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"[It Takes a Witch] seamlessly blends elements of fantasy and criminal drama." ---Midwest Book Review --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Heather Blake is a pseudonym of Heather Webber, the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including the Nina Quinn Mysteries and the Lucy Valentine books. Heather has been nominated twice for an Agatha Award. She currently lives in the Cincinnati area with her family.

Coleen Marlo is an accomplished actor and multi-award-winning audiobook voice artist and producer. In 2010 she was named Audiobook Narrator of the Year by Publishers Weekly, and she won the Audie Award for Literary Fiction in 2011. She has won numerous Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards and is an AudioFile Earphones Award winner. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Wishcraft Mystery (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: NAL; First Edition edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451235525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451235527
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Lori Caswell VINE VOICE on January 3, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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 and telling who's who is not an easy task.

Shortly after arriving in the village a mortal that wants to be a witch is strangled with dear Aunt Ve's scarf. The body is found by Aunt Ve's sweetheart, Sylar, and he ends up being accused of the crime. Ve believes he didn't do it and the girls would do anything for their aunt. Unfortunately you can't just wish for the truth to appear. In fact there is a whole manual on Wishcrafting and there are so many rules. So Darcy starts by doing some old fashioned detective work, a little breaking and entering, and some eavesdropping to put all the clues together. Who knew magic could be so much work?

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I wish this story never ended or that the next one was in my hands today. This is a fun little mystery and a really delightful story. Murder, magic, mystery, they just naturally go together. A little romance adds to the fun.

The Enchanted Village is truly a magical place, full of whimsical characters. A place where wishes come true and spells are cast. A place where the familiar becomes extraordinary. A place I would love to visit often. I wish I could go there now. Sadly, no Wishcrafters around here today, but A Witch Before Dying will be out in August. I will just have to wait. Until then you can enjoy It Takes a Witch: A Wishcraft Mystery. It is just the book you have been wishing for.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lynda Turpin on January 3, 2012
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I love, love, love this book! I first started reading Heather's work through her Lucy Valentine series (written as Heather Webber). I didn't think I would find a book or heroine that could compare with Lucy (although her Nina Quinn series is also awesome), but Heather has definitely come through for her readers with this "enchanting" new series. I think this is one of the best books I have ever read. I'm not normally a huge fan of paranormal books, but "It Takes a Witch" is so well-written and so much fun that I was hooked from the very beginning. I was drawn into the lives of Darcy and the other inhabitants of Enchanted Village. It felt like a place I would love to visit or, better yet, live. The conclusion was not predictable or cliched. I was very satisfied in the end with Nick and Mimi and am looking forward to seeing how that progresses in the next book. I had this book pre-ordered for months, and when it arrived on my Kindle early this morning, I started reading and didn't stop until I was at the end. And, oh, how I hated for it to end! If you have not read "It Takes a Witch", you are definitely missing out on an awesome read. I just wish I didn't have to wait until August for the next installment (A Witch Before Dying).
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By acid_raine_burns on April 13, 2012
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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. The author, while having an interesting story idea, needed to mature into her craft. After that, I found out the author has written several books. Oh wow . . .

First of all, I found Darcy and Harper's last name to be way too cliche. I could see it as a cute touch to a first time author, but it really annoyed me. Also, when a pickpocket was mentioned at the village meeting, Darcy was quick to jump to the conclusion that her sister was responsible. However, the audience is told that Harper only did crimes related to activism. That being the case, why does Darcy automatically assume her sister is stealing money from tourists? And that brings up the Enchanted Village . . . I cannot put my finger on it, but it felt too contrived.

The residents and business owners in the Enchanted Village are concerned about the pickpocket and the fact that it was driving tourists away. However, the murder had no effect on them. Does this seem weird? In addition, the residents didn't seem to be phased by the fact that someone was strangled behind the local bookstore. It was more of a novelty and something to titter about around the green. To a point I can see the gossip, but the author pushed it to an unbelievable point.

Multiple times Darcy and other people break into the victim's house/place of business. On the first occasion, it was to stop a thief. Unfortunately, the thief disappears into thin air, which leaves Darcy and her accomplice on the scene of a crime. Does this strike the cops as weird . . .?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Casto on January 8, 2012
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When I saw the cover of this book I just knew I had to read it, and boy what a story. The author puts a whole new spin on witches! Instead of casting spells on people the witches really cast wishes.

After the death of their father Darcy and Harper Merriweather learn from their Aunt Ve that they are Wishcrafters, witches with the power to grant wishes. So they decide to leave Ohio and move to the Enchanted Village in Salem Massachusetts where other crafters live. They move in with their Aunt Ve who is not only teaching them the ropes of their craft, but also has them helping out in her business called As You Wish.After living in the Village for less than a month the girls attend a village meeting where a murder is committed. With the clues pointing to Aunt Ve's friend, Darcy decides to do a little investigating to figure out who committed the crime.

What a wonderful story. Imagine growing up and never knowing your a witch. Well that's just what happened to Darcy and Harper. They had been living in Ohio with their dad, who actually knew but swore aunt Ve to secrecy. Once he dies though Ve shares their heritage with them and their lives change in an instant! I loved the whole premise of the girls being able to grant wishes, but only if they were worded in a particular way. The Enchanted Village was full of interesting characters, some mortal some crafters thing was it's not easy to tell the difference between the two. While the author introduces us to several characters in the first few chapters of the book, once the story got going it was easy to sort them out. I always enjoy when an author includes an animal in the story and with this story we have Miss Demeanor, aka Missy a Schnoodle that was rescued from a puppy mill and Tilda Ve's Himalayan Cat.
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