Lily Ivory hopes for a normal life when she opens Aunt Cora's Closet. With her magical knack for vintage fashion - she can sense vibrations of the past from clothing and jewelry - her store becomes a big hit. But when a client is murdered and children start disappearing from the Bay Area, Lily may be the only one who can unravel the crime.
She tries to keep her identity a secret while investigating, but it's not easy - especially under the spells of sexy "mythbuster" Max Carmichael and powerful witch Aidan Rhodes. Will Lily's witchy ways be forced out of the closet?
©2009 Juliet Blackwell (P)2012 Tantor
"Lily Ivory is a 21st-century Samantha Stevens, minus the nose wriggling. The story combines fun and seriousness for an entertaining read." (Romantic Times)
I agree with past reviews that this story started out very slowly. A bit too much descriptive writing about the scenery and not enough about the characters, but it does pick up midway through the book. The narrator was very hard to get used to. She has a very wispy voice and every sentence just trails off..... Once the story started to pick up I was able to get past the voice, but I am not sure if I will go to the next book in the series if it is the same reader.
“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” ― Dr. Seuss
I just discovered these types of cozy, paranormal mysteries, and I have to say I am ready for more. Secondhand Spirits is light and breezy fun with a bit of darkness for some edge. For me witches can always add to the recipe for a good time; throw in some vintage fashion, a cool San Francisco Haight-Ashbury setting, a haunted house, a gargoyle that can morph into a pot-belly pig, herbs, spells, and demons and ... what more can you want. And there are NO vampires, a huge plus as far as I'm concerned! The characters were all likeable as well, especially the magic-wary Lily who can no longer deny her powers when she discovers children have been going missing in the City (what can be a touchy subject is handled in a sensitive manner). This is certainly not rocket science I know, but it IS terribly fun brain candy which we all need at least from time to time (me more than most probably)! As of this writing Audible has no other books from this series, so I hope more are on their way.
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Secondhand Spirits offers the reader a story with a touch of realism and the paranormal. I would say it maybe one of my current top 20 books of fantasy and mystery.
This story is as interesting as a Mercy Thomson or Rachel Morgan book. Each with a different spin on the supernatural, and each with a smart brave antagonist. Looking forward to reading more of Lily Ivory's story.
The gremlin, her familiar, Oscar. This character was performed well and you enjoyed Xe's take on the different funny character.
Discover magical San Francisco.
A decent story, but the narration is a distraction. Ms. Sands is not without talent, but her style doesn't fit this type of story. She speaks in a throaty almost-whisper that trails off at the end of each sentence, sometimes to the point that I had a hard time understanding the last word. Her accent sounds genuine and she doesn't overdramatize (an annoying habit of some narrators), but the low, gravelly softness of her voice made it sound like she was going for some sort of languid, ultra-sexy sound even when there was nothing languid or sexy about what was happening in the book. The end result is that the book had a heavier feel that I was looking for and that the reviews I read by people who had read the print version indicated. Granted, there are some heavy themes in the book, but even Oscar's antics seemed almost depressing when described by this narrator. It did get slightly better as the book progressed, but overall I found the voice so distracting that I sometimes lost track of the story.
Otherwise, it was a good story, and the descriptions of vintage clothing, witchcraft, and San Francisco were excellent. I would like to continue the series, but I might switch to the print version.
I will listen to it again as I love the characters in her stories. I was hooked from the very beginning and hope the other books in the series will be available soon on audible.
I loved it. Creative and suspenseful. I listened to it in a say and it ended too soon. I downloaded the second installment before the ending credits were done.
I enjoyed the back ground descriptions. The story progressed with enough detail to keep me interested. The narrator did a great job of distinguishing the characters. I got the next books in the series.
Designer. Aviation Enthusiast. Fitness Instructor. Love books. Prefer long series with happy endings in mystery, comedy, fantasy, & romance.
Agree with other reviewers the book starts off slow, but since it is a series I listened all the way. You don't get addicted or find a hook in this book until almost the end of the book. I wonder if the rest of the series follows from the first so if you get past this one, you will already have the gist and plenty more books to entertain you for hours. The narrator has a definite accent but since the main character has one too I suppose it's suppose to fit.
This book is about vintage clothing, witches, goblins, death and mystery. Murder intrigue is full of suspicion. I kept waiting for more of a love story to unfold but I suppose for some people that will be a plus. I do love her descriptions of fashion, I am pulled right into that and almost wish I could see the designs Juliet Blackwell describes.
Guys: ITS CHIC LIT..
- Gym Girl
Pleasant, quick-read, enjoyable
The plot was good, but, simpler than many mysteries. It's a lighthearted mystery that's not too heavy, technical, etc. The characters are pleasant, so it's entertaining. Not a nail biter, but, I liked it enough to want to read/listen to the rest of the series. I like the main characters. I also like that's a mystical title as I like a little supernatural fun and wish there were might wiccan themed fiction.
A lot of reviews complained about the narrator and I admit AT FIRST she read with a southern accent that sounded like it was trying to be sexy, but, that lessened after the first bit and just became a Texas type southern accent and I got used to it and I could ignore it. It fits the character in my opinion and am glad I did not go by reviews that said to skip this book because of the narrator. Actually, her calm voice and the first person POV of the book makes you feel like you are listening to a friend talk not being lectured to by a scholar, so I actually have grown to like Xe Sands' narration.
No extreme reaction, just a pleasant simple fun mystery.
As a reader, give the narration a try, don't skip the book if the synopsis appeals to you. I'd like more plot development from the auther, Agatha Christie or Elzabeth Peters would be prime examples of slightly deeper mysteries that can still balance humor and comfy characters you love.
I so loved this book!!. I had been sick with a nasty cold and could do nothing but lay in bed with my eyes closed when I thought about going thru my wish list and seeing if there was anything that sounded good. This book stuck out immediately so I put it on and in less than 2 days I was finished with it. That's saying a lot because typically I listen to my audio books for only an hour or two at most over a week or two. With this book however, I was hooked before the second chapter. I think what made me love it so much was the descriptive writing without being too overly detailed, which can sometimes lead to boring and drawn out. I felt like I was watching a movie in my mind the entire time I was listening. It was like the words were drawn instead of written.
As for performance, at first I didn't love the narrator. But literally by the 2nd or 3rd chapter I was so hooked on the story it didn't bother me. Now I love her voice and wouldn't want anyone else reading.
I'm so excited about this series and author, I would even go as far as to say Im glad I got so sick, because if I hadn't, I may not have listened to this book for a long time. If you like cozy mysteries with witty female characters, this is the book for you. It not only made me wish I could jump into the story, but has given me a well needed push of inspiration to keep moving forward on my own dreams of becoming a shop owner one day. Loved loved loved!!!!
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