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Cloaked in Malice

(A Vintage Magic Mystery #5)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,427 ratings  ·  121 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 284 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Berkley Prime Crime (first published 2012)
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Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: supernatural
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
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I just loved this book. I have to admit I have not read the others in this series. I happen to come across this book one day and loved the blurb and got it as a Christmas present. Once I got started I could not put this book down. Mad is a wonderful character and reading clothes is very unique. Dante being a resident ghost in her shop is a nice surprise.
Paisley escapes her home after her mam and pop pass away. She is very closed off from the real world no phones, computers etc. She comes to Mad
I absolutely love this fashion-based, mildly paranormal series, and this is one of my favourites of the series.

Madeira is a hilarious, over-the-top sleuth/heroine, and I adore her! She is smart, sassy, clever and funny, and her fashion fetish, which bleeds into nearly every page of these stories is an extra feature if you are a fashionista. There are quotes from designers, fashion expletives [sort of] and everything Mad thinks has a fashion twist to it. It's just plain fun.

The mystery in this on
Jul 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
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
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Darlene Ferland
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal-cozy
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.
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dolly's Lookalike

A stranger enters Maddie Culter's boutique and startled everyone as she looks like Dolly Street. When Maddie touches a piece she goes into a trance. This starts the new adventure takes Maddie to an island off the coast. There are several twists and turns as this cold case unravels. The ending will surprised you.
Heather L
Aug 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2015
Not a bad read (view spoiler).
Sandie Laughner
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This series just keeps getting better!! :)
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
When a lovely young woman comes to Maddie's shop, dressed in vintage and searching for clues to her past, Maddie is eager to help her. That help comes at a price, when Maddie inadvertently reads a child's cloak that woman has with her, giving Maddie a vision of murder and kidnapping. There's also the uncanny resemblance between the stranger, Paisley, and Maddie's elderly friend, Dolly Sweet. After Dolly goes AWOL, Maddie's boyfriend, FBI agent Nick, gets involved as well. Soon, they are explorin ...more
Connie N.
#5 in the Vintage Magic Mystery series

Love the characters and am especially enjoying Nick and Mad's blossoming romance (although I'm a little sorry for Werner too). This mystery starts out well with the arrival of a mysterious woman who doesn't know anything about her past. But Mad's talent "sees" a potential kidnapping/murder that she intends to investigate. All was well until we started to discover what secrets were being hidden on the island. In my mind, it got pretty complicated with spies a
Digital And Vellum
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Annette did a good job taking your assumptions about where the characters and the plot were going and turning it on its head!
Cloaked in Malice follows our favorite vintage clothing psychic as she befriends a woman who doesn't even know her real name. Paisley Skye was raised on an island away from society, brainwashed after watching her parents get murdered, and finally escaped... Now who is she really?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was light and engaging. It kept me on my toes until the very
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Madeira has a customer who looks very similar to Dolly, her clothes and story launch Madeira and friends into another mystery to solve who Paisley Skye really is, her story is bizarre. Alnog with a little ghostly help from Dante. This story is full of vintage clothing, quirky switches of words, like tuck instead of fuck.
Lucinda Race
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this installment of the Vintage Magic series.
Ms. Blair didn't disappoint and I loved the peek back at Dolly and Dante's love affair. I'm poised to read Tulle Death do us Part- and I'm still rooting for the Detective and Maddie
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
This featured a plot so ridiculous that I’ve decided Maddie was actually in an institution hallucinating the whole thing. A lot of stuff in the story actually makes sense from that point of view. And only from that point of view. I think I’m done with these.
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was very confusing and honestly, barely held together as a story for me. It was kind of all over the place, and it ended really abruptly, too. Not my favorite.
🐥Erica Lundstrom🐥
I'd give this a 3.5. I thought it was very good, but the plot went out of focus a couple of times.
Kathy Kennerley
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's so much fun to read this series!
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
A whirlwind.
Mar 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Decent book - the ending is a little cheesy, hokey if you ask me, but it was still good. one more in this series and I am done!!!
May 20, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a weird one. And I fully believe that Maddie and Werner should be together.
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it
The fashion brand expressions are annoying. T.T And for some reason, I thought this was the second book. -_-
Jan 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Kimberly Ann
Jan 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Much better than the previous book, this only confused me by jumping around once in the beginning..... I really do not like interjecting thoughts/explanations that take up 1-2 pages, Cut It Short! Also, the author thankfully cut out the double boyfriend dilemma.

A young woman with a fake name (Paisley Skye) & little or no memory of her past comes into to Maddie's shop. Maddie has the gift of psychometry and has visions while touching certain vintage pieces of clothing. she hands Maddie a chi
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