Jun 14, 2013

Review--In a Witch's Wardrobe by Juliet Blackwell

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… 

So back to not knowing what's going on in my series, I did a one-day read of Juliet Blackwell's In a Witch's Wardrobe and it was fabulous! For the most part these mystery series are not a series that "has" to be read in order, but it usually does make a bit of sense to do so, like with any series like that. But naturally, I couldn't really remember everything. But it was still entirely enjoyable! I loooove these mysteries with a splash of paranormal!

In this one, Lily just happens to have talked with this woman just moments before she goes into a coma. But there's something funny about the corsage she was wearing, in fact there's something odd about the whole situation. Lily thinks magic was involved and since this is a mystery with paranormal tendencies, she's correct! Lily is going to use her witchy ways to try to solve this case, not because she is a detective, she actually owns and runs a vintage dress shop but mysteries tend to fall in her lap and she feels obligated to help people in need.

To add more umph to her troubles, there's a magic hate group on the loose who are ransacking shops that have anything to do with magic. Naturally, Lily is a little concerned since her friends sell magic-ish items such as charms and other kinds of remedies that might be considered magic.

But this case is definitely far harder than Lily thought it would be. There are too many suspects, too many people who are involved with magic that could be the culprit. She ends up getting some help from both Aidan and Sailor, two men who seem to have an effect on Lily. Although, she's not really looking for romance...but romance may just find her!

Since I can't remember much from the first few, I can't remember who I was really rooting for. I just remember Lily being around these two guys a lot after her failed attempt at a relationship with Max, the reporter who just couldn't accept her being a witch.

The mystery element was fabulous! Lily ends up seeing what appears to be the ghost of the woman in the coma, but it's more like her spirit essence and she's trying to give Lily a message that may help her solve the case and point the finger to her attacker. I didn't quite guess the attacker myself, granted the person was in my list of suspects, I just never really picked one out of them all! 

Once again, I say if you're looking for a mystery series with a touch of paranormal Juliet Blackwell is one of the authors to go to! *Victoria Laurie is my other go to author in this case. 

Juliet's books are fun, easy-going reads that could be called "cozy mysteries" with that necessary dash of paranormalcy. Pretty soon, I need to get to reading the latest in her other series, Haunted Home Renovation Mysteries!

Overall Rating 5/5 stars


  1. Sounds fantastic! Witchcraft AND clothes - What's not to like?!!
    Suzy Turner, YA Author

  2. wonderful! I have a book by this author, I really need to try it.


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