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.
©2012 Heather Webber (P)2014 Tantor
Well, that was certainly the most rapid fire recap of events and exposition from the first book. Seriously, did we need to get all that information again? It was way more repetitive than I like, but thankfully it was only the beginning of the book.
I liked this book much better than the first, mostly because the first book spent more time setting up the world and how things work there. Now that we have all that established, we can get into some serious cozy mystery solving. This mystery also brings us more into the culture of the crafters. We get to learn more about them with the introduction of Geo-crafters and magical charmed objects. Very interesting twists and turns.
There are a couple side plots that keep Darcy and Nick on their toes. A good cozy gives you more than one mystery to solve. I expect at least one of these plots to seep into future books. This also gives us more of the villagers that we loved in the first book. I love the familiars!!
I liked this narration by Coleen Marlo much better than the first. I am still bothered by her weird "o"s, but her pace feels more natural. It could have been a glitch in the upload or the production. She has a very warm quality to her voice that keeps the read flowing. She has a slight note of awe in her voice at times that fits Darcy wonderfully.
I am feeling more invested in the series and definitely curious what will happen next. I am a sucker for a series!
This story is interesting. It's the second in the series. I enjoyed the first one although the narrator's performance was quite uneven. It seemed she forgot which voice she used for which character. I was hoping she would improve becoming more familiar with the characters in the second book. Unfortunately she didn't because the same thing occurred. I would read the print books in the rest of the series but not listen to them with this narrator.
another good story told by narrator Coleen Marlo.Very intriguing and engaging.Lots of mystery,who done it,why and how?A bit confusing at times,alot of characters involved in this book,so it was a bit hard to follow at times and Coleen at times,her voice would be low so you couldn't tell if she was speaking for a man character or a woman character.But overall it was better than the first story.Darcy and Nick are finally taking a more romantic approach to their relationship and aunt V. is still a hoot.
I was looking for something that I could listen to outloud in my office at work and A Witch Before Dying fit the bill. I like Colleen Marlo's narration. This is the fourth Heather Blake book I have listened to and I am becoming a big fan.
Not much of a reader but love to listen
I love the story and the fun of this book as well as the narrator. She does an incredible job with all of the voices and sound effects and makes the book a laugh out loud enjoyment
As an artist busy with my hands and eyes I had to give up reading. Then audio books came into my life and I am back to over 200 books a yr.
Probably not only because I have so many books ahead to read.
Darcy. She was portrayed as a sensible character, not too overbearing or careless and not whimpy.
I had a problem with the narration throughout the whole book. I couldn't get my mind off of the narrator's slight British accent that came through regularly even when she wasn't narrating the characters that were meant to have a full on British accents. It distracted me. To me there should have been a Bostonian accent for Darcy and the other local characters because of the area the story took place in. She did an excellent job of the various characters and I enjoyed the female, male, and creatures voices. I was pleased that the narrator didn't sound like a teenager as is found in many books these day which is off-putting.
Overall, it was a good book and I enjoyed it.
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