Hexes and Hemlines (Witchcraft Mystery Series #3)

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Lily gets called away from her vintage clothing store to give police a witch's take on how the leader of a rationalist society could be murdered, surrounded by superstitions he discredited.

Evidence points to dark witchcraft. Lily's determined to use magic of her own to find the murderer, before everyone's luck runs out.

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Overview

Lily gets called away from her vintage clothing store to give police a witch's take on how the leader of a rationalist society could be murdered, surrounded by superstitions he discredited.

Evidence points to dark witchcraft. Lily's determined to use magic of her own to find the murderer, before everyone's luck runs out.

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"Strong writing, a solid plot and a spunky, likable heroine add up to a cleverly written, top-notch cozy mystery." —-Romantic Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451233783
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/7/2011
  • Series: Witchcraft Mystery Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 207,222
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Juliet Blackwell is the pseudonym for a mystery author who, together with her sister, wrote the Art Lover's Mystery series as Hailey Lind.

Xe Sands has more than a decade of experience bringing stories to life through narration and performance. Sands's characterizations are rich and expressive and her narrations evocative and intimate. She has also won multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for her narration of The Sweet Relief of Missing Children by Sarah Braunstein.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    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 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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

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    This exciting urban fantasy murder mystery (see A Castoff Coven) is an entertaining paranormal whodunit

    She searched the world to find a place she could call home and Lily Ivory found it at the corner of Haight and Asbury in San Francisco. Lily is a genuine witch trained by her grandma in the craft though she never completed her studies as she was run out of her hometown. She owns a vintage clothing store, but also has helped the police on investigations using her magic.

    SFPD asks her to help with the inquiry into the death of Malachi Zozi whose body is surrounded by bad luck symbols. She cannot read anything from the body and the clothes in the apartment so Lily concludes someone magically wiped clean the magical aura. When she sees a picture of Malachi alive and well, she tells her mentor Aidan, the powerful lead witch of the craft in the Bay area, who warns her to stay away from the case. However, her best friend Bronwyn the Wiccan asks Lily to help because her son-in-law is a person of interest by the cops. Soon afterward, Bronwyn begs her to stop the investigation; as does a witch capable of bending time. Ignoring them, Lily feels it is her duty to catch a killer though her efforts place her in peril.

    This exciting urban fantasy murder mystery (see A Castoff Coven) is an entertaining paranormal whodunit. Lily's persistence as an amateur sleuth hooks the audience who is unsure whether to scream at her to back off or to encourage her to charge forward. Her familiar Oscar, a half goblin-gargoyle becomes a cute pot bellied pig who adds jocularity to the fast-paced story line as part of the quirky cast (benign, kind, and evil) that helps make this spellbinding tale a fun read.

    Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2013

    Loved

    This is the third in the series of very entertaining "witch" stories. I'm on to book four.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    Excellent

    I love these books!

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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. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

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    Great book. Number three in the series. Well woth paying for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    Fun quick read

    I've enjoyed this whole series. Great fun that kept me interested throughout every book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Highly recommend

    I love this series! Juliet Blackwell keeps the book interesting. I will continue to read her books!

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  • Posted May 6, 2012

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    Like it.

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

    AWESOME

    LOVED THE BOOK IT PUTS SO MANY IMPORTANT QUALITIES OF A BOOK AND AN AUTHOR TOGETHER, RECOMMENED IT HIGHLY.

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  • Posted January 29, 2012

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    Loved the series!

    I enjoy cozy mysteries and this one, with a paranormal twist, has been my favorite so far! I would highly recommend starting from the beginning - you will not be disappointed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    A really good read!

    I can't wait for book #4!

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  • Posted October 26, 2011

    Highly recommended must read!

    In Blackwell's paranormal novel, Lily gets called away from Aunt Cora's Closet when her policeman friend needs a "witch's take" on a murder scene. Malachi Zazi was stabbed to death in his apartment, surrounded by the number thirteen, a broken mirror, a ladder, and a black cat--superstitions that the victim, as head of a rationalist society of debunkers, was determined to discredit. Lily is shocked when the police identify a suspect and it is someone she knows. Suspecting a coincidence, Lily finds evidence of dark witchcraft and a hex. Determined to use her magic, Lily goes in search of the murderer. A truly enchanting mystery perfect for those readers who are believers in the supernatural.

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