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In a Witch's Wardrobe (A Witchcraft Mystery #4)

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Lily Ivory is living her dream of owning a vintage clothing store—and practicing magic on the side. But when she encounters a sinister sleeping spell, Lily comes face-to-face with a nightmarish evil…

Taking a night off from running her successful San Francisco clothing store, Lily attends a local art deco ball where vintage fashions steal the show. But when a young woman
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Mass Market Paperback, 310 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Obsidian Mystery (first published 2012)
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Brandi ;)
Loved the story. Lily gets herself mixed up and involved in another mystery/crime and saves the day. I love Lily and all of her fun mix of friends. Oscar is my fave, of course. Then it would be Sailor. I have salivated over that bad boy since she first met him (view spoiler) I was over the moon, so excited, grinning like a silly school girl with a crush! Then (view spoiler) ...more
Sapphyria
I really enjoy the Witchcraft Mystery series by Juliet Blackwell. Lily Ivory is a sometimes less-than-confident witch with understandable trust issues. She gets involved in situations that often times lead to nothing but trouble. "In A Witch's Wardrobe" is no exception.

Lily finally gets to have a night on the town with the oh-so tempting Aiden and the ball is filled with vintage dress. While enjoying her night, Lily bumps into a guest, named Miriam, with vibes that have her concerned. That conc
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Sarah
I was actually pretty disappointed with the ending of this book. It felt rushed and forced, wherein previously established characters acted out of character with little support for why they were acting the way they did. The mystery was good, but parts of it weren't written as well as I would have liked either - I felt like Lily should have thought over some things instead of jumping to conclusions at certain parts of the book. The pacing was uneven, with the first half of the book involving lots ...more
C.
After a false start, the second novel blew me away and I'm a fan! Except the irritating gargoyle ‘Oscar’ whom I regard as the ‘Jar-jar Binks’ of this San Francisco series; I love the cast and premise of these novels. I'm excited for each to be published, lap them up, and am in full admiration of Juliet Blackwell's originality. Perhaps with mysteries in particular, familiar themes go into many stories. Similar ideas can’t help but crop up in the circle of time. However I genuinely find that Julie ...more
Sue
Up until now my favourite book of this witchcraft mystery series was by far the first one - Secondhand Spirits. However, 'In a Witches Wardrobe' has just banished the aforementioned book from top spot. Don't be fooled by the lighthearted covers. There is depth to these books and the subject matter can be quite dark.

I enjoy Ms Blackwell's writing - her sense of humour, her character's views on life - I get so totally absorbed in their stories that time vanishes whenever I pay a visit to Aunt Cora
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Goldie
Originally posted in My Book Musings.

Well this is interesting.

I thought I had In a Witch's Wardrobe pegged, at least in terms of love life but boy, was I wrong. I should have picked up on that but I was just so grateful that that's not coming true. Then this happened. What happened? I suggest you read the book. It was...interesting.

Now that I think about it, the title doesn't really relate much to the whodunit mystery in the story, as there was not much delving-into-victim's-wardrobe in the stor
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Patricia
This is the fourth novel of the Witchcraft Mystery series, following “Hexes and Hemlines.” It is not a standalone work; the three previous novels are essential for world building, character interaction and character development. And this work is, by far, the darkest entry in this serial drama to date.

The story begins about one week after the close of the previous novel. It opens with Lily and Aidan in attendance at the annual Art Deco Preservation Ball, an event that has been under discussion th
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Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Juliet Blackwell is an Author who never disappoints me. Ms. Blackwell knows that a series needs to move forward with it's main characters development and plot lines, thus keeping my interest going.

Lily Ivory, is a Witch. She is a charming witch and has had a rough life up to now. Lily's upbringing didn't allow her to experience events other girls did, such as proms, or dressing up for dates. Lily has spent most of her time trying to fly below radar and not be hunted as a 'witch.' So, when this b
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Dakota
it was ok, as usual I found the story quite dragging until 2/3 into the book. I found myself getting irritated with Lily in this book. I couldnt quite get her personality in this book, its like she lost all her confidence. The thing with this series that it feels like the buildup to the mystery is too slow and then we get a rushed ending. mystery wise it was as bit rushed but I did like the last 1/3 book. And the ending made me want to pick up the next book as opposed to stopping which I felt wh ...more
Dawn Marie
Lily Ivory not only owns a vintage clothing store in San Francisco she is a practicing witch specializing in brews and potions. While attending an Art Deco Ball a chance encounter with a young woman who later falls into a coma sets Lily out to investigate the mysterious illness. The investigation brings Lily in contact with a secretive coven, a mysterious herbalist, a vengeful anti-witchcraft group, a rival vintage clothing store owner, and several assorted characters (both pleasant and unsavory ...more
Carol Gibson
This is the fourth book in the witchcraft mystery series. I really enjoy this author. She has skillfully managed to blend witchcraft, vintage clothing, San Francisco in a nice mix with a clever mystery.

The author has studied different magical school of thought so her character comes off as very believable even if he is a real witch with powers. The author is very realistic in portrayal of the practice of Wicca. She also has researched the vintage clothing market and drops tidbits in on the buyi
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Andree
Jun 22, 2015 Andree rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2015
These continue to be enjoyable. Not flawless, and a little bit exposition-y, but enjoyable.

Also, I really enjoy Calypso, herbalist extraordinaire, and potential ally.

But honestly, at this point I have decided to just throw my hands up with respect to the romance aspects of this.

Max continues to be the dullest (but he's barely in this, giving me hope that he is not endgame), but Aiden, after taking an interesting turn away from the sinister (he actually shared a single fact about himself), has ta
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Braincandy
Hated the out of character ending! She went from a strong feisty female to a doormat too scared to leave the comfort of her life to go after what she whines about missing! How can you make a believable character out of someone who will risk the safety of herself, her business and everyone around herself to snoop in criminal investigations for strangers when the same character won't stand up to someone close to her she knows is hiding things and more than likely helped betray her? You can't be co ...more
Library-KAT
First off, this book is so much better written and more interesting & has a stronger (seemingly not so stupid) heroine in comparison to many of the other Paranormal Mystery/romances I've read.

Lily Ivory owns Aunt Cora's Closet, a vintage clothing resale shop. Her familiar, Oscar, may look like a pot-bellied pig, but in reality is a Gargoyle.

While Lily is in attendance at an Art Deco Ball in Oakland, a member of a local coven is poisoned and trapped in the woman's restroom mirror. Two days b
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Ricki
Look, I can't pretend to be a fashionista. The few items in my wardrobe that aren't t-shirts and shorts are either my Publix uniform or are emblazoned with an "Atlanta Braves" logo. But I like to imagine that I would play dress-up... as long as I don't have to actually, like, put on high heels. (People *do* that?)

Nevertheless I have gotten just slightly hooked on this cozy mystery series, which combines paranormal witchcraft, vintage fashion, and a sprinkling of dead bodies. Oh, in San Francisco
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Rosalie
Jan 01, 2013 Rosalie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Penny
Recommended to Rosalie by: Lucy (thank you) :)
Now I've finished them! I have to wait for more. How long, I wonder? This is the only down side of a really good mystery series. Not only am I left on a cliffhanger, but I'm now parted from lots of lovable characters that I enjoy knowing. We'll drift apart now, only to have to somehow get to know each other again when the next book finally appears.
I might just have to read them all again. :)
Thank you, Juliet.
From a dedicated fan. :)
Susan Parks
Cozy mystery that left the reader hanging. The mystery was sort of secondary to her personal relationships with the many men in her life. She finally picked one and it's left seriously hanging (Don't want to give too much away here, but it annoyed me). The mystery was solved very quickly, too quickly IMHO. I have liked the other book in the series much better.
Anna
I wouldn't try to convince anyone that this series is anything other than escapist fun, but it *is* escapist fun & sometimes that is all that matters. Witches, San Francisco, a gargoyle/goblin hybrid that can change into a pig... good times!
Jessi
Lily Ivory, practicing witch, is still trying to figure out her powers as well as how to navigate in the real world. That can be difficult when her powers can't be turned on and off and she can sense things like the entrapped spirit of a young woman who falls ill at the fundraiser Lily is currently attending. This sends Lily off into investigating a death that is connected to this woman's illness. She also gets to know another local coven but hast to avoid being targeted by a local group that is ...more
Christy
I absolutely loved it! Great story, great mystery and I love the progress with the character of Sailor. Now I can't wait to get to the next book.

By far my favorite new series that I have recently started.
Kristin
I love this series. This was one of my favorite of the series and the most disappointing ending. I loved Sailor in this one but the ending bummed me out.
Diane
I enjoy the Lily Ivory series of books. This is the fourth in series of six books. They all have a good story lines with all kinds of twist and turns. Lily Ivory is the owner of Aunt Cora's Closet - a vintage clothing store in the Haight Ashbury (summer of love / hippies) area of San Francisco. She is a good witch who is always called upon by the SFPD or one of her psychic or witchy friends. This book picks up just where "Hexes and Hemlines" left off - going to the Art Deco Ball with Aidan. She ...more
Kristen
I didn't like this one as much as the others but I still enjoyed it overall. I kept getting frustrated at what was happening and how Oscar hides so much from Lily. Actually it annoys me that EVERYONE seems to be hiding things from her and I'm tired of it. I love Sailor so I'm really upset that he just up and left... I do think Aidian is behind it which makes me mad... I used to like Aidian but now I can't stand him... stop being so damn mysterious! He can't ask her to do all this stuff then not ...more
Betty
This paranormal cozy mystery is set against a background in San Francisco. The characters have depth especially the protagonist Ivy. The story is blended together nicely.
Ivy and Adrian attends a ball and a strange woman stumbles against. Ivy find her in the ladies' lounge unconscious. She see her in the mirror. Ivy looks to Adrian for help but he has disappeared. Ivy trying to help the woman finds that someone is practicing hexes and is not very good at it. Can Ivy undo the hex and bring the wom
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TheGeekyBlogger
Listened/Read for Fun (Audible/Paperback)
Overall Rating: 4.50
Story Rating: 4.75
Character Rating: 4.25

Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: In a Witch's Wardrobe by Juliet Blackwell is my favorite in the series so far! That is saying a lot because I have enjoyed each of them.

Overall Thoughts: This is one of those cozy mystery series where the characters are done right. Lily doesn't fight/look down on/snub her nose at the law. Instead she works with them.
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Sandie
Sep 27, 2014 Sandie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy women's fiction, paranormal fiction, cozies with a twist
Recommended to Sandie by: Lesa Holstine recommended the author, and I took it from there
IN A WITCH'S WARDROBE
by Juliet Blackwell
4th in the Witchcraft series

Lily Ivory's San Francisco vintage clothing store is doing well, absorbing and selling whatever Lily's discerning eye brings in. Now is the time for Lily to shop for herself to attend an art deco charity ball featuring vintage clothing for all. It is always interesting to read Lily's descriptions of the clothing and the details of each piece.

Lily attends the Ball with Sailor, the rough and tough friend of Aidan Rhodes, the most
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Andrea
Time does fly in these in these books! I mentioned in my earlier reviews that books 1 and 2 happen almost in the same few weeks and then there was a nice passage of time between books 2 and 3. The time issue is a big one since so much of the story is about Lily trying to settle in and build a life for herself and that doesn’t happen in a few weeks. However, here we are, shortly after the events of Book 3 and all gussied up for the Art Deco Ball. I dig Deco and clothes so I enjoyed the descriptio ...more
Kristen
I am always torn when I finish one of the books in this series. There are things about it that I really like, but there are also aspects that seriously annoy me. Since I keep reading them, I guess overall I like them more than they irk me.

Part of what I don't like is the fact that the character of Lily believes that she can do what SHE deems best, even when those actions are things even she acknowledges are a little dicey at best. While I realize that Lily isn't a typical witch, this is so at od
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Bookadventurer
Lily Ivory is back with her witchy-ways and eccetric acquintances. In previous books, Lily seems to take time to track down interesting clothing for her vintage clothing store, and the mystery seemed to revolve around that; however this is the first book that I felt really didn't incorporate this aspect into the mystery.

In In a Witch's Wardrobe, the mystery centers around botanicals and a mysterious corsage that makes a fellow Art-Deco Ball attendee fall ill, and Lily follows a trail of magic in
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Juliet Blackwell (aka Julie Goodson-Lawes, aka Hailey Lind) started out life in Palo Alto, California, born of a Texan mother and a Yankee father. The family soon moved to what were, at the time, the sticks of Cupertino, an hour south of San Francisco. Walking to and from kindergarten every day she would indulge in her earliest larcenous activity: stealing walnuts and apricots from surrounding orc ...more
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Other Books in the Series

A Witchcraft Mystery (7 books)
  • Secondhand Spirits (A Witchcraft Mystery, #1)
  • A Cast-Off Coven (A Witchcraft Mystery, #2)
  • Hexes and Hemlines (A Witchcraft Mystery, #3)
  • Tarnished And Torn (A Witchcraft Mystery, #5)
  • A Vision in Velvet (A Witchcraft Mystery #6)
  • Spellcasting in Silk (A Witchcraft Mystery #7)
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