Hexes and Hemlines (Witchcraft Mystery Series #3)

Hexes and Hemlines (Witchcraft Mystery Series #3)

by Juliet Blackwell

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ISBN-13: 9780451233783
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/07/2011
Series: Witchcraft Mystery Series , #3
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 130,280
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Juliet Blackwell is the pseudonym for the New York Times bestselling author of the Haunted Home Renovation Mystery series. She also writes the Witchcraft Mystery series and, together with her sister, wrote the Art Lover’s Mystery series as Hailey Lind. The first in the series, Feint of Art, was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. She is also the author of the novels Letters from Paris and The Paris Key. As owner of her own faux-finish and design studio, the author has spent many days and nights on construction sites renovating beautiful historic homes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Hexes and Hemlines 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 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!
debbieaheaton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Kellswitch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another strong addition to this series and I find it an interesting take that each story so far has started right at the end of the last...though this time around there was a bit of a continuity bump between book two and this one. A small issue.I enjoyed the mystery and the characters interactions while solving it, though I didn't find myself all that invested in it overall, of the three so far I feel it is the weakest mystery wise. I did enjoy the brief glimpse of the politics at work in the magic community in San Francisco and I'm really enjoying the system of magic she is developing in these books, it feels quite possible and natural. This is a must read series for me so far.
Marlyn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
SFPD Inspector Carlos Romero asks witch Lily Ivory to look at an unusual murder scene on the thirteenth floor of an apartment building. Lily sees several symbols of bad luck: a ladder in front of the door, a broken mirror, a black cat, and an open umbrella. The victim is Malachi Zazi, son of the infamously eccentric "Prince High" Zazi, a self-professed Satanist.Malachi's doctrine was Rationalism, and to prove it, he started a group called the Serpentarians. The group had thirteen members, who would meet on the thirteenth of the month. Ironically, it's at one of these meetings that Malachi is killed.Although Lily is at first ambivalent about helping Romero, her curiosity is piqued when her "instructor" Aidan orders her not to get involved.Lily's investigations of other occult traditions during the course of her investigations, including voodoo and gypsy magic make it obvious that Juliet Blackwell's research has been thorough.There is definitely a spooky "woo-woo" element in this book, and though I'm not a fan of being scared, the writing and the story were so magnetic that I couldn't put it down.Lily is a complex and appealing protagonist, and I look forward to seeing more of her.
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I love the way Juliet Blackwell builds her characters and then fills them in and makes them real. She keeps the story exciting so much that i don't want to put it down and when I've finished on I can't wait to start the next one.
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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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