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 mystery....
Lily 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 discrediting. When 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 more 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.
©2011 Juliet Blackwell (P)2012 Tantor
"Strong writing, a solid plot and a spunky, likable heroine add up to a cleverly written, top-notch cozy mystery." (Romantic Times)
The presentation of the characters really bring them to life.
I believe Juliet Blackwell is unique in her writing style.
She did fantastic, you really visualize the different characters.
I would love this series to become a TV mini series or a movie, how much fun would that be.
Yes, audio is almost always an enhancement.
My favorite is still her familiar.
Very good, can do many voices well. I forgot it was just one reader.
I laugh and smile through all the books in this series.
Please prod the author to hurry up with the next book.
This was one of the best in the series. Subcultures are a part of all major cultures. This book takes a more in depth look at secret societies and subcultures. It is fun, realistic, and fast paced. It's a great read. In fact, this entire series is a lot of fun. I have already bought the next book and I can't wait until book 5 comes out next year.
PLEASE use a different narrator for future audiobooks! Excessive usage of vocal fry when speaking is not only dangerous for the speaker, but also considered a speech disorder. It doesn't make any sense that an audio book would use someone with a speech disorder to narrate, especially since there is no indication that any of the characters in the book have the same challenge.
I really like all the books in this series. They are very fun and light and easy to just mentally digest. I highly recommend the series as long as the listener can get over the Britney Spears-like vocal fry speech pattern. Otherwise, pick up the book instead so you don't miss out on a fun story!
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