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Book Review: Gone with the Witch by Heather Blake


As I said in my review of the fifth installment for this series, it's been a while since I had read the goings on in the Enchanted Village (just outside Salem, Massachusetts) and I can't remember if the previous installments had some type of festival as the motivation for murder and as I think about it, I'm pretty sure that the previous installments do feature a festival of some sort.

Anyway, in this installment a newer festival the Pawsitively Enchanted pet contest is set to begin, and Darcey Merriweather has been hired by Ivy Teasdale to spy on past winner Natasha Norcliffe.

In the past two years that Natasha has won the contest (with her cat Titania) there have been "accidents" and Ivy believes that Natasha has been behind them. The local actress has already made it known that she and Titania are heading to Hollywood following the contest, since Titania has an appointment with an animal agent.

Since Darcey is entered with her dog Missy (compliments of Ivy) she's under strict rules to follow everything that Natasha does, even if she has to go to the bathroom. Darcey's not too thrilled about having to watch every move, but as the proprietor of As You Wish, she has to honor Ivy's wish.

When Natasha enters the arena (too much fanfare) Darcey loses sight of her and when she does spot her, she's spotted coming out of a closet with Baz Lucas and has a run in with Glinda Hansel, Darcey's rival and former policewoman.

Glinda tells Darcey that she's been hired by Baz's wife Vivenne because she thinks that Baz is having an affair and if true, will get a payday of ten million dollars, thanks to a prenup.

Before they know it, Natasha keels over dead and Darcey has a new problem. She has to solve the murder and report back to The Elder of the Crafters.

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But there's more to the story that concerns Darcey.

Cookie, a goat runs away and soon some of the pets from the contest go missing. One angry bird, Archie, is furious that he was almost kidnapped, and no one believes him. Archie, a familiar to Darcey's Aunt Ve's ex-husband Terry, has always been overdramatic and thinks at first that one of the tourists was behind the attempted kidnap.

Slowly, the pets begin to return to their owners, and everyone is shocked when the petnapper and murderer are revealed. While the identities are shocking for the residents of the village, Darcey is also shocked by another's identity.

However, it doesn't end there as the next installment begins its set-up and I don't know if it's going to be the type to get out your tissues or not.

The only complaint that I have with the book was the proofreader must have either gone to sleep or was on a coffee break. Even though there are some very minor errors, they seem to be clumped together which will undoubtedly throw off your rhythm.

If you can get past the little errors, then you'll enjoy yourself once again in the Enchanted Village, where Crafting is the norm and the mortals have no clue.

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