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Cloaked in Malice (A Vintage Magic Mystery #5)

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There’s nothing Maddie loves more than fabulous vintage clothes, but the visions she gets while touching them are starting to wear her down. Even so, when a beautifully dressed girl comes to Vintage Magic in search of her past, Maddie isn’t about to turn her away, especially since she bears a striking resemblance to her good friend Dolly Sweet.

When Maddie touches Paisley...more
Mass Market Paperback, 284 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Berkley Prime Crime (first published 2012)
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Jeannie and Louis Rigod
In this slightly different approach, our psychic sleuth, Madiera Cutler finds herself befriending a 'Missing Person.'

A customer comes to Maddie with a valise of children's clothing. The customer is vague but holds a startling resemblance to Mad's favorite Centenarian, Dolly Sweet.

The pace is quick in solving this mystery from page one until Dolly's 104th birthday at the ending.

There are murders, fortresses, kidnappings, spys, trips to France and more as Maddie and her beau, Nick try to solve th...more
Darlene Ferland
A visit to Mystick Falls, Connecticut is always fun. This one was not as light-hearted but just as enjoyable. The drama centers around an innocent young lady, vintage clothing, Dolly who is 104 years old, Paris and a shooting. Life is disrupted again for Vintage Dress Shop owner Maddie Cutler when she encounters a child's winter coat. . . If you have followed this series you will love this new read. If you haven't begun to read the vintage clothing, please treat yourself to a series that will re...more
Doris
I was intrigued by the premise of this book. There are so many books out there dealing with some type of paranormal activity or ability, so it was great to find one that dealt with the art of divination, or psychometry. It also had a good storyline – a mystery shrouded in time, centered on a piece of children's clothing presented by a mysterious young woman.

Unfortunately, that young woman, Paisley Skye, was not someone that I thought was a good person. True, she had a less than normal upbringing...more
Susan
Good book. I always enjoy the stories of Maddie and her visions and this one was no exception. Things had been pretty calm lately when a girl comes into the shop with a cloak she wants some information about. When Maddie touched that cloak though, she saw a scene of murder and kidnapping. This sets her off on her inevitable search for the truth. I love Maddie's persistence in trying to figure out how all the pieces fit together. I was glad to see that this time she included Nick in the process....more
Lindsay
A strange girl shows up at Maddie's shop one day who grew up on an island and has no idea who she is. And since she looks a bit like Maddie's friend Dolly, Mad decides to find out who this girl is. So she and her bf take the girl back to the secret island she grew up on to help uncover her past. The farm she lived on seemed a bit like something out of a horror movie, dead bodies and scary rooms and an electric fence. Thought it seemed odd that she grew up without any other people but her parents...more
Angela
I love me some Maddie Cutler. I liked this installment of the Vintage Magic series. It wasn't my favorite book in the series, but the story was exciting and kept me entertained, especially Maddie's inventive sewing terms she uses in place of curse words. The question of whether Paisley Skye is a friend or foe kept up the suspense. I think my main problem right now with the series is I really love Werner! Nick's alright, but Werner--he's the guy Maddie should really be with. Also, Eve is almost n...more
KC
good book kept my interest but in the end it feels like she pulled back from all the sinister plot drama building up and felt it was to dark to follow thru with.
Shinyfox
2.5 stars, ranging on the lower half of the scale.

This book showed promise, it had an interesting premise. Unfortunately I got too frustrated with one of the characters that the mystery centered around, Paisley Skye.

Paisley Skye grew up on an island with only two people that she can remember, Mam and Pap. She claims she never met any other people in the world, never even left the island before in her life. (as the story progresses we find this to be true). But Paisley is way too comfortable arou...more
Amanda
I found the language to be very juvenile and the characters had little depth to them. The story could have been alright, but I found it hard to read because the heroine went from cutesy to tough to childish all on one page - there really was no consistency to her. And why do her two boyfriends put up with her flinging herself around the both of them, right in front of each other? Oh, on the boyfriend note, why are they both so willing to share confidential FBI case information with her?She owns...more
Mirjam
Vintage clothing is not something I am interested in, but you don't need to be to adore this series! Blair's paranormal romances or mysteries often evolve around main characters, who are witches with a cat and love vintage clothing. Yet I never tire of Blair's witches, as I love each and every one of them. Although all her witches are great, I have to admit Maddie Cutler reigns supreme in my list of favourite Blair witches. She has such a warm, loving and sparkly personality.



Maddie has a powerf...more
Kelly
Cloaked in Malice was about a young girl named Maddie who loves vintage clothes. The weird thing is that whenever she touches the vintage clothing, she gets vision that she has no clue about. But one time a beautiful girls comes to search Maddie's past. The creepy thing is that the girl looks exactly like her good friend Dolly sweet. When she touches that young girl's cloak, the visions is horrible. It was about a kidnap and murder. Maddie asks her FBI agent boyfriend Nick to help sort this myst...more
Elizabeth
this one fell a little flat for me. a lot of the jokes in it were not that funny and the mystery was a little lacking at times. I didn't see the bad guy coming but that's because there was no slow build up of significant clues it was more like a fact dumping and most of them were dumped in the last few chapters. also the vintage clothes reading added nothing to the story it was just there so that the author could describe what went down without doing a past jump. oh and the character growth was...more
Carrie
It was cute. It is the only book in this series and by this author that I have read. There are several of them and usually simplistic books like this are easy enough to jump in the middle of. A few of the characters seemed 'misplaced' in it. I am assuming this is due to the fact that they were important in other books and tossed into the fray for a reminder? It just didn't jive with me I guess. I have zero interest in clothing or fashion. That put me off a little. But it was entertaining enough....more
Amanda
Fantastic!
Another incredible addition to this series!

Maddie is so cool! I really wish I could wander around her shop for a day.

Dolly sounds like a fascinating person, and I bet she has some really awesome stories to tell over tea and cookies.

Eve seems really cool!

Alex is a great brother, rushing to the rescue at just the right time.

Nick needs to work on his jealousy and needs to help Maddie accept her gift.

Lytton is wonderful, if I were Mad I probably would have chosen him.
I think he would be go...more
Emilia
great, fast paced, fun read! a little bit of drama, little bit of romance, some supernatural powers... ;) I enjoyed this cosy mystery very much!!! :)
Deena
On the strength of its improvement over the last title, I'm giving this a 3 instead of the 2 or 2.5 it probably deserves.

There was a fairly major plot-solution ommission at the end as well as a POV slip, but over-all this had a lot fewer of the annoying features of previous titles. There were whole chunks of text that didn't feature Mad's use of sewing terms/tool names as substitutes for real language! Of course, that made them stand out more when they reappeared... Paisley was, I thought, very...more
Linda
I wanted to like this - I really did. But it was too cutesy and there were too many "clever" characters for me. The protagonist can "see" the past when she touches vintage clothes. Quite naturally she owns a vintage clothing shop and of course has a detective boyfriend and a ghost who lives in her shop. This book is about a young woman who shows up at her shop and turns out to be connected to the ghost. I won't bother to read any more of this series.
Plizotte
I have liked this series overall for light reading. The characters are engaging and the mythos is pretty consistent.
Kate
This was the first book I have read in the series and while I liked the characters and setting I found the mystery a little confusing as it involved three generations of a family which was just too many cousins, etc. to keep straight. I also found the POV slip at the end to be confusing, and I couldn't stand the fact that that any time the main character experienced any kind of strong emotion she described it by saying she was going to puke. That must have been in the book at least ten times. St...more
Melani
I have thoroughly enjoyed every book I've read by the author until this one. The mystery was so convoluted and hard to follow. The character Paisley was unbelievable and unlikable and annoying. It felt like a sketch of a character rather than a well developed one. And the constant use of Hermes or "O Scrap" in lieu of expletives just feels childish and forced. Clearly this was not one of my favorites. I will continue to read and recommend books by the author in hopes that future titles are more...more
Sandra
This was a 2.5 star read for me. I think my main problem is I am just not invested in a Maddie & Nick relationship. As I said in my review of the previous book it is not so much that I object to Nick as that Werner and Maddie seem to have a much more developed relationship and better connection. Even after 4?? books I still don't have much sense of Nick as a character. Also I found the mystery more than a little ridiculous and Paisley didn't seem like her own character just a random assortme...more
❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
Excellent read. Very good mystery with a well done plot - the "bad guy" at the end was a surprise for me. I absolutely love the dialogue in this series and Cloaked in Malice didn't disappoint. Witty, dry and snarky with great verbal sparring between all the characters. This is one of those series that for me, quickly became a place to visit with each book, catching up with people you'd love to call your friends and cheering them on as they solve the mystery of the moment.

Can't wait for the next...more
Carol Hahn
Though somewhat improbable, okay very improbable...the book still had some entertaining moments...really, a cemetery of Russian clowns?
Rebecca
This was the first Annette Blair book I read, and it certainly won't be the last. At first I was taken a bit aback by the quirky character of Paisley (not the heroine but the source of the mystery), but I absolutely loved this book, and now I'm going to go find the first 4 books in the series. Plus, I see that Ms. Blair has several other series, so now I get to play catch up and gloom on her other series. Yay for me!
Martha Powers-Jones
I enjoyed reading this, but I have found that each book becomes less. Blair is a talented writer, but seems to struggle with dialogue - it's hard to tell who's talking. Sometimes the plot is so jumbled, but then you'll have these sections of extended and rather pointless dialogue. The ideas are clever and have potential, but Blair still needs to find a better balance between plot progression and witty banter.
Janet
This is a fun series.
Daniel
Not the best in the series, but still a breezy read. There are no new dead bodies, but only dead bodies recovered from a long ago history. Madeira Cutler's visions with vintage clothes did not push the story forward, but rather confirmed suspicions and theories. The mystery surrounding the appearance of a strange woman in their town could be solved without the visions.
Nora-adrienne
Maddie and Nick, along with Dolly and the crew have reached new heights. We are now going to be drawn into finding the past life of the stranger that shows up at Maddie's store and finding who she is. The depth of the story and its characters head into directions that are definitely out of their comfort zones and they all perform with panache.
Mary Wenner
I loved this book (and all the other vintage mysteries), however, as much as I love romance and romance novels, I felt like the PDA's between Nick and Madeira were a little too much. I may be a little biased because I prefer detective Werner, but still, all the smoochie kissy stuff took a little away from the mystery and story line for me.
Karen
Annette Blair has knocked another Vintage Magic Mystery out of the park! The detail throughout the entire book was amazing. I loved the interaction between Maderia and Nick and thought the storyline was quite original. I have enjoyed every book in this series and highly recommend reading. I am starting on "Tulle Death Do Us Part" today
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