A Witchcraft Mystery #4
July 2012/ 978-0-451-23747-7
by Laura Hinds
Here it is
a sultry July, and I'm fortunate enough to be reading and reviewing
the current hottest theme in mystery novels: paranormal mysteries.
I've been reading Annette Blair, Victoria Laurie, and just finished
In a Witch's Wardrobe. As a fan of Juliet Blackwell, I was pleased
with the opportunity to review Dead Bolt from her Haunted Home Renovation
series several months ago.
Set in eccentric
San Francisco, where anything can and does happen, one should not
be surprised to learn that there is an active witchcraft community
made up of many covens. Lily Ivory, proprietor of Aunt Cora's Closet,
a vintage clothing store, has some witchy abilities of her own.
When she attends an Art Deco ball, where vintage is the costume
de rigueur, Lily should be in her element.
Yet when a
woman falls ill, Lily's sensory gifts tell her that the woman is
the victim of a curse. While Lily wants to help solve the case of
the cursed corsage, she is needed for an even bigger problem. That
is, a series of poisonings affecting the covens of San Francisco's
Bay Area. It is possible that someone is using their supernatural
skills with dark and evil intent, and it's up to Lily to draw them
out into the light before there are disastrous consequences.
What I love
most about this book is the realism with which San Francisco is
depicted. There are all sorts of folks in the Bay Area, and although
they are different, for the most part they do tend to stick together.
This goes for the covens as well. Magic imbues In a Witch's Wardrobe,
yet there is plenty of realism featured as well. There is a touch
of romance, solid friendships, and a dash of humor interspersed
with magical scenes and paranormal creatures. I remain enchanted
by Juliet Blackwell's stories, and I believe you will be too. Enjoy!
of other titles in this series
and Hemlines #3
a Witch's Wardrobe #4
and Torn #5
in Velvet #6
in Silk #7
Toxic Trousseau #8
Magical Match #9