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.
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