A Witch Before Dying by Heather Blake

April 3, 2015 Reviews 14

A Witch Before Dying by Heather BlakeA Witch Before Dying by Heather Blake
Narrator: Coleen Marlo
Series: A Wishcraft Mystery #2
Published by NAL, Tantor Audio on April 14, 2014
Genres: Cozy, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 320
Length: 8 hours 2 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased

When Darcy is hired by Elodie Keaton to clean up her missing mother's disorderly home, the Wishcrafter is certainly up for the task. After all, the motto of her Aunt Ve's personal concierge service As You Wish is "No Job Impossible." But beneath the piles of old newspapers and knickknacks Darcy discovers something much more disturbing--Patrice Keaton's body.

Darcy's determined to give Elodie peace of mind by investigating her mother's disappearance and death. Patrice was last seen over a year ago after a fight with her Charmcrafter boyfriend. Was her murder a crime of passion? Or were Patrice's troubles caused by the Anicula, a wish-granting amulet? Now Darcy has to not only find a killer, she has to find the Anicula--before the power of ultimate wish fulfillment falls into the wrong hands.

This is a fun series and I’ll definitely continue listening to it when I’m in the mood for a light, easy listen. But A Witch Before Dying didn’t exactly blow me away. It was just nice. But it was perfect for the stressful week when I listened to it – a no stress listen.

I do have to say that the mystery was great. I was on my toes up until the reveal, trying to figure out who committed the murder. And I do love the small town setting, with all the accompanying shenanigans.

The thing is, I’m not sure if part of why I couldn’t figure it out wasn’t that there were TOO MANY SHENANIGANS. So much was going on & there’s so many people – I couldn’t keep them all straight. It fits – a small town is going to have loads of people and they’ll all be interconnected like this, especially when a good portion have a big shared secret of being crafters. Its just a lot to keep track of.

I think this is one of those series you want to read back-to-back so that the characters start to really seep in. Too bad I’m not in the mood for more right now.

The crafter world is also lots of fun, and even though the rules are a bit ridiculous, they keep it interesting. There was a bit too much repetition of the rules at the beginning, but I guess that’s better than being lost.

One note on the narration – Coleen Marlo is quite good, with a wide range of voices for the characters. My only complaint would be that Darcy (the MC) sounds a bit too old to me! She’s supposed to be my age – 30s – but she sounds older to me like 45 or 50. Not a big deal, though.

If you enjoy small town charm with characters you’ll love – especially if you can keep them straight – then A Witch Before Dying is a cozy mystery for you. Its fun and light, perfect for when you need a mind break 🙂
3 stars Just Okay

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About Heather Blake

Also writes as Heather Webber

Heather Blake grew up in a suburb of Boston, and enjoys going “home” in her novels. As a young mother, she tried her hand at writing novels and hasn’t looked back. Currently, Heather lives in the Cincinnati area, and is currently hard at work on her next novel.

15 Things You May Not Know About Me
1) I am completely, hopelessly addicted to Dr Pepper.
2) Three of my favorite shows as a child were Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, and Quincy, M.D. (Is it any wonder I write what I do?)
3) I can eat a whole sleeve of Girl Scout Thin Mints without thinking twice. They’re there, and then they’re (poof!) gone.
4) My first trip to Salem, Massachusetts, was when I was a sixth-grader on a field trip.
5) I once quit a job at McDonald’s because I was only given a five cent raise.
6) I look forward to the first snow of the year every winter.
7) I like to be in complete control of the TV remote.
8) Still own a pair of ice skates I used as a child (yet have not been ice skating in over twenty years!).
9) I’m a very good driver (probably as a result of learning to drive in Massachusetts).
10) One of my favorite places is Stowe, Vermont.
11) I once kissed a dolphin (and loved it!).
12) I collect tiny glass and ceramic bowls.
13) One of my favorite items on my desk is a laughing Buddha.
14) I am as klutzy as people come—and have the scars to prove it.
15) I would probably be a nurse if I wasn’t a writer. (Thank goodness this writing thing seems to be working out.)


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14 Responses to “A Witch Before Dying by Heather Blake”

    • Berls

      I’m not either, but cozy mysteries have seriously grown on me! It all started with Carrots and now I’m always game for a good one. I do tend to prefer the paranormal, big surprise, huh?

  1. Katherine

    I’ve read several of her books under the Heather Webber name and enjoyed them though they too have a lot going on. This series sounds fun despite a few flaws. I’ll have to keep it in mind when I’m in the mood for something light. Great review!
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    • Berls

      Thanks Katherine! I’ve heard several people say they like her books under the other pen name – so I’ll have to check them out when I finish this series. I hope you get to read it and enjoy 🙂

    • Berls

      So true! I really think the characters wouldn’t be a problem if you read the books closer together. I read 1 and 2 several months apart – which is a lot of books. So most of them I’d forgotten and that got confusing. Otherwise it was just fun 🙂

  2. Red Iza

    Since I’ll probably read the book and not listen to it, it’s no bother. Sometimes a no-stress book is *exactly* what you need – thanks for the rec 😉
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    • Berls

      You bet! This series is really fun and just what the doctor ordered for those stressful weeks 🙂

  3. Ramona

    I hate it when the narrator clashes with the characters. I’ve listened to The Glass Arrow recently, and man, talk about unmitigated disasters! As for this one, I didn’t know about it, but I’m putting it on the nice-and-easy (with potential de-stressing benefits!) list. Great review, Berls.
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    • Berls

      Yeah, I have a few narrators I streer clear of and others I just know won’t work for some books. I adjust pretty well, though, anymore. It takes BAD narration to shut me down 🙂

    • Berls

      Yes, sometimes this is exactly what the doctor ordered! I’m such a moody reader anymore, so I need all sorts of books on hand and I’m glad I have these for when I need something light.

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