Some Like It Witchy
A Wishcraft Mystery, Book #5
By Heather Blake
Author website: http://www.heatherblakebooks.com/
Brought to you OBS reviewer Kayt
Wishcrafter Darcy Merriweather can charm desires into reality, but as the national bestselling Wishcraft mysteries continue, she won’t be able to magically avoid trouble when death holds an open house….
The Enchanted Village is abuzz when the old Tavistock house finally goes up for sale. Darcy’s friend Curecrafter Cherise Goodwin is hoping she will have the winning bid on the home, but Darcy can’t shake the feeling that something bad is about to happen—and her magical instincts are usually right.
Sure enough, while Darcy and Cherise are looking at the property, they discover real estate agent Raina Gallagher stone-cold dead on the floor. Clutched in her hand is a gemstone amulet and, on the wall above her, a large red A. While Raina had no shortage of enemies, there’s also a dark legend about the house itself. To track down the killer, Darcy must unlock the secrets of both the deceased and the estate—and she’ll need to act fast, because revenge is a deal that never closes.
Some Like It Witchy is the first book I have read in the series A Wishcraft Mystery. I am not sure what I expected, but I know I went into reading it with some hesitation. While I do feel a reader would get more enjoyment and feel more comfortable if they read these books in order, it can stand alone. At least after some fumbling around with all the witch information and characters by myself. I thought I would not really enjoy this book because I felt a bit lost in the beginning, however Some Like It Witchy draws you in and keeps you entertained and under its spell.
Darcy Merriweather is still trying to find her feet in this wonderful Enchanted Village. She is a wishcrafter – a witch able to grant approved wishes – and works at her aunt Ve’s business As You Wish. The village is inhabited by both witch and non witches and they are careful to not cross lines. Darcy has also been given the job of investigator by the town Elder. This is a good thing for her since she has a nosey streak. She has been asked to help friend Cherise Goodwin to find a house to purchase and one is getting a lot of attention from the townfolk and others. Tavistock House has sparked a bidding war and not just for the building itself. There is a legend that the Circe Diamonds are hidden inside. Anyone finding them could bring some serious power and wreak havoc among the witches.
Things start to go bad when Darcy and Cherise find realtor Raina Gallagher dead in the house as they go to get another look at the bare bones of it. Darcy’s boyfriend Nick, also chief of police, is called to the scene. Luckily he does know about witches. Signs point one way towards a suspect, but it is too obvious. As Darcy searches for answers and finds several suspects, she also learns more about the Village itself and the part she plays in it. She learns more about her own mother as well. The mystery is well written and takes several intelligent turns until the real killer is revealed. Along with the mystery of murder, the ages old Circe Heist is delved into. Both mysteries are well developed and written to keep the reader in suspense.
I would recommend Some Like It Witchy to readers of paranormal cozies and anyone that enjoys an engrossing mystery filled with complex and enjoyable characters. I was drawn to the main character Darcy as strangely enough she seemed extremely human. The familiars are full of humor and personality. I am sure if I had read all of the books in this series in order I would have been able to give this one 5 stars plus. I have to admit I almost wanted to not like this book as I started it, but was won over very quickly and will have to go back and read the previous installments in the quirky, fun and thoroughly enjoyable series.