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It Takes a Witch: A Wishcraft Mystery (edition 2012)

by Heather Blake

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Title:It Takes a Witch: A Wishcraft Mystery
Authors:Heather Blake
Info:Signet (2012), Edition: Original, Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
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What a fun story! We begin in Salem, Mass (appropriately) where Darcy and Harper have just moved in with their aunt Ve. Their parents are both deceased and they have just learned that they are wishcrafters, witches who can grant wishes as long as the intentions are true. They discover that there are many types of witches in the enchanted village but that it is quite difficult to tell who is a witch and who is a mortal. There are also a lot of rules and Darcy, our main character, is having some trouble following them, which leads to some humorous moments in the story. Darcy is warm hearted and wants to help everyone. She tries to make good decisions but her emotions often get the best of her. These humorous imperfections are what makes Darcy so likable throughout the story. In fact, all of the characters are likable and interesting and this is what made the story so readable. Even the dog, Missy (short for Miss Demeanor) brings additional fun to this book with her great devious escapes.

One of the characters, a mortal who wants to be a witch, is murdered at that start of the story. As Darcy begins getting involved in the investigation, she meets Nick, the man she doesn't want to like who is also investigating the murder. Their chemistry was charming and it was funny how Darcy always tried to talk herself down during their encounters. Their relationship however, was not the focus of the story so I'm hoping it will be revisited in the future. I was glad of this because I felt that the author really gave me time to get to know the characters and truly appreciate them before jumping into anything.

The suspects and motives were abundant, which was a plus because I wasn't able to predict exactly who the culprit was until the end was near. My many hunches were consistently changing. I was satisfied with the ending. It closed up this book/mystery nicely but also left plenty of room for more books in the series. I already picked up the next book and can't wait to get started!

What I didn't realize was that Heather Blake is also Heather Webber, who wrote the Lucy Valentine series, which is equally entertaining. If you want to learn more about these enjoyable cozy mysteries, visit Heather's website at www.heatherwebber.com or www.heatherblakebooks.com. ( )
  Lagnella | Mar 4, 2016 |
The heroine of this light and airy mystery is a woman who recently learned that she has the ability to grant other people's wishes. I found the first half of this very hard to get into, because there were far too many characters, plot threads, and infodumping. The author seemed to be overdoing the world-building by throwing everything out there all at once, and over-explaining it all. But by the time I hit the halfway point, I was drawn in to the story. As a mystery it didn't have much substance, and some of the magic rules didn't make a lot of sense, but the characters were interesting, and very likeable. Even the people who did bad things were given some good traits. ( )
  SylviaC | Dec 23, 2015 |
This is an amazing story. A good reading from start to finish. ( )
  Margretdj | Sep 26, 2015 |
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Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 3.75

First Thought when Finished: I am not sure where my original review of It Takes a Witch by Heather Blake went (this is a re-read for me) but it was fun coming back to the beginning of the series to refresh my memory of the sisters when they were new to town. Sometimes re-reads are just what hits the spot!

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  thehistorychic | Dec 18, 2014 |
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. ( )
  MareF | Jun 24, 2014 |
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This one is for Jessica Faust. Thank you for everything.
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Usually I'm not in the habit of tiptoeing through strange houses under the cover of darkness.
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Darcy Merriweather and her sister, Harper, hail from a long line of witches who have the power to grant wishes using spells. They've come to Enchanted Village in Salem, Massachusetts, to join the family business, but they soon find themselves knee-deep in murder...
Until three weeks ago, Darcy and Harper were working dead-end jobs and trying to put their troubles behind them. Then their aunt Velma delivered a bombshell: They're actually Wishcrafters - witches with the power to grant wishes with a mere spell. Wanting a fresh start, they head to their aunt's magic-themed tourist town to master their newfound skills.
But their magic fails them when a wannabe witch turns up dead - strangled with Aunt Ve's scarf - and Ve's sweetheart, Sylar, is found looming over the body. Ve is standing by her man, but Darcy overheard Sylar wish that the victim would disappear - forever. With Harper distracted by her handsome new crush, Darcy is determined to sleuth her way to the truth. But it'll take more than a wish to unravel this mystery...
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When a wannabe witch turns up dead, witch sisters Darcy and Harper Merriweather, who have the power to grant wishes and have come to Salem, Massachusetts, to join the family business, find themselves trying to find the murderer.

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