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The Good the Bad and the Witchy (A Wishcraft Mystery #3)

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Darcy Merriweather is Enchanted Village’s newest resident Wishcrafter—a witch who can grant wishes for others. But as Darcy prepares a celebration for a magical florist, she discovers that every rose has its thorns…

When magical florist Harriette Harkette decides to throw a lavish eightieth birthday party for herself, she hires Darcy’s Aunt Ve’s personal concierge service
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Signet
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I absolutely adored this story. In addition to the humour the reader got to know (and hopefully appreciate) in the previous two installments, the reader is now in for a treat as an element of spookiness is added to the wonderful medley of genres that makes this series so endearing.
To begin with, the reader will find this story to be much more character focused as we can trace the development of the protagonist and the immediate secondary characters, and it also provides greater depths into the c
Unlike J.D. Robb's NY, the residents of this little town must be getting creeped out by the string of murders. Hmmm, that thought may be a sign I'm reading too many of these back to back. Although, no problem, I just caught up with the publishing schedule.

The murder du jour is a young delivery boy named Michael, who Darcy met and liked, but we never met on screen before his death. Until his death being key, as Michael's ghost attaches itself to Darcy, waiting for her to solve his murder.

I will pretty much read whatever Heather Blake/Webber writes. Having said that, this most recent installment of the Wishcraft Mystery series frustrated me a bit.

Here's what I can't understand: Why can't someone just wish that the crime would be solved? I know that Darcy can't fulfill her own wishes, but she's allowed to fulfill other Crafters' wishes if the Elder feels it's acceptable. Wouldn't the Elder want the murder to be solved, therefore she would have no problem allowing Darcy to fulfill
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
I was given a gift by the talented author, Heather Blake. The gift was an Advance Reader's copy of this stunning book, 'The Good, The Bad, and the Witchy.' Not only was being thought of a treat, the book, itself, was one great read!

Darcy Merriweather, a young woman possessing powers of a Wishcrafter (she can grant wishes for others,) has found a home in a section of Salem's outskirts, known as The Enchanted Village. Darcy has found friends, family, and thanks to her Aunt, Velma, a good job. The
As I said after reading the first part of this witch series, I couldn't wait to start this one. I was not disappointed. Again an easy read, but still engaging, logically continuing the development of the character, which had been introduced in the first book. A book you will not want to put down until finished, just because it is so relaxing to read.
Still very "Murder She Wrote," and why doesn't anyone leave this murderous little village? It has to be the murder capital of Massachusetts.
Book #120 Read in 2014
The Good, the Bad and the Witchy by Heather Blake

This is the third book in a paranormal cozy mystery series. Darcy is a Wishcrafter....she can grant other people's wishes. Set in a magical village, this series is a comfort read for me; I enjoy the characters and the setting. In this book, local crafter Michael is murdered and his ghost has imprinted on Darcy. To help him find peace, she wants to solve the murder. To try to do so puts her at risk. This series has the cozy my
I missed this when it was released somehow, but it did not disappoint! Heather Blake kicked it up a notch with this installment of the Wishcraft series.

Harriette Harkette is no wallflower...pun intended, as she is a FloraCrafter. Not only is she throwing herself an 80th birthday party (planned by the Merriweathers and As You Wish), she's developed the first and only truly black rose which obviously has the flower world in a tizzy.

The birthday cake is late, so Darcy goes to check to see if it's a
I loved Darcy!
Laura Agnella
The Good, the Bad, and the Witchy by Heather Blake is the third in the wishcraft mystery series and I am devouring them. I find that they are perfect cozy mysteries to snuggle up with and am already grabbing the next one from the store.

This series gets rave reviews from me. I've spoken before about my love for the characters. Each character living in the Enchanted Village has their own appeal. Eccentricity is the norm and in this installment, we get some new quirky characters to love (or hate).
I don't think Heather Blake/Webber knows how to write a bad book! I have yet to pick up anything by her that wasn't a page turning treat! This one was no exception. I was really stumped as to who the killer was! I think I'm going to need to come up with a flow-chart to keep all the crafters, half-crafters and wanna-bes and their powers straight! Great read! RECOMMEND!!
The Good, the Bad and the Witchy was a masterfully crafted mystery that left me guessing until the very end as to who the killer was. This was a very fast moving book that I did not want to put down. I have loved every book I've read by Heather Blake and this one was no different.
Candace Davidson
Magically wonderful!
Karen Hickory

With this book I felt sorry for Darcy as she was stuck with a ghost that wanted her to solve his murder so that someone will know about what was really going on.
Much like Heather's other two books this one was such a good one that I couldn't put it down for a while and when it was done I felt a little bit good but also sad. The reason for that is because I didn't want it to end but then I
Book #3 in the Wishcraft Mystery series starts off with a boisterous birthday bash for Harriette, an eighty-year-old "floracrafter," (a witch whose magical specialty is flowers), complete with her signature black roses and an aging stripper. The party is just getting going when Darcy Merriweather discovers the recently murdered corpse of the young man who'd come to deliver the birthday cake. Michael's ghost attaches itself to Darcy, urging her to help him find his killer, but Darcy's snooping pu ...more
Darcy Merriweather is Enchanted Village’s newest resident Wishcrafter—a witch who can grant wishes for others. But as Darcy prepares a celebration for a magical florist, she discovers that every rose has its thorns…

As You Wish, Darcy and Aunt Ve’s personal concierge service has been hired to throw a party for magical florist, Harriette Harkness. She is 80 years young and plans to celebrate. She is also celebrating her new Witching Hour rose, it is the very first all natural midnight black flower
The Good, the Bad and the Witchy is the third book in this series by Heather Blake and given how much I was hooked in by the first two books, I was expecting high hopes out of this one. Thankfully Ms Blake didn't disappoint as she winds magic, mayhem and murder through the Enchanted Village.

Wishcrafter Darcy is looking forward to enjoying a visiting carnival with boyfriend, policy officer Nick, but when murder occurs outside her Aunt Ve's friend, Harriette Harkness' birthday party, Darcy and Nic
I found this book a little interesting because it both brings up some new potential issues that I think will both help and hurt the series as a whole. At least in my opinion. None of the "hurt" is enough to dissuade me from the series, however. I'll elaborate more on that in a bit.

I first want to discuss what I liked about the book. The mystery here is good, but what really pushes the series is the magic. I really found this an interesting spin on the whole idea of witches and magic in cozy myst
❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
Very fun, light-hearted read with a just a few heart tugging moments. And an excellent murder mystery that is very well crafted - the murderer was most excellently concealed. As the daughter of a career florist, the story of the elusive black rose was highly entertaining and with each new book it feels like the magic of this "universe" matures a bit more, making this a book I could not put down once I got stuck into it.

The characters of the Enchanted Village are very fleshed out and it's easy t
The third book in the Wishcraft mystery series, I wasn’t too happy with it. When magical florist Harriette Harkette decides to throw a birthday party/celebration for herself, she hires Darcy from As You Wish to plan the party. Darcy finds herself in over her head though, when the cake delivery boy, Michael Healey winds up dead. Michael’s ghost “implants” on Darcy, forcing her to solve the mystery and bring the culprit to justice so that Michael can rest in peace.
I have read the previous two book
Kat Lebo
I thought I had already read the first couple of books in this series, so I purchased the 3rd expecting an easy read, as I would already know all the back stories. Surprise! This was not a series I had previously read, so that was a bit disheartening at first. However, I quickly caught up and by 1/4 way through I was pretty sure who everyone was, as well as what everyone was. :-)

This novel qualifies as top notch for me for several reasons:

1) The proofreading and editing are wonderful. I did not
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Melody Troxell
This is the third book in Heather Blake's Wishcraft Series and I have to say that it is my favorite! Another amazing adventure featuring Darcy Merriweather and the Enchanted village crew. There is certainly mystery but also love, drama, and of course family disfunction!

After rereading both of the other Wishcraft books (A Witch before Dying and It takes a Witch) I was definitely excited to begin the third. The story line is amazing (and since it is early on I am not going to include specifics) w
Stripers, black roses and a dead body, oh my!

Darcy is settling in and really enjoying her life with, Nick, Harper, Mimi, Missy & Aunt Ve. The festival is going on, Halloween is coming up and Darcy is making 80 years old Harriett’s birthday wishes come true, until she finds another body. She knows Michael Healey and can’t believe her luck. Michael’s soul imprints on Darcy and she has to solve his murder so he can move on.

Darcy and Nick’s relationship is moving slowly but steadily until Glinda
I really love this series. I don't usually read too many murder mysteries, but throw in some loveable characters and a dash of paranormal and I get sucked right in. If the town was real, I would so love to visit it. Temporary. And with a bodyguard. It is a dangerous place with the recent murders, after all.

This book picks up a little after the last one, and goes from there. We get to watch more of Ve's wondering eye, Harper's corruption of Darcy, Darcy and Nick's budding romance, and, of course
Suspense Magazine
Harriette Harkette, a Floracrafter, is throwing herself a formal 80th birthday party complete with black roses and a stripper. Harriette can’t do this on her own so she hires Darcy and Aunt Ve’s personal concierge service, As You Wish, to make it the most elegant birthday bash ever! It will also be the perfect opportunity for Harriette to show her newest creation, the midnight black Witching Hour rose.
The party is a hit except for a few minor problems. First, the cake is late and the cake delive
Diane ~Firefly~
Another good book in the series. I really like the Wishcraft world and learning about new types of wishcrafters each book is interesting. This time we get Floracrafters, Terracrafter and Illumicrafters.

What I enjoyed:
* Michael. It sucks we only got to know him as a ghost. (view spoiler) In fact, his character is what pushed this from 3 to 4 stars.
* The characterizat
Oh, how I love the Wishcraft series! You will hear me say that about Heather Blake's alter ego Heather Webber's Lucy Valentine series too. Last year I also tried one of her Nina Quinn mysteries and loved it as well, so I guess it has become abundantly clear that I will have to shorten this by saying, I love her writing, no matter whom she is writing as.

Heather Blake/Webber books are usually labeled cozy and are the pinnacle of what a cozy mystery should be. For me, cozy mysteries are often predi
Aurian Booklover
Harriette Harkette, a flora crafter, has thrown herself a big girls only black and white themed birthday party for her 80th birthday. Darcy and her Aunt Ve are in charge of the organisation. One of Darcy’s job was to hire a stripper! Which is something she really doesn’t like, and the thought of a young handsome oiled man giving Harriette a stroke, makes her choose an older stripper. Who does not meet any of Harriette’s requirements! Her aunt Ve is also very excited about the stripper and can’t ...more
Review from Backchatting Books

I really enjoyed Blake's latest novel as Darcy's investigative skills continue to improve. Floracrafter Harriette Harkette hires Aunt Ve's company As You Wish to plan a massive party for her to celebrate not only her birthday, but her success in creating the world's first truly black rose. Everything is going swimmingly until Michael Healey, the man hired to deliver the cake, is murdered. Michael's ghost imprints on Darcy - not in the Twilight way - and Darcy is stu
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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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A Wishcraft Mystery (5 books)
  • It Takes a Witch (A Wishcraft Mystery, #1)
  • A Witch Before Dying (A Wishcraft Mystery, #2)
  • The Goodbye Witch (A Wishcraft Mystery, #4)
  • Some Like It Witchy (A Wishcraft Mystery, #5)
It Takes a Witch (A Wishcraft Mystery, #1) A Witch Before Dying (A Wishcraft Mystery, #2) A Potion to Die For (Magic Potion Mystery #1) The Goodbye Witch (A Wishcraft Mystery, #4) One Potion in the Grave ( A Magic Potion Mystery #2)

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