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A Cast-Off Coven Audiobook

A Cast-Off Coven: Witchcraft Mysteries Series, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"Set in a vintage clothing store and starring a sensible and entertaining witch, this series will please paranormal fans." (Romantic Times)

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    KTeaX Madison, Wisconsin, United States 08-23-14
    KTeaX Madison, Wisconsin, United States 08-23-14 Member Since 2013
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    "My new favorite listen!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Cast-Off Coven the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare A Cast-Off Coven to and why?

    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!


    What three words best describe Xe Sands’s performance?

    Consistent, gentle, unique


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    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?"


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. April Holgate Montrose, PA, United States 01-09-14
    K. April Holgate Montrose, PA, United States 01-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Witchy Cozy Mystery"

    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!!

    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 2017

    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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    "A Spook at the School"
    Where does A Cast-Off Coven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Xe Sands’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Xe does a fine job and make listening to the book a joy.


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

    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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    David L Hall 11-22-13 Member Since 2016

    David L Hall "Get the Best & Forget the Rest"

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    "Fun and fast ++ A whimsical break from the tense"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Xe Sands’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first book of Xe Sands's.


    Was A Cast-Off Coven worth the listening time?

    I recommend this for a fun break away from a tense or riveting story.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for a change of pace, give this delightful story a try.

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    Heather W. Bean Cleveland, NC United States 11-01-13
    Heather W. Bean Cleveland, NC United States 11-01-13 Member Since 2013

    Mad Mama

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    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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    Sandie Herron 07-11-17 Member Since 2012

    I once owned the bookstore A Novel Idea. I sold mysteries and cat humor. Put a cat in a mystery, and I'm likely to read it. Book Reviewer.

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    "School has an unmentionable problem"

    A CAST-OFF COVEN is a fabulous second entry into the Witchcraft series by Juliet Blackwell featuring Lily Ivory, owner of the vintage clothing store Aunt Cora's Closet, located in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. Oscar, Lily’s "familiar" given to her by a powerful male witch, is turning into an asset even if he does push the boundaries of being a goblin/gargoyle mix in private and a miniature pot-bellied pig everyone loves in public.

    The School of Fine Arts in San Francisco has discovered a previously sealed off room on the second floor of the tower building, but all the students will not go there, swearing they hear noises and voices. An argument between Aidan, who gave Oscar to Lily, ensues in the cafeteria which is buzzing with activity on a Friday evening. Lily agrees to meet a friend employee named Andromeda at the school where she will help find the chest full of women’s unmentionables discovered when the closet was unsealed. Instead they find her wealthy father at the bottom of a set of stairs in a pool of his own blood.

    Did he fall down the stairs? Was he pushed? Did a spirit from the closet do him harm? The possibilities are too great and information too slim. Lily wants to get her hands on those clothes and see what sort of spirits she's dealing with. When she gets to the closet, it is locked, by the spirits within. They try to scare Lily away with a windstorm, rain, heat, etc., none of which work. Lily finally leaves out of impatience, and the closet door pops open yet no one is there.

    Another murder at the school occurs, and Lily goes to check it out. Plus, she figures she'll give that closet another try. Finding the closet unsealed means that one, some, or all those spirits might have gotten out of the closet, possibly to murder (again?) She enters the closet, and there is a mirror hung on the wall which Lily quickly avoids, since strange things happen to spirits in mirrors (there is a fuller explanation about mirrors in Blackwell’s next book).

    Lily finds the trunk of undergarments which supposedly belonged to some French women, possibly nuns since they came to America with a group of nuns. Their behavior got them sealed into the closet, not opened until present day.

    Ownership of the trunk, the identity of the owners of the garments, identities of who was murdered and their connection to the trunk, all must be sorted out to solve this conundrum. Lily brings the trunk's contents back to Cora's Closet, and staff and customers all began looking through them before Lily can do her usual clean, mend, wash routine on them.

    What has happened to the spirits? What is the relationship between the murder victims and the victims to the spirits? Were the women nuns?

    I love how Juliet Blackwell weaves in the history of the School of Fine Arts and the buildings it occupies and information about ghosts and spirits. Facts are woven through fiction so easily that I began to wonder what was true. Quite a tangled web was woven by the end of this wonderful book. Xe Sands’ narration brought it all to life with her voice, subtle nuances, and genuine sounding curiosity. Well worth reading.

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    Edward 04-20-17
    Edward 04-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Unexpected treasure"

    Unexpected treasure I truly enjoyed. I can't wait for the next one in the series.

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    Diad 04-16-17
    Diad 04-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "really good book didn't know how it would end"

    I thought the narrator was great at switching up the voice. the story kept you entertained and guessing. it was my first fiction audible purchase and it didn't disappoint.

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    NAP21 04-13-17
    NAP21 04-13-17

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    "Good Listen"

    Story has a decent plot and thought not gripping and horribly detailed its entertaining. Read a lot of negative reviews on narrator, but cannot agree with them. I enjoy the narration, her voice fits each character well.

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    Marieboo Pascoag, RI United States 12-15-16
    Marieboo Pascoag, RI United States 12-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent series"

    Fun characters and interesting mysteries. it keeps my interest and has me wanting more. cant go wrong with a pig in the story.

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