Friday, October 7, 2016

The Witch and The Dead {+ Giveaway}

◊ Series: A Wishcraft Mystery, Book 7
◊ Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
◊ Genre: Cozy Murder Mystery
◊ Publisher: Berkley (October 4, 2016)
◊ Language: English
◊ ISBN-10: 1101990139
◊ ISBN-13: 978-1101990131


          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.

Author Heather Blake has the knack for blending magic, murder, intrigue, and romance into a fascinating tale.

The magical community of the Enchanted Village comes alive through Blake’s rich descriptions and vivid details. She makes you feel the excitement of the village and its residents. Blake’s take on the enchanting seems normal.

The characters are quirky and mesmerizing. They are well-developed, likable and have traits readers can relate to while wishing they had magical powers too.

The story is captivating and holds your attention until the very end. Moving at a steady pace, the story will keep you on your toes with a few surprises along the way. There’s a good blend of mystery, murder, mayhem, romance, and friendship throughout the book.

THE WITCH AND THE DEAD can be read on its own. Filled with delightful characters, a magical setting, and an interesting murder mystery to solve what more could a reader ask for?

The Witch and the Dead by Heather Blake, A Wishcraft Mystery (Book #7), Berkley, @2016, ISBN: 978-1101990131, Mass Market Paperback, 320 Pages

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Penguin Random House, I have a print copy of THE WITCH AND THE DEAD by Heather Blake to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Saturday, Oct. 15.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends to make sure the notification email doesn’t end up there. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decided for whatever reason you don’t want to win (which is fine), once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Don’t you just love this cover? Do you enjoy a good mix of magic, mystery, and romance?


  1. Those bones sure make the aunt look guilty.

  2. This does sound like a fun read, Mason. And it's a great choice for this time of year... Thanks for sharing.

  3. I really enjoy this series and love the mix of magic and mystery! It is just right! Thanks so much!

  4. I love this series, the fact that you never know what is going to happen because of the magic always makes for a highly entertaining read. Not to mention that I love the characters.

  5. I haven't read any of the other books in this series. I'm glad it can be enjoyed on it's own! Thank you!

  6. Oh this sounds very good. He's BONES!! OMG
    Theresa N

  7. Sounds good. Perfect for a Halloween/October read.


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