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Cloaked in Malice
A Vintage Magic Mystery #5
Annette Blair

Berkley Prime Crime
July 2012/ 978-0-425-25143-0
Mystery/ Cozy/Paranormal

Reviewed by Laura Hinds

Madeira Cutler, 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 the past.

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.

Having read 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.

Previously Reviewed for

Skirting the Grave, 4

Reviewer Laura Hinds is the author of Are You Gonna Eat That Banana?
Reviewed 2012