only one who can see him, but she's terrified nonetheless.




    The police are on the case, but with an invisible suspect, their job isn't going to be easy.  Darcy, Harper and Ve want to help Starla, but they're at a loss as well.  The best they can do is try to protect their friend while keeping their eyes and ears open.




    The usual wonderful characters of Enchanted Village are part of the story, and there are some surprises...all wonderful but some especially delighful!  So, when this book is released, come join the gang in the village...you won't regret it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2014

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