Hexes and Hemlines (Witchcraft Mystery Series #3)

Hexes and Hemlines (Witchcraft Mystery Series #3)

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by Juliet Blackwell
     
 

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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.  See more details below

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101515495
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/07/2011
Series:
Witchcraft Mystery Series , #3
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
20,723
File size:
291 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Xe Sands is an award-winning narrator known for her authentic characterizations and intimate delivery. She has more than a decade of experience bringing stories to life through narration, performance, and visual art, including recordings of Wonderland by Stacey D'Erasmo and Survival Lessons by Alice Hoffman.

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Hexes and Hemlines 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
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. 
Suspensemag More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the third in the series of very entertaining "witch" stories. I'm on to book four.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Number three in the series. Well woth paying for.
SarahLauren More than 1 year ago
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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I love this series! Juliet Blackwell keeps the book interesting. I will continue to read her books!
Helen47 More than 1 year ago
Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!
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PoesRavenNJ More than 1 year ago
LOVED THE BOOK IT PUTS SO MANY IMPORTANT QUALITIES OF A BOOK AND AN AUTHOR TOGETHER, RECOMMENED IT HIGHLY.
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I can't wait for book #4!