Series: A Wishcraft Mystery #3
Genres: Paranormal Mystery
Published by Signet on 3 January 2012
Reading Challenges: 2013 Bachelorette Challenge
I really enjoyed Blake’s latest novel as Darcy’s investigative skills continue to improve. Floracrafter Harriette Harkette hires Aunt Ve’s company As You Wish to plan a massive party for her to celebrate not only her birthday, but her success in creating the world’s first truly black rose. Everything is going swimmingly until Michael Healey, the man hired to deliver the cake, is murdered. Michael’s ghost imprints on Darcy – not in the Twilight way – and Darcy is stuck with a ghostly presence until she can work out whodunnit.
Darcy is not your typical cozy mystery heroine as she is a wishcrafter – she can literally grant other people’s wishes. No one has the sense however to directly wish that the killer be uncovered and Darcy is forbidden to lead them into making a wish. She systematically investigates Michael’s death and along the way uncovers secrets about her seemingly normal neighbours. There is development in the relationship stakes and but things remain fairly chaste between her and Nick. The secondary characters are a delight, especially Pepe who I have quite a soft spot for. Glinda, her relationship rival, is still quite ambiguous as a character and I’d like a bit more clarity on her motives in the future. Mimi still behaves a bit older than her years but her cuteness is making me warm to her.
Blake’s strength is the charming world she has created. The class differences between terracrafters (those who have an affinity with the earth) and floracrafters (those who have a way with plants) is just one example of Blake’s attention to detail. The secrecy, rivalry and plain ambition surrounding the cultivation of a black rose was interesting, especially since I understand such a thing is impossible in real life. I wish that Darcy and Michael had found a better way to communicate with each other though as their method meant Michael couldn’t pass on much detail.
This is another fun, fluffy paranormal mystery. If you haven’t delved into this world yet, please start with the first in series It Takes a Witch.