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Spellcasting In Silk

(A Witchcraft Mystery #7)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  2,788 ratings  ·  192 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of A Vision in Velvet comes more spooky sleuthing with Lily Ivory, vintage boutique owner and gifted witch…

Lily would like nothing better than to relax, enjoy her friends, and take care of business at her store, which is booming thanks to San Francisco's upcoming Summer of Love Festival.  But as the unofficial witchy consultant t
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by NAL
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Dec 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Some authoresses with series I enjoy, have others that aren’t to my taste. I admire Juliet Blackwell and am keen to continue her “Haunted Renovation” mysteries. No one appreciates beautiful, independent, forty-year old heroines more than me. I exulted over the novella of them sleuthing together. Both her series are spooky and mature enough to qualify as “standard mystery”; if not for pointless, whiny, Oscar spoiling the tone of her “Witchcraft” storylines. I devoured the first three featuring Li ...more
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since I am not one to restate the summary of books in reviews, the process becomes harder as I go further into a series, especially one that I enjoy as much as this one. Many times by the 7th book, things are starting to get maybe a little stale, but not with Lily and company. Blackwell keeps allowing Lily to grow with each book, and I love that about them. Many of the characters around her are evolving as well, and relationships are changing. And Oscar... oh Oscar! Also, could there be a better ...more
Lisa Ks Book Reviews
I’ve mentioned before that stories with witches aren’t really my reading preference. I’m read this book at the request of the publisher in exchange for an honest review. And I have to say. I honestly enjoyed it!

Author Juliet Blackwell is a must buy author for many readers I know. I can see why. She has a passion for writing that clearly showed through in this book.

I loved the fact that lead character, Lily, is not only allowed, but is requested to help the police with their investigations. Even
Juliet Blackwell's mystery series are some of my favorites with the strong female characters, the complex relationships, and the paranormal elements. The Witchcraft mysteries feature Lily Ivory, a witch who owns Aunt Cora's Closet, a vintage clothing store in San Francisco. And, as much as I admire Lily for her continued growth and dedication, it's Oscar, Lily's amusing familiar, a Vietnamese potbellied pig/gargoyle, who has my heart. Lily and Oscar are in top form in the latest book, Spellcasti ...more
Jeanne Adamek
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really like Lily. I remember feeling and thinking like her, of course not like a witch, but in general. I love the fact that when I started this story (and actually all the books in this series) I could just read--there where no feelings of dis-belief or "come on, that is ridiculous" even though I knew that it was made up. Only a really good author can do something like that.

And of course Oscar was wonderul, grumpy but really loyal.

It could be me, but I felt like the story was a bit darker, wi
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a good book in a mystery series I am enjoying.

Lily is a hereditary witch, meaning that she has inherited witchy powers; she is not, however, thoroughly trained in their use. This can lead to complications, when she is dragged into paranormal situations and does not always have a good approach...although she is talented, clever and resourceful.

This volume focused on Lily's relationships, as well as the mystery itself. While she started out isolated, she is developing more and more of a fa
Doward Wilson
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lily owns Aunt Cora's Closet, a vintage clothing and more store in San Francisco. Lily is also a witch and unofficial consultant to her friend, Carlos, an SFPD detective. A jumper off the Golden Gate Bridge pulls Lily into an investigation of the fortune telling and magic community that combines magic, greed and murder into a powerfully entertaining story. This is Book#7 in the series and it continues the powerfully written characters, fascinating background and intricately plotted magic and mur ...more
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
I didn't like the first book in this series, but I'm so glad a friend persuaded me to try the 2nd book! The series has become a favorite of mine. I wasn't sure who the bad guy was until the big reveal and that doesn't happen often. I'm interested to see what's going to happen with Aidan now that he's let Lily in on some information about himself. Look forward to seeing Patience again, too! Recommend!
Feb 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
It's a quick, easy, fun read. Perfect for travel because it's easy to pick up and put down. Don't expect great writing.
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm still loving this cute, cozy, supernatural mystery series. Every time I start another instalment in this series I chuckle to myself. I would never have thought I would like a series like this, but I love the characters, most specially Oscar, and this series just gives me something light and quick to read when I need a break. Also, the setting is kind of like taking a mini San Francisco. I get a hankering to head to SF each time I embark on Lily Ivory's mystery train.
In this o
Elizabeth D.
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great read. I am really enjoying this series.
Nov 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Sandie Herron
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoy Juliet Blackwell's books, either the renovation series or this Lily Ivory story of a young witch finding a place to belong in the world. Her vintage clothing shop is jumping as patrons prepare for the Summer Festival of Love.

In the midst of a very busy and happy time, San Francisco's police department's Carlos Ramirez calls Lily to serve as their informal assistant in cases involving paranormal circumstances. He is currently trying to discover why a botanica shop's contents ar
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Sexual Content: Subtle/Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content: Moderate

When (detective and friend) Carlos approached Lily for help on a case, it was supposed to be on a consulting basis. A field trip with Carlos and brief Q&As with the magical community was all that was required by him, but Lily was sucked into this magical mystery of murder and who knows what else, and the only other thing to do was for me to get sucked in right along with her.

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Elizabeth Arrowood
Ah, what can I say? Just the first two paragraphs felt a little like coming home.

I've been a fan of this series for years, it's at the very top of my must-reads!

As always, the characters are charming and compelling, I feel like I've gotten to know Lily over the years, and I love how she's grown and accepted herself. I don't know how Juliet does it, but Lily just never gets boring and never stops growing. Lilys a witch, and one of the struggles she faces in this book is all too human, and very po
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
One of the things I adore about this series is Lily's growth. She started out as unsure, not trusting others, and a bit of a recluse. She's gradually opened up, she has friends (who love her just as she is), she's in a relationship. This book further explores her relationship with Sailor, she has to deal with jealousy and trust. She's stronger for it. I think this book focuses more on Lily's personal life than past books. The mystery is still there (as the "unofficial witchy consultant of the SF ...more
Sep 14, 2019 added it
Shelves: mystery
"that thing is u-g-l-y, it ain't got no alibi its uglyyyyy."
"that thing done got whupped with an ugly stick."
"its about as ugly as homemade sin."
"ugly as a mud fence."
"it's so ugly it has to sneak up on a glass of water."
"its soooo ugly it has to slap its feet to make them go to bed with it!"
"it's about as ugly as grandpa's toenails."
"ugly as ten miles of bad road."
"ugly as the back end of bad luck!"

"i swear its like putting socks on a rooster."

"it never ceased to amaze me how the proces
Sandie Laughner
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this series!! Strong, likeable characters, and a fun, eclectic setting. Still learning her Craft, Lily owns a vintage clothing store in San Francisco, the Haight area. She's also an unofficial Witchy consultant to the local PD. She does more than consult tho~~ she gets herself involved in some pretty dire situations.
In this book, a young woman's death is being blamed on one of the shop owners, who deals in herbs, candles and spells. Lily takes it upon herself to prove the shop owner wron
This is book seven in Blackwell's Witchcraft Mysteries. This is a fun lighthearted mystery series with a lovely main character. I love these books for light reads and this one is no different. In this book Lily has to deal with her developing relationship with Sailor, jealousy, a mysterious death, a teenage witch, and of course Aidan Rhodes. This story is fast paced and a pure pleasure to read. Love this series.
❂ Murder by Death
Juliet Blackwell is amongst my favorite cozy mystery writers and I have enjoyed every single thing she's written so far, spanning across three series. This series is hands down my favorite though. The murderer came completely out of left-field for me; upon reflection I can say I probably should have seen it, but I didn't.

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Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lily is again up to her armpits in magic and vintage clothing. It was interesting to get more detail on Lily and bringing Adrian back in (even though he's never really been gone). I also like Sailor's role in everything.
Kat  Hooper
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
review coming soon ...more
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always a cozy read, but this time the mystery didn't involve clothes, which was weird for me. Still, looking forward to the next one. Juliet, please don't stop writing this series!
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is another in Ms. Blackwell's magical mysteries that are always fun and well written.
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really fun series. Witchy detecting, vintage clothing, pet pig, hot guys and San Francisco.
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it

I decided it was time to dive into one of my older TBR books, particularly a series I fell behind in! So I went with Juliet Blackwell's Spellcasting in Silk! It's the seventh installment in the Witchcrafy Mysteries. It was great getting back to this world with the characters. Luckily, it's one of those reads where just a few character threads are the only things that continue on. The mysteries are always new and there's enough of a character arc recap in the beginning that starting this one was
I do love this series. The characters, setting, premise...the whole deal. Lily is a strong woman but with some self-doubt when it comes to some things in her life. She knows she's a strong witch, a great business woman, a good friend. Her relationship with her significant other can take the wind out of her esteem. This book in the series seemed to dwell a bit more on that this time. It's part of Lily's growth as a person, woman and witch, so I didn't mind. There was also plenty of action in the ...more
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lilly and a reluctant Oscar take the responsibility to keep a 14-year old witch safe from herself and others. An apparent suicide has Carlos Romero questioning things of the magical variety and especially Selena’s grandmother. Her shop is running rampant of its own accord.
Sailor is working hard with his cousin, Patience, to strengthen his abilities which plays havoc with Lilly’s jealousy since Patience may be a powerful psychic but a very gorgeous one who doesn’t respect Lilly’s powers. To make
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, audiobooks, witchy
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Mary A. Muchowicz
This is a fun, interesting read. Lily Ivory would like nothing better than to relax, enjoy her friends and take care of her Vintage clothing store where business is booming thanks to San Francisco's upcoming Summer of Love Festival. Detective Carlos Ramiros seeks Lily's help with a woman who jumped (or may have been pushed) off the Golden Gate Bridge and how this might be connected to a suspicious botanica in the Mission District. Also, the owner of that shop has a granddaughter who is missing a ...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 orc ...more

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