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A Vision in Velvet

(A Witchcraft Mystery #6)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  3,197 ratings  ·  215 reviews
Lily Ivory hopes to score some great vintage fashions when she buys an antique trunk full of old clothes. But she may have gotten more than she bargained for.…

As soon as Lily opens the trunk, she feels strange vibrations emanating from a mysterious velvet cloak. When she tries it on, Lily sees awful visions from the past. And when the antiques dealer who sold her the
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by NAL
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Sandie Herron
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone whoi enjoys a good cozy paranormal mystery
Recommended to Sandie by: It's followed my interest in the series
by Juliet Blackwell, narrated by Xe Sands
6th in Witchcraft series

It seems that there are no seams between books in the Lily Ivory mystery series by Juliet Blackwell. She ends one and then another begins as if there were no time gap. A VISION IN VELVET begins with an antiques dealer named Sebastian offering Lily, proprietress of Aunt Cora's Closet, an old trunk full of old clothes, something Lily would normally be excited about, until she looked closely. The trunk traveled over
Kat  Hooper
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature.

Juliet Blackwell’s WITCHCRAFT MYSTERIES hasn’t let me down. This is a solid series with a fun setting and great characters. Tantor Audio’s versions read by Xe Sands are terrific and I’m certain that her narration adds a lot to my enjoyment. Honestly, I’ve got a bit of a voice crush on her. I wouldn’t think of reading these books any other way.

In A Vision in Velvet, the sixth installment, Lily’s vintage clothing
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Keeping up with Lily and her merry band of supernatural and other non-magical friends is an entertaining ride. This time Lily comes into possession of a rickety old trunk of ragged clothes, buried with a velvet cloak that possesses the power to transport Lily to the scene of a witch-burning from the early days of US history. In the process of investigating a murder which follows quickly after obtaining the cloak, her trusty pig-familiar goes missing and Lily damn near loses control of her powers ...more
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Can’t wait to read the next one. I loved this one as much as the others.
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Perhaps my favorite so far, although I can't quite say why. I found myself really worried about Oscar, Lily's little familiar, as Lily & Co work to retrieve him from the evil grip of...A TREE!
Sometimes I forget why I don't remember to keep up with this series and then I read a book and I do. That sounds more negative than I mean it to. It's fine. It's all fine. It's just not super gripping for me, even by a cozy mystery scale.
I'm always a proponent of reading a series in order if you can. But, if you can't pick up earlier books in Juliet Blackwell's Witchcraft mystery series, start with A Vision in Velvet. If you don't fall in love with Oscar, the gargoyle/potbellied pig, I'll be surprised. And, I suspect you'll be just as anxious as Lily Ivory when he goes missing.

Lily, the witch who owns Aunt Cora's Closet, a vintage clothing store in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury neighborhood, didn't really want the old trunk she
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Below is my review from my first time around with this book in 2014. It still holds up. This is a fantastic read and I can definitely recommend the book, series and author.
Juliet Blackwell has a way with paranormal cozies and I love reading them. The setting of San Francisco alone makes the reading excellent and has me wanting to visit, wishing that Lily Ivory's shop was real. I'd love to meet Oscar the talking pig, Lily's familiar, and peruse the vintage clothes and mystical items she
Really, this was more on the "just okay" end of the spectrum. The past two books have not really moved the major story arc forward much and the resolution was anticlimactic. I hope that I enjoy the next but I am getting less and less involved in this series.
For once, I found the title of a fictional work easily understandable and clearly pertinent to the story line. Lily Ivory dons a VELVET cloak that is not only giving off paranormal vibrations but is virtually calling to her. When she secures the clasp at her throat, Lily experiences a VISION in which she witnesses a witch being burned at the stake. And thus, we have the title: A Vision in Velvet.

Backing up about an hour or so, we find Lily purchasing a battered old trunk full of dry-rotted
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many talents set Juliet Blackwell apart and have my appreciation. She is among few, creating exceptional adult paranormal fiction; not ghoulish vampires but honest to goodness ethereal subjects: ghosts and witches. She excels at plotting mystery. I discourage her categorization in the ‘cozy’ genre because she doesn’t throw together single-threaded drivel like most; the exhausted cliché of finding a body and determining a killer. To my gratitude, Juliet’s plotlines don’t necessarily hinge on ...more
Alice Liu
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Familiar tension! The really great thing about A Vision in Velvet is that Lily is growing and evolving as a witch, and her relationships grow deeper. With any series, it's gratifying to see the protagonist change without losing any of the spark or vulnerability that made the reader (me) fall in love them from the very beginning. When Lily loses Oscar, she is able to gather her usual group of friends and acquaintances to support her in both mundane and witchy ways. The difference is that instead ...more
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Witchcraft Mystery series by Juliet Blackwell is an automatic MUST HAVE buy for me.
I was so excited to be gifted an advance copy of this sixth novel in exchange for my honest review.
Every one gets better and better!

Lily Ivory is still running her Vintage Clothing store with the assistance of a cast of wonderful characters, including her unusual "familiar" Oscar, a shifting gobgoyle miniature pig.
Lily gets offers of some intriguing acquistions for her store, but often they come with energies
Casey Keen
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hunting for antique clothing, Lily Ivory stumbles across a very powerful cape at the bottom of an old trunk—A cape with the ability to show her memories from another time period. Once again, she is captivated by a murder mystery thanks to this magical cape. During her investigation, her familiar, Oscar, vanishes. Lily is torn-up about his disappearance, and stops at nothing to find him.

Once again, I enjoyed this novel. The characters are well developed and relatable. Lily's tenacity and bravery
Sandie Laughner
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this book!! I'm so into this series that I feel like I personally know the characters.
Lily Ivory buys an old trunk filled with old clothes. In the bottom is an old velvet cape. She is transported back to the days of the Witch trials in Salem, MA.
From that experience, there is a murder at an ancient oak tree, strange mushrooms, frogs and Lily's familiar, Oscar, is kidnapped by the tree.
Come along for a riveting adventure as Lily and her friends try to get Oscar back. Plus, find a
❂ Jennifer
I can always count on Ms. Blackwell to write a cozy I enjoy reading. I love the characters and the setting. I guessed the murderer, but the plot ended up more complicated than I imagined at first glance.

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Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I just find this little, supernatural, cozy mystery series comforting. I am getting close to the end of the series as it stands now, and it makes me a little sad. I look forward to Lily Ivory's adventures in San Francisco, alongside her crazy cast of characters including Oscar the Gobgoyle, a merry coven of witches, Sailor, her not so psychic boyfriend, Aiden, the very mysterious warlock, Conrad, her homeless friend, and Carlos, the friendly SF cop who comes to Lily for help investigating the ...more
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another pleasant read. Even though it took me a long time to read due to personal things and fatigue, I thought it ended way too quickly.

Bridges are burned, sacrifices are made. I’m wondering if the next installment will be the last or next to last, since this book felt like a steep increase to an imminent ultimate showdown.
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I do love this series. The characters continue to become more endearing as the series progresses, and the mysteries get deeper each time. Can't wait to read the next installment in Lily's adventures.
Elizabeth D.
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's like Juliet Blackwell casts a spell on her readers. Can't wait to start reading the next installment in this series.
Kat Lebo
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Vision In Velvet: A Witchcraft Mystery
By Juliet Blackwell

Lily Ivory is back – and, along with her are all your favorites: the gobgoyle, Oscar, the ever dishy Sailor, Bronwyn, Maya, Conrad, Inspector Carlos Romero, Lily’s grandmother, Graciela, and, of course, Aiden. Once again, things are more than just complicated in San Francisco.

In this episode, Lily purchases an old, beat up trunk from an Antiques Dealer she knows, Sebastian Crowley. It doesn’t contain anything of value for use at Aunt
Nov 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You may find reviews of Books 1-5 here:

Book 1: Secondhand Spirits

Book 2: A Cast-Off Coven

Book 3: Hexes and Hemlines

Book 4: In A Witch's Wardrobe

Book 5: Tarnished and Torn

In the next installment of the Witchcraft Mystery Series by Juliet Blackwell, Sailor has been allowed to return to San Francisco after being banished by Aiden. This is a relief to Lily, who over the course of the first 5 books has really taken a shining to our brooding psychic. The pair get along amazingly and I love their
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Juliet Blackwell's latest mystery in the Witchcraft Mystery series is A Vision in Velvet and it was quite the exciting and thrilling read! I love a good paranormal mystery read and Juliet is one of my go-to for that one! (Victoria Laurie is another!)

Each book is a sort of standalone in some sense, but as always there are some plot points that get carried over, such as past adventures and relationships, but I would say one can read this without needing to read the others, but as always I highly
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
As usual I loved this story. :)
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Who would have thought that buying a trunk full of old moldy clothes would lead to so much trouble? When Lily is invited over to Sebastian's shop to see if she was interested in buying a trunk full of vintage clothes, she almost turned him down because the vintage clothes were practically dust. But something in the bottom of the trunk sparked a magical feeler so she agreed to buy the lot. Getting it back to the store, she discovers a velvet cape that when wrapped around her shoulders transports ...more
Judy Hall
Lily buys a book of old clothes when she gets a tingle from one item. That item leads her to a vision of a woman burning at the stake. While she's still recovering from that, her friend Conrad asks for her help saving the tree he sleeps under in Golden Gate Park. From there, synchronicity brings the two missions together.

Lily Ivory remains an interesting character. I like the way she is growing in her confidence and her strength. She is trusting in her friends more an opening herself to other
I adore this series, a witchy cozy mystery. It is a very enchanting with plenty of great charters to charm and entertain.

I love Sailor and Lily together, I wish we could get more of their dynamic. Again great supporting characters. The mystery this time was a touch darker. I was on the verge of solving it, Ms Blackwell throws curve balls into the mix.

I expect things will soon come to a head with Aiden. Definitely curious about all the loose threads at the end of this one. The major plot is
Christi Yip
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
LOVED LOVED LOVED this one. I just couldn't seem to put it down. I was flustered, because I was so sure that I had finished #5 of this particular series, but couldn't seem to remember some of the things happening. However, considering that my teenage daughter was still on summer break and I still have a really young baby to care for, this was the fastest that I was able to read a book in a VERY long time. I am hoping to go see the author sometime too, and perhaps get a few books signed by her. I ...more
Mar 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I had the same reaction to this book as I've had with all the others in this series. I didn't want to put it down once I got into it. This book had lots in it. A magical travel cloak, something evil disguised as an evil witch, a haunted tree, a lost witch's familiar, a couple of other loyal familiars, a spirit guide and a murder. Those are just off the top of my head! Lily had promised not to get involved in the murder of an antiques dealer, but the search for her lost pet pot-bellied pig kept ...more
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this series! I just finished this latest installment in the Witchcraft Mystery series by s. Blackwell, and found it to be another excellent book in the series. The characters are all finely developed and over the course of the series so far you really do come to appreciate each one of them in their own way. As in each of the previous books in the series, the plot line and conflict are well crafted and the story moves smoothly and easily. I would heartily recommend any of Ms. Blackwell's ...more
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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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“Every once in a while Carlos broke out of restrained cop mode and got poetic. I found it a bit charming and a whole lot disconcerting.” 0 likes
“If it's not a dead body... does this have to do with the cape?" asked Oscar.
"Oscar, I thought we agreed we weren't going to mention that to people," I reminded him.
"Sailor's not people."
"Sailor's curious," Sailor said. "What cape?”
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