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A Veiled Deception (A Vintage Magic Mystery #1)

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A fun new mystery series from the author of Gone with the Witch.

The right dress can be magic; the wrong one?murder! From the national bestselling author of Sensation?s Witch series comes the new Vintage Magic mystery series, featuring Madeira Cutler. While opening her own vintage clothing shop, Maddie must clear her family?s name when her sister?s wedding festivities hit
Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Berkley (first published December 17th 2008)
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Julie (jjmachshev)
"A Veiled Deception" is a murder mystery with 'shades' of the paranormal by Annette Blair. Fashionistas will enjoy the attention to detail and name-dropping while mystery lovers will like the heroine who always seems to put her best shoe forward.

Madeira is back home. She's returned for a visit, but mostly to design her baby sister's wedding dress. Her visit is apparently none too soon as the groom-to-be's ex has shown up and is trying to hijack the wedding...with the assistance of the groom's mo
A successful New York City fashion designer, Madeira Cutler, is asked to return to her small hometown of Mystick Falls in Connecticut to help her baby sister plan her upcoming wedding. When she arrives home, things aren’t going very well for her sister, Sherry. Her soon-to-be mother-in-law is taking over the wedding preparations and isn’t very concerned if the preparations are to Sherry’s liking or not. To make matters worse, her mother-in-law-to-be is seeking the advice and assistance of Sherry ...more
A Veiled Deception is the first in the cozy mystery series featuring Madeira Cutler who is a fashion designer with a love and flair for vintage clothing. But when she comes home for her youngest sister's wedding, trouble begins to brew as her sister's nemesis is found strangled with a bridal veil. Now Madeira is out to clear her sister and her family's name as well as find out who the killer really is. And while doing that she begins to discover and explore the new paranormal gifts that she inhe ...more
I loved this book, which really surprised me because much of it concerns fashion, both current and vintage, which I have no interest in. [Hey, it's not entirely my fault - I grew up in a time and place where 'haute couture' meant your jeans and your sweatshirt were both clean at the same time...] But the author sold it to me and I actually found it very interesting.

The heroine, Madeira [call me Mad] Cutler, head design assistant in a New York fashion house is called home to Mystic Falls. Offici
I'm really giving this a 2.5. I liked it, and I'll be interested to see what Ms. Blair does with the series, but I had a few problems with it. I hate books that are loaded with designer or brand names. I don't know the names, nor wish to, so I know I'm missing whatever points are supposed to be made with their presence. Their presence also dates a book. Ms. Blair employs a fashion/sewing-based vernacular for her protagonist, Madeira, and a little of it is cute and amusing, but it's used too heav ...more
Nothing good can come of a wedding with a side of murder. This quirky story of small town gossip, a shocking murder, a touch of magic and the love of vintage clothes is sure to enchant you, as well as give you a new appreciation of those old clothes in your closet.

Madeira Cutler has come home for a few weeks to help her sister get married, leaving behind a job as prestigious New York clothes designer. Arriving in Mystick Falls, Connecticut, Mad becomes embroiled in usual small town and family ho
Riccarla Roman
This is a lovely little crafty mystery with a paranormal element. Madeira "Maddie" Cutler designs clothes and sees the dead. But only if she's touching their clothes. When she handles vintage clothing, she sees who wore it before. This causes a problem when she handles the vintage wedding dress her sister is going to wear. She's marrying a young man who is Vancortland IV so the wedding dress has passed down through generations in his family. When Maddie touches it, she sees a young woman wearing ...more
Annette Blair’s A Veiled Deception introduces Madeira Cutler, better known as Maddie, a young woman with a taste for fashion, especially anything vintage. While home in Mystick Falls, Connecticut to help her sister, Sherry, with wedding plans, Maggie realizes that these vintage pieces speak their histories to her. Literally, thanks to her magic touch. Not long after arriving in New England, Maddie finds Sherry’s fiancé’s former girlfriend strangled to death with Sherry’s veil around her neck. De ...more
The first in the series of a single, fashionista girl who, at the very least, has psychometric abilities and, at most, a witch that sees ghost, this book is easy and light to read. It starts with Madeira going back home for her youngest sister's wedding (she's the eldest of four) only to find her sister's romantic rival dead during the engagement party. Madeira gets visions from the past from the vintage clothes she touches, which made her think whether those are real or she is, as her best frie ...more
Maddie Cutler has always seen the ghosts in her hometown, so she is not surprised to be greeted by them in the windows of her childhood home. She has come home to help her sister, Sherry, plan her wedding and fend off a less than thrilled future mother-in-law's interference. Plans are further complicated by the recent appearance of the groom's old girlfriend who is acting more like a fiance than an old friend. When this old girlfriend turns up murdered, Maddie's psychic powers go into overdrive ...more
The Book: A Veiled Deception

The Particulars: Mystery, Penguin, available in Mass Market and e-book.

Why was it in my TBR? I was in the mood for mystery

The Review:

The blurb:
The right dress can be magic; the wrong one—murder! From the national bestselling author of Sensation's Witch series comes the new Vintage Magic mystery series, featuring Madeira Cutler. While opening her own vintage clothing shop, Maddie must clear her family's name when her sister's wedding festivities hit a snag: murder.

My i
Heather Leasor
I would not recommend this book. I made it to about the half way point and that was by forcing myself to read hoping it would get better, I just could not finish it/enjoy it, the plot line, story, or the chracters. I have found very few books that i just could not finish. The writing wasn't very good. The charcters were really dry and somewhat unbelieveable and i can't even explain why. I know there are those out there that would love this book, but for me this was a total bust. And I will not b ...more
Loved Ms. Blairs's writing style! How she weaves vintage clothing, a murder/mystery and ghosts is just wonderful. Ms. Blair's character develop is allows you to get to know the characters and learn to like/love their flaws as well as talents. Can't wait to start the next book. Annette BlairA Veiled DeceptionA Veiled Deception
What a cute cozy! I found the writing to be more crisp and sparkling (and witty!) than the usual treacly stuff you tend to get in these "theme" cozies. Enjoyed the quotations at each chapter head and the fact that it was written in a way that left you looking forward to the next book in the series- not for more mystery but to find out how Maddie gets on with her Vintage Magic business. The vintage fashion aspect was just enough- not dripping with dropped names at every turn. The 'magic' aspect ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
As a high fashion designer working under another's label has been making Madeira Cutler dissatisfied for awhile. Madeira's youngest sister, Sherry is getting married and has asked Maddie to return to design her most important dress ever!

As Maddie returns to Mystick Falls, CT., she finds opportunities, romance, and undiscovered talents that tie directly to her deceased mother. Another surprise found is a body and a full-blown murder mystery.

This fascinating book has ghosts, theories, family trad
I really liked this book. I picked it up because I thought it was a cozy mystery that took place in a vintage clothing shop. It actually was a little more than that. While I think many of the elements in it make it pretty typical of cozy mysteries, I really liked the magical element. The main character Maddie has the ability to see visions when she touches vintage clothing. It is a vision she receives when she touches a family wedding dress that drives her to solve the mystery of the death that ...more
I loved Madeira and her name. I love that clothes "speak" to her and her passion for vintage clothes as well as her other "gift". I also love her unyielding love for her family and her inability to not be heroic. It also helped to have a hot male named Nick Jaconetti to put a little sizzle in the mix. I like the story it was original and interesting. I loved all the different lives being intertwined and how it all got resolved in the end, cuz I'm a sucker for a happy ending.I can't wait to read ...more
Maddie Cutler goes home to CT for her sister's impending wedding. But at a party in their family home, a woman is murdered. And her baby sister is the suspect. Then she finds another talent she has besides fashion design - sometimes the vintage clothes talk to her. And visions of the past, along with support of family and friends, she learns the keys to the crime lay in the past. Very fun read, with loads of great fashion quotes and descriptions. Then there are the interesting and fun characters ...more
I'm a big fan of Ms. Blair's Accidental and Triplet Witch series ~ so much so, that I pre-ordered the first book in this new series several months ago. My anticipation was not in vain. A Vintage Magic series starts out with a fun, if a little bit darker (a murder to be solved), fast-paced read that is full of ghosts, romance, suspense and humor. I instantly liked the character of Maddie and I'm hoping for more of her in the next installments. As an avid "collector" of vintage items myself, I fou ...more
A unique and imaginative story from one of my favorite authors. I was very pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it since I'm not usually into 'mystery' novels. This book had enough other elements (romance, paranormal, historical fiction, plus literature and fashion references) to keep me fully engrossed until the last page. I finished it in a few hours but still felt satisfied in the end. Started on the second book in the series immediately. I can't believe how many years this sat on my books ...more
Madeira, Mads for short (a N.Y. fashion designer w/ a penchant for vintage clothing) comes home to help her youngest sister who is getting married. Someone wants the bride dead....only they've killed the wrong woman. The monster-in-law to be is pretty narcissistic and is planning the wedding around the bride to be...there are skeletons in the closet and ghosts too....some of who actually talk to Madeira!

The book started off in a rather annoying manner...with a cop who has held a grudge against
Donna Jo Atwood
Maddie (real name Madeira--all her sisters are also named for wine) has been working as a fashion designer in New York, but she comes back home to Mystick Falls to help with her sister Sherry's wedding. She reconnects with her off and on FBI agent boy friend, meets the groom-to-be's wealthy family, and gets in touch with her paranormal powers.
Also contains directions for making a purse! Does this book have everything or what.

Read for 2009 Spring Challenge 5.7 Recycled to my sister
Michele bookloverforever
Madeira returns to her hometown for her sister's wedding. Her sister's rival is murdered at the engagement party and Madeira (Maddie) finds the body and the motive for the muder as well as the murderer. Along the way we meet her friends and the rest of her family. Turns out Maddie is a witch, the daughter of a witch and is gifted with psychometry working with vintage clothing. She decides to leave her job as a fashion designer and deciding to open her own vintage clothing store in her hometown.
Great start to a new series. I actually read the 5th book in this series first and liked it so much I decided to catch up on the rest of it. I'm tempted to go back and revise my review of the fifth book, because the beginning of this series is a much stronger book than the fifth. Lots of elements make this a fun cozy for me - the relationship between siblings, the possibility of a love triangle, and the paranormal elements that don't overwhelm the story. Highly recommend for fans of cozies.
Good, fun read. Pretty standard cozy mystery fare: amateur investigation into a murder sparked by fear a loved one will be accused. Madeira's psychometry gift added a unique element. I loved the relationship between Maddie and her family, but the fact that she raised Sherry after their mother's death was overstressed. Lots of fashion talk, some interesting, some not. I will be adding books in this series to my TBR, but they probably won't go to the top of the list.
Its no secret my love for Annette Blair. I wasn't going to read this book. The cover didnt do anything for me, and as we all know, I pick my books by the cover most of the time. But I loved Blair's other books, so I picked it up. I devoured this book in two nights. She did an excellent job as usual with making a connection with you and the characters. I will definitely pick up the next book in this series.
A Veiled Deception was really great compared to other fashion fiction books I have read. I plan on reading book #2. I enjoyed the plot and the twist along the way. I can't wait to see where the author takes the main character Madeira in this series! Her sewing and fashion words for cursing were cute! It really does have all three; Vintage, Magic and Mystery!
Fashion designer Madeira Cutler returns home to help with her younger sisters wedding and the engagement party serves up a murder for her to solve. Madeira loves vintage fashion and gets psyhic impressions from the former owners. The authors descriptions of the clothes and buildings in the stories location of Mystick Falls had me wishing this was a picture book.
A light frothy read. The protagonist is a clothing designer and has a deep love of vintage clothing from which she can "see" the last person who wore the clothing. Her sister is getting married and she heads home to her small town to visit. But someone is murdered using the sister's antique veil! Oh no!

Not a very deep book but fun and its part of a series.
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