It Takes a Witch by Heather Blake (Wishcraft Mystery #1).*
When Darcy Merriweather's father dies, her aunt Velma invited her and her younger sister Harper to live and work with her. Eager to make a fresh start, the two young women agree.
Velma lives in Enchanted Village, near Salem, Massachusetts, which specializes in shops focusing on the magical. What visitors didn't realize was that the magic was real. Many of the village's residents were witches, and when Darcy and Harper move in with their mother's sister, she informs them that they have inherited this ability from their mother's side of the family.
Velma owns a business called "As You Wish", which purports to do anything its clients request. This is made easier by the fact that her (and her nieces') particular gift is "wishcraft". Yes, granting wishes. There is a stringent set of rules that they must follow, which takes some time to learn.
At a town meeting, Velma's beau Sylar has a disagreement with an unpleasant woman, and says he wishes she'd go away forever. Later that evening, Darcy discovers her in the alley, apparently strangled, with Velma's scarf around her neck. Of course, Sylar is the prime suspect, and the lackadaisical police chief isn't investigating any further. Certain that Sylar is innocent, Darcy and Harper decide to help Velma prove it.
Heather Blake is a pseudonym for Heather Webber, the author of the Nina Quinn mystery series and the Lucy Valentine series, and she's very good at what she does. Darcy, Harper and the other inhabitants of Enchanted Village are enchanting characters, and it will be fun to get to know them.
The second book in the series, A Witch Before Dying will be published in August 2012.
*FTC Full Disclosure: Many thanks to the publisher, who sent me a copy of the book for review purposes.