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Review: Hexes and Hemlines by Juliet Blackwell
Friday June 8, 2012 at 12:00 am |

Publisher: Penguin
Copyright: 2011
Published: June 7, 2011
Pages: 324
Form: Paperback
Series: A Witchcraft Mystery (3)
Author: Juliet Blackwell
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With her vintage clothing store taking off, Lily Ivory is finding that life in San Francisco suits her just fine. But her ability to sense vibrations from the past, so useful in locating secondhand gems, has landed her in the middle of a new mystery…

Lily gets called away from Aunt Cora’s Closet when the police need a witch’s take on a strange case. Malachi Zazi was stabbed to death in his apartment, under a ladder, surrounded by the number thirteen, a broken mirror, and a black cat—superstitions that the victim, as head of a rationalist society, was devoted to discrediting.

When the police identify a suspect from the Serpentarian Society, Lily is shocked to learn it’s someone she knows. But with bad luck plaguing all its members, she begins to wonder if there’s more at work than mere coincidence. And while there aren’t many clues from the crime scene, Lily finds evidence of dark witchcraft and a hex on her friend’s doorstep. With her friend’s safety at stake, Lily is determined to use magic to find the murderer before everyone’s luck runs out…

My Thoughts:

In Hexes and Hemlines we find ourselves back in the world of witch, Lily Ivory.  When she is asked to consult on an out of the ordinary murder case, Lily finds herself embroiled in a mystery that several people have warned her to stay away from.

The death of Malachi Zazi, leader of the Serpentarian Society whose aim is to disprove longstanding superstitions, intrigues Lily so much that she dives head first into the investigation, despite just being a consult for the paranormal elements present at the crime scene.  But in the midst of the mystery, Lily begins to come to terms with her past and spends a good amount of time reflecting on her relationships, past and present.  Growing up with only her Grandmother, and being outcasted by her community and parents as a child, Lily now values each and every friend she’s made, and fears doing anything to jeopardize that.  The fact that her love interest, Max Carmicheal, has backed off because of her ‘witchiness’, only makes her more insecure and concerned about keeping her friends.

The mystery in this one was a little lackluster for me.  It was very simplistic and not very engaging.  I did, however, love getting to know Sailor, the broody, moody, psychic Lily has befriended.  He seems really intelligent, and despite his sullen nature, protective and caring.  We find that all powerful, and perfect witch, Aiden Rhodes, isn’t as perfect as he seems, and Lily learns that a disagreement or argument with her friends is not enough for them to abandon her.

 Overall I liked the story.  The focus on the characters and the relationships made up for the disappointing mystery in this one.  If there is another in this series to be released I’ll definitely be reading it.

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5 Responses to “Review: Hexes and Hemlines by Juliet Blackwell”

  1. I love the title and the series theme. I never heard of this one To bad this book didn’t do it for you. Fingers crossed on the next one.

  2. You always find the books with the funnest titles and covers, Jade — I love it! x) This sounds like such a cool witch book, and considering that witches are probably one of my favourite type of paranormals, I think I’m going to like this one! Even though the mystery wasn’t the best, the awesome relationships and characters seems like enough to make up for it. I’m especially intrigued about the imperfect perfect Aiden and broody Sailor! 😉

    Really awesome review, Jade! Thanks so much for sharing your honest thoughts! <3

  3. Yeah, for mysteries to work for me, I need the suspense to be thick. Too bad this one was a little lacking, but glad you enjoyed it overal.

  4. Wow this book sounds sooooooo cool! I am a big fan of mysteries so the fact that this one didn’t have an awesome one is a bit of a bummer but it still sounds fabulous!!!!!! So glad to hear it had interesting characters because I really can’t stand books that lack complex characters. This sounds like a great read!!!!! I adore the cover and the title is sooooooo sweet. Thank you so much for the great review! I think I will definitely read this one! Fabulous review!!!!!

    Following your awesome blog 🙂

  5. Melissa says:

    I have the 1st in this series on my bookshelf waiting for me. Can’t wait to start it…I adore witches..I’m off to see if you’ve reviewed that one!