A Veiled Deception (Vintage Magic Series #1)

A Veiled Deception (Vintage Magic Series #1)

by Annette Blair

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A Veiled Deception (Vintage Magic Series #1) by Annette Blair

A fun new mystery series from the author of Gone with the Witch.

The right dress can be magic; the wrong one-murder! From the national bestselling author of Sensation's Witch series comes the new Vintage Magic mystery series, featuring Madeira Cutler. While opening her own vintage clothing shop, Maddie must clear her family's name when her sister's wedding festivities hit a snag: murder.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425226407
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/06/2009
Series: Vintage Magic Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 663,428
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Annette Blair writes historical and contemporary romances, including My Favorite Witch and The Kitchen Witch.

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A Veiled Deception (Vintage Magic Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
1Katherine1 More than 1 year ago
This book is a fun book that is a blend of light romance and light mystery. Well written, very engaging, I could not put it down. I Really like Annette Blair's other books as well, but if you are looking for a steamy romance or a deep mystery - this will not be for you. This walks the fine like between the two genres but does not truly fit the classic mold for either. I was not sure if I would like this book since I am not into fashion, but I really enjoyed it and it was informative and interesting without being obsessive (for example like the coffeehouse mysteries, in which the coffee was like a main character of the book). I highly recommend to the next book in the series!
readeverything More than 1 year ago
What I love is a good mystery with a little appeal to another of my loves involved and the cover of this book just called to me! And it did not let me down, a wedding dress, vintage clothes, mysteries current and past, some psychic "business" to help the mystery along and a few giggles and a happy ending for most. I will be reading the next in the series when it comes out!
StephanieHaussler More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book, and the new promising series! Loved the combination of the paranormal/mystery/romance genre and the addition of vintage clothing and ghosts! Fun, easy read. Can't wait for the next one!
HuntressReviews More than 1 year ago
Madeira "Maddie" Cutler has years of experience working for a top New York fashion designer. Maddie takes time off to travel home to Mystick Falls, Connecticut. Her youngest sister, Sherry, is getting married and Maddie cannot wait to help her plan and organize the event. Upon entering the house, Maddie finds a small gathering consisting of Sherry, her fiancé, all the future in-laws, and Jasmine. Jasmine turns out to be Sherry's nemesis, who clearly believes herself to be better wife material than Sherry and is out to prove it.

Sherry's fiancé is Justin Vancortland (the Fifth). Though his name hints at his family's social and financial status, his attitude is anything but snobbish. Unfortunately his mother, Deborah (never Debbie), cannot say the same.

Before Maddie even has time to settle in for the night, she finds Jasmine strangled with Sherry's wedding veil. Sherry is Detective Sergeant Werner's prime suspect, of course. Maddie learns that she is able to work magic with vintage clothes. In more ways than one. Maddie always knew she (and a few others on her late mother's side) was able to see ghosts, but until now had no idea that she could touch a piece of vintage clothing and view the people once connected with it. The Vancortland Wedding Gown has plenty to reveal.

***** Annette Blair brings her characters to such vivid life that I could easily picture Deborah oozing snobbishness from every pore. (NOT a pretty picture, believe me.) The main character, Maddie, comes across as a very strong-willed and protective woman with her feet planted firmly on the ground. That is, unless Nick Jaconetti is close by. Before this adventure, Maddie never considered herself to be psychic. Occasionally seeing a ghost and keeping mute about it is one thing, but visions were new to Maddie, so readers get to experience the surrealness of it all with her. There are more people present in the gathering than I mentioned in the synopsis, but they seem to be secondary characters this time around. I have no doubt that the other men will play larger roles in the future.

The author gives this mystery her signature style by adding some magic. Maddie plans to renovate a certain old building and open a vintage clothing store. The building comes with its own ghost (this one able to talk) or two. Let us just say that Dante is very charming and gives very good advice. It looks to me as though this mystery series has a sturdy foundation upon which to build. Fun, witty, and highly recommended! *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Madeira ¿Maddie¿ Cutler, a vintage clothing designer for a famous fashion house, is on her way to her hometown of Mystick Falls, Connecticut where she hopes to create the gown for her baby sister she raised. Maddie arrives in time for pandemonium; an angry Sherry watches her fiancé Justin¿s former girlfriend Jasmine hang all over him as if she is the bride. Upset Sherry makes a rash statement that she will kill Jasmine in front of witnesses.

Maddie goes to see the wedding dress Sherry¿s mother-in-law expects her to wear only to find Jasmine choked to death by a veil. Sherry is the number one and only suspect; she does not help herself as she refuses to provide an alibi. Maddie has visions of another woman wearing the same dress and concludes her visions are related to the Jasmine homicide, but has no idea how. She investigates Sherry¿s in-laws especially their past since the dress belonged to Justin¿s mother to understand what she saw and hopes to apply it to identify the killer.

Annette Blair, renowned for her sensational bewitching romantic fantasies provides a new series filled with humor, the paranormal, two related mysteries, and of course romance. The protagonist is a beguiling intelligent free spirit who prefers a laughter and lay back lifestyle, but knows when the situation calls for a serious spin. She is glue that not only holds A VEILED DECEPTION together but turns the tale into an outstanding read.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good plot with enough twists to keep you entertained. I appreciate fabric art, so a mystery with references to vintage fashions was a double benefit. I would definitely read more of this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was a fast, easy read, hard to put down. When I was finished reading I wanted more. Hope the author will provide more.
chellandandy More than 1 year ago
This book was such an enjoyable read. It was quick and fun. Her writing style is so much fun and so easy to read. I enjoyed the characters so much I cannot wait until the next installation in this series. It was obvious that the author is intimately familiar with the subject matter in the book and it made it easy to get into the story and the characters.
GF2 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book- it reminded me of my first love of mystery Agatha Christie, Maderia Cutler is a great sleuth with a dash of sass and style. I can't wait to read book two in this series - And what can I say about Dante- he really adds a dash of something intriguing.
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has a varied cast of characters all likeable. I like that the family members all get along, I love the word play among all the characters. I found the touch of paranormal interesting. The mystery was excellent, it had me guessing and I started piecing it together, but Maddie beat me to it. I wish that I had started this series sooner, I will definitely continue on with it.
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bookwormsbynight More than 1 year ago
Annette Blair has done it again by bring Matty a Witch with a gift to read Old Clothing. A read that will have you looking at old clothing you have in you're closets. Start with the first book and you will be hooked on vintage clothes.
Skky More than 1 year ago
I haven't read Annette Blair before, shame on me, I will be buying the rest in this series
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TessT More than 1 year ago
When I first picked this book up, I almost didn't. A book on Vintage Magic? Please! Now I haunt the book store, the library shelves, anywhere that I might find the newest addition. I love this series, have trouble putting it down, and have serious withdrawal when I finish a book. My only problem? Please write faster.....
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