Thursday, March 15, 2012

Secondhand Spirits

Lily Ivory is not your average witch. Her spell-casting powers tend to draw mischievous spirits while keeping normal humans at a distance. But now her vintage clothing store could give her a chance to make friends in San Francisco....
Lily hopes for a normal life when she opens Aunt Cora's Closet. With her magical knack for vintage fashion -she can sense vibrations of the past from clothing and jewelry—her store becomes a big hit.
But when a client is murdered and children start disappearing from the Bay Area, Lily may be the only one who can unravel the crime. She tries to keep her identity a secret while investigating, but it's not easy—especially under the spells of sexy "mythbuster" Max Carmichael and powerful witch Aidan Rhodes. Will Lily's witchy ways be forced out of the closet?

I'm a sucker for a cosy mystery.  Doesn't really matter if it's a contemporary, a historical, paranormal or themed...I'm the girl to read it.  If I haven't read it yet, I'll  be getting my hands on it sooner or later.  While I was browsing the mystery stacks at the library I found this book along with the 2nd and 3rd book of this series, and they all came home with me.

Lily Ivory is a very talented witch, but she's always been a loner, she doesn't trust easily but she's willing to give a helping hand. She's finally found a place that she can live without feeling watched upon or considered as a freak. She's slowly making friends and building a successful business and then walks in trouble, in the form of a powerful male witch.  She know owns a pot bellied pig, Oscar, who is her familiar.  Soon she's trying to defeat the powerful La Llorona (sp?), a spirit that steals children souls.

I inhaled this book.   It was fast paced, funny and very entertaining.  Not only is the main character interesting the rest of the ensemble are equally engaging.  I really enjoyed reading about the cleansing and ritual spells, mainly because I don't know much of it.  Very fascinating.

Secondhand Spirits by Juliet Blackwell (4.5/5) Paranormal Mystery; Published: Signet (7/2009); New Author; Series: # 1, Witchcraft Mystery; Library; Books 2012 (13) ;

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