In a Witch's Wardrobe (A Witchcraft Mystery, #4)
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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!
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
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...more
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...more
Michelle Randall
In a Witch's Wardrobe is the fourth book in the Witchcraft Mystery series by Juliet Blackwell. She mixes vintage clothing and witchcraft together into a complex and compelling storyline that also keeps me guessing.

Lily Ivory is a witch, not a fact that she shares with too many people. It has not been a well-received fact in the past and she is still scarred from the reactions of people in her past, which influences how she reacts and acts now. She owns a vintage clothing store called Aunt Cora's...more
A.
Lily gets to attend an Art Deco fancy ball, but the evening barely gets underway when a women falls ill in the ladies room. Lily is convinced it is a hex on the corsage as Miriam slips into a coma right there in the bathroom. Lily just has to help, who else is going to know a "Sleeping Beauty" curse and how to deal with it? Additionally, Inspector Carlos Romaro has asked Lily to help him investigate Tarra Dark Moon's death since her coven members aren't opening up to him. Lily realizes that Miri...more
Judith
This is the fourth book in the Witchcraft Mystery Series by Juliet Blackwell. This book begins only a few days after the end of the Hemlines and Hexes. Lily Ivory is heading to the Art Deco Preservation Ball with Aidan Rhodes. On her way into the ball room, Ivory sees a vision in the mirrors, of a woman sleeping behind roses and briers very Sleeping Beauty-ish. And then, while in the restroom, a woman is found passed out on the lounge chaise. It turns out this woman has been the victim of a curs...more
❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
I'm a fan of this series, and I think this one might be the best one so far. The plot line is good with a great story and enough suspects to keep things muddled without overwhelming the reader with names to keep up with. I like the tie-in with Adrian, although I'd really like to see more of his backstory revealed; this is the fourth book, and almost nothing has been given away about one of the major secondary characters. I love that the love interest from the first couple of books was relegated...more
Jessica
So back to not knowing what's going on in my series, I did a one-day read of Juliet Blackwell's In a Witch's Wardrobe and it was fabulous! For the most part these mystery series are not a series that "has" to be read in order, but it usually does make a bit of sense to do so, like with any series like that. But naturally, I couldn't really remember everything. But it was still entirely enjoyable! I loooove these mysteries with a splash of paranormal!

In this one, Lily just happens to have talked...more
Ana
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April
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I am thoroughly enjoying this series. The mysteries are detailed, interesting and engaging. The author has a way of telling the story that invites you in from the very start and keeps you until the very end.

I love Lily and all her quirky friends. Everything about these books gives me the warm fuzzies. I could do with out all the guy hopping, too many fellas interested in one gal. Fortunately, the romance takes a side burner to the mystery....more
Kat  Hooper
3.5

I’m really enjoying Juliet Blackwell’s WITCHCRAFT MYSTERY series on audio! These are short paranormal mysteries that have appealing characters, are light on blood and violence, feature (but don’t focus too much on) romantic relationships, include a bit of humor, and have a great setting (a vintage clothing store in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco). Each mystery is self-contained but there’s an overarching plot that advances with each book (so you want to start with the first boo...more
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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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