Students are spooked at the San Francisco School of Fine Arts, and Lily is called in to search for possible paranormal activity. In return she's been promised a trunkful of Victorian-era clothes recently discovered in a school storage closet.
But Lily finds something else: the body of a wealthy patron of the school. In between running the store and seeing her new boyfriend, Max - a "mythbuster" who is uncomfortable with her witchcraft - she uses her sleuthing skills to try to solve the murder. Soon Lily senses something from the school's vintage clothes, but it's not the smell of mothballs - it's the unmistakable aura of evil intent.
©2010 Juliet Blackwell (P)2012 Tantor
"Set in a vintage clothing store and starring a sensible and entertaining witch, this series will please paranormal fans." (Romantic Times)
The characters and the unique story line! I adore this cast of characters and the way magic and vintage clothing intermingle. What a hoot! It's a delicious listen.
Anything by Charlaine Harris - it has that "take you through my every-day" charm that Ms. Harris' books have that's soothing and invigorating. Of course there's the accidental sleuthing as well!
Consistent, gentle, unique
I would not be the person writing this tag, because this is what it would be: "Who knew a witchy wardrobe could be so dangerous?"
I adore this series. The narrator is definitely an acquired taste. She tends to trail off as she speaks, and everyone has the same lazy, quiet tonality, which I sometimes find irritating, but as I've gotten used to her, I've really admired the consistency of her characterizations. Fun fun!
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Really interesting cozy mystery that mixes a touch of paranormal into the mix. Great characters and stories that flow nicely. Some of the twists are predictable, but that does not take away from the entertainment value.
Lily is a natural witch and tries to keep her powers on the down low. That is not going so well for her since she settled in San Francisco. This book picks up where the last one left off, investigating ghosts at the Arts School. Things are, of course, not all that they seem and a murder happens. Lots going on my the mystery, it keeps a steady pace and never lulls.
This book gives us a touch more in Lily, Max and Aiden's back-stories, as well as introducing two new men into the mix. So many fellas to choose from! Of course, the romance is strictly closed bedroom door. Sigh, no smexy action here. This is totally to be expected as the book is more about the mystery than the love affair.
I have the audiobooks of this series, great deal on Audible. The narrator, Xe Sands, is fantastic. I love her style and her tone is perfect. She really has a way of making the story come alive, animated and dynamic read. Definitely adding her to my list of narrators to fangirl over!!
I've always loved books. Even before I could read I've loved them. Fact or Fiction, I love books. I'd sooner read a book than see a movie.
I really enjoy Juliet Blackwell's series about a witch running a second hand clothing store. Her spells, charms and knowledge of all things occult, brings a sense of realness to her stories.
Her protagonist is a witch who isn't comfortable in her abilities and needs training, but despite this she continues on confronting the evil who endangers people. With each book her abilities grow as well as the circle of friends, both magical and human.
Yes. Xe does a fine job and make listening to the book a joy.
Oh yes. One gets drawn in quickly to the story line and the sense of danger and mystery excite you to finish.
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The characters are well developed and the theme is a typical good guy bad guy story. But the humor makes this particular story different and a delight. I hated for the story to end.
This was my first book of Xe Sands's.
I recommend this for a fun break away from a tense or riveting story.
If you are looking for a change of pace, give this delightful story a try.
This series is great. It put me a little in mind of The Hollows series by Kim Harrison (which is also fabulous if you haven't listened to it) but not so much so that it's like a copy cat. This author certainly knows how to keep you interested. I've already downloaded the third book and will probably blaze through the whole series within the week. Love it!
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Cannot listen to this narrator any more!! Books MAY be okay but can't tell through the obnoxiously breathy, humorless narration.
Why, why, why why, would you keep using this same narrator for all 7 books????? She saps every scrap of humor from this book. Her style brings vividly to mind the late night phone commercials.....................
Juliet Blackwell and Xe Sands put together the most wonderful listening times. The are light and just enough suspense to keep you guessing I always order at least 2 at a time so I know I always have another one when I finish one
I like the characters, for the most part, but I feel like it is lacking in the witchcraft area. She is supposed to be an untrained powerful witch, but all she does is brew and rely on spiritual support. Also too much emphasis on ghost and demons.
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I really find these books fun and enjoyable.
I love Oscar, he is so totally lovable. He makes the books!
When I read the first of the series, it took me a while to warm up to the character and the narrator. I liked the mystery and thought that the resolution was exciting and satisfying.
I liked this mystery much less, but I appreciated the world building. Hopefully #3 will be better.
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