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Hexes and Hemlines (Witchcraft Mystery Series #3)

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Extraordinarily entertaining!

The imagery alone is worth the price you'll pay for a Juliet Blackwell Witchcraft Mystery. Dressed in the vintage clothing that she sells in the Haight Ashbury section of San Francisco in her shop Aunt Cora's Closet, with a pig . . . or was that a half ogre/half gargoyl...
The imagery alone is worth the price you'll pay for a Juliet Blackwell Witchcraft Mystery. Dressed in the vintage clothing that she sells in the Haight Ashbury section of San Francisco in her shop Aunt Cora's Closet, with a pig . . . or was that a half ogre/half gargoyle familiar named Oscar, Lily Ivory must be a sight to be seen. Always dressed for an occasion, this newly relocated and only partially trained witch has definitely found a home where she can comfortably fit in with the other eccentrics in her neighborhood.
Lily has friends, a familiar-albeit unconventional and often snarky in personality-and is well into her training with a powerful and indisputable hunky, male witch, Aiden Rhodes. And believe me . . . she needs the help, though maybe not from Aiden or his subordinates. At least that's what she believes.
A bit too excited about getting involved and with a tendency to get in over her head, she's taken a simple request by SFPD Inspector Carlos Romero to check out a crime scene and made it her goal to track down a killer. In Lily's defense, this crime scene is peculiar in light of the abundance of bad luck charms, which then begs the question that maybe the SFPD isn't equipped to solve this particular murder. This formidable foe has ties to the world of witchcraft and Lily won't let it go when her new found friends become targets of black magic.
"Hexes and Hemlines" carries you along with an unconventional cast where nothing is out of bounds. Extraordinarily entertaining!

Reviewed by Shannon Raab with Suspense Magazine

posted by Suspensemag on October 11, 2011

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

This is the third book in the Witchcraft Mystery series by Julie

This is the third book in the Witchcraft Mystery series by Juliet Blackwell. The book opens with Lily Ivory being called in to exam a murder by SFPD Inspector Carlos Romero. Lily has had run ins with Romero in the previous two books and he has come to respect her talent...
This is the third book in the Witchcraft Mystery series by Juliet Blackwell. The book opens with Lily Ivory being called in to exam a murder by SFPD Inspector Carlos Romero. Lily has had run ins with Romero in the previous two books and he has come to respect her talents. The death in question, happened in the penthouse, on the 13th floor of the Doppler Building. Malachi Zazi was the head of the Serpentarian Society, named after Serpentarius the thirteenth zodiac sign, and was trying to rationalize away bad luck symbols. At first, Lily had no real plans to do more than advise the SFPD, but then she finds out that Bronwyn, her friend and Wiccan herbalist's daughter is married to one of the members of the Serpentarian Society and is being questioned in conjunction with Zazi's death. Lily agrees to look into the matter and help out Bronwyn's daughter and son-in-law. But things get complicated when she is warned off the case at nearly ever turn, and then someone leaves a nasty curse outside of Bronwyn's apartment. Lily becomes even more determined to figure out who is doing these things and make them stop. No one threatens her friends and gets away with it.

We see a return of Max Charmichael, but it looks like the romance isn't going to continue. There is also more background information on Aidan Rhodes and Sailor, individually and how they came to know one another. One mystery that is partially solved is about Oscar, Lily's gifted familiar, and what exactly he is. We also get a much better understanding of Bronwyn and her family's dynamics. The relationship threads that run between all the characters are becoming clearer, yet much more tangled together.

There was a lot of action in this book, at one point Lily was literally running for her life. The drama level was high and kept the tension tight, with a bare minimum of comedic breaks. Lily continues the use of her southern slang and her lack of pop culture knowledge. I really want to know what has gone on with her Father and why we still don't know much more than was in the first book. He is still hinted at, but remains a large mystery. 

I am giving this book 3 stars on Goodreads, mainly because I am ready to really delve into the mysteries of Lily herself. Ms. Blackwell is keeping us in suspense and I am getting impatient. There was also some serious repetition of certain phrases, from book to book, which kept knocking me out of the story. Overall a good book, and a nice addition to the series. 

posted by Judy-Ree on April 23, 2013

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  • Posted April 23, 2013

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    This is the third book in the Witchcraft Mystery series by Julie

    This is the third book in the Witchcraft Mystery series by Juliet Blackwell. The book opens with Lily Ivory being called in to exam a murder by SFPD Inspector Carlos Romero. Lily has had run ins with Romero in the previous two books and he has come to respect her talents. The death in question, happened in the penthouse, on the 13th floor of the Doppler Building. Malachi Zazi was the head of the Serpentarian Society, named after Serpentarius the thirteenth zodiac sign, and was trying to rationalize away bad luck symbols. At first, Lily had no real plans to do more than advise the SFPD, but then she finds out that Bronwyn, her friend and Wiccan herbalist's daughter is married to one of the members of the Serpentarian Society and is being questioned in conjunction with Zazi's death. Lily agrees to look into the matter and help out Bronwyn's daughter and son-in-law. But things get complicated when she is warned off the case at nearly ever turn, and then someone leaves a nasty curse outside of Bronwyn's apartment. Lily becomes even more determined to figure out who is doing these things and make them stop. No one threatens her friends and gets away with it.

    We see a return of Max Charmichael, but it looks like the romance isn't going to continue. There is also more background information on Aidan Rhodes and Sailor, individually and how they came to know one another. One mystery that is partially solved is about Oscar, Lily's gifted familiar, and what exactly he is. We also get a much better understanding of Bronwyn and her family's dynamics. The relationship threads that run between all the characters are becoming clearer, yet much more tangled together.

    There was a lot of action in this book, at one point Lily was literally running for her life. The drama level was high and kept the tension tight, with a bare minimum of comedic breaks. Lily continues the use of her southern slang and her lack of pop culture knowledge. I really want to know what has gone on with her Father and why we still don't know much more than was in the first book. He is still hinted at, but remains a large mystery. 

    I am giving this book 3 stars on Goodreads, mainly because I am ready to really delve into the mysteries of Lily herself. Ms. Blackwell is keeping us in suspense and I am getting impatient. There was also some serious repetition of certain phrases, from book to book, which kept knocking me out of the story. Overall a good book, and a nice addition to the series. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 31, 2014

    Good Light Reading

    This series of books gets better with each new installment. They are great for light reading between those neavier, more thought-provoking novels. I find them to be very relaxing. Stephanie Clanahan

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