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A Veiled Deception (A Vintage Magic Mystery #1)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  2,788 Ratings  ·  201 Reviews
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
ebook, 256 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Berkley (first published December 17th 2008)
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Aug 06, 2011 Yvonne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 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
Apr 28, 2015 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keepers
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
Mar 03, 2016 kaoyler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd probably give this 3 and a half stars if that were possible. It's an interesting little murder mystery with some ghost sightings thrown in. The thing I enjoyed the most about this book was the turn of phrase the author used. This is how the book starts:
“My father would never have asked me to take a leave of absence from my job in New York City if he could have handled my sister’s wedding and the “Jezebel” plotting to preempt it without me.
By default, I can fix anything. My name is Maddie,
Amy Freedman
Aug 25, 2016 Amy Freedman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went out of my "comfort zone" in reading this cozy. I have never read a paranormal type cozy and was a bit skeptical about doing so. Also, I am not much into vintage clothing or haute couture. However, that is precisely why I enjoyed this book so much! I allowed myself to be open-minded and enjoy the story for what it was. Being the first in the series, the characters are introduced in a somewhat stressful way-- a wedding! What could possibly go wrong? The murder occurs fairly early in the boo ...more
May 27, 2009 Dorri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Feb 26, 2012 Riccarla Roman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 19, 2010 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lynn Demsky
May 20, 2015 Lynn Demsky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, magic
“The right dress can be magic; the wrong one murder! From the national bestselling author of Sensations 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,”

This was an o.k. read --- the town, city, characters were all interesting, liked how the past fit in with the vintage clothes but I had to work at finishing the story --- thus a 3 rating!
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
Apr 04, 2011 Mikaela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 21, 2011 Heather Leasor rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 16, 2011 Shelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, mystery
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
Oct 02, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 25, 2012 Mersadies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 09, 2011 Terri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, fashion
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
Feb 12, 2009 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 19, 2012 Cara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 06, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read!
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.
Sep 05, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2012
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.
Aug 26, 2016 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book a lot. It's always nice when a book meets your expectation, a fun & cozy mystery was exactly what I needed.

Firstly, I adored Madeira. Seeing a character embrace her new found powers so well is really refreshing. Also, the friendships she had with other women throughout the novel was fantastic.

Oh & I can't help but compare this with the Confessions of a Shopaholic series. I know that they're not exactly similar, this is a murder mystery after all. However, I find that
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.
Aug 30, 2015 Andree rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
2.5 stars
So, I have managed to find two series of cozy mysteries about witches who are super into vintage clothes (view spoiler). That is how I roll.
I had some issues with this one. The details are not always great. Three daughters named Madeira, Brandy and Sherry is a bit weird. Some of the characters aren't that likeable. Not wild about Maddy's father, for example, nor the little sister and her fiance. Was on the fence about Mad for a re
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Annette Blair's romantic comedies owe their beginnings to a root canal and a reluctant trip to Salem Massachusetts. Though she had once proclaimed she'd never write a contemporary, she stumbled into the serendipitous role of Accidental Witch Writer on that trip. Funny how she managed to eat her words even with an aching jaw. Magic or destiny; Annette's Bewitching Romantic Comedies became her first ...more
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