I'm back with another para-cozy to tell you about. While they release throughout the year, I love that October sees so many para releases, since they are my favorite. The Witch and the Dead (A Wishcraft Mystery #7) by Heather Blake, is part of a series I told you about last year, and one I hope you are also reading with me
From the back of the book:
The national bestselling author of Gone with the Witch returns as wish-granting witch Darcy Merriweather uncovers dangerous skeletons in the closet—and the garage....
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 series is rich with characters both human, witch, and familiar. I like the distinction made between them as well. I especially love the reasoning behind familiars. There was a lot of thought put into world building. I've read a few parts now, and have fallen in love with several of the characters. Ve' is one of my favorites, since this story was focused on her a lot, I really loved it. I also enjoy seeing the evolution of Darcy and Nick.
The mystery wasn't fresh, so to speak, the stumbled upon body was already bones, but that didn't stop it from adding new life to the story as everyone tried to figured what happened. While trying to figure it out, a lot of town secrets are uncovered. The dept of story is really breathtaking. There is much going on, and so much to consider when trying to guess who might have done it.
In the back there is an except for A Potion To Die For, which I already read and recommend to you. Heather Blake continues to impress. I look forward to seeing more of her magical work.
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