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A Toxic Trousseau
Witchcraft Mystery #8
Juliet Blackwell

July 5, 2016/ ISBN 978-0451465795
Mystery / Cozy / Paranormal

Reviewed by Linda Morelli


Lily Ivory has her hands full. Not only has Aiden Rhodes, the witchy godfather to San Francisco’s magical community, left Lily in charge while he’s away, Lily is served papers by a young woman on a motorcycle. Apparently, a vintage clothing store competitor, Autumn Jennings, visited the store while Lily was out and is suing her because she was head-butted by Lily’s familiar Oscar, a shapeshifting “gobgoyle” who appears as a pig to others. Lily and her co-worker, Maya, visit Autumn, hoping to resolve the problem without going to court, but what they find is alarming: Autumn is terribly ill. The police search Lily’s store because they suspect Bronwyn due to the herbs she sells in Lily’s store.

Lily discovers that the woman recently acquired a cursed trousseau. The gowns are made with fabrics tainted with arsenic. After Autumn dies, Lily learns that the young female who served her with papers regularly walked Autumn’s dog and undoubtedly was exposed to the toxic trousseau as well. She tries to locate her, but she has disappeared. Fortunately, Lily’s venture into a haunted house with other witches to celebrate Bronwyn’s birthday reveals vital information in finding the young girl. But will she be too late to save her?

All of my favorite characters returned in A Toxic Trousseau, including Sailor, a sexy psychic, and Lily’s love interest. Aiden’s departure hints at future trouble for the witching community and a test of Lily’s ability to effectively solve problems that arise in his absence. Naturally, my curiosity is piqued and I definitely can’t wait to discover what the future holds. And Oscar’s quips and antics provided a delightful comic relief to this fast-paced plot.

Once again, Juliet Blackwell provides another beguiling mystery, featuring characters I’ve grown to love in this outstanding and deliciously magical mystery series.

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 2016