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
and Hemlines #3
a Witch's Wardrobe #4
and Torn #5
in Velvet #6
in Silk #7
Toxic Trousseau #8
Magical Match #9