Monday, August 6, 2012

A Witch Before Dying

Book Description: 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…  

My Review: You can always count on Heather Blake to deliver the most unique and creative paranormal worlds. In this second Wishcrafter mystery, Darcy finds herself involved in solving the murder of a hoarder found buried in a suitcase in the cluttered home she was hired to clean out, and finds a wealth of suspects because everyone wanted to get their hands on the infamous Anicula amulet, which grants unlimited wishes, hidden somewhere in the victim’s house. Secondary storylines include the mystery of who is trying to sabotage Aunt Ve’s upcoming wedding, and why the poor dear is so sick.

My favorite character in this series has to be familiar Pepe the mouse. This dignified little French gentleman has absolutely stolen my heart, and in my opinion has earned a story or series all his own. (Hint, hint Heather!) In any scene he’s in he steals the show!!!

This book is an enchanting mix of murder, magic, and romance…a light and whimsical read perfect for summer.

Tara’s Thoughts: Mommy says there’s a new kitty character introduced in this book, an orange kitten named Pumpkin Pie. She says she needs to use that name on a cat of her own one day. Not happening while I’m running this house…

Be sure to stop by tomorrow when I'll be featuring a Q&A with author Heather Blake!

FTC Full Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher with the request for a review.


  1. Looking forward to the interview!

  2. This sounds like a great, fun, mystery series. I missed the first one, but your review has me adding them both to my list! I look forward to the interview with Blake tomorrow :)

  3. It's a fantastic series!!! Heather also writes as Heather Webber; you can't go wrong with anything she writes!

  4. I'll be looking for this at my library! You are dangerous :D