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A Vision in Velvet
Witchcraft Mystery #6
Juliet Blackwell

July 1, 2014/ ISBN 978-0451240903

Reviewed by Linda Morelli


Lily Ivory often buys vintage items for her shop, Aunt Cora’s Closet, and the trunk she purchases from Sebastian's shop is no different. Well, most of the clothes are worthless, but Lily receives vibes from something at the bottom and, after it’s in her shop, Lily and her friends Conrad and Bronwyn, a fifty-something Wiccan, open the trunk, Lily pulls out an old gold velvet cape with purple silk lining. When Lily puts it on, she gets cold and hot, and then sees visions from another time.

Later, when Conrad and Lily head for an oak tree they want to save in Golden Gate Park, they discover Sebastian’s body. He’s been shot, the obvious victim of murder. As usual, Lily manages to find herself in the middle of a homicide investigation, and can't help wondering if his death is somehow connected to the cape.

Great plot, characters and mystery made this a winner for me. I love Lily’s familiar, Oscar, half gargoyle and half goblin, who appears as a pig to others. He’s also sharp tongued and quite protective, especially when Lily’s boyfriend Sailor shows up. Oscar later disappears, which had me reading fast and furious to find out if he was okay. Sailor feels like a hunk and the perfect match for Lily. Their developing romance is pure pleasure.

The author’s writing style made me feel as though I was with each character, sharing emotions, actions and anticipating the next moves. When I find an author who can provide this much reader involvement, I put her in my “must read” list. A Vision in Velvet is an enticing, engrossing read, a mystery that’s hard to put down and wickedly fun until the very end.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Hexes and Hemlines #3
In a Witch's Wardrobe #4
Tarnished and Torn #5
Vision in Velvet #6
Spellcasting in Silk #7
A Toxic Trousseau #8
A Magical Match #9

Reviewer Linda Morelli is the award-winning author of Fiery Surrender, Shadow of a Doubt, and Lani's Challenge.
Reviewed 2014