September 5, 2012

A Witch Before Dying by Heather Blake (A Wishcraft Mystery #2)

Title: A Witch Before Dying
Author: Heather Blake
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Source: Bought
Published: Signet - August 7, 2012
Type:  Mass Market Paperback
ISBN: 9780451237637
Synopsis of Book: 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…
Why I Read This Book: I wanted to continue on with this series and I read it with a friend
What I liked: I liked the cutiesness of this book and the way it made you think about how to solve the mystery.
What I didn't Liked: I know I say this a lot but since I enjoyed this book there was not much I did not like about the book. I guess if anything you can say I don't like how you know parts of the story would never happen in real life but that is why it is a fun cozy fiction book. One thing I do remember not caring for was how Mimi seemed to act a lot older than what I think she is, for some reason that stuck out in my mind as just a little off.
Overall Impression: I enjoyed reading this second installment in the wishcraft series. I liked how Darcy is learning more about her craft as we go along. I also liked how we seemed to have more than one mystery going on at the same time. Finally for once I was able to figure out part of the mystery before the very end which I enjoyed doing, even if I did not have it all figured out. There were a few new characters/townspeople that we met in this book but I enjoyed having the original characters in there and learning even a little more about them. Can you imagine have a stone that you could use to make what ever wish you wanted to come true happen? I think many people would get into trouble if they had this option as we tend to be a greedy race but oh wouldn't it be fun. Pick up this book and see what has happened to people who had this stone. This book also had a few love stories going on it and that was nice to read about. I was very surprised by one of our "criminals" in this book, I would have never guessed that person would do something wrong. Mimi is also learning a little more about her craft and life in general. All in all a good book and can't wait to see what happens in the next book. 4 Stars. 

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