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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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Jul 28, 2014 Jenn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: heather-blake
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
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
Jan 21, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: para-witches
The Good: Amusing, as the series always is. The introduction of the possibility of ghosts was interesting, though I'm glad it seems to not be a permanent addition. In this instance it was very helpful in giving emotion to the case Darcy found herself in the middle of, as well as giving her a very good reason to continue her involvement. With all cozy mystery series, the romance is slow going. But, what I especially like about this series is that there are real obstacles that come up that warrant ...more
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.

Apr 10, 2015 Betty rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
Will a ghost imprint on a person? Darcy has bad luck as Michael's ghost imprinted on her and he goes everywhere. Michael was delivering a striper cake to a party hosted by AS YOU WISH. We meet different kinds of crafters in this story. We learned about illum, flora and land crafters and there ability. Black roses have been shown and won awards. They have been feuding for a number of years. Dacy romance continues. I find the introduction of so many different crafters it hard to keep track of all ...more
Okay, book 3 really pulled me into the series fully. There is much to like here, even with the flaws. It is still a bit more recap than I needed. It is something I will just have to deal with in the series.

The romance takes more of a front seat here, getting more into the relationship for Darcy and Nick. We also see more of Ve and her love life. This book also introduces us to Flora and Tera crafters who are into growing things, plus illumi crafters who are intriguing with their talents. With t
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I loved this book. I adored her connection to Michael and what became a deeper friendship but also a truer friendship. By that I mean it wasn't just heavy and trying to find out about the murder, there were funny moments, sticky & gooey ones and a hot one.

This book was emotional for me and I don't know if I was alone in that. Some things weren't so mysterious, like Tilda's disappearance. But it didn't matter to me I was pulled in by the magic of any & al
Laura Agnella
Jun 03, 2014 Laura Agnella rated it really liked it
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).
Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
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
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Aug 23, 2013 Suspense Magazine rated it really liked it
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
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Apr 03, 2013 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it it was amazing
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
This book got very messy for Darcy, causing issues in her life. Yes there was the big issue of finding the dead body and then wanting and needing to figure out the killer, but more importantly was how doing that caused little waves in her life. I really liked the help that Darcy had in this one, mostly because the person helping had the most at stake, even if it didn't alter the final outcome. The relationship developed was great and I was sad to see it end.

I really would like to see Nick and Da
Aug 24, 2014 Schmolli rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 17, 2015 Cindy rated it it was amazing
I love this series. The author has a way of taking you to her mythical town and making it real. You never even question the fact that they are witches, it all seems normal.
Nov 10, 2014 Sabra rated it it was ok
Still very "Murder She Wrote," and why doesn't anyone leave this murderous little village? It has to be the murder capital of Massachusetts.
Dec 20, 2014 Melissapalmer404 rated it it was amazing
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
May 04, 2014 Sara rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 11, 2015 Samantha rated it it was amazing
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Aug 24, 2014 Henrietta rated it it was amazing
I loved Darcy!
May 07, 2013 Melodie rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
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!!
Mar 03, 2016 Joan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, audiobook
The Good, the Bad, and the Witchy by Heather Blake was another hit for me. I have fallen in love with this series. Colleen Marlo does a great job as narrator in providing a distinctive voice for each character so it's easy for me to fall into the story.

All of the characters in the Enchanted Village are quirky individuals that Ms. Blake has developed well. I want to visit the village and meet each one. Darcy and Nick's relationship is developing slowly; and in this story, they hit a rather large
Apr 08, 2013 Fala19 rated it it was amazing
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.
Erin Roethe
Mar 23, 2016 Erin Roethe rated it really liked it
This was my favorite of the series so far. The story lines and the mystery were so interesting. Who knew the magic flower business was so intense?! This book was told in a little different manner than the first two by involving a ghost. I love that the author continues to hide things from me. This is the third book and I don't know who the Elder is yet, which has kept me interested and guessing. Of course, I think I know who it is, but I'll most likely be wrong. It's also fun to know a few thing ...more
Aug 13, 2016 Ann rated it really liked it
A great series to listen to, each book has been fun to read and get to know the characters. Ready for the next one!
Micky Cox
May 26, 2016 Micky Cox rated it really liked it
Another entertaining visit to the Enchanted Village with the Merriweather Sisters and their circle of friends. We find Darcy planning an 80th birthday party that requires a stripper and a late cake delivery! Once again Darcy stumbles upon the body, however, there is a new twist with this one! The spirit of the deceased imprints on Darcy and won't leave until the murder is solved! Once again throwing Darcy into a sleuthing role only this time she is up against a growing nemesis that is also out t ...more
Jun 14, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adore this series! It's the perfect mix of paranormal, rom-com and cozy mystery. The Good, The Bad and The Witchy is the third book in Blake's Wishcraft Mystery series and each one makes me smile more than the one before. I adore Darcy, her sister Harper, her Aunt Ve, and her friends and neighbors in Enchanted Village. It's a series you should read in order just because of little side storylines that carry through, but I think it would still be enjoyable if you decided to skip ahead ...more
Candace Davidson
Dec 12, 2014 Candace Davidson rated it it was amazing
Magically wonderful!
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Harper Merriweather and the residents of the Enchanted Village are back. Harriett Harkette 80th birthday is approaching and hires As You Wish's concierge service to plan her birthday party, along with a stripper, Darcy has her work cut out for her. On the night of the party, Darcy is there to make sure everything is perfect for Harriett, a Floracrafter, who is also a friend of Darcy's Aunt Ve. When the cake isn't there Darcy starts calling the local bakery in town that she hired to make the cake ...more
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
Oct 28, 2014 Karen (BaronessBookTrove) rated it it was amazing

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
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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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Other Books in the Series

A Wishcraft Mystery (7 books)
  • It Takes a Witch (A Wishcraft Mystery, #1)
  • A Witch Before Dying (A Wishcraft Mystery, #2)
  • The Goodbye Witch (A Wishcraft Mystery, #4)
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