In case you haven’t figured it out, I will often find an author I like and then read just about every dang thing they write. Juliet Blackwell is an author I like. And on my list of books I’ve read and yet to review are at least three of her Witchcraft Mystery series: In a Witch’s Wardrobe; Tarnished and Torn; and A Vision in Velvet. (There are some from the Haunted Home Renovation series, as well, but we’ll do those another time.)
The idea of the series is simple. Lily Ivory is a solitary Texas witch who, after traveling around the world to find her place in it, now lives in San Francisco. Lily also has a deep love of vintage clothing. And a special talent to be able to tell things about the people who have owned those clothes. So in San Francisco, she opens a vintage clothing shop and, eventually, stumbles upon murders in her adopted hometown. With the help of some good friends, a cute cop, and a gargoyle-turned-pot-bellied-pig, though, things usually turn out alright in the end.
In a Witch’s Wardrobe is book 4. In it, Lily heads to an art deco ball, where the vintage clothes are all the rage. However, it’s not just an easy night out for our lovable hero. At the ball, a young woman is put under a mysterious sleeping sickness. Lily is sure the mystery involves a hex and does what she can to find out who wanted to hurt the girl–and why.
Tarnished and Torn, book 5 of the series, Lily heads to an antique jewelry show, hoping to find some vintage goods for her shop. There, she gets the feeling that Griselda might also be a natural witch. Only, before Lily can find out, Griselda ends up dead. And the prime suspect is Lily’s estranged father, a powerful witch in his own right.
Book 6 is A Vision in Velvet. Lily buys a trunk full of vintage clothes, only to find a cloak that “feels” strange. It’s her talent for textiles, telling her that something is wrong with the history of the garment. To make matters worse, Oscar (her gargoyle/pot-bellied pig familiar) goes missing. Truly, this is the book that makes Lily realize she is in San Francisco to stay.
This is a fun series and I always look forward to the next one on the list. (Yeah, I know I am at least 2 behind right now!) It’s been fun to watch Lily’s character grow from a bit of a wandering gypsy soul to someone who has found a home and a family of her choosing.
Have you read them? What did you think?