I received this book for free from Berkley Prime Crime in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Witch and the Dead (A Wishcraft Mystery #7) by Heather Blake
Series: A Wishcraft Mystery #7
Published by Berkley on October 4th 2016
Number of Pages: 320
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Paranormal
Source: Berkley Prime Crime
Purchase: At Amazon
When Darcy moved to Salem, Massachusetts, she never expected her life to change as drastically as it did. But within a short time, the Enchanted Village has become her home, its mystical residents have become her family, and As You Wish, the personal concierge business formerly run by her Aunt Ve, has become her calling. Still, the time has come for change—and for Darcy to move out of Aunt Ve’s house.
Darcy’s belongings are stashed in Aunt Ve’s garage, alongside a mess of memories, forgotten possessions, and, to both Ve and Darcy’s horror, a pile of old bones. It turns out they belong to Ve’s long missing second husband. Now Darcy must unpack old secrets to solve a cold case—and make sure her aunt isn’t looking at a spell behind bars.
This book was just as engrossing as the last one. I liked that we got to learn more about the way magic works in this book. Amulets and Seekers were the focus this time around.
The characters were easy to remember, even though it’s been a while since I read the last book in this series, and have read a lot more cozies between then and now. I like how Darcy’s relationships are growing and changing. Both with her family, and others in the community.
I had two guesses as to who the killer was. My 2nd one turned out to be right. But even having some idea of the who, didn’t distract from the various plot threads. There were so many mysteries that came to light, and so many interesting twists and turns. I didn’t want to put the book down until I had finished it.
I love the interactions between the familiars at the end of the books. I especially find it amusing that not one of the witches around them have realized that one in particular IS a familiar! I’m super curious as to where that particular plot thread is going to go, and will definitely be picking up the next book in the series once it’s written and out.
If you like paranormal cozies, or books about witches in general, you need to try this series!