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Hexes and Hemlines (A Witchcraft Mystery #3)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  2,858 ratings  ·  204 reviews
With her vintage clothing store taking off, Lily Ivory is finding that life in San Francisco suits her just fine. But her ability to sense vibrations from the past, so useful in locating secondhand gems, has landed her in the middle of a new mystery...

Lily gets called away from Aunt Cora's Closet when the police need a witch's take on a strange case. Malachi Zazi was stabb
Paperback, 314 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by NAL (first published April 19th 2011)
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I am still liking this series, although this book has me a bit confused about where it's going to go from here.

Lily Ivory is a witch. And for most of her life she's kept that under wraps, because it hasn't done her any favours to let people know about her powers, and she's been running from place to place most of her life to avoid complications.

But now, Lily's decided to stay put in San Francisco, where she runs her vintage clothing shop Aunt Cora's Closet in the famous hippy Haight Ashbury area
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Lily Ivory has only been in San Francisco for a couple of months, but she’s starting to feel like it’s home. She’s made friends with some fellow shopkeepers on Haight Street, a few local journalists, a cute cop who respects her paranormal talents, and some other quirky folks. Lily’s vintage clothing business has taken off, too, because she’s got a knack for choosing just the right clothes for each of her customers.

At the beginning of Hexes and Hemlines, the third book in Juliet Blackwell’s WITCH
Lily Ivory is pulled away from her vintage clothing store, Aunt Cora’s Closet, to give the police a witch’s take on a strange crime scene. Rationalist Malachi Zazi has been found stabbed to death in his apartment surrounded by symbols of the very bad luck he was trying to disprove. When a suspect from his own Serpentarian Society is identified by the police Lily is shocked to find that it’s someone she knows. As bad luck strikes all of the Serpentarian Society members, Lily begins to wonder if i ...more
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Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 3.50

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

First Thought when Finished: Hexes and Hemlines by Juliet Blackwell while not being my favorite in the series was still a pretty darn good read!

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Exiled from her native Texas, witch and vintage clothing seller, Lily Ivory, has been slowly building a new life in San Francisco. She’s developing friendships she never had in childhood, her business is growing, and she’s dealing, more or less, with the men in her life. Lily’s talent as a witch is known to at least one police inspector, so when a murdered man is found in a room filled with bad luck charms, the inspector asks for Lily’s take on the crime scene. Since the prime suspect is the son ...more
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Book three in the series takes us a touch further into everybody's back stories. Still many unanswered questions. This is definitely the slow reveal method.

I really like Lily, she is surprisingly spunky and sweet at the same time. She has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the fellas. Who should she end up with? I have my ideas but I hope this does not take over the series. I prefer the romance to be a side element in a cozy myster
Cozy Reader
Meet Lily Ivory. Lily is a witch with a coloured past, who has made San Francisco her home. She’s learning more about the powers that she has and even going back to school to get her GED! However, she’s not quite used to all the dead bodies piling up around her. Her contact at the Sans Francisco Police Department asks her to examine a dead body that is surrounding by bad luck charms. Lily finds the body of Malachi Zazi, whose father calls himself the Prince High and has formed a Devil religion. ...more
Lily Ivory, natural witch, owns Aunt Cora's Closet Vintage Clothing Shop.....

SFPD Detective, Carlos Romero calls Lily for help in finding the murderer of Malachi Zazi, who was the 13th member of a group of debunkers, who have all been having a run of bad luck.

While investigating the crime scene with Sailor, Lily comes across some powerful black magic & a rattlesnake......

Things spin out of control from there.....more and more bad magic comes into play.

Meanwhile, Max comes back to town, thin
Alyssa Snyder
I love a good paranormal mystery and Hexes and Hemlines never had a dull moment. Juliet Blackwell created such a good story with Lily. I love love love her clothing store she owns and loves that she gets vibes from clothes that give her clues to solving murders. Hexes and Hemlines is my favorite one in the series so far and I hope they keep coming.
Another book in the 'A Witchcraft Mystery' series, the third one and he third that I absolutely adored. These books are like honey...they are sweet and seductive. You just have to keep reading and you yearn for more before you even turn the last page.

In this book we delve a little deeper i ot the history of the characters. In a totally natural way, Juliet Blackwell lets us in on their little secrets, their fears and the chips they carry on their shoulders. It never feels forced and you symphati
Hexes and Hemlines was such a wonderful follow-up to Juliet Blackwell's first two books in the Lily Ivory series. In this latest adventure, Blackwell graciously chose to shed a little more light on my favorite mysterious characters like Aidan and the loveable Oscar. Bonus: she gives up some background info on the moody Sailor. She shared just enough... Of course now I have even more questions, which ends up being quite fun! I cannot wait until the next book is in my greedy little hands.

Leo Knight
Socialite Malachi Zazi is found amidst a slew of bad luck charms: a ladder to be walked under, a broken mirror, and a black cat, to name a few. They seem to have done the trick: he's dead. The police ask San Francisco's witchy detective, Lily Ivory, to consult on the case.

As in the previous novels, the author bases the magick on actual lore, giving a more authentic feel. She bases one character in particular on a real person. From what little I know, her depiction is pretty accurate.

This third
Gargoyles and Snakes and Gypsies OH MY!

In this third book of this series the character development continues. More background information is revealed on several main characters.We learn exactly why Lily left town at 17. We learn how and why Sailor came into his powers. We learn one of Aiden's biggest secrets. We finally find out what Oscar is and he has some fun "pet" rivalry. Interpersonal relationships move in different directions. Snakes play an important part in this story. There weren't as
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
I'm really enjoying this series. I appreciate the author has done her research. Each book gives a little more about Lily's back-story; she did not have a loving childhood. We also learn what event lead to her banishment from her town.
Those who read my reviews know how much I enjoy this author's books, no matter which series it is. Unfortunately I have hit a snag with this one. Twice I tried to read this, the second time getting to about halfway, and I just didn't care for the story. I think it just felt like there was no story, well, I mean that it went along so slowly and seemed like nothing much of anything was happening. Lily's interaction with friends and colleagues was at a minimum and there were no wonderful descriptio ...more
Hmmm this one was a little darker than the previous too. Still mostly light and cozy in tone but definitely a darker subject matter this go round.
Fluffy urban-fantasy mystery. I wouldn't call it top-quality, but very entertaining when the urban-fantasy itch needs scratching!
gigi pryce
Love this series. I'm listening to them on audio book and I can't get enough,
Sep 27, 2014 Sandie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy paranormal mysteries
Recommended to Sandie by: originally recommended by Lesa Holstine which I took from there!
by Juliet Blackwell
Narrated by Xe Sands
3rd in Witchcraft series

Lily Ivory gets called away from Aunt Cora's Closet when the police need a witch's take on a strange case. Malachi Zozi was stabbed to death in his apartment, under a ladder, surrounded by the number thirteen, a broken mirror, a house painted black, and a black cat, superstitions that the victim, as head of a rationalist society, was devoted to discrediting.

When the police identify a suspect from the Serpentarian S
Michelle Randall
Hexes and Hemlines is the third book in the Witchcraft Mystery series by author Juliet Blackwell, who I just happen to really love!

Lily has been asked by Detective Carlos to take a look at his crime scene, it is littered with bad luck symbols, and he wants to know what she thinks. This is a huge step for the detective, he is actually, after her being involved in his last two cases, coming to terms with the supernatural and the fact that witches and ghosts actually do exsist, which is a whole lot
Series: 3rd in Witchcraft Mysteries

Sensuality: n/a

Mystery Sub-genre: Paranormal Cozy

Main Character: Natural witch Lily Ivory, owner of a vintage clothing store called Aunt Cora's Closet

Setting: Modern day, San Francisco

Obtained Through: Publisher for an honest review.

Malachi Zazi is murdered in his apartment after a Serpentarian dinner party he hosted. The Serpentarian society is all about flaunting superstitions. Zazi's apartment is filled with bad luck signs, like a broken mirror. A shard from
Judy  at Musings and Ramblings
This is the third book in the Witchcraft Mystery series by Juliet Blackwell. The book opens with Lily Ivory being called in to exam a murder by SFPD Inspector Carlos Romero. Lily has had run ins with Romero in the previous two books and he has come to respect her talents. The death in question, happened in the penthouse, on the 13th floor of the Doppler Building. Malachi Zazi was the head of the Serpentarian Society, named after Serpentarius the thirteenth zodiac sign, and was trying to rational ...more
This happens right after the 2nd book. I'm actually weirded out with the time line... One bit of spoiler (view spoiler) Anyway, that spoiler bit is really my gripe. I'm reading this series because I want something "light" and yes maybe something concentrated more on the "relationship" part of the story... Instead, I got a semi-sort-of-interesting murder case and no relation ...more
This book was a really fun find for me. I received it as a gift so I’m new to this author and new to this series. Even though I started with book #3, Hexes and Hemlines, this read very well and could be considered a stand-alone. Yes, there are some reoccurring characters that I’m sure I could have understood better but Juliet Blackwell did such a good job of quickly reintroducing everyone I had no problem understanding. As an added bonus, it was really quick and easy to jump in to San Francisco ...more
I've liked the Witchcraft Mystery series so far and this book was no exception. It's a fun little book to while the hours away with, but I'll be honest when I say that occasionally I felt a little ambivalent about Hexes and Hemlines. As a warning to anyone who happened to pick this third entry into the series up without having read the previous books, you will want to read the previous ones first. You can follow along with this for the most part but you'll lose out on a little of the backstory. ...more
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Juliet Blackwell's Hexes and Hemlines was fabulous! If you're looking for a light mystery--or cozy I guess is the term--with some supernatural elements intertwined than this is a series for you! Juliet's series is very engaging, the characters are fresh and inviting. Lily is a witch who has finally made a home for herself in San Francisco and has friends and her magic is harnessing her magic thank to Aidan--another magic user she's met upon moving there.

At the beginning of the book Lily is alrea
Amanda Carpenter
I loved this installment of the series. I always love reading about Lily's world and her band of misfits. Many of these characters are paranormal in some way, but Blackwell does a great job at showing this along with the humanity in each of them as well. Magic, Witchcraft, Pyschic abilities, Voodoo, and everything in the paranormal world is wonderfully discussed in this series & and is rather powerful. Yet, Blackwell shows that even with this kind of power, magical people live in the same wo ...more
I've grown weary of late of the mysteries-with-a-gimmick series but this one cheers me and gives me hope. In this third entry of Juliet Blackwell's witchcraft series, vintage clothes store owner and natural witch, Lily Ivory is asked by a police officer to assist him in viewing the scene of a crime. The man is surrounded by symbols of bad luck and is impaled by a large shard of glass from a shattered murder.

This opens up a larger mystery as the victim is from the Serpentarian Society, a group th
Lily is back at it again in Hexes and Hemlines. She's running her successful vintage clothing shop and still getting called in to help the SFPD. This time is to figure out who murdered Malachi Zazi. He is a member of the Serpentarian Society; A modern day group of 13 members based on an old group from the late 1800's called the Thirteen Club from NYC. This group convenes to prove false the notions of spiritualism by addressing bad luck symbols; mirrors, cats, ladders, etc. So when the leader, Ma ...more
SFPD Inspector Carlos Romero asks witch Lily Ivory to look at an unusual murder scene on the thirteenth floor of an apartment building. Lily sees several symbols of bad luck: a ladder in front of the door, a broken mirror, a black cat, and an open umbrella. The victim is Malachi Zazi, son of the infamously eccentric "Prince High" Zazi, a self-professed Satanist.

Malachi's doctrine was Rationalism, and to prove it, he started a group called the Serpentarians. The group had thirteen members, who wo
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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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