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Book Review: It Takes a Witch by Heather Blake

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If Heather Blake’s It Takes a Witch is any indication of  mysteries to come in 2012, this stellar standout series debut has set the bar. high. Extremely high!

Blake has elevated the cozy/mystery/paranormal/amateur sleuth genre to platinum with this wickedly delicious first installment in the Wishcraft Mystery Series.

Darcy Merriweather and her sister, Harper, are descended from a lengthy succession of witches who have the power to grant wishes by casting spells.  The Merriweather gals have landed at Enchanted Village in Salem, Massachusetts, to join the family business, but murder greets them shortly after arriving.

Darcy and Harper were enmeshed in dead-end jobs and going through the motions of everyday life until their aunt surprised them with a juicy family secret…. they’re witches.  Not just any ‘ole witch: Wishcrafters – witches with the capability to grant wishes with a simple spell.

Keen to start anew, the sisters travel to their aunt Velma’s magic-themed tourist community to explore their recently discovered talent.

When wannabe witch, Alexandra Shively, is found laying on the ground with aunt Ve’s scarf knotted tightly around her neck, and aunt Ve’s honey, Sylar, kneeling beside her, things don’t look so good for auntie’s squeeze. 

Aunt Ve’s obstinately remaining in Sylar’s corner, but Darcy overheard him wish that Alexandra would disappear for good.  With Harper’s attention diverted by her latest adoration, Darcy is inclined to discover the truth.  Even if  it’ll take a bucket of wishes to get to the bottom of this beguiling mystery… Darcy’s determined.

It Takes a Witch is an absorbing, entertaining, fast-paced — not to mention hilarious – cozy. Blake wields a charming blend of laugh-out-loud moments, electrifying mystery components, enchanting paranormal elements , heart-thumping romance, vivacious characters, and an energetic plot.  Love Pepe!

Now for those who know me, know I am a hardcore cover tart. Blake’s cover has me pulling out my broom in the daylight doing flips. Stunning. I am pulled into Blake’s hypnotizing world and want to drink green tea with Darcy, Harper and aunt Ve.

You can find out more at Heather’s Winter Holiday Fireside Moments and on Heather’s website. 

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About Diane Morasco

Diane Morasco is a triple fusion ethnically – vanilla, caramel and chocolate – and creatively – designer, media proprietor and writer. Ms. Morasco was born in the juicy apple and with a panoramic view of the Hudson River still calls the city home. She is the Founder, CEO, Chief Creative Officer, and Publisher of J Fox Ink™ (JFI), Founder, CEO, Chief Creative Officer of Diane Morasco Enterprises™ (DME), which is the parent company of Morasco Media™ (MM), and The Book Resort™ (TBR). Ms. Morasco first cut her teeth interviewing the immensely talented cast members of Eureka, Warehouse 13, and Sons of Anarchy, as well as Kurt Sutter himself. She counts Ron Howard, Eddie McClintock and the Sons of Anarchy cast and team members for inspiring her to spread her wings into the film and television arena. She is the former Editor-in-Chief for Alwayz Therro Magazine, former reviewer for RT Book Review and still guest scribbles as her schedule permits for Blogcritics, Examiner, The New York Review of Books, and a sundry of periodicals. Ms. Morasco has a genuine fervor for animals, butter cream cupcakes, Supernatural, The Good Wife, Chicago Fire, Elementary, Castle, Major Crimes, Grimm, the beach, cinnamon gum, music, movies, shooting pool, hiking, Italy, HSN, QVC, and curling up near the ocean with a gripping novel !
  • Dru

    Heather definitely has a winner.

  • Thank you so so so much, Diane. I’m thrilled you loved it. What an absolutely wonderful review. Thank you!

  • Pj Schott

    Another friend was raving about this today. I love witches (Salem is one of my favorites places) so it went on my list right away. Can’t wait!!