Thursday, June 6, 2013

Hexes and Hemlines by Juliet Blackwell

Hexes and Hemlines by Juliet Blackwell
2011, Signet
Series: Book 3 of Witchcraft Mystery

Synopsis: With her vintage clothing store taking off, Lily Ivory is finding that life in San Francisco suits her just fine. But her ability to sense vibrations from the past, so useful in locating secondhand gems, has landed her in the middle of a new mystery...

Lily gets called away from Aunt Cora's Closet when the police need a witch's take on a strange case. Malachi Zazi was stabbed to death in his apartment, under a ladder, surrounded by the number thirteen, a broken mirror, and a black cat—superstitions that the victim, as head of a rationalist society, was devoted to discrediting.

When the police identify a suspect from the Serpentarian Society, Lily is shocked to learn it's someone she knows. But with bad luck plaguing all its members, she begins to wonder if there's more at work than mere coincidence. And while there aren't many clues from the crime scene, Lily finds evidence of dark witchcraft and a hex on her friend's doorstep. With her friend's safety at stake, Lily is determined to use magic to find the murderer before everyone's luck runs out...

The Good: Have I ever mentioned how much I love Juliet Blackwell's writing? Probably. But I really, really do. Lily takes on another mystery in Hexes and Hemlines, one revolving around magic and superstitions and possible satanic worship. While uncovering a killer, she still manages to run a successful business, become further confused by Aidan, deal with Max, befriend (sort of) Sailor, and learn more about both Voodoo and Romani magic. The mystery was amazing, Lily continues to be a great character and the magic is, well, magical.

The Bad: Lily is pretty self-aware when it comes to her lack of experience when it comes to friendship and dealing with other people, so why, oh why, does she ALWAYS think she knows what's best? Granted, she's usually right, but what would possess her to believe she would be?

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