The Good, the Bad, and the Witchy by Heather Blake is the third in the wishcraft mystery series and I am devouring them. I find that they are perfect cozy mysteries to snuggle up with and am already grabbing the next one from the store.
Synopsis from Amazon:
Darcy Merriweather is Enchanted Village’s newest resident Wishcrafter—a witch who can grant wishes for others. But as Darcy prepares a celebration for a magical florist, she discovers that every rose has its thorns… When magical florist Harriette Harkette decides to throw a lavish eightieth birthday party for herself, she hires Darcy’s Aunt Ve’s personal concierge service, As You Wish, to plan the soiree. But turning eighty isn’t all Harriette is celebrating—the Floracrafter has recently created the midnight black Witching Hour rose, the first all-natural rose of that color. Darcy works hard on planning an extravagant celebration that will make Harriette feel like the belle of the ball. But when cake delivery boy Michael Healey—a former employee at Harriette’s greenhouse—is found dead, the celebration takes a turn. Now Michael’s ghost has imprinted on Darcy, meaning that they’re bonded until she can untangle the thicket surrounding his murder—and what exactly it has to do with the Witching Hour rose….
This series gets rave reviews from me. I've spoken before about my love for the characters. Each character living in the Enchanted Village has their own appeal. Eccentricity is the norm and in this installment, we get some new quirky characters to love (or hate). We still have our beloved Aunt Ve, Harper, and the delightful blooming (no pun intended) relationship between our main character Darcy and Nick, the police chief.
The main mystery in this book is finding out who killed Michael, the delivery boy. While it begins as a simple investigation, it becomes more complicated as we learn more about the events surrounding his death and we end up with a few other mysteries on top of the original. The story has just enough twists and turns to keep us guessing until the end and keeps us smiling with its snarky humor. And in this one, quite a wrench was thrown into the mix at the end which only makes me want to get to the next book faster! We can only wish that a place like the Enchanted Village really existed so we can move there ourselves and meet all of these personalities. (did you hear that, Darcy?)
This book, and the whole series as a matter of fact, is the perfect light, summer read.