Title: It Takes a Witch (Wishcraft Mystery #1)
Author: Heather Blake
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Published: Penguin - January 2012
Type: Mass Market Paperback - 299 pages
Synopsis of Book: Until three weeks ago, Darcy and Harper were working dead-end jobs and trying to put their troubles behind them. Then their aunt Velma delivered a bombshell: They're actually Wishcrafters - witches with the power to grant wishes with a mere spell. Wanting a fresh start, they head to their aunt's magic-themed tourist town to master their newfound skills.
But their magic fails them when a wannabe witch turns up dead - strangled with Aunt Ve's scarf - and Ve's sweetheart, Sylar, is found looming over the body. Ve is standing by her man, but Darcy overheard Sylar wish that the victim would disappear - forever. With Harper distracted by her handsome new crush. Darcy is determined to sleuth her way to the truth. But it'll take more than a wish to unravel this mystery. - taken from the back of the book
Why I read this book: I enjoy reading cozy mysteries and am doing two cozy challenges. I also read this book with a friend and we enjoy reading cozies together.
What I liked: Easy to read, fun characters. I liked learning about each "craft" the different people have. The character development is good. I like that is does not give away too many clues of the mystery and just when you think you have it solved there is a twist and you find out you did not have the right person.
What I didn't like: I am not sure what I think about the talking animals although I did like Pepe the mouse. I think I like the cozies that are a little more true to life and that you can believe. The wishcrafting is a little unbelievable even though it is cute. At the end of some of the chapters it seems there is an unfinished thought and you think the thought will be picked up in the next chapter but it is not.
Overall Impression: I enjoyed reading this book and it went very fast for me. I also had a lot of reading time as I have been home sick. I liked Darcy and Nick and how they act together. Another of my favorite characters was little Mimi - Nick's daughter. I like Heather's other books a little better than this one, but I will continue on with the series so I can find out some more about the town. I am hoping the next book is based on Harper a little more. It was fun watching Darcy learn her "craft" and discover what she can and can't do. I give this book 3 1/2 stars.