Lily Ivory is not your average witch. She runs a vintage-clothing store called Aunt Cora’s Closet, and with her magical ability to sense vibrations of the past from clothing and jewelry, Lily has made the shop a big hit–and her mystery-solving skills are also in high demand.
Students are spooked at the San Francisco School of Fine Arts, and Lily is called in to search for possible paranormal activity. In exchange for her help, she’s been promised a trunkful of Victorian-era clothes recently discovered in a school storage closet.
But Lily finds something else: the body of a wealthy patron of the school. In between running the store and seeing her new boyfriend, Max–a “myth buster” who is uncomfortable with her witchcraft–she uses her sleuthing skills to try to solve the murder. Soon Lily senses something from the school’s vintage clothes, but it’s not the smell of mothballs–it’s the unmistakable aura of evil intent.
I really hit pay dirt with this lovely little series by Juliet Blackwell. I was once again drawn into Lily’s world and couldn’t put the book down once I’d started. When Lily gets reports from the students of the School of Fine Arts, she is enticed into investigating the strange noises in exchange for some vintage clothing that was found in an old storage closet. But when Lily checks it out, she doesn’t count on finding the dead body of a school benefactor, or the sinister presence lurking in the upstairs storage closet.
The mystery of this one was perfect from start to finish. The clues were wonderfully discovered and timed to induce the maximum amount of growing tension and curiosity within the reader. The author did a great job in keeping me guessing throughout the story and the story definitely spooked me with it’s paranormal elements.
I do love Lily because she’s so down to earth, yet very powerful with her witchcraft. I also like that she’s willing to be involved with someone who doesn’t exactly believe the paranormal although she’s aware it could be disastrous. That let’s me know she goes after what she wants regardless and is not afraid to take risks.
Lily’s love interest, Max, is quite skeptical, but there are things from his past that influences his stance. But I think as the series continues Max will become open to the possibility that not everything can be explained by science. Max is rugged-boy-next-door sexy with a no nonsense attitude. I do love the chemistry between him and Lily. It’s almost palpable at times.
Overall, great little cozy mystery with the perfect paranormal twist. If you’re a fan of paranormal mysteries, this is definitely a series that you need to pick up and read. I’m looking forward to reading the third in this series.
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