A Vision in Velvet (Witchcraft Mystery Series #6)

A Vision in Velvet (Witchcraft Mystery Series #6)

by Juliet Blackwell

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Lily Ivory hopes to score some great vintage fashions when she buys an antique trunk full of old clothes. But she may have gotten more than she bargained for.…

As soon as Lily opens the trunk, she feels strange vibrations emanating from a mysterious velvet cloak. When she tries it on, Lily sees awful visions from the past. And when the antiques dealer who sold her the cape is killed, Lily suspects a supernatural force might be behind his death.

Then Lily’s familiar, Oscar the potbellied pig, disappears. Lily will do anything to get him back—including battling the spirit of a powerful witch reaching out from the past. But even with the aid of her grandmother, unmasking a killer and saving Oscar might be more than one well-intentioned sorceress can handle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451240903
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/2014
Series: Witchcraft Mystery Series , #6
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 145,426
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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“Blackwell mixes reality and witchcraft beautifully…fascinating.…[This] book sparkles with Blackwell’s outstanding storytelling skills.”—Lesa’s Book Critiques

“A smashingly fabulous tale.”—New York Times bestselling author Victoria Laurie

“Funny and thoughtful...an easy read with an enjoyable heroine and a touch of witchy intuition.”—The Mystery Reader

“A really entertaining read...I look forward to the next installment.”—Cozy Crimes

“A wonderful paranormal amateur sleuth tale...Fans will enjoy Lily’s magical mystery tour of San Francisco.”—Genre Go Round Reviews

“Juliet Blackwell’s writing is like that of a master painter, placing a perfect splash of detail, drama, color, and whimsy in all the right places!”—New York Times bestselling author Victoria Laurie

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A Vision in Velvet 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
garden_56 More than 1 year ago
fascinating cozy mystery that combines witchcraft with reality..........love this and her other two series!!
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
Who would have thought that buying a trunk full of old moldy clothes would lead to so much trouble? When Lily is invited over to Sebastian's shop to see if she was interested in buying a trunk full of vintage clothes, she almost turned him down because the vintage clothes were practically dust. But something in the bottom of the trunk sparked a magical feeler so she agreed to buy the lot. Getting it back to the store, she discovers a velvet cape that when wrapped around her shoulders transports her back to voices and a mob scene. Before she can investigate it further, her friend Conrad seeks her help with his petition to prevent the chopping down of an ancient tree in the park. But when she goes with Conrad to the tree, she is shocked to find a dying Sebastian. Is there a connection with the trunk and his death? And before she can find the link, her precious familiar, Oscar, vanishes into the ancient tree. Between finding her familiar, coping with Sebastian's murder, and analyzing the scene played out by the velvet cape, is Lily's magic able to handle all of this? I love the diversity of characters in this series, from Lily to her boyfriend, Sailor, to her friends in the shop. Although Lily has always thought of herself as a loner, with each book in the series, she finds herself with more and more friends and help mates with her magical dilemmas. I am looking forward to reading the next Witchcraft Mystery. Disclosure: I was provided an advance reading copy in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read! Sixth in the series of wonderful books. I don't know if Ms. Blackwell is planning a seventh, but I sure hope so. Lily ges more powerful in each book and hasn't reached her best, so I feel there will be more.
webspelunker More than 1 year ago
A Great Read in a Great Series by a Great Writer! Strongly Recommend! Just finished reading this book which is the latest addition to Juliet Blackwell's "A Witchcraft Mystery" series and I enjoyed it immensely! Starting the book I felt that I was immediately drawn back into a circle of old friends whom I haven't been with for a while. The characters and dialogue are what draw me to this series. A good story well told doesn't hurt either! Juliet has a knack for writing a series without becoming formulaic like some authors do. The action moves quickly and doesn't get stuck anywhere. I enjoyed seeing so many old characters in this book without burdening the story with their entry. It's like walking down a busy street and bumping into someone without interrupting your day. I strongly recommend "A Vision in Velvet" for anyone looking for a fun mystery with a touch of the supernatural thrown in! I also liked that I think I saw a few hints of future storylines in this book. So, if you haven't read the earlier ones then I recommend you do because it looks like some great new stories are coming down the line from Juliet! Full disclosure: I buy Juliet's books out of my own pocket and these are my opinions!
PDX_reader_Jane More than 1 year ago
Juliet Blackwell delivers another great tale. Lily is the owner of Aunt Cora's Closet, a vintage clothing store PLUS! The PLUS is that Lily is a witch and sensitive to fabric. When she dons vintage clothing, she experiences events of the former owner. In this book, a murder and the disappearance of Oscar the pig happen in a famous San Francisco park. A menacing tree, malevolent witch and a gold cape are entwined with Lily. Can she find Oscar and defeat the tree and witch without damaging herself, Sailor or other friends?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little slow in the first few chapters, then your interest is sparked and it really takes off and becomes very interesting. Interest in witchcrasf isn't for everyone but this turns out to be intertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The latest in Blackwell's Witchcraft Mystery series finds Lily Ivory going up against a malevolent spirit trapped in an ancient tree. As always, I love the relationship between Lily and Oscar, and the supporting cast is great. It was nice to see Calypso again, and to finally learn the identity of Lily's guardian spirit (I hope we learn more about her). Highly recommended to fans of previous books in the series. -- lyradora
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The more I read in this series, the better the stories get. This one was pretty good. As usual, it was a very light read, but sometimes that is just what I want between more serious books. Great job by Juliet Blackwell. Stephanie Clanahan
BooksWithCoffee More than 1 year ago
In this engaging adventure, the tables are turned on Lilly Ivory, who usually winds up helping the local police solve unusual cases. This time, however, the mystery is closer to home. Who or what does this mystery involve? I shall not tell. I will only say that with each chapter, forgive the cliché, the plot thickens. Juliet’s understanding of historical fact as well as witch lore is evident. The weaving of fact and fiction adds to the richness of the story. You learn as Lily learns, but you don’t feel like you are reading a textbook or sitting in a lecture. Another endearing quality of this series is the recurrence of characters from previous books. A smile crosses by face as Lily visits and reconnects with characters from past books. I want to thank Juliet Blackwell for allowing us to watch Lily Ivory grow in her magical ability as well as her emotional growth in her trust of friends and family.
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TessT More than 1 year ago
This is the 6th book in Juliet's Witch Craft Series. After purchasing an old trunk from an aged antique dealer Lily is surprised to find that it contains old clothes, which are all unusable. Except for one thing, at the very bottom of the trunk is a heavy gold cape. When Lily tries the cape on she is taken from this world to a time she can't yet describe. When the elderly man is found dead, Lily is surprised to find that it contains old clothes, which are all unusable. Except for one thing, at the very bottom of the trunk is a heavy gold cape. When Lily tries the cape on she is taken from this world to a time she can't yet describe. When the elderly man is found dead, Lily is positive that her purchase of the trunk and the old gentleman's death has a connection. Only after allowing herself to put the cape back on, and wear it long enough to see where it takes her, will Lily be able to solve the latest mystery in her life. I find it no mystery that I enjoy Juliet's books so much. For some reason, I had always steered clear of paranormal-ish books, but read one on the advice of my librarian, and am very glad I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He padded over to Alder. "Hey.." he mewed.
clermont-farm More than 1 year ago
Ok read if you have nothing better to read