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It Takes a Witch (A Wishcraft Mystery #1)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  4,319 Ratings  ·  500 Reviews
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 the
Paperback, New American Library Obsidian, 309 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Penguin
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Jan 04, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: para-witches
Why read: ARC tour review

What impressed me: It Takes a Witch takes a fabulous new look at witches. Instead of being able to do spells off all kinds, its witches are specialized through their hereditary lines. The most interesting line in Enchanted Village is Wishcrafters, those who make peoples wishes comes true. Main character Darcy being a Wishcrafter and having to grant any statement that begins with "I wish" makes for huge possibilities for the future of this series. This novel has a double
Jan 19, 2012 Sinn rated it it was ok
I was so excited to receive this book in the mail! The "Uncorrected Proofs" got me extremely excited! It made me feel like I was finally coming into my own as a book blogger! I really, really, really wanted to like this book, especially with the nice note left by the author. Unfortunately, I could not convince myself.

Where do I start? When I started reading this book, my husband asked what I thought of it. I told him that it was obvious it was the author's first book. It needed a lot of work. Th
Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
This new mystery series introduces us to Darcy and Harper Merriweather. They have come to Salem, Massachusetts and the Enchanted Village to help their Aunt Ve in the family business. You see, they come from a long line of witches, specifically Wishcrafters, they can make wishes come true. The news of their history is quite a surprise but they are going to embrace it and learn all about it with the help of Aunt Ve. The first thing they learn is that the village is inhabited by witches and mortals ...more
Jan 03, 2012 Anagha rated it really liked it
Shelves: posted
Originally posted on my blog:
Received as part of a book tour

An enchanting beginning to a fun, cute series! When sisters Darcy and Harper are told that they are witches (Wishcrafters to be exact), their world is turned upside down – and they are slightly relieved. Darcy is still recovering from a brutal divorce and Harper has just been released from jail (her attempts at activism tend to get her in trouble).
They arrive into the quaint little town of Enchanted Villag
Feb 13, 2013 Leya rated it it was amazing
This book should have had a disclaimer on the cover: Do not start reading before bed. It may keep you up all night. And it did, too. Once I began the book I couldn't put it down and yes I was up until 3ish this morning. I cannot complain. The book is very good. Me, on the other hand, not so much. I've been dragging my feet all day long. Yes, I'm tired but I got to read a really book.

Darcy and Harper are new to Enchanted Village and to the Craft. They go about their daily life slowly adjusting to
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
This book was incredibly cute/fun/light. Perfect if you're in the mood for a cozy or something amusing. It takes the witch theme and does something completely different with it. Rather than just the urban characters, the entire small town, 'Enchanted Village', is charming. Special touches are even added to each business name such as Spellbound books. People who are into a lot of magic and different elements surrounding that may be disappointed, though. To me the witch style is a bit weak that th ...more
Mar 29, 2015 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wishcraft Begins

The first in the Wishcraft paranormal mysteries. I had trouble at first getting into the story. Once I understood the story I found myself smiling throughout out the book. After the death of their father Darcy and Harper learned from their Aunt Ve that they are Wishcrafters and they moved to Salem, Massachusetts to her. They have a lot to learn and have just started when a woman is murdered and Sylar their aunt's friend is acussed of the crime. There are twists and turns,througho
Sep 07, 2014 Mirjam rated it it was amazing
Heather Blake's It Takes a Witch is an utterly bewitching and compulsive read. Time stood still while I was reading the book and it was only when I finished the book that I noticed it was long after midnight. On a weekday. However, It Takes a Witch is well worth sacrificing one's beauty sleep for! Heather Blake did an outstanding job creating a good plot, a charming community with big secrets, loveable characters and cute familiars. I enjoyed discovering the different crafts and the secret craft ...more
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Dec 28, 2011 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it it was amazing
It is very rare for me to feel a debut of a new mystery series deserves a five star rating, but, in "It Takes a Witch" by Heather Blake, it easily deserved the rating.

We are introduced to two sisters that have just found out they are 'Wishcrafters' meaning Witches that can grant wishes. Of course there are rules and they must be learned and adhered to. The elder sister, Darcy Merriweather, loves her new found skills and is so excited to move to The Enchanted Village in Salem, MA. The younger sis
This is the third series I've tried by Heather Blake/Webber. I really enjoy the Lucy Valentine stories she writes under the name Heather Webber. But this one...

The premise is fine, I guess. But the world-building is extremely weak, poorly developed, badly explained, and implemented unreasonably. The protagonist is almost painfully stupid for much of the book, which was too long.

The "crafter" concept just didn't work for me. "Lawcrafter"? Seriously? I'm pretty good at suspending disbelief, but t
Olga Godim
Sep 24, 2014 Olga Godim rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
My first book for this author and probably my last. It was not a bad book. It just wasn’t on par with the books I usually read.
The genre fluctuates between a cozy murder mystery and a paranormal romance but never quite settles on either. Darcy, the heroine, is a 30 years old divorcee and a new witch in a tourist village in Massachusetts. Actually most village inhabitants are witches with various magical powers. Darcy just moved in a couple weeks ago. She didn’t know about her witchy heritage be
Laura (Kyahgirl)
3.25/5; 3 stars; B

I've never read anything by this author so didn't know what to expect. This mystery books falls into the 'cozy mystery' category which is something I'm not always in the mood for. In this case, I was. Darcy Merriweather was a great character as the 'lead' in this story; smart, kind-hearted, curious, humble and funny in a self-deprecating way. I enjoyed her and the other characters in the town.

Colleen Marlo was the narrator for this story. She did a pretty good job. Her accent
I was not in love with this book, however, it was entertaining enough to draw me into the series. There are many intricacies of the world that take a little time to grasp. Fortunately, Darcy is new to her powers and we are learning along with her. Turns out she is a pretty decent sleuth as well.

The romance angle here is nice, but way second burner to all the murder and learning the craft stuff. There are so many interesting characters coming at you. Lots of supporting to keep track of as well as
Ashley Ehlers
Apr 21, 2015 Ashley Ehlers rated it it was amazing

Was originally posted on Paranormal Sisters:

I knew from the very first chapter I was going to love It Takes a Witch!

"Usually I'm not in the habit of tiptoeing through strange houses under the cover of darkness. It was unsettling to say the least, and I felt completely out of sorts. My outfit only added to my discomfort. The flouncy, frilly pink satin bodysuit, tulle tutu, and pink ballet slippers were a far cry from my usual jeans and tee."

I was sad when
 PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•*
What a magical read! This is the first book I have read by this author and I look forward to reading the next book in this cozy series. “It Takes A Witch” was a great read.

Darcy & Harper Merriweather move into the Enchanted Village to live with their aunt Ve after their father passes away. They soon discover that they are witches also known as “Crafters”. Their mother who passed away years prior was one as well and their father was a mortal. They have the ability to grant people wishes with
Between the Covers
Jan 31, 2012 Between the Covers rated it really liked it
REVIEWED by Chris for Between the Covers blog:

I am always looking to try new types of books. I, like everyone, have my favorite genres and authors, and there are a few genres that I just never really give a thought to. The mystery genre is one of them. So when the opportunity to review a new paranormal mystery novel called It Takes a Wish by Heather Blake came about, I couldn’t refuse. My desire to expand my reading tastes won out, and I was willing to try something that I wasn’t that versed in.
Jan 27, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, read-2012
Having adored Heather Webber's Lucy Valentine series, I knew It Takes a Witch under her new pen name Heather Blake would have a lot to live up to. (I'm actually am so enamored with the Lucy Valentine books that I don't want to read book three which, as it stands now, is the last book in the series.) I am pleased to report that It Takes a Witch held its own.

Whereas the Lucy Valentine books dabble in the paranormal, It Takes a Witch is fully paranormal because it centers around a community of Craf
Aug 27, 2012 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
This was a bit slow going at first and then it picked up and then it was slow again and then it picked up again. Hence, the three stars instead of my usual five :-)

I was also a bit confused at times about the rules of "the craft." Let me explain... Darcy and her sister Harper have just found out that they are wishcrafters. This means if someone wishes something, they can grant that wish... except for in certain situations (which I had a hard time keeping track of). They have just moved in with t
Mar 03, 2016 Keri rated it liked it
This a cute new cozy series by Heather Blake aka Heather Webber. The set up is the Enchanted Village a tourist town in Salem, MA where practically everybody that owns a shop is a witch crafter of some sort. Darcy and her sister Harper have just learned that they are Wishcrafters with the ability to grant wishes. The mystery begins with a murder of course. There is an eventual love interest, but that isn't the focus of the book. If you are looking for something light and cute then you might like ...more
Jul 23, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries

I really enjoyed this Cozy mystery, featuring Darcy, her Sister and other Wishcrafters and
Crafters that she knows.

Darcy gets involved solving a murder in The Enchanted Village, while starting a relationship with
a ex-cop. She also meets some interesting characters in The Enchanted Village, including pets that
were once humans..

There are some "twists and turns"...before the killer is revealed. The ending suprised me!

Im looking forward to the 2nd in this series!
Micky Cox
May 01, 2016 Micky Cox rated it really liked it
This is a new author to me and I'm quite delighted that I stumbled upon her book series. I loved the vivid character development and at times wonder if perhaps the author was a fan of Bewitched as a child as I see hints of those characters mixed into these! Darcy and Harper Merriweather have just moved in with their Aunt Ve and have been helping her with the family business now that both of their parents have passed away. Another shocking revelation to them is that the family is a family of witc ...more
Aug 16, 2016 Di rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this! Learning about the different types of Crafters and trying to unravel the mystery kept me intrigued. The installment tied up nicely and left on a very interesting tidbit. Definitely will be continuing with this series.

#Book1CoziesClub August Book of the Month
Nov 09, 2014 C. rated it liked it
Well! Isn’t this a creative premise? I was a fan by the time “It Takes A Witch” closed but had difficulty sinking my teeth into it. I put the novel aside for a couple of weeks, which is unlike me, and read something else intermittently. After about 60 pages, something about the mystery or the cast agreed with me and there was no longer a weight to turning the pages. I think when there’s a peculiar concept, an audience needs to be acclimatized before it can be on board. This is not an instance in ...more
Sep 23, 2016 leslye rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
This book is not deep, and it will not change your life, but it sure was fun!

In the Enchanted Village, near Salem, Massachusetts, there are mortals and there are crafters (not so different from witches vs. muggles!). Witches are forbidden to speak of their craft to mortals, and each witch has a different type of power determined by bloodline. Wishcrafters like Darcy Merriweather do what you'd think - they grant wishes. Darcy has only recently discovered she's a witch, so learning all the rules i
Great little cozy mystery. Devoured in just a couple days. Will read more.
This is a rather amusing mixture of cozy, murder mystery, romance, witchcraft and a few other things thrown in--sort of like a soup or stew. Just remember, there are some incredibly good dishes out there under those labels. It's a little early to tell just yet, since this is the first in the series, but this is a very good first entry.

Darcy Merriwether is a wishcrafter witch, and is a born witch, along with her sister Harper and aunt Ve. They live in Enchanted Village in the Salem, Massachusetts
Jun 23, 2015 Jenn rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was absolutely super cute. The idea of combining the fantasy genre of magic and witches with the murder mystery genre is brilliant. Neither of the two very different genres ever overtook the story, nor was the magic kitschy.
The setting of the village was adorable; a feel good little place the reader can easily escape to.
The characters are believable and possess depth, although they are designed to be a bit stereotypical.
I have to include a sentence or two about the author's w
Jan 13, 2012 Sara rated it it was amazing
I enjoy all of Heather Webber/Blake's books, and have been looking forward to this new series. It Takes A Witch did not disappoint!

Darcy & Harper Merriwether grew up in Ohio not knowing they were witches, Wishcrafters to be specific. Upon the death of their father, their Aunt Ve told them of their heritage and abilities, inviting them to move to Enchanted Village to learn their craft. The Village is filled with witches with various powers, living alongside mortals in a town offering all kind
Angela Holland
Jul 03, 2012 Angela Holland rated it liked it
Why I read this book: I enjoy reading cozy mysteries and am doing two cozy challenges. I also read this book with a friend and we enjoy reading cozies together.

What I liked: Easy to read, fun characters. I liked learning about each "craft" the different people have. The character development is good. I like that is does not give away too many clues of the mystery and just when you think you have it solved there is a twist and you find out you did not have the right person.

What I didn't like: I
May 14, 2012 Jan rated it really liked it
Darcy and her sister, Harper, have just learned that they are WishCrafters. That means that they can grant the wishes of others, actually, they have to grant them as long as they are not malicious. This can come in handy, in the business they are involved in with their aunt, Ve. In this business they help find things for people or provide serves to help people out. Generally, this is non-magical help, but every now and then... In this town of witches and mortals, Darcy is still trying to figure ...more
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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. Currently, Heather lives in the Cincinnati area, and is currently hard at work on her next novel.

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“He does manage the bookstore, which is currently my favorite place on earth." Her eyes glazed over. "All those books. If I married him, I could probably work there the rest of my life. Nothing would make me happier."

"What about love?" Ve asked.

"Oh," Harper said solemnly. "I love books.”
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