Merriweather, a witchcrafter, lives in Salem, Massachusetts,
running a business previously owned by her Aunt Ve, who took
in Darcy and her sister Harper after their father's death.
As the book opens, Darcy is preparing to move to a new home
she plans to share with her boyfriend Police Chief Nick Sawyer
and his young daughter Mimi. Darcy's just waiting for Nick
to pop that "all important" question. Unfortunately,
neighbors - and murders - tend to get in the way.
Darcy searches through her Aunt Ve's garage, sorting through
her personal items and long forgotten memories, when she's
startled to discover a skeleton belonging to Ve's missing
second husband, Miles Babbage. It's up to Darcy to discover
why Miles disappeared the night after he and Aunt Ve eloped,
why Ve can't even remember their wedding, and how he ended
up in Ve's garage. Certainly, Miles was a womanizer, a pied
piper who attracted women and left behind many broken hearts.
Could one of his ex-flames be the killer? Or a jealous boyfriend?
Many of the engaging characters and familiars who have appeared
in previous releases in this series return to provide a magical
and enchanting mystery. While this book gives enough background
to ensure your enjoyment, you might want to start with the
first release to get the full sense of this magical village
setting, and all the delightful characters Ms. Blake has created
that so deftly provide a sense of enchantment and mystery.
The Witch and the Dead is an engrossing mystery with
enough red herrings to keep me guessing the identity of the
real killer. The true magic of Ms. Blake's novel is the endearing
characters and the depth of emotion that they bring about.
I laughed many times while reading, but this is one of the
few cozies that also had me shedding tears of happiness at
Heather Blake is the National Bestselling Author of Gone
with the Witch in A Witchcraft Mystery series; she also
is the author of A Magic Potion Mystery Series.