A Witch Before Dying by Heather Blake is the second book in the “Wishcraft” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian, August 2012

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 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 after a fight with her Charmcrafter boyfriend. Was her murder a crime of passion? Or were Patrice’s troubles caused by the Anicula, a wish-granting amulet? Now Darcy has to not only find a killer, she has to find the Anicula—before the power of ultimate wish fulfillment falls into the wrong hands.

A missing mother and a missing amulet all factor in Darcy’s latest adventure in the Enchanted Village. A simple job of cleaning out a home turns into a nightmare when a body is found buried amongst the debris meant to be discarded. Now with another new assignment, Darcy will have to search for a killer and figure out who’s is sabotaging her aunt’s upcoming wedding.

Heather has done it again. She’s written a captivating book that combines the elements of mystery, mayhem, magic and romance in a delightfully enchanting series that I could not put down. The author did a good job in keeping me in suspense as the story progressed towards its conclusion. I love all the magical knowledge that the villagers possess. This well-written whodunit boasts a wonderfully lovable cast, great dialogue and a place I would love to call home. I look forward to the next chapter and discoveries with Darcy and her friends.

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