Tarnished and Torn (Witchcraft Mystery Series #5)

Tarnished and Torn (Witchcraft Mystery Series #5)

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by Juliet Blackwell
     
 

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As the owner of a popular vintage clothing store, Lily Ivory can enjoy a day of antique jewelry shopping and still call it work. But as one of San Francisco’s resident witches, searching for hidden treasures can sometimes lead to dangerous discoveries…
 
When Lily arrives at an antique jewelry fair, her bargain sensors go off left and

Overview

As the owner of a popular vintage clothing store, Lily Ivory can enjoy a day of antique jewelry shopping and still call it work. But as one of San Francisco’s resident witches, searching for hidden treasures can sometimes lead to dangerous discoveries…
 
When Lily arrives at an antique jewelry fair, her bargain sensors go off left and right—but she also picks up a faint vibration of magic. Could the hard-bargaining merchant Griselda be a fellow practitioner? It certainly seems that way when a sudden fire sends panic through the crowd, and Lily discovers Griselda murdered in a way that nods to an old-fashioned witch hunt…
 
A crime that hits close to home turns into an unwelcome flash from the past when the police bring in their lead suspect—Lily’s estranged father. Though he may not deserve her help, Lily is determined to clear her father’s name and solve a murder that’s anything but crystal clear. 

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Juliet Blackwell sits firmly on my list of must-read authors.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Victoria Laurie

Praise for Juliet Blackwell’s Witchcraft Mysteries
 
“A smashingly fabulous tale.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Victoria Laurie
 
“Extraordinarily entertaining.”—Suspense Magazine

Library Journal
Vintage clothing store owner and one of San Francisco's resident witches, Lily Ivory takes on the responsibility of proving her estranged father innocent of murder in the fifth addition to Blackwell's latest paranormal series (Secondhand Spirits).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451240095
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/02/2013
Series:
Witchcraft Mystery Series, #5
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
183,515
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
“Juliet Blackwell sits firmly on my list of must-read authors.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Victoria Laurie

Praise for Juliet Blackwell’s Witchcraft Mysteries
 
“A smashingly fabulous tale.”—New York Times Bestselling Author Victoria Laurie
 
“Extraordinarily entertaining.”—Suspense Magazine

Meet the Author

Juliet Blackwell is the pseudonym for a mystery author who also writes the Haunted Home Renovation series and, together with her sister, wrote the Art Lover’s Mystery series. The first in that series, Feint of Art, was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Juliet’s lifelong interest in the paranormal world was triggered when her favorite aunt visited and read her fortune—with startling results. As an anthropologist, the author studied systems of spirituality, magic, and health across cultures and throughout history. She currently resides in a happily haunted house in Oakland, California. 

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Tarnished and Torn 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I enjoyed the book fairly well for a light read, I was disappointed in the quick conclusion. It was almost anti-climatic. Also I felt the author should have done more research on the basic beliefs of the religious systems she used. The use of elementals as demons will be somewhtat insulting and certainly uncomfortable for Wiccan readers, of which I would think she has many due to the use of Wicca within this series. Just saying... Stephanie Clanahan
debbieaheaton More than 1 year ago
In Blackwell’s paranormal mystery novel, Lily Ivory, owner of Cora’s Closet of vintage clothing, visits the gem fair with all its antique jewelry and rare stones, only to have her “witchy” senses pick up a faint trace of magic in the air. Suspecting another practitioner was at the fair, she’s taken by surprise when fires ignite and panic flares. When all is said and done, one of the merchants is found dead—murdered in such a way that it could have been history repeating the witch hunts. With a crime that hits close to home, Lily turns only to find herself facing her long-gone father—and the police’s prime suspect. Regardless of their painful past, Lily is determined to clear his name and solve the murder. An extraordinarily entertaining read and smashing addition to the A Witchcraft Mystery series.
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
It has been awhile (since February 2013) since I read the last book in this series. I didn't reread my review, wanting to go into the book cold and see what I could remember. Not as much as I had hoped, but the more I read, the more came back to me. In the last book, Lily had been told that her mysterious father would be coming to town. It was was with much less fan fare than I expected. To me, he fairly threw off the dead beat dad vibes, and I was less than sympathetic towards him. Thankfully, even though Lily wanted more of a positive relationship with him, she kept her head and didn't rush into anything. We learned some things about their history, but much is still shrouded in mystery, even from Lily herself. Ultimately, this was a book about estranged relationships. Lily's and her fathers, Lily and Sailor, Lily and Aidan Rhodes, Sailor and Aidans. But Lily didn't just dive back into these relationships. She is taking her time, using her head and putting real thought into how she wants each relationship to develop. I appreciate when an author doesn't take the easy drama route, it sets an example of maturity and growth. It also opens up new and different avenues than the more cliched routes. We knew who and what the head bad guy was fairly early on. This book was less a whodunit and more a treasure hunt. One where we followed the clues right along side Lily, though finding all the lesser bad guys did play a part in the mystery.  It seemed like all the main characters from the series played some part in the book and it was nice to be able to check in on them, while meeting a few new ones. While I enjoyed the book, it didn't have the sparkle and shine that the last book had for me. I am not sure why, maybe something to do with Lily's father, or perhaps with Sailor and his attitude, or maybe it was the talk of the Witch Trails torture techniques. Any way I look at it, this book just had a much different tone than the last one. I am going with 3 stars on this book.
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The latest in Blackwell's Witchcraft Mystery series is quick and entertaining. We finally get to meet Lily's mysterious father, and the interrupted romance between Lily and Sailor picks up again. My only real complaint is the rushed resolution: the confrontation with the demon Xolotl needed more detail, and the denouement was more tell than show. Still, this book was a lot of fun, and I look forward to the next installment. -- lyradora
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dontlukbak More than 1 year ago
As always, I love Blackwell's books. I especially enjoy the audio versions of A Witchcraft Mystery series.  This book was very good except the ending just sort of stopped. A little too anticlimactic, in my opinion. I've never exorcised a demon, but I would think it wouldn't just disappear that easily after a full book of horrible events occurred.  I might have missed something along the way. I still highly recommend her books for cozy mystery reading with a magical touch.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute read
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NJWH More than 1 year ago
This is a great series to follow! The author builds on each character and has changes in each book that keep it interesting. I enjoy each new book.
daveysmom More than 1 year ago
I loved this 5th book in the witchcraft mystery series. Looking forward to the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im really looking forward to the next book in the series!
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Another winning book for this series! Lily Ivory is a refreshing character who is finally finding herself and a home where she belongs. This is a great book and a winning series that shows how a good mystery, friendship and love can mix to create a winning combination.
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webspelunker More than 1 year ago
Another great book in this series by Juliet Blackwell! The story is fun and lively with a good dose of suspense.  Some background stories are brought together and Lily's father's introduction is a plus.   Old characters return and are as welcome as ever. The author's writing is maturing as evidenced by her opening chapter which I think is some of her best writing yet.  Other examples put the story in the context of San Francisco. This book can be read by itself but, as always, I recommend reading the preceding ones for a more enjoyable experience. I strongly recommend this book and can't wait for the next one in the series!
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I absolutely loved this series! Sorry to see it finished.
cjmaine More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy these books they are a fun read and very enjoyable.