Series: WISHCRAFT MYSTERY SERIES
Plot Type: Chicklit Cozy Mystery with Witches
Ratings: Violence—3; Sensuality—2; Humor—3
Publisher and Titles: Obsidian
It Takes a Witch (1/2012)
A Witch Before Dying (8/2012)
The Good, the Bad, & the Witchy (4/2013)
The Goodbye Witch (5/2014)
Some Like It Witchy (5/2015)
Gone with the Witch (5/2016)
This post contains my reviews of books 1 and 2 in this series and back-cover blurbs for books 3 through 6. I have stopped reviewing this series mostly because chick lit cozy mysteries are not my favorite genre. I will, however, continue to post links to new titles and the publisher's back-cover blurbs of all of the new books.
If a Crafter marries a mortal, the situation gets complicated: "He or she had two options. One was to reveal the Craft to the spouse. In that case, the Crafter forfeited his or her powers...and became a Halfcrafter (...essentially...a mortal)....The other option was...to keep the Craft a secret from a spouse, thus leading a difficult life of lies and magical subterfuge, but retaining the ability to perform magic. The clueless spouse in that instance did not become a Halfcrafter, and held no knowledge of the Craft at all." (A Witch Before Dying, p. 37) Further complicating things, the children of a marriage between a Crafter and a human are full Crafters, with the talents of their Crafter parent. In a marriage between two Crafters of differing types, their child is born with both abilities, but one is much stronger than the other. Different children of the same union have different skill strengths.
Witches are required to abide by certain rules, chief among which is that they are not allowed to let any humans know that witchcraft exists. Witches who break that law suffer sever consequences. The witchcraft laws are enforced by a mysterious entity—a female known as the Elder—who summons the lawbreaker to a tree in the middle of the woods where she appears to them as a light with a voice. Wishcrafters must abide by some additional rules: "not interfering with life and death; and the fact that we can't grant our own wishes—or the wishes of other Wishcrafters." (A Witch Before Dying, p. 16)
If you enjoy reading humorous witchy mysteries, here are some similar series. Click on a series title to go to my review: Madeline Alt (BEWITCHING MYSTERIES); Annette Blair (VINTAGE MAGIC); Linda Wisdom (JAZZ TREMAINE/HEX SERIES); Victoria Laurie (GHOST HUNTER MYSTERIES); Heather Webber (LUCY VALENTINE).
The conflict is set in motion when a local woman, Alexandra Shively, is murdered and Aunt Ve's boyfriend, Sylar Dewitt, is arrested for the crime. The Crafters believed that Alexandra was a seeker (a normal human who wants to be a witch), but she always claimed have a witchy heritage, and she managed to antagonize most of the Crafters in town with her cocky behavior. Everyone is sure that Sylar is innocent, but at first there are no other suspects, so Darcy and Harper begin to investigate the case themselves. Darcy is the primary focus of the plot as she makes friends with Nick Sawyer, a handsome widower and a former highway patrol officer, and his daughter, Mimi. As Darcy investigates, she keeps running into Nick, and they begin a tentative friendship that has some romantic overtones. Eventually, the murderer is caught, Darcy and Nick move a few more steps into their relationship, and Harper finds a possible boyfriend of her own. One story line that runs through the book is Darcy's curiosity about whether Aunt Ve's cat and/or Harper's dog are familiars—human spirits in animal bodies. The answer to that question is a stunner that comes at the end of the story.
REVIEW OF BOOK 2: A Witch Before Dying
In the meantime, a burglar has been breaking into Crafters' homes in the Enchanted Village at an alarming rate, always rummaging through belongings, but never taking anything. Nick, who is the Village's new police chief, is at his wit's end trying to keep up with the investigations, but he has been unable to catch the perpetrator. Another story line relates to Aunt Ve and Sylar's upcoming wedding, which ultimately may not be a happy event for either of them. The story lines begin independently, but soon begin to interweave.
Darcy's romance with Nick takes a baby step forward as they share their first passionate kiss, and, with behind-the-scenes assistance from Darcy, Harper hooks up with Marcus Debrowski, the lawyer we met in book 1.
One humorous story thread is taken directly from Seinfeld's final season--the episode in which Jerry dated a girl who looked beautiful in bright light, but scary ugly in shadows. That's exactly the ongoing situation with Andreus Woodshall, a sometimes handsome roving gem dealer who once dated Patrice and who has an interest in the Anicula.
Once again, illogical events are numerous, with characters acting independently without confiding in friends and having temporary memory black-outs when they can't remember some bit of essential information until just the right time in the action. Still, if paranormal cozy mysteries are your cup of tea, you'll probably enjoy this one. To read or listen to an excerpt from A Witch Before Dying, click HERE to go to the book's Amazon.com page and then click on either the cover art or the "Listen" icon.
BOOK 3: The Good, the Bad, and the Witchy—Back-Cover Blurb
When magical florist Harriette Harkette decides to throw a lavish eightieth birthday party for herself, she hires Darcy’s Aunt Ve’s personal concierge service, As You Wish, to plan the soiree. But turning eighty isn’t all Harriette is celebrating—the Floracrafter has recently created the first all-natural black Witching Hour rose.
BOOK 4: The Goodbye Witch—Back-Cover Blurb
BOOK 5: Some Like It Witchy—Back-Cover Blurb
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. To read or listen to an excerpt from Some Like It Witchy, click HERE to go to the book's Amazon.com page and then click on either the cover art or the "Listen" icon.
BOOK 6: Gone with the Witch—Back-Cover Blurb
As if a murder weren’t bad enough, someone begins snatching up prize-winning pets right from under their owners’ noses. Darcy is determined to protect the pampered participants at whatever cost. But she’ll have to work fast to sniff out the thief before she becomes the next victim of a killer determined to stop her dead in her tracks. To read or listen to an excerpt from Gone with the Witch, click HERE to go to the book's Amazon.com page and then click on either the cover art or the "Listen" icon.