A Witch Before Dying (A Wishcraft Mystery, #2)
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A Witch Before Dying (A Wishcraft Mystery #2)

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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...more
Paperback, 298 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Signet
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April Wood
"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...more
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.
Mason
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...more
bella
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
Mirjam
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
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...more
A.
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
Bird
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...more
Angela Lynn Holland
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...more
Jennifer
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...more
mlady_rebecca
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'...more
Sharon

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...more
Debbie Heaton
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...more
Linda
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
Sandra Holladay
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
Doris
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.

In...more
Carol
Aug 11, 2012 Carol rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Anne
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...more
Judy Hall
"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...more
Diana Leigh
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...more
Russel Clark
It was a blast reading the book. I love the characters and the twist at the ending really blew me away! The Peeper Creeper was the last person I suspected to be the culprit! I was just a little put out with Ve, she was so inconsiderate to Darcy, making her do all those chores while she was sabotaging her own wedding. If she didn't want to get married, she should just have said so. In the end, the person who will be hurt will still be hurt, no matter how you go about it. I am also very upset that...more
Matthew
In book two, we get a second murder, this one somewhat... cold. I found the ending somewhat unsatisfying... it didn't resolve everything. The author doesn't seem concerned with what happens to her murder-related characters after her book ends. The murderer is revealed, in a blaze of glory, and the table is wiped for a new murder. And then there was the mystery of the first book, of Darcy's spells still working even when the Elder revoked her magic. What does it mean?

But fun, easy reading nonthel...more
LORI CASWELL
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...more
Chibineko
If I had to sum up the series as a whole so far (all two books of it), I'd say that it's a cute series and one that I like reading, but nothing that I'd anticipate reading along the lines of the next Kim Harrison. It's somewhat forgettable in that way that you'll forget when the next book is coming out, but likable and memorable enough that when you do realize that more books have released, you'll make a note to buy them the next time you're in a bookstore.

That said, there are some things that...more
Ana
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Vilia
Review from Backchatting Books

Darcy Merriweather, Wishcrafter extraordinaire, is embroiled in yet another mystery in Enchanted Village. I really enjoyed the first in the series but I think this one was better. Darcy works for her Aunt Ve’s concierge service which acts as a front for their wishcrafting activities. This time Darcy has been hired by Elodie Keaton to clean out the home of her packrat mother, Patrice. Darcy discovers Patrice’s body in the middle of all the mess and Elodie promptly hi...more
Vickie
How cool would it be to live in the town that lets magical peeps hide in plain sight?
Darcy lives and works with her good witch aunt Ve. They run the business 'As You Wish' which basically means they do pretty much anything they are hired to do. Aunt Ve is sick, though, so Darcy is having to handle everything herself. To include Aunt Ve's wedding preparations. Which aren't going so swimmingly.
Darcy is hired to clean out a house belonging to a woman who disappeared over a year ago.
Darcy tackles...more
chrisa
Warning, there may be some mild spoilers about relationships in the book in this review, but I don't reveal anything about the mystery. ^_^

I really enjoyed this book, the second in The Witchcraft Series, and I'm looking forward to reading more in the series.

I especially like that Blake is taking a sensible route with Darcy by having her pursue her PI's license rather than just bumbling around with no credentials (Though I do hope that she actually attempts to earn her PI's license the 'real' wa...more
Jessica
Okay so these books are cute and sweet and the stories are interesting. I like that specific witches have specific talents but the author is driving me a bit batty with all her back tracking. I understand the need to put background in the story since it is the second book and you don't want someone lost but you really shouldn't have to repeat the same background over and over each time you run into the characters. I don't know if the proof reader failed or what but enough already.
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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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