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Hexes and Hemlines: A Witchcraft Mystery, Book 3 | [Juliet Blackwell]

Hexes and Hemlines: A Witchcraft Mystery, Book 3

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.
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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

What the Critics Say

"Strong writing, a solid plot and a spunky, likable heroine add up to a cleverly written, top-notch cozy mystery." (Romantic Times)

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    Shanley Windsor, CA, United States 03-08-13
    Shanley Windsor, CA, United States 03-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Love, Love, Love this series"
    What did you love best about Hexes and Hemlines?

    The presentation of the characters really bring them to life.


    What other book might you compare Hexes and Hemlines to and why?

    I believe Juliet Blackwell is unique in her writing style.


    What about Xe Sands’s performance did you like?

    She did fantastic, you really visualize the different characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love this series to become a TV mini series or a movie, how much fun would that be.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mary United States 03-04-13
    Mary United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Kick back and enjoy!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hexes and Hemlines to be better than the print version?

    Yes, audio is almost always an enhancement.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite is still her familiar.


    What about Xe Sands’s performance did you like?

    Very good, can do many voices well. I forgot it was just one reader.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laugh and smile through all the books in this series.


    Any additional comments?

    Please prod the author to hurry up with the next book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Noah JUSTIN, TX, US 03-14-14
    Janet Noah JUSTIN, TX, US 03-14-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun story, fun characters, fun book"
    What did you love best about Hexes and Hemlines?

    I love the characters, so seemingly real, yet not...and the reader Xe is perfect


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Because I love the characters, I want to know what happens. For that reason, I was on the edge of my (car) seat!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Streetsboro, OH, United States 02-17-14
    Tina Streetsboro, OH, United States 02-17-14 Member Since 2013

    I have always loved to read but I never realized how enjoyable listening to a good story could be! I am addicted!

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    "So very entertaining!"
    What did you love best about Hexes and Hemlines?

    And the thrill continues as we move into the third story with Lily Ivory and all her friends at Aunt Clara's closet! Great fun! A nicely put together story with a fantastic narrator.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marla Independence, MO, United States 12-23-13
    Marla Independence, MO, United States 12-23-13 Member Since 2005

    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.

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    Where does Hexes and Hemlines rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really love this series tremendously. I can't wait to listen to the next one. Blackwell is one of my current favorites.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Next to the protagonist Lily Ivory, I think Oscar the pig/gremlin/gargoyle is the most charming and endearing.


    Which character – as performed by Xe Sands – was your favorite?

    Xe has a very natural and entertaining quality of reading, and is one of the best narrators out there.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes I want to rush into it as if it was one of my favorite flavors of ice cream, but another part wants to slow down and enjoy the ride.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 12-24-12
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Read"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 04-17-14
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 04-17-14 Member Since 2011

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Hold the bacon."

    I'm really enjoying this series, it's like my favorite blanket. Glad to have it around and it gives me a nice warm, fuzzy feeling afterwards. The more you read this series the more you get hooked. This is a nice clean series for those who are not into sex. I personally would like to see more romance added, there are plenty of candidates to choose from. I'm leaning towards Sailor, but who knows if that will happen. Lily in a way reminds me of Sookie from Charlaine Harris's series, but the story is way different though. Lily is sweet and would do anything to help a friend, which is how she gets herself into trouble. Narrator is slightly annoying, but I'm good at focusing on the story and at book three I'm getting use to her.

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    Tara M. North Carolina 04-12-14
    Tara M. North Carolina 04-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    It took me a little while to warm up to this series, but I'm glad I kept going. I love Oscar and Sailor is really growing on me.

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    JEAN nederland, TX, United States 02-02-14
    JEAN nederland, TX, United States 02-02-14 Member Since 2009
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    love the series cant wait for the next one sailor aiden oscar.......... it's a winner i just love story line.

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    Christine Jeffer Cincinnati, Ohio 01-30-13
    Christine Jeffer Cincinnati, Ohio 01-30-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Narrator's excessive vocal fry usage is annoying"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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