A Vintage Magic Mystery #5
Berkley Prime Crime
July 2012/ 978-0-425-25143-0
by Laura Hinds
who prefers to be called Maddy, lives in Mystick Falls, Connecticut,
and works in nearby Mystic Falls (the "k" was dropped
intentionally.) She owns a vintage clothing shop that she named
Vintage Magic. Maddy is a talented psychic whose specialty is psychometry,
meaning that she loses herself in visions of the past. When Maddy
touches vintage clothing she often becomes immersed in the history
of the item, envisioning events in the life of the person who wore
it. One could say unequivocally that she spiritually steps into
When a mysterious
young woman who calls herself Paisley Skye appears at Vintage Magic,
she brings clothing that evokes distressing visions to Maddy. Paisley
has no family left and her past is filled with holes. As Maddy investigates
in her own special way, she realizes Paisley needs help. Her FBI
agent boyfriend, Nick, fits the bill and is willing to help. The
story quickly becomes complex, and at times a bit difficult to follow.
However, Blair is the consummate professional when it comes to wrapping
up loose ends and making sure the reader is satisfied with the outcomes.
this entire series, and reviewed Skirting the Grave, I
was delighted to be assigned Cloaked in Malice for review. I am
quite taken with the series. I've read many other paranormal mysteries
over the past few years and am always pleased when I read one that
seamlessly blends a true-to-life mystery with a healthy dose of
the believe-it-or-not magic.
As a book filled
with deeply entwined personal relationships, a hot and steamy ghostly
romance between seniors- one living and one dead- magic, mystery,
suspense and wittiness, this is one you won't want to miss.
If you like
the work of Annette Blair, you may also enjoy authors Heather Blake,
Juliet Blackwell and Kari Lee Townsend.
Reviewed for MyShelf.com
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