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...
A magical novel!
Gone with the Witch by Heather Blake is the sixth book in A Wishcraft Mystery series. The Enchanted Village is getting ready for The Pawsitively Enchanted Pet Extravaganza. The organizer (and creator) of the event, Ivy Teasdale has hired Darcy Merriweather (through her business As You Wish) to keep an eye on the event. The last couple of years there have been some incidents and Ivy does not want anything to happen this year. Darcy is to especially keep an eye on Natasha Norcliffe. Natasha with her cat, Titania likes to win. So that Darcy can snoop around, she has been entered into the competition with her dog, Missy in the Easy on the Eyes category. During Missy’s judging, Natasha collapses and dies (there goes her prime suspect). Ivy is not happy with Darcy’s work and fires her (do you think this will stop Darcy). Ivy ends up changing her mind and rehires Darcy to find out what happened to Natasha. Unfortunately, this leads Darcy to another victim. Chip Goldman, Natasha’s friend (and sometimes boyfriend) is dead in his apartment. Are the two murders connected? Then pets from the extravaganza start disappearing. Someone is stealing them (can you believe that someone tried to steal Archie). What is going on? Darcy is determined to get to the bottom of it. Darcy is also dealing with fixing up of her new building (for her to live in and for As You Wish), her relationship with Nick (if she is ready for more), and trying to figure out the identity of the Elder. Life is never dull in the Enchanted Village.
Gone with the Witch was a delight! I have enjoyed reading this series since the very first book. It is like visiting old friends each time I read addition to this series. I like Heather Blake’s unique take on witchcraft. While Gone with the Witch can be read alone (the author does a great job of explaining things), you really should read the whole series (You can see Darcy’s journey from the very beginning). Gone with the Witch is well-written and easy to read. I was drawn right into the story from the very first page. The book contains interesting and quirky characters that you want to get to know (I wish they were real). The Enchanted Village is a unique town that everyone (at least me) would like to live in (or at least visit often). Gone with the Witch has two mysteries, great characters, great setting, romance, and humor. All these elements (plus more) make an enjoyable novel. I give Gone with the Witch 5 out of 5 stars (which you know is very rare for me). I am eagerly anticipating the next book in A Wishcraft Mystery series (which will be out in October).
I received a complimentary copy of Gone with the Witch from the author through the Cozy Mystery Review Crew in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.