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Review: A Cast-Off Coven by Juliet Blackwell
Monday November 28, 2011 at 12:00 am |

Publisher: Penguin
Copyright: 2010
Published: July 7, 2009
Pages: 323
Form: Paperback
Series: A Witchcraft Mystery (Book 2)
Author: Juliet Blackwell
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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.

My Thoughts:

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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14 Responses to “Review: A Cast-Off Coven by Juliet Blackwell”

  1. Sounds like such fun! Glad you liked it 🙂

  2. Oh, I want to try this series! It sounds really fun. Great review!

  3. Missie says:

    I call myself a paranormal fan, but I hardly ever leave my comfort zone. I’ve read very little on witchcraft, so this series sounds like a super fun way to get to know more about it.

  4. Oh, another fun series! Sweet! Looking forward to investigating further…

    Hope your weekend rocked!

  5. LMBO, the Target lady was hilarious and you are a winner. stop by my blog for more information!!

  6. Brie says:

    You have a penchant for cartoonish looking covers! This one is particularly cute because of the pig… Seriously though, where do you find these books? This one has witchcraft, mystery, romance and vintage clothes! I need to read this series, it sounds like a lot of fun.

    • Jade Jade says:

      You’re right Brie, I do love books with cartoonish covers. And sometimes I buy books because of the cover (I know, I know!). But this time it proved to be a good choice. The stories are really great too.

  7. Lena says:

    You always find the most lovely books. I am always amazed at the gems you find. I’m not a fan of the cartoonish, animated type covers, but this one is okay.

  8. This sounds like a cute little series. Thanks Jade for introducing me to so many great reads 🙂