Monday, February 18

Review: In a Witch's Wardrobe by Juliet Blackwell

This is the fourth book in the Witchcraft Mystery Series by Juliet Blackwell.  This book begins only a few days after the end of the Hemlines and Hexes.  Lily Ivory is heading to the Art Deco Preservation Ball with Aidan Rhodes.  On her way into the ball room, Ivory sees a vision in the mirrors, of a woman sleeping behind roses and briers  very Sleeping Beauty-ish.  And then, while in the restroom, a woman is found passed out on the lounge chaise.  It turns out this woman has been the victim of a curse or hex.  Lily sees her soul trapped in the mirror.  Aidan tells her to leave it alone, that he will look into it, but then he ditches her at the Ball and Lily decides to look into the matter herself.

When Lily goes to the hospital to check on Miriam, she finds out that she has a infant daughter. As it turns out, Miriam had been into Lily's vintage clothing shop and sold a box of baby clothes just a few days before.  Both the clothing and Miriam had the same something-is-wrong vibe to them.  When Lily meets little Luna, she realizes that whatever was affecting Miriam was also affecting Luna.  So she starts looking into who and why would curse them. 

Additionally, there is a group in town, called Defenders of Morality, or DOM and they are targeting anyone dealing with New Age type people and businesses, including witches.  Several of the local businesses and friends of Lily have their shops broken into and vandalized by the group. And with the suspicious death of a young woman who was in a local coven, SFPD inspector Romero is looking to Lily to get some background on the young woman to help solve the case. 

This book was fantastic!  There was plenty of intrigue, a new romance for Lily, an introduction of some new characters that look to be recurring and the end - OMG - talk about a massive cliffhanger.  It looks like the next book in the series will finally give us some information on Lily's father.  Since there was so much new and interesting going on in this book, plus the promise of an even better follow-up book, I just had to give this book 5 stars. 

Lily Ivory is living her dream of owning a vintage clothing store—and practicing magic on the side. But when she encounters a sinister sleeping spell, Lily comes face-to-face with a nightmarish evil… 

Taking a night off from running her successful San Francisco clothing store, Lily attends a local art deco ball where vintage fashions steal the show. But when a young woman at the event falls under a mysterious sleeping sickness, Lily senses that a curse was placed on the woman’s corsage. 

Before Lily can solve the woman’s magical ailment, she’s asked to assist in investigating a string of poisonings in the Bay Area witchcraft community. She’s gained the trust of the local covens by supporting women’s charities through her clothing store. But soon, Lily suspects that one of her new acquaintances might not be so well intentioned and could be dabbling in dark magic and deadly botany… 

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