The Goodbye Witch (Wishcraft Mystery Series #4)

The Goodbye Witch (Wishcraft Mystery Series #4)

by Heather Blake

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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 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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451465870
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Series: Wishcraft Mystery Series , #4
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 144,203
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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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“An enchanting and thoroughly likable sleuth.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Denise Swanson

“Completely magical.”––Fresh Fiction
“Wonderfully unique…full of mystique and magic.”––Cozy Mystery Book Reviews


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The Goodbye Witch (Wishcraft Mystery Series #4) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
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.
irishclaireKG More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
mollieme More than 1 year ago
One of the first series that kept me guessing. I can usually figure out the bad guy, or the killer. Not with this series. Good twists and turns.
SGMomma More than 1 year ago
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. 
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
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!!
Tarri More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
GGW More than 1 year ago
One of the best in the series. The characters continue to develop. Can hardly wait for the next installment.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
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.
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Miccox99 More than 1 year ago
The Merriweather sisters & pals are in full detective mode when one of their own is accused of murder. Things take an ugly twist between Darcy and Glinda as Glinda's jealously grows to diabolical levels. Will they be able to solve the crime and save Starla, will the growing rift between Darcy and Glinda drive a wedge between Darcy and Nick and there is so much more going on in this book. The author did a great job of raising the ante in this book to new and exciting heights. The character development just keeps getting better and better. If you like a great cozy mystery with a sprinkling of magic and lovable characters, then this book with entertain and delight you.
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BaronessBookTrove More than 1 year ago
With this book I felt sorry for both Darcy and Starla. But more of Starla as she was the one that has only been seeing Kyle her ex-husband. Starla never knew about with why Kyle was acting the way he was when they were husband and wife since she wanted to get out of there. The only reason Darcy decided to help Starla because she loves her best friend and she didn’t know what to think of what Starla was saying but she knew that if her friend said that she saw him then she believes her. This book is a really good one and I love this book. I even more loved it at the end of the book when we find out what happened to one of the residents. It’s just so wonderful. I give this book five stars and it would be a good one as well. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series to see what else Darcy does to get into trouble. To read my other blog posts/reviews please go to my site: baronessbooktrove
Rockport_rocker More than 1 year ago
The Goodbye Witch is a highly emotional and seriously awesome novel! Heather Blake has a magical touch in creating characters that matter and plots that tough the heart.  Not an easy book to read but so very worth it.
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dragonflylover05 More than 1 year ago
An Enchanting series, which keeps getting better and better. A delightful view on witches and their craft, with mystery, romance, charming familiars, and an extremely likable cast of characters. I always find myself getting so drawn into the story, I don't want to miss a single world. Now, if only Heather Blake could find a way to transport my physical self so that I could be a resident of Enchanted Village, what a wonderful,place to live. I can't wait for the next book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"I'm going to be leaving for awhile, Andy isn't here and I need a much needed break from here. You know if you were my friend. So never forget me. I'm leaving at 10:00 Eastern.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to start reading
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
Wow, I loved this book, I was totally engrossed in it from the moment I picked it up. Many of the usual characters are back plus new ones. Darcy is a strong, funny woman who stands by her friends. There is a stalking of Darcy's best friend that only Starla can see, a murder, a whole mystery of past story and new story that comes together. The romance of Darcy and Nick continues to blossom. The heartbreak of an ill friend and more twists to this story that makes you see people in many different lights. I can't even begin to say how good this book is, my only problem is now I have to wait for the next in the series. Very well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very fun and cute series light and easy readng
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful series worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry this ended. Hopefully there will be a book 5.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it and all her other Wishcraft Mysteries.