Friday, March 23, 2012

Hexes and Hemlines

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 third book of the Witchcraft series did not disappoint in my opinion, considering my thoughts on the second book. Alright the second book wasn't awful, it was a decent read.  So let's just say my expectations for this book weren't huge.

And once again I inhaled this book.  I find this author's ability to describe rituals and spells simply amazing, which kind of makes me wonder how much research is done for these themed cosy mystery books.  I really enjoyed the mystery, the rituals, the addition of the occult in this but what didn't happen was the romance.  It was missing.  Although I understand Max's reluctance with Lily's "gift", he is really getting on my nerves. 

Hexes and Hemlines by Juliet Blackwell (4/5) Paranormal Mystery; Published: Signet (6/2011); Series: # 3, Witchcraft Mystery; Library; Books 2012 (19);

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