Secondhand Spirits (Witchcraft Mystery Series #1) [NOOK Book]

Overview

Love the vintage- not the ghosts

Lily Ivory feels that she can finally fit in somewhere and conceal her "witchiness" in San Francisco. It's there that she opens her vintage clothing shop, outfitting customers both spiritually and stylistically.

Just when things seem ...
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Secondhand Spirits (Witchcraft Mystery Series #1)

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Overview

Love the vintage- not the ghosts

Lily Ivory feels that she can finally fit in somewhere and conceal her "witchiness" in San Francisco. It's there that she opens her vintage clothing shop, outfitting customers both spiritually and stylistically.

Just when things seem normal, a client is murdered and children start disappearing from the Bay Area. Lily has a good idea that some bad phantoms are behind it. Can she keep her identity secret, or will her witchy ways be forced out of the closet as she attempts to stop the phantom?


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Editorial Reviews

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"Lily Ivory is a twenty-first-century Samantha Stevens, minus the nose wriggling. The story combines fun and seriousness for an entertaining [listen]." —-Romantic Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101082171
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/7/2009
  • Series: Witchcraft Mystery Series , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 16,910
  • File size: 282 KB

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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted August 3, 2009

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    Definitively Bewitching!

    I picked this up on vacation because I could not find the next installment of the series I was currently reading and have fallen under Juliet Blackwell's spell. The book was very well writen, entertaining and for anyone who is a fan of this genre, magical mysteries, you will not be disappointed. Great surprise, I cannot wait for the next installment.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Vintage Clothing and Witchcraft

    Lily Ivory is a witch who owns a vintage clothing store in the Haight-Ashbury section of San Francisco. Up until recently she has been rootless, traveling all over the world, looking for a place where she could feel at home. In the past, her powers have scared people; she had to leave the town where she grew up before she was out of high school. But San Francisco seems like a good fit for her, and selling old clothing, with their subtle happy vibrations from their previous owners, makes her content. She shares her shop with middle-aged Wiccan herbalist Bronwyn. The difference between "Wiccan" and "witch" is clearly shown without making the Wiccans seem like wannabes.

    Right at the beginning of the story, Aidan Rhodes, a local male witch (not a warlock - that means "oath breaker"), gives Lily a housewarming present: a familiar, a goblin who can shape-shift into a Vietnamese potbellied pig. She isn't sure she wants this gift, but Aidan leaves before she can express her feelings. She names him Oscar.

    Lily's assistant Maya, an art student who is doing an oral history project on the side, visits a lot of elderly people for their stories and incidentally manages to turn up some great vintage clothing. She brings Lily to meet an elderly woman, Frances Potts, who has a houseful of carefully preserved old clothes. While they are looking at the clothing, they hear a terrible wailing: "Where are my children?" Maya doesn't hear it. Lily is convinced that the fact that Frances did hear it means she, Frances, is about to die. Then they hear shouts: a neighbor's child, Jessica, has been kidnapped. They think she was snatched by the evil spirit La Llorona, the Weeping Woman, who in life had drowned all of her children and is believed to steal children who are out alone at night. Many years ago, one of Frances' daughters had disappeared. Lily is worried about Frances. Later that evening she goes back to the house and does a spell to keep Frances safe, but it doesn't work, and in the morning Frances is dead.

    Well, Frances was a lot more than she appeared, as we learn over the course of the book. Lily, Maya, Bronwyn and Bronwyn's coven - and, of course, Oscar - are drawn into the mystery of La Llorona.

    I really enjoyed this book. It was well-written, and the characters come alive for me. It's easy to believe that San Francisco can be magickal, as anybody who's been there will know. I can't wait to read more of Lily's adventures.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2009

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    Great book!

    Really enjoyed the characters and the story!!
    Can't wait for the next book.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Awesome

    Loved reading it. I found it hard to put this book down and I lookforward to reading the next in the series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2012

    Loved this book!

    Juliet Blackwell delivers a fun mystery full of interesting characters and a good story line. The book gives the reader enough information to want to continue reading the next in the series. Really, what's not to like in a book that has ghosts, witches and paranormal activity?!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2011

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    Ok read

    This is an ok book if you're looking for something light to read. I felt it was dragging in places at time when I really just wanted her to get to solving the case of the missing little girl. I'm willing to give the 2nd book in the series a try.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2010

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    Loved it!

    I'm not really into witches and stories about them but I am so happy I tried this series. I loved this book so much the next day I got the second in the series. This book is well written and all the characters are well developed. I loved that the mystery isn't easily figured out while not being overly confusing. This book is a great read and I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2010

    Great Magical Mystery

    I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this book because I'm anxiously awaiting the next installment of a series that I have been reading and had myself convinced this would just be a filler. I was wrong. I loved the story, the detail, the technical information. Was a little put off by the character at first, then grew to like her. The author provides a lot of cultural details which I'm sure if related to her career as an anthropologist. Half way through the book, I jumped in my car and went back to the bookstore to get the next book in the series. I remembered there was only one on the shelf and didn't want miss out.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2010

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    I loved it.

    It was a great mix of mystery, fantasy, and chick lit. I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2009

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    Loved it!!

    Enjoyed the San Francisco setting. Loved the characters...kept my interest..can't wait for the next installment.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2011

    Very riviting and fun!

    I am happy to find a new author that is exciting, funny, and riviting! Juliet Blackwell set the perfect mood using the setting of a vintage clothing shop I'd love to explore myself!. The characters were well developed and believeable! the story was suspenseful enough to cause a tingle or two up my spine. Can't wait to read her next book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2011

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    spellbinding!

    really good, fast paced, good characters, for anyone that is interested in things that go bump in the night or the day!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2010

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    Bridget's Review

    Secondhand Spirits is a fun murder-mystery that captures a readers attention instantly. Juliet's writing technique is addictive and her ability to tell an entertaining tale is amazing. I had a lot of fun befriending Lily and helping her solve the mysterious disappearances. Five stars!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

    Wonderful debut!

    SECONDHAND SPIRITS caught my attention from the opening and kept me delighted throughout the read! Paranormal mystery at it's best, and I'll be in line for the next book in this series!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

    I sooooooooooooo love this book

    This book was wonderful. I never write to the author this time I did I wanted her to know just how much I loved the book. I dont know how much of it is fact or fiction and didnt care. I was sucked in and this book didnt let me go till the very end. Loved all of the charaters they worked so well together. I really hate that I didnt wait longer before reading this book so I could shorten the amout of time I have to wait for the next book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2009

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    Excellent !!!

    I pick this book up and it is very good, filled with action and very original. I can't wait until the second book is out.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2014

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    I bought this entire series after reading Blackwell's Haunted Re

    I bought this entire series after reading Blackwell's Haunted Renovation series - and it was a GREAT buy!

    The whole Witchcraft Mystery series is absolutely captivating - Lily is a soul that many could identify with,
    she's down to earth, doesn't trust easily & has been hurt more than words can describe.
     But her powers set her apart from everyone else. She's a heroine I never would've dreamed of, but she has captured my attention
    & my heart. The story is well written, with vivid details. The story unfolds in your head, as if watching a play or movie, Blackwell writes with such vividly painted descriptions that you can imagine every step of the way. Lots of mysteries, unforeseen twists/turns. A page-turner! 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2013

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    Lily Ivory is an entrepreneurial witch with an ability to ¿read¿

    Lily Ivory is an entrepreneurial witch with an ability to “read” the history of vintage clothes. No wonder she owns Aunt Cora’s Closet in San Francisco. Her store becomes a hit, but after a client is murdered and children begin to disappear, Lily investigates. Her own father is a mystery to her, and her father’s apprentice, handsome Aidan Rhodes is even more of a mystery. Her investigation leads her to find the truth behind an old Mexican myth of La Llorona. Entertainingly good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2012

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    Excellent mystery with just the right amount of paranormal pheno

    Excellent mystery with just the right amount of paranormal phenomenon
    that should appeal to all readers. I can't wait to read the rest of the
    books in the series. I think this series is going to become one of my
    top favorites.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2009

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    Enjoyable read for people who like the paranormal.

    Entertaining book about a witch who wants to hide her abilities. Good characters and plot.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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