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Product Details

  • Series: Wishcraft Mystery (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; First Edition edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451235525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451235527
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 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 (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 two-time Agatha Award nominee and the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including the Nina Quinn Mysteries and the Lucy Valentine books. She lives in the Cincinnati area.

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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Customer Reviews

The secondary characters were great as well.
Melissa A. Palmer
I loved it so much that I was sad I had to wait for the next book in the series to finally be released.
Maggie 313
Heather Blake has brought me to the "other side" with her paranormal cozy mystery and I love it.
SueR

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Lori Caswell TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE 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?

Dollycas's Thoughts
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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13 of 13 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Love on January 3, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having recently discovered that they are witches, Darcy and her sister moved back to the family's homestead to join her Aunt's business. All was going well until her aunt's boyfriend was found near the strangled body of a woman he wished dead. Believing in her aunt and trusting her own instincts, Darcy tries her hand at sleuthing to expose a killer. I love this book. This magically delightful mix of mystery and mayhem with a dash of romance is a well-crafted, page-turning tale that left me wishing for more time in Enchanted Village, MA. This entertaining who-dun-it boasts adorable and captivating characters and a place I would love to call home. And the ending, OMG! This is a great start to more adventures with Darcy in this enticingly charming new series.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Sicurella VINE VOICE on January 4, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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What impressed me: It Takes a Witch takes a fabulous new look at witches. Instead of being able to do spells off all kinds, its witches are specialized through their hereditary lines. The most interesting line in Enchanted Village is Wishcrafters, those who make peoples wishes comes true. Main character Darcy being a Wishcrafter and having to grant any statement that begins with "I wish" makes for huge possibilities for the future of this series. This novel has a double mystery, neither of which I foresaw the resolution to. And the familiars! And the love interest! And the surprise twist ending! I could go on and on. It Takes a Witch just wowed me.

What disappointed me: Not a thing. An absolutely perfect series starter.

Recommended: Most definitely. Paranormal cozy mystery fans will fall in love with Darcy Merriweather and Enchanted Village.

Continue series: Good lord, yes. You couldn't stop me if you tried.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Diane Morasco on January 3, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
If Heather Blake's It Takes a Witch is any indication of mysteries to come in 2012, this stellar standout series debut has set the bar. high. Extremely high!

Blake has elevated the cozy/mystery/paranormal/amateur sleuth genre to platinum with this wickedly delicious first installment in the Wishcraft Mystery Series.

Darcy Merriweather and her sister, Harper, are descended from a lengthy succession of witches who have the power to grant wishes by casting spells. The Merriweather gals have landed at Enchanted Village in Salem, Massachusetts, to join the family business, but murder greets them shortly after arriving.

Darcy and Harper were enmeshed in dead-end jobs and going through the motions of everyday life until their aunt surprised them with a juicy family secret.... they're witches. Not just any `ole witch: Wishcrafters - witches with the capability to grant wishes with a simple spell.

Keen to start anew, the sisters travel to their aunt Velma's magic-themed tourist community to explore their recently discovered talent.

When wannabe witch, Alexandra Shively, is found laying on the ground with aunt Ve's scarf knotted tightly around her neck, and aunt Ve's honey, Sylar, kneeling beside her, things don't look so good for auntie's squeeze.

Aunt Ve's obstinately remaining in Sylar's corner, but Darcy overheard him wish that Alexandra would disappear for good. With Harper's attention diverted by her latest adoration, Darcy is inclined to discover the truth. Even if it'll take a bucket of wishes to get to the bottom of this beguiling mystery... Darcy's determined.

It Takes a Witch is an absorbing, entertaining, fast-paced -- not to mention hilarious - cozy.
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