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Hexes and Hemlines (edition 2011)

by Juliet Blackwell

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Member:JaredMcLaine
Title:Hexes and Hemlines
Authors:Juliet Blackwell
Info:Signet 2011-06-07 (2011), Paperback
Collections:Audio Book, Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:Paranormal

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Hexes and Hemlines by Juliet Blackwell

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Lily Ivory has only been in San Francisco for a couple of months, but she??s starting to feel like itƒ??s home. Sheƒ??s made friends with some fellow shopkeepers on Haight Street, a few local journalists, a cute cop who respects her paranormal talents, and some other quirky folks. Lilyƒ??s vintage clothing business has taken off, too, because sheƒ??s got a knack for choosing just the right clothes for each of her customers.

At the beginning of Hexes and Hemlines, the third book in Juliet Blackwellƒ??s WITCHCRAFT MYSTERY series, the cute cop asks for Lilyƒ??s expertise examining a murder scene. The leader of a skeptics society has been found dead in his home with all sorts of unlucky symbols ƒ?? black cat, ladder, broken mirror, etc. It seems that the bad luck he didnƒ??t believe in has caught up with him. Lily is dismayed to discover that one of the main suspects is her new friend.... Read the rest at Fantasy Literature: http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/hexes-and-hemlines/ ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
This is the third book in the Witchcraft series from Blackwell. I'm not a believer of witchcraft, but Blackwell does write a very interesting story and provides necessary explanation for the most part.

Lily Ivory is invited by the police to a murder scene where the victim is surrounded by numerous elements of superstitions. Lilly finds it strange that the police have asked her to the crime and soon finds out the #1 suspect is her good friends son in law. Now she wonders if that is the reason they are asking for her help. Aiden, who was helping Lily hone her skills as a witch has absouletly forbid Lily to get involved in the mystery surrounding the death of Malachi Zazi. But still she continues to search and finds some dark witchcraft that is being used. So with her familair, Oscar, sure scours the streets of San Francisco and use her powers of witchcraft to solve the murder.

I enjoyed the story and characters in this book and will continue with this series. ( )
  yoder | Sep 20, 2013 |
I enjoyed this book, by and large. I especially liked the San Francisco setting and vintage clothing store details, but sometimes the witchy details seemed a bit much. (I know, I know, the main character is a witch!) All in all, a quicky, light read. ( )
  dukefan86 | May 29, 2013 |
The Good: Have I ever mentioned how much I love Juliet Blackwell's writing? Probably. But I really, really do. Lily takes on another mystery in Hexes and Hemlines, one revolving around magic and superstitions and possible satanic worship. While uncovering a killer, she still manages to run a successful business, become further confused by Aidan, deal with Max, befriend (sort of) Sailor, and learn more about both Voodoo and Romani magic. The mystery was amazing, Lily continues to be a great character and the magic is, well, magical.

The Bad: Lily is pretty self-aware when it comes to her lack of experience when it comes to friendship and dealing with other people, so why, oh why, does she ALWAYS think she knows what's best? Granted, she's usually right, but what would possess her to believe she would be? ( )
  TequilaReader | May 23, 2013 |
Characters are still forming. Really, Bronwyn should still be mad at the end of the book, And what is Aidan up to? When will Sailor open up or grow a spine? What is with the snakes? ( )
  bgknighton | Apr 9, 2013 |
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To Jane Lawes
Thank you for the magic - I miss you so.
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It didn't take a witch to figure out something was very, very wrong on the thirteenth floor of the Doppler Building.
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'Tis the night - the night
Of the grave's delight,
And the warlocks are at their play;
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But no, it is they - it is they. - Arthur Cleveland Coxe
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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 the 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...
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When the head of a rationalist society who was devoted to discrediting superstitions is found murdered next to some items believed to be unlucky, Lily Ivory, witch and vintage clothing store owner, investigates this strange case.

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