❰Read❯ ➳ Hexes and Hemlines: A Witchcraft Mystery Author Juliet Blackwell – Dolove.info
Lily Ivory is pulled away from her vintage clothing store, Aunt Cora s Closet, to give the police a witch s take on a strange crime scene Rationalist Malachi Zazi has been found stabbed to death in his apartment surrounded by symbols of the very bad luck he was trying to disprove When a suspect from his own Serpentarian Society is identified by the police Lily is shocked to find that it s someone she knows As bad luck strikes all of the Serpentarian Society members, Lily begins to wonder if it s coincidence or if something darker is in play.Juliet Blackwell s Hexes and Hemlines is one of those light mysteries that are perfect for a summer beach read or a slow weekend The murder plot gets a bit lost in Lily worrying about her shop and her employees as well as descriptions of various vintage clothes that were lost on me There were also a few nitpicky little things, like the author taking a full paragraph to describe one of the love interest guys eyes both times it comes up Aside from that the writing is fairly tight and it makes for a fast read.There were nitpicky things though such as the bit where Lily mentioned having a thing with snakes This kept coming up and kept coming up but didn t resolve until late in the story with a flow shattering expository passage The descriptions for Max s eyes didn t sit right with the rest of the story The first time could have been passed off as Lily being caught off guard at seeing him again, but the second time just felt out of place It seems a bit funny, but Hexes and Hemlines could have also safely dropped a good deal of the talk about magic It got to a point where it almost felt like Blackwell thought her audience would forget that Lily s a witch if they weren t reminded every few pages The repetition took something away from it for me, so it wound up feeling like a clue by four hanging over every problem.All said Hexes and Hemlines is a decent weekend mystery It s not terribly memorable but it s also a fun, quick read I doubt that I would read another book in this series, but I would give a non magic mystery series by Blackwell a try I m giving this one a three out of five for being entertaining if somewhat forgettable. With Her Vintage Clothing Store Taking Off, Lily Ivory Is Finding That Life In San Francisco Suits Her Just Fine But Her Ability To Sense Vibrations From The Past, So Useful In Locating Secondhand Gems, Has Landed Her In The Middle Of A New MysteryLily Gets Called Away From Aunt Cora S Closet When The Police Need A Witch S Take On A Strange Case Malachi Zazi Was Stabbed To Death In His Apartment, Under A Ladder, Surrounded By The Number Thirteen, A Broken Mirror, And A Black Cat Superstitions That The Victim, As Head Of A Rationalist Society, Was Devoted To DiscreditingWhen The Police Identify A Suspect From The Serpentarian Society, Lily Is Shocked To Learn It S Someone She Knows But With Bad Luck Plaguing All Its Members, She Begins To Wonder If There S At Work Than Mere Coincidence And While There Aren T Many Clues From The Crime Scene, Lily Finds Evidence Of Dark Witchcraft And A Hex On Her Friend S Doorstep With Her Friend S Safety At Stake, Lily Is Determined To Use Magic To Find The Murderer Before Everyone S Luck Runs Out Loved this one too Onto the next one I don t know what it is about this series, but I get a kick out of it A cozy, supernatural, witchy mystery is just what I need when I have read too many heavy books in a row, and Juliet Blackwell s Witchcraft Mysteries fit the bill to a tee.I love San Francisco, and what better town for the shenanigans of a spunky witch, her pig gargoyle goblin familiar, an unwilling psychic, a questionable warlock, a sceptic police officer, as well as an unbelieving journalist Add in a great secondhand vintage clothing store, and you ve got a great setting and host of characters for a cozy mystery.This one is a bit slower than the first two, but the reader is given a bit in way of character development, and back stories of those characters We are starting to see why Lily hasn t finished her training, why Max is so sceptical, Sailor s story is also coming to light, as well as Bronwyn s and Oscar s Love these characters and I am looking forward to 4 very slight spoiler Being a huge cat lover, I wish Lily had found a way to keep the cat. I am still liking this series, although this book has me a bit confused about where it s going to go from here.Lily Ivory is a witch And for most of her life she s kept that under wraps, because it hasn t done her any favours to let people know about her powers, and she s been running from place to place most of her life to avoid complications.But now, Lily s decided to stay put in San Francisco, where she runs her vintage clothing shop Aunt Cora s Closet in the famous hippy Haight Ashbury area She also somhow seems to keep getting caught up in murders and mayhem.This time around Lily s been asked to look at a murder scene that is filled with bad luck symbols broken mirrors, ladders to walk under the works But Lily doesn t sense anything And that is the weirdest thing of all since she always senses SOMETHING.Then, when Lily s employee Bronwyn asks her to look into the same murder because her son in law is involved and could be under suspicion, and a hex is left for Bronwyn shortly thereafter, Lily realizes something nasty is going on and she s determined to get to the bottom of it no matter who tries to stop her The character of Lily clearly has a very complicated back story, and as the series progresses, we get a bit information about it, but I think the author has a plan for how future books will play out and the readers have to keep coming back if they want the full story.Lily seems to have very unique perspectives on right and wrong and what her powers entitle her to do, and that is different from most fiction about witches Lily also doesn t have full control of her powers because of her unfortunate childhood her mother didn t want her to be a witch and tried to exorcise her at 17 leading to a bad scene and a fast run out of town So Lily needs friends and help with her powers There are several magical people in town who might be able to help Lily in this area The only problem is that she doesn t trust any of them.Overall, this series is a fun, easy read, with interesting stories and characters with a nice combination of uniqueness and conflictions I will continue with this series as I am enjoying it. This series is so addicting I m speeding right through them Juliet Blackwell has a new follower in me, so glad she found me I started this series because I absolutely loved her two latest books, The Paris Key and Letters from Paris To my delighted kiddy witchy surprise it turned out she has a series whose protagonist is a Witch, a white Witch, named Lily Ivory Perfect reading for this time of the year don t you think Halloween is my favorite Holiday.So much to love about Lily Ivory Her background, her vintage shop Cora s Closet , her mentors, her friends, her love of gardening and herbs, and the men in her life Aidan, Sailor and Max , oh the men But my most favorite character is her familiar Oscar, who has actually made me laugh out loud with his antics The stories are all set in San Francisco I personally have never been to San Francisco but after reading three of her books, I ve bumped it up to the top of my travel bucket list Grabbing a cup of java at Coffee to the People in The Haight must surely be a one of a kind experience.Each book starts with a mystery and ends with a mystery, setting it up for the next book in the series I love that The downfall is that when I m finished with the series what am I to do I am fascinated by the inclusion of so many details about paranormal activity and the craft I know it is a fictional book but can t help being intrigued and wonder how close to the truth it all is.I am truly enjoying the series A quick and easy read nice change of pace and get away from the norm for me So far the only negative are the coversa little too juvenile I would have not chosen the book by it s cover had I not read The Paris Key which I did choose because of the cover.This review is based on the first three books in the series..stay tuned for the rest Listened Read for Fun Tantor Paperback Overall Rating 3.75Story Rating 4.00Character Rating 3.50Audio Rating 4.50 not part of the overall rating First Thought when Finished Hexes and Hemlines by Juliet Blackwell while not being my favorite in the series was still a pretty darn good read Overall Thoughts1 While this wasn t my favorite in the series I still had a really good time reading it.2 The I read this series, the I wished I could find a vintage clothing shop near me 3 The side characters make this series I was a little sad that I didn t get enough of them.4 Lily is whip smart 5 Need Sailor and Oscar to boot Audio Thoughts Narrated by Xe Sands Length 7 hrs and 42 mins Publisher Tantor Audio Xe nails Lily She brings her to life and adds a richness to the character She does a really good job with all the characters making them unique and fun I really enjoy this series on audio.Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, DONE Reviews Excerpt from book Creative energy is very powerful For people, making arts and crafts brings up a kind of relaxed concentration, similar to meditation, allowing the positive energy to flow through your hands and into the item you re working on This cozy mystery takes place in San Francisco, California and has a heavy dose of witchcraft that blends myth and legend together with the paranormal aspects In this introductory installation of Juliet Blackwell s Witchcraft Mystery, the reader is introduced to Lily Ivory, who is confronted with a ghost, a demon, jealous boyfriend, and demon possessed people Book Blurb Lily gets called away from her vintage clothing store to give police a witch s take on how the leader of a rationalist society could be murdered, surrounded by superstitions he discredited Evidence points to dark witchcraft Lily s determined to use magic of her own to find the murderer before everyone s luck runs out Juliet Blackwell is the pseudonym for a mystery author who, together with her sister, wrote the Art Lover s Mystery series, which includes Shooting Gallery, Brush with Death, and the Agatha Award nominated Feint of Art A former anthropologist and social worker, Juliet currently resides in Oakland, California San Francisco vintage clothing store owner Lily Ivory must put her magical abilities to good use in this mystery in the New York Times bestselling Witchcraft series The series seems to contain legitimate aspects of the craft The content is captivating and compelling most of the time There are small bits where you may feel discombobulated by the twists, turns, and change of scenery without proper explanation But overall, it is a very entertaining mystery in the paranormal genre Its ability to captivate my attention and urge me to read quickly earned it stars from me An excellent blend of mystery, paranormal, and light humor The Romance Readers Connection Note I was able to read this series through the Prime Kindle Unlimited Program. Oh, I m just so in love with this series I pick up a book, and just read it right through Although the witchcraft is a bit on the odd side, the characters are engaging and fun, they are multilayered very few all good or all bad guys here As in real life, there are many shade of gray Oscar, the familiar, is just entrancing, as well.