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Larceny And Lace

(A Vintage Magic Mystery #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  2,229 ratings  ·  125 reviews
With all the stress of opening her new vintage clothing store (in a renovated old morgue) Madeira Cutler feels like a bag of bones--until she discovers the real deal, unearthed by an intruder, in an old body drawer. And the bones are as vintage as Maddie's stock, or so says Maddie's resident ghostly hunk, Dante Underhill.

Could the break-in have something to do with the
Paperback, 276 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by Berkley (first published 2009)
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Gevera Bert
Sep 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
Couldn't get into it. The excessive, fake, cutesy swearing really turned me off.
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Annette Blairs series about psychometry with old clothing caught my interest but I didnt know what these books entailed and they sat for years. It turns out, I am rewarded in my search for an adult series with ghosts, along with subtle witches and became an immediate fan! Madeira Cutler resigned as assistant to a designer; ready to stand on her own. An empty funeral parlour was discreetly owned and maintained by her hundred year-old friend; looking like an eyesore on the outside and disputed by ...more
Mar 06, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: flaming-dog-crap
This book was tough. I enjoy reading quick mysteries and light 'romance mystery' type fiction things for down time at work or at home when my husband is watching something crappy on tv. this was not a 'quick mystery' it took me forever to finish.

Not because it was insightful or long, but because it was so poorly written, scattered with bad english and grammar, and full of over the top, unneccary characters. Where there should have been detail there was none, conversly there was WAY too much
Sep 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Another enjoyable mystery. Still having trouble with the paranormal "thing" but that's my own issue. If you enjoy that and fashion as well as a good mystery, you'll enjoy this series.
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ok, let me just start off by saying I liked this book (book #2) of the Vintage Magic Mystery series, more than the first book. I wanted to give it 3.5 stars, but since that isn't an option, alas the four stars. I liked the storyline of this book much more than the first one and I also think I have begun to like main character Madeira Cutler more. In the first novel of the series I think I was still trying to decide if I liked her or I was trying to figure out her character, but I feel in this ...more
Sep 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
3.5 stars. Fun and better balanced than the first one. In fact, the first one really just felt like a setup to the series. The characters felt more real in this one. And some of the things that bugged in the first seemed toned down in this one (Mad's using sewing terms when cursing, for example). I also think the vintage clothing store helps. Mad setting it up was a nice touch. I still definitely prefer one of the two love interests. This one works better as a book, but I do think the mystery ...more
Apr 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book just as much as the first book in the series, A Veiled deception. I loved the relationship between Mad and Werner, and kinda rooting for him now even though I still like nick. The struggle within Mad to embrace her mothers belief is intriguing because it comes so naturally but she is still unsure. The relationship shift between Harry and Fiona was also charming to read about. The characters just keep growing and you keep learning more about them. A few new characters were ...more
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm really enjoying this series. I'm not sure how I feel about Nick. I don't see any redeeming features about him, especially as a love interest for Maddie. I am confused as to whether the author wants us to like Nick or Werner, but for Maddie I would definitely choose Werner. I love their constant bickering back and forth. Its definitely entertaining! Nick can go at any point and I would be fine with it!

The mysteries in the stories aren't the greatest, but the characters more than make up for
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I normally do not like the paranormal genre, but I really enjoyed this book.
This is book 2, and in this one, Madeira (or Mad) is close to opening her vintage clothing store, which is housed in a building she owns - the old morgue! The morgue comes complete with resident ghost, intruders, and in one of the drawers a quilt, which is being used as a wrapper for some bones. Madeira is also psychometric, and she picks up some vibes from the quilt which make her believe that the bones may belong to a
Dec 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Madeira Cutler is finally leaving her life and job in New York behind as she moves to her family hometown in Mystic, Connecticut. Maddie has huge plans which includes opening a vintage clothing store in a renovated morgue. The building needs much work, but Maddie is determined to have it completed by opening day. Unfortunately, an obstacle gets tossed in her way when an intruder breaks in and old bones are discovered in one of the morgue drawers.

Meanwhile, the building next door goes up in
Hollie Robb
Nov 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries
Book synopsis:

Madeira Cutler is busy opening her new vintage clothing store in what was once the town's morgue when she discovers an intruder snooping around a bunch of bones in a body drawer. Now, she'll have to dig up more than the past to solve a crime.

This was one of the most strangest books that I have ever read. This author was way too distracting for me, she was all over the place. She has 5 different charters that did not add to the story, they didn't need to be in the book at all. They
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Larceny and Lace is the 2nd book in the Vintage Magic series...Maddie Cutler has given up her job as a fashion designer in New York City and returned to Mystic Falls to open a vintage clothing shop. While getting her shop ready for the grand opening, a burglary occurs. Maddie
and Eve, her best friend and cohort in crime, find a vintage had made quilt with diamond engagement and wedding bands in a secret pocket. With help from Police Chief Werner and others, a decades old disappearance is solved,
Jan 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Vintage clothing shop owner Madeira Cutler has enough to contend with before the grand opening of her store, but finding some old bones leads her to a long ago murder. The killer is still alive, however, and determined that Maddie doesnt get a clue about what happened. With the help of her psychic abilities and a resident ghost, she follows the threads, weaves the clues together, and gets to the cut of the crime. Cleverly magical.
Brian Frauenknecht
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Another great book in this series. I absolutely love Dolly and Dante they are two of my favorite characters from the book. I can't wait to see what happens in book 3.
Vicky Beltz
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Cozy mystery - a girl comes home to open up her dream vintage dress shop, but murder happens.
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cozy-mysteries, fluff
too much product name dropping.
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book just as much as the first one. It had that same sense of self and humour. That same quaint feeling of fun and enjoyment. Something which I really enjoy in my reading and shelves. Especially after a long, serious day of hard work it just makes me so incredibly happy. And you know that there is going to be an easy, simple happy ending even if this is a mystery about death.

This Vintage Magic Mystery was quite a bit more sinister than A Veiled Deception. Especially considering the
Genevieve Bomes
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series gets better. I love it. This has a bit of everything and a great story line. A playhouse burning down with the owner in it. Vintage clothing that tells Mad of another murder. A ghost called Dante, and of course all the friends and family and don't forget Weiner the cop. Great characters that work so well together though I am kind of tired of Nick who never seems to do anything but but show up for sex. GIve her a love story.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
This cozy was somewhat difficult to follow. I liked the idea of the shop being housed in a former funeral home with a resident ghost, major points there, hence the two stars. Too many characters with complicated tie ins, I lost interest in who they actually were, including the main character and her crew.
I did enjoy the expletive "Scrap!". That was cute.
Lucinda Race
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love it- can't wait to read book 3 in this series
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Never quite sure which way some things will go and others are such easy guesses
Debbie Patterson
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy this series of books. Very imaginative and fast paced, full of ghoulish delights!
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun series! On to book number three.
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Had a few continuity type errors and Huh?? moments. Cute series though. I'll keep with it.
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
More enjoyable than the first. Felt like shed warmed up a bit. ...more
Oct 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Once again Madeira (aka Maddie or Mad) Cutler, former New York fashion designer, finds herself smack dab in the middle of a mystery. After purchasing the old Underhill Funeral Chapel, curtesy of her friend and centenarian Dolly Sweet, remodeling it and walking in to prepare it for the grand opening of Vintage Magic, is it any wonder she gets a little cranky when a theif breaks in when she's only been there an hour? Even Dante, the resident ghost, can't help Maddie ID the culpret.

It isn't until
Sep 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, paranormal
picked up A Veiled Deception, the first of the Vintage Magic mysteries, a few weeks ago and just decided to read it the other day. Just after I finished it, I happened to be at Borders with $5 in Borders Bucks, happened upon the sequel and picked it up.

In the first book, Madeira Cutler goes back to her (fictional) home town of Mystick Falls, Connecticut to help with her sister Sherry's wedding to Justin Vancortland. At a dinner party on her first evening home, Maddie finds an ex-girlfriend of
Connie N.
#2 in the Vintage Magic cozy mystery series. In this book Madeira (Mad) is getting her shop together for the grand opening. Unfortunately a fire breaks out in the lot across the street, and a dead body is found. Not only that, but some old bones are found in Maddie's shop. As in the past, Maddie can touch certain vintage clothing items and get a vision of the person who wore them last. So not unexpectedly, Mad does some sleuthing, along with her best friend Eve, after Mad handles some of the ...more
For an escape simple read this book is taking time to plow through. The story line is interesting - buy an old funeral home, renovate and open up a vintage clothing costume shop in a small town. The story comes complete with a resident ghost who keeps the new owner appraised of all the comings and goings in the shop. The author though seems fixated on designer clothing and making sure the reader is fully aware of every nuiance of cloth on the characters in the book, right down to the Jimmy Cho ...more
Aug 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Clothes whisperer Maddie Cutler has moved from big city New York back to her hometown to open her new vintage clothing store in an old building that used to house a morgue, but now houses a resident (and friendly) ghost. With the help of family and friends, she has just a few short weeks until her grand opening to furnish and decorate the building and unpack the boxes and boxes of vintage clothing. In the process, Maddie's building is broken into, a fire across the street uncovers a murder, and ...more
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