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Juliet Blackwell

Author of Secondhand Spirits

33+ Works 4,927 Members 315 Reviews 11 Favorited

About the Author

Juliet Blackwell is the New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Key and Letters from Paris. She also writes the Witchcraft Mystery series and the Haunted Home Renovation series. As Hailey Lind, Blackwell wrote the Agatha-nominated Art Lover's Mystery series. A former anthropologist, artist, show more and social worker, Juliet is a California native who has spent time in Mexico, Cuba, Italy, Spain, the Philippines, and France. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Disambiguation Notice:

Juliet Blackwell is the pen name for Julie Goodson-Lawes, one half of the writing team that writes books under the name Hailey Lind. Juliet Blackwell books are the product of Ms. Goodson-Lawes alone according to her web site. The two pseudonyms should not be combined.

Series

Works by Juliet Blackwell

Secondhand Spirits (2009) 724 copies
A Cast-Off Coven (2010) 435 copies
If Walls Could Talk (2010) 396 copies
Hexes and Hemlines (2011) 341 copies
In a Witch's Wardrobe (2012) 271 copies
Dead Bolt (2011) 228 copies
Tarnished and Torn (2013) 223 copies
Murder on the House (2012) 205 copies
A Vision in Velvet (2014) 193 copies
The Paris Key (2015) 189 copies
Home for the Haunting (2013) 182 copies
Keeper of the Castle (2014) 164 copies
Spellcasting in Silk (2015) 148 copies
Letters from Paris (2016) 143 copies
Give Up the Ghost (2015) 138 copies
A Toxic Trousseau (2016) 126 copies
A Ghostly Light (2017) 118 copies
A Magical Match (2018) 112 copies
The Vineyards of Champagne (2020) 85 copies
Bewitched and Betrothed (2019) 79 copies
The Last Curtain Call (2020) 67 copies
Synchronized Sorcery (2021) 60 copies
A Haunting Is Brewing (2014) 60 copies
The Paris Showroom (2022) 37 copies
Fool's Gold (2013) 15 copies
Love on Main Street (2013) 7 copies
Murder in La-La Land (2010) — Editor — 3 copies

Associated Works

Christmas in Darling Bay (2017) — Contributor — 25 copies

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Goodson-Lawes, Julie
Other names
Lind, Hailey
Birthdate
20th century
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Palo Alto, California, USA
Places of residence
California, USA
Spain
Education
University of California at Santa Cruz
State University of New York at Albany
Occupations
teacher
social worker
artist
Disambiguation notice
Juliet Blackwell is the pen name for Julie Goodson-Lawes, one half of the writing team that writes books under the name Hailey Lind. Juliet Blackwell books are the product of Ms. Goodson-Lawes alone according to her web site. The two pseudonyms should not be combined.

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Young widow Rosalyn Acosta travels to Champagne to select vintages for her Napa-based employer. She reads through a precious cache of WWI letters and retraces the lives lived in the limestone tunnels, unravelling a mystery hidden for decades and finding a way to savor her own life again.

Rosalyn’s story is in present day and a 2nd storyline is about the people in the letters during WWI. The characters are likeable and the relationships are believable. I particularly liked Rosalyn’s sassy friend Emma, the owner of the letters, who makes things happen. There was interesting information about producing champagne. This was a gentle and enjoyable story about recovery from grief, friendship, the personal impact of war and a little mystery about people.… (more)
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gaylebutz | 7 other reviews | May 17, 2024 |
There are really two mysteries in this book. The first involves the death of Mel’s friend and Alicia’s ex-husband, who was absolutely an abusive, unlikeable, jerk that shows up on the island unexpectedly and takes a fatal tumble down the lighthouse stairs. I had to say good riddance! The second, and my favorite, was about the mournful ghost who haunts the lighthouse tower. Her story is sad, but I was especially interested in the research that Mel had to do to get all the pieces to finally fit together. As I've said before, I'm not crazy about cozies, but they don't use up many brain cells and gives the mind a rest:) This is an enjoyable story with extremely likable characters.... except for the dead guy. I love most anything that's paranormal and, in this case, that helps to make the story more intriguing. I’ve read one previous book in this series, so I already knew some of the backstory, but I think the books can easily be read in any order.… (more)
 
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Carol420 | 8 other reviews | Apr 21, 2024 |
I am absolutely charmed (no pun intended) by this cozy mystery series. I’m not entirely sure why – I don’t find the MC’s supposedly Texan roots at all authentic, I don’t care about vintage clothing, and I generally dislike Romance tropes appearing in my mystery/supernatural genre books. But, still, its just a lot of fun. The MC is vulnerable, trying to settle into her true nature, and struggling to resist the urge to deny her true nature for the sake of making her romantic interest less uncomfortable. She’s actually a very interesting character, and I rarely want to slap her silly. The mystery and settings are interesting, too, and the murders and supernatural elements are surprisingly dark for a cozy. I can’t say the final whodunnit were much of a surprise, but the journey was still worth reading about.

Paperback edition. I think I may like reading these in bound version better than audio, although Xe Sands does a terrific job on the audios.

I read this book for the Booklikes Halloween Bingo 2019, for the square Murder Most Foul: Any murder mystery.
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Doodlebug34 | 22 other reviews | Jan 1, 2024 |
Blackwell’s Haunted Renovation series has long been a favorite of mine, so this witchy mystery series looked promising. It did deliver for the most part, with an interesting mystery in the midst of introducing a new cast of characters and backgrounds. The author does a good job of delivering information without boring info dumps and provides enough clues and red herrings that the solution is neither too obvious nor a cheat. I did feel that it was a little too heavy on the romance and I don’t care for the constant descriptions of whatever outfit the MC is wearing that day, but overall this silly mystery was a very nice break from the more serious mystery and horror I have been reading for the last several weeks.

I read this book for the Booklikes Halloween Bingo 2019, for the square Amateur Sleuth: This mystery will have a main character who is not a member of law enforcement. The main character in this story is a practicing witch who runs a vintage clothing shop.

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