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A Witch Before Dying (A Wishcraft Mystery #2)

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  2,921 Ratings  ·  232 Reviews
Darcy Merriweather is Salem, Massachusetts’ newest resident Wishcrafter—a witch who can grant wishes for others. While Darcy isn’t able to grant wishes for herself, she does possess a certain knack for solving problems—including the occasional murder…

When Darcy is hired by Elodie Keaton to clean up her missing mother’s disorderly home, the Wishcrafter is certainly up for
Paperback, 298 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by NAL
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Nov 19, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-cozy
The Good: I absolutely love this series. The books are light, fun and utterly magical. The mystery was really interesting - a missing hoarder, found dead under a pile of her junk. presumably killed for a magical amulet. With the world building out of the way, this book focused a lot more on the people and I really loved seeing a more in depth look at the town, its residents and their abilities. Darcy is a very likable character, who you naturally root for. Unlike too many other cozy mysteries he ...more
For some reason, I had a hard time really liking the second book in this series. I had moments, where I could have just put it down, and walk away from it. For some reason, Darcy really bugged me in this one. The over bearing and constantly trying to control her sister and Aunt Ve, got very tiring for me. Archie and Pepe, really made me want to finish the book. They both made me laugh during their parts and became, my favorite characters in this series. I am going to keep reading the series. I j ...more
April Wood
Feb 24, 2014 April Wood rated it liked it
"When there's a witch, there's a way..."

Darcy, a witch with the power of granting wishes, is hired by Elodie Keaton to clean up her missing mother's home. What Darcy wasn't expecting to find was the body of Elodie's dead mother, under a pile of rubbish. Fortunately for Elodie, Darcy does possess a certain ability to solve problems, and now murders.

Darcy's investigation leads her to Elodie's charm-crafter boyfriend. Was the murder a crime of passion? Or was her murder a result of a wish-granting
Amanda The Book Slayer
4.5 stars.

I really enjoyed this one. I thought there were many more twists and turns which made it all very exciting.
Well, that was certainly the most rapid fire recap of events and exposition from the first book. Seriously, did we need to get all that information again? It was way more repetitive than I like, but thankfully it was only the beginning of the book.

I liked this book much better than the first, mostly because the first book spent more time setting up the world and how things work there. Now that we have all that established, we can get into some serious cozy mystery solving. This mystery also brin
Aug 10, 2012 Mason rated it it was amazing
Living in an enchanted village may sound a bit strange, but for Darcy Merriweather it’s beginning to feel normal - or as normal as can be for a wish crafter.

Darcy and her sister, Harper, live with their Aunt Velma in the magic-themed town of Enchanted Village. This is a place were witches live and practice their craft without mortals realizing it. Darcy helps out with her aunt’s business, As You Wish, a personal concierge service.

Elodie Keaton’s mother has been missing for over a year. When Elod
Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
Darcy Merriweather is a wishcrafter who can grant wishes for anyone but herself. She works for her Aunt Ve's personal concierge service, As You Wish.

Aunt Ve is feeling a bit under the weather plus she is trying to plan her wedding. Darcy is trying to help her but she also takes on Elodie Keaton as a new client.

Elodie's mother has been missing for so long Elodie realizes that she can no longer afford to pay all the bills and keep her mother's house. Her mother was a bit of a hoarder and Elodie hi
Dec 11, 2012 bella rated it it was amazing
Wishcrafter Darcy Merriweather is adjusting to her new life as a wishcrafter and working for her Aunt Ve at As You Wish. When Elodie Keaton hires Darcy to help her clean out her long-gone mother's cluttered house, Darcy just thinks that she has hard work ahead of her. After all Elodie's mother, Patrice, was a hoarder before she disappeared eighteen months ago. What Darcy doesn't expect to find is a dead body. When Elodie approaches Darcy to help her find Patrice's murderer, so her mother can fin ...more
Sep 07, 2014 Mirjam rated it it was amazing
The first book in this series was mesmerizing, so I was keeping my fingers crossed that this one would be just as much fun. I'm glad to say that it is! Blake's enchanting characters continue to delight me and I am not exaggerating when I tell you that they have made my list of treasured characters. All of them, but the adorable and entertaining familiars, Pepe and Archie in particular. They have a great flair for the dramatic and always make me smile. Their dialogues are highly entertaining and ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Aug 16, 2012 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it it was amazing
This book was fun to read and had a couple of mysteries inside, including a good murder mystery. I did not recognize the killer until the reveal and that doesn't happen too often any longer. Meanwhile, we the readers are kept busy with a 'Creeper Peeper' that honestly had me flummoxed, a wedding that just doesn't seem to be on 'track,' a romance that you root for and more.

Ms. Blake knows how to deliver a cozy location, the Enchanted Village neighborhood of Salem, Ma. Cozy? Oh yes, I can just see
Lacey Thornton
Oct 15, 2016 Lacey Thornton rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Cozy mystery readers
Recommended to Lacey by: Found through Goodreads, not sure where though. Giveaways maybe
Cozy-mysteries are a the best type of book to break up the day at work. And Heather Blake came through with lots of twists and turns. From the wedding planning to the murder and all the activities in between. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Jun 23, 2016 Brandi rated it it was amazing
I completely enjoyed this book and the characters. I liked the twists that were in the story line and find that I like the main character, Darcy. I find her to be a fun and complex character. The Wishcraft Mystery series is turning out to be a favorite.
Jul 24, 2014 Jenn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: heather-blake
Books in a series are always challenging to review for me, because I feel I should rate and review them independently and outside the context of the series. I was profusely torn between a 4- and 5-star rating, since I fell under the curse of raised expectations. However, other than the misfortune of following such a great first book, I could see no reason for not giving it 5 stars.
The author's talent and skill of including minute details in the intricate art of storytelling made reading this sto
Jul 24, 2014 Debbie rated it it was amazing
I am in love with series, I find it amazing everything that can be fit into a book. Many of the same characters are back with plenty of new ones. This book keeps your interest as to who is a witch and who is human, which animal is a familiar or not. This book not only has you trying to figure who is a murderer, but who is a peeper and who is trying to ruin a wedding. I love the characters in this series, they are likeable and they have a history to them, they interact so well together that you t ...more
Feb 26, 2016 Carolynn rated it really liked it
Well, this book is even better than the first. I must admit, I'm strongly in the murder mystery camp and the witchy-and-other-paranormal-camp, so this series, and in particular, this story, really hit the spot. All the characters seem to be getting more rounded and more realistic, and the storyline is more involved, putting this story on the level of some regular novels. I just wish this would give Ms. Blake carte blanche into the regular novel market, but there are a number who are turned off b ...more
Book of Secrets ☕
Apr 21, 2014 Book of Secrets ☕ rated it it was amazing
A WITCH BEFORE DYING is the second book in Heather Blake’s Wishcraft Mystery series which is set in a magical neighborhood of Salem, Massachusetts. Ms. Blake’s “witchy” cozy mysteries are a delight to read, and this one was no exception.

The mystery in this book was very good. It was complex with interwoven plot lines, and I was kept guessing until the very end. Wishcrafter Darcy Merriweather has her hands full when she’s hired to clean out a missing hoarder’s house, and she finds the dead body o
Nov 02, 2012 Ariel rated it it was amazing
Darcy and her Aunt Ve run a personal concierge service called "As You Wish". Darcy is hired to clean out a hoarder's house by the daughter, Elodie. Elodie has tried to care for the house ever since her mother disappeared 18 months ago, but it is time to clean out the hoards of stuff and try to move on. Darcy manages to uncover the mother's body in the piles of stuff, and she was definitely murdered. As if that weren't bad enough, Darcy's house is being watched by somebody in the woods, and even ...more
Nov 08, 2012 Bird rated it really liked it
This was another fun read by Heather Blake (aka Heather Webber). It perfectly blends together a cozy mystery, a hint of romance, and a quirky paranormal flavor to create a series that is unlike any other I’ve read. I’ve read all of the author’s series, and this is my favorite so far. Definitely a fun, escape-from-the-everyday type of read. I love stepping into the world that the author has created, and I’m always a bit sad when I finish one of her stories. (Please - write faster!!)

My one complai
Angela Holland
Sep 05, 2012 Angela Holland rated it really liked it
Why I Read This Book: I wanted to continue on with this series and I read it with a friend

What I liked: I liked the cutiesness of this book and the way it made you think about how to solve the mystery.

What I didn't Liked: I know I say this a lot but since I enjoyed this book there was not much I did not like about the book. I guess if anything you can say I don't like how you know parts of the story would never happen in real life but that is why it is a fun cozy fiction book. One thing I do rem
Dec 29, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, read-2012
I adore Heather Blake's/Heather Webber's books. They're fun without being overly frivolous. They're engaging and magical, just like her characters. (In a lot of ways, her writing reminds me of lighter version Sarah Addison Allen, who I also love.)

I have never been to Salem, so I have no idea if The Enchanted Village I've constructed in my head from the Wishcraft series resembles an actual place, but I must say I love the quaint, charming town in the novels. Not only do I want to visit, I'd move
This continues to be a light fun uncomplicated series. Great when your life is overly complicated and you want simple escapism. One of those series where you fall in love with the characters more than anything else.

The murder Darcy finds herself investigating in this book is not a new one, rather a long time missing person from the village ... where the body finally is discovered.

The magical side of the mystery is a gem which grants wishes to anyone, Crafter or immortal. Unlike the Wishcrafter'
❂ Jennifer
Aug 19, 2012 ❂ Jennifer rated it really liked it
The second in the Wishcrafting mystery series, A Witch Before Dying is, I think, my favorite of the two so far. Both are excellent, but the first one felt like it had a tiny bit of silly in it, and this one did not. What it did have is some absolutely hysterical moments of dialogue - Archie had me laughing out loud - and a better explanation of some of the types of magic in this particular universe. The mysteries behind the murder and a rash of break-ins was very well crafted, with a good number ...more
Sep 08, 2012 Sharon rated it it was amazing

i loved this book setting and all the charming characters and some not so charming.

This is a 2nd book in a series. it is the continuing tale of a small town that has magic, murder and intrigue. Darcy works for her Aunt Ve in a Personal concierge service "As you wish" and she is an amateur Sleuth. Darcy is hired to clean up a very disorderly home. Darcy can also grant wishes of others. During this clean up she finds the house owners body under all the piles of papers and knickknacks. Of course, s
Debbie Heaton
Sep 13, 2012 Debbie Heaton rated it it was amazing
In Blake’s paranormal mystery novel, Darcy, a Wishcrafter, is hired by Elodie Keaton to clean up her mother’s house, a mother who has been missing for two years. Although the house is a hoarder’s dream, As You Wish is up to the task—until the missing woman’s body is found buried beneath the clutter.

Taking on the case, Darcy is determined to help Elodie solve the death of her mother. The deceased had vanished shortly after a falling out with her boyfriend leading Darcy to suspect a crime of passi
Aug 26, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries, 2012-read
The second book in the Wishcraft Mystery series finds Darcy juggling plans for her aunt's upcoming wedding while accepting a job to clean out a hoarder house. Then during the initial inspection of the house with the owner's daughter, they discover a dead body buried in the clutter. The mystery surrounding this death, as well as that of the town's peeping tom, keeps Darcy on her toes as she tries to find answers, all without getting in trouble with her wishcraft magic. The first book in this seri ...more
Jan 16, 2015 Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction, wiccan
I have quite fallen for the characters in this book and Ms Heather's style. It's light, it's creative, it' fun. Ok sure their is a mystery a murder and woven in the web are fun characters, unusual takes on the wiccan craft which is most charming and a budding romance.
What's not to love?
Sandra Holladay
Oct 29, 2012 Sandra Holladay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
I was hoping A Witch Before Dying, the second book in the series, would be as good as the first one (It Takes a Witch), and I have to say that I think it was even better. The familiars (especially Archie and Pepe) had a bigger part and I love their interactions with the ‘Crafters’ in the Enchanted Village (I want to live there-well, except for all the murders part). This is a fun read, totally enjoyable from start to end; there are some smaller mysteries thrown in with the ‘who done it’ bigger m ...more
Mar 07, 2013 Doris rated it it was amazing
I found Darcy delightful, and the mystery she sets out to solve interesting. It was different than many on the market because the heroine did not set out to save herself or someone she loved from a murder charge - she was, to use her own term, being nosy. It helped that she was also hired by a family member to snoop, but, unlike many others, this did not have the impact of someone interfering in a police investigation or bumbling about blindly until the facts unambiguously revealed the truth.

Aug 11, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Lots of fun! I really enjoyed it. Heather has created a wonderful little town of witches called "Crafters" in which every witch has a different specialty. Darcy is a Wishcrafter with the ability to grant wishes to anyone but herself. She grants a wish to find missing person and when the missing person is found, they discovered she was murdered. Darcy sets out to find out why she was murdered and who did it. There are several other mysteries taking place at the same time. The characters are enter ...more
Nov 26, 2012 Anne rated it really liked it
I think most of the other reviewers covered it. I give this such a high rating because it had none of the elements which occasionally annoy me in a cozy. That's when the character obsesses about her weight, her age/aging, couture clothing, not having a guy, etc. I like all of the characters.

One thing that surprised me was that there was no follow up on the surprise at the end of the first book. Since the author brought up this situation, I hope she just doesn't drop it. It should be addressed in
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Also writes as Heather Webber

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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  • The Good the Bad and the Witchy (A Wishcraft Mystery, #3)
  • The Goodbye Witch (A Wishcraft Mystery, #4)
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