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Gone with the Witch by Heather Blake {4 Stars}

Gone with the Witch by Heather Blake {4 Stars}

Gone with the Witch by Heather Blake (A Wishcraft Mystery #6)
Published by NAL on May 3rd, 2016
Genres: Paranormal Cozy
Page Length: 336 pages
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The national bestselling author of Some Like It Witchy returns as wish-granting witch Darcy Merriweather is put to the test after murder takes first prize at a pet show. . . .
 
Darcy and her dog Missy are determined to put their best foot forward at the Enchanted Village’s annual Pawsitively Enchanted pet contest. She’s happy to lend a hand when the show’s organizer hires Darcy to keep an eye on things among growing suspicions that someone is sabotaging the event. But Darcy’s quest for justice is thrown off the scent when her lead suspect is found dead at the competition.

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...

4 Stars

Note: I received an advanced copy of Gone with the Witch from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Strengths:

  • Pet show! Now that I’m thinking about buying a house I am also thinking about finally getting a pet and have gotten rather obsessed with all things cute and fuzzy. Therefore, I was perhaps overly excited about a cozy mystery taking place at a pet show, but there were all the cute fuzzy things I had hoped for!
  • Wishcraft magic – The magic in this series is really interesting and revolves around wishes. There are lots of other kinds of craft, but Darcy’s power is to grant non-witch’s wishes if they say them out loud around her. I like when paranormal cozies deviate from the typical witch/Wicca inspiration.
  • Established relationships – Sometimes I just get tired of a heroine that has moved to a new place and is meeting the love interest and new friends for the first time, so jumping into a fifth book worked well for avoiding those! It’s sometimes nice to have the majority of the social relationships already figured out so that the heroine has friends she can rely on as she solves the mystery.
  • Clever plot twists that I didn’t guess – The quality of a mystery always involves whether you guess the ending and whether the ending actually makes sense. I’m happy to say that Gone with the Witch worked in those regards for me, making me hopeful about the rest of the series.
  • Lots of other types of magic, excited to read the rest of the books to find out more – As I mentioned, there are other types of craft than Wishcraft and while they are mentioned, not a lot about them is revealed, probably because they have already been discussed in previous books. This fact makes me excited to go back and read the first books though!

Weaknesses:

  • Didn’t actually get to see hardly any Wishcrafting – I kind of assumed that a book with a Wishcrafter would rely on some of her magic, but most of the plot could have proceeded if Darcy didn’t have any magic. Other magic around her happens, but not enough of hers for me to be happy.
  • Keeping track of all the secondary characters was tough if you jump in here – As could be expected, there are a lot of secondary characters that readers are assumed to already know fairly well, so if you jump in here, prepare to be a little confused at times.

 

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 Gone with the Witch by Heather Blake

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