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In a Witch's Wardrobe

(A Witchcraft Mystery #4)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  4,613 ratings  ·  285 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 322 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Penguin Group (first published July 2012)
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✨ Gramy ✨
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"Creative energy is very powerful. For people, making arts and crafts brings up a kind of relaxed concentration, similar to meditation, allowing the positive energy to flow through your hands and into the item you're working on."

This cozy mystery takes place in San Francisco, California and has a heavy dose of witchcraft that blends myth and legend together with the paranormal aspects. In this introductory installation of Juliet Blackwell's Witchcraft Mystery, the reader
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
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Clare O'Beara
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: america-crime
I never knew that San Francisco was such a centre of witchery and weirdness these days. If you believe this cosy crime tale, every other person is into crystals, auras or herbs. Well, I sort of had an idea, but they're all powerful magical people? I can only conclude that - like many of us - this witch keeps the company of people like herself. Normal life happens around the boundaries of her social circle.

So a witch runs a used and antique clothing store, called vintage clothing, for women.
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Susan Parks
Aug 22, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Christy Wilson
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Alice Bye
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery, 2018
Another good story and continuation of the series!
Amy lifewiththe_williams
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great one!
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love the series. Love the book.
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm so enjoying this romp through the odder byways of things magical! I'll be re-reading this series at LEAST annually, which says much for it!
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, romance, crime
Way to go!

I need the next book now.
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
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Hated the out of character ending! She went from a strong feisty female to a doormat too scared to leave the comfort of her life to go after what she whines about missing! How can you make a believable character out of someone who will risk the safety of herself, her business and everyone around herself to snoop in criminal investigations for strangers when the same character won't stand up to someone close to her she knows is hiding things and more than likely helped betray her? You can't be ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: magic
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 ...more
Carol Gibson
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
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
Casey Keen
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
In a Witch's Wardrobe, the 4th book in the Witchcraft Mystery Series, Juliet Blackwell does not disappoint! It picks up with Lily attending an art deco ball. While here, she comes across a young woman who falls under a curse, given to her by her corsage. Lily vows to figure out what is going on, but first, she is assigned to investigate numerous poisons in the witch community.

I have to say, the more books I read by this author, the more I love her (and her writing)! This installment reflects the
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I adore these books. I adore the characters, I adore the mysteries woven with some magical, paranormal elements, and I most definitely adore Lily's familiar, Oscar the half goblin half gargoyle who transforms into a potbellied pig. The plot line of this book was intriguing, although I kept waiting for Lily to "get into trouble" for being too out with her witchy ways. That didn't really happen this book; yes her store was vandalized, but I was expecting something bigger from the build up. It is ...more
May 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozies, 1st-pov
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 ...more
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This mystery is the best in the series yet. I used to consider the Art Lover's Mystery Series (that Juliet Blackwell wrote with her sister under the pen name Hailey Lind) my favorite series by Blackwell. But with In a Witch's Wardrobe, this is my new favorite Blackwell series. Lily Ivory and friends--not to mention Oscar, Lily's half-gargoyle familiar--come alive in this book, and there's also a great mystery involving a Sleeping Beauty curse. Great characters, lots of laugh-out-loud fun, a ...more
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
This paranormal cozy mystery is set against a background in San Francisco. The characters have depth especially the protagonist Ivy. The story is blended together nicely.
Ivy and Adrian attends a ball and a strange woman stumbles against. Ivy find her in the ladies' lounge unconscious. She see her in the mirror. Ivy looks to Adrian for help but he has disappeared. Ivy trying to help the woman finds that someone is practicing hexes and is not very good at it. Can Ivy undo the hex and bring the
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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. :)
Caitlin Copp
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: october-2016
This is a great series. Lily owns a vintage clothing store in down town San Francisco. She is enjoying a night out attending an art-deco ball when one of the guests falls into a coma and becomes trapped in a mirror. Lily knows there is magic afoot and sets off to free the guest from the mirror as well as her coma.
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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 ...more

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A Witchcraft Mystery (10 books)
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  • Tarnished and Torn (A Witchcraft Mystery, #5)
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“She showed this to you?"
"Not exactly. I sort of saw it."
"But she invited you into her home, is what I'm saying." At my lack of immediate response, Carlos added: "You can't go into someone's home without an invitation, Lily."
"That only works on vampires, not witches."
I thought I head a reluctant chuckle.”
“You know I never lie..."
I raised an eyebrow.
"...about dancing." he amended with a crooked grin.”
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