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Spellcasting In Silk (A Witchcraft Mystery #7)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  2,045 Ratings  ·  165 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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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
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
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
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!
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.
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.

All of
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
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
❂ Jennifer
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
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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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.
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!
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.
Kat  Hooper
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
review coming soon
This is just a really nice cozy series to read in between other more intense subjects. It started out Lily Ivory was the new witch in town and she has grown into an important part of the Haight Ashbury community. She is involved in the magical community and the normal community. Her powers are much stronger than most suspect. She helps the SFPD solve murders when asked. In this book of the series, she is helping prove the murder of two people, made aware of a strong chaotic magic on the loose an ...more
Hmm, how to differentiate this book from the others in the series? Lily and Sailor are officially dating. She gets jealous of the "cousin" Sailor is training his gypsy psychic senses with, but then Lily and cousin Patience have an adventure with somebody shooting at them in these old bathhouse ruins. Lily takes in a young witch for a few days who reminds her of herself. And the mystery is about a woman who jumped off Golden Gate bridge, tangled up with the curandera who is the teenager's grandmo ...more
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is so much fun to read. In this book, Lily is really realizing her magic potentials. But will having them mean she will have to give up things/people she loves? I liked how new people come into the story line in this book and the potential for more intrigue in Lilys life. I highly recommend this series be read in order because each book continues the story so well.. each book adds to the fun
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I'm enjoying watching the growth of Lily's relationship with Sailor, though there are points I want to stop her when she gets in self-doubt mode and ask her if there's a better way to handle those emotions. LOL Anyway, looking forward to the next couple books in the series, and wondering where the author's going with the build-up of tensions in the supernatural community in this series.
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun series, but not a lot in this one. Sailor is still in the picture and is as one dimensional as ever. Aiden makes a brief appearance for no apparent reason. Carlos is barely there. Not as much humor this time around. Mainly it is about Lilly getting over her jealousy/insecurity. 3.5
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not quite the big finish I think I was looking for but still a good read
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story, but it was lessened a bit for me by all the jealousy issues in the book. Love triangle are one thing, but the nagging jealousy in a cozy isn't my cuppa. Good book, overall, though.
Amy Webster-Bo
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
really good 7th book in the series, nice story line
Ikku Summers
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jessie Wheeler
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was one of my favorites! Good guys win, bad guys lose and Lily is happy!
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable chance to put reality a little aside for awhile.
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really want Aidan, Lily, and Selena to be a family.
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“I'm Lily Ivory, and this is my friend Sailor."
"You sail?"
"No. It's my name, not my avocation.”
“m’ijita. That is not what it is for. And selfish reasons are almost always the wrong reasons.” 0 likes
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