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Hexes and Hemlines (A Witchcraft Mystery #3)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  4,380 Ratings  ·  278 Reviews
With her vintage clothing store taking off, Lily Ivory is finding that life in San Francisco suits her just fine. But her ability to sense vibrations from the past, so useful in locating secondhand gems, has landed her in the middle of a new mystery...

Lily gets called away from Aunt Cora's Closet when the police need a witch's take on a strange case. Malachi Zazi was stabb
Mass Market Paperback, 314 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Berkley (first published April 19th 2011)
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Montzalee Wittmann
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hexes and Hemlines (A Witchcraft Mystery #3) by Juliet Blackwell is a fun cozy, witchy mystery. I like the supernatural and it is a nice break for the heavier books to read a cozy book once in a while so this is perfect. It is a easy and fun read that kept me entertained.
Nov 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-blog
Lily Ivory is pulled away from her vintage clothing store, Aunt Cora’s Closet, to give the police a witch’s take on a strange crime scene. Rationalist Malachi Zazi has been found stabbed to death in his apartment surrounded by symbols of the very bad luck he was trying to disprove. When a suspect from his own Serpentarian Society is identified by the police Lily is shocked to find that it’s someone she knows. As bad luck strikes all of the Serpentarian Society members, Lily begins to wonder if i ...more
Aug 02, 2012 rated it liked it
I am still liking this series, although this book has me a bit confused about where it's going to go from here.

Lily Ivory is a witch. And for most of her life she's kept that under wraps, because it hasn't done her any favours to let people know about her powers, and she's been running from place to place most of her life to avoid complications.

But now, Lily's decided to stay put in San Francisco, where she runs her vintage clothing shop Aunt Cora's Closet in the famous hippy Haight Ashbury area
Oct 10, 2016 rated it liked it
This series is so addicting I’m speeding right through them! Juliet Blackwell has a new follower in me, so glad “she found me”. I started this series because I absolutely loved her two latest books, “The Paris Key” and “Letters from Paris”. To my delighted kiddy witchy surprise it turned out she has a series whose protagonist is a Witch, a white Witch, named Lily Ivory. Perfect reading for this time of the year don’t you think?! (Halloween is my favorite Holiday).

So much to love about Lily Ivory
Barbara ☠
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I don't know what it is about this series, but I get a kick out of it. A cozy, supernatural, witchy mystery is just what I need when I have read too many heavy books in a row, and Juliet Blackwell's Witchcraft Mysteries fit the bill to a tee.
I love San Francisco, and what better town for the shenanigans of a spunky witch, her pig/gargoyle/goblin familiar, an unwilling psychic, a questionable warlock, a sceptic police officer, as well as an unbelieving journalist. Add in a great secondhand/vintag
Dec 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Listened/Read for Fun (Tantor/Paperback)
Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 3.50

Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: Hexes and Hemlines by Juliet Blackwell while not being my favorite in the series was still a pretty darn good read!

Overall Thoughts

1: While this wasn't my favorite in the series. I still had a really good time reading it.
2: The more I read this series, the more I wished I could find a vintage clothing shop near me.
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Exiled from her native Texas, witch and vintage clothing seller, Lily Ivory, has been slowly building a new life in San Francisco. She’s developing friendships she never had in childhood, her business is growing, and she’s dealing, more or less, with the men in her life. Lily’s talent as a witch is known to at least one police inspector, so when a murdered man is found in a room filled with bad luck charms, the inspector asks for Lily’s take on the crime scene. Since the prime suspect is the son ...more
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Book three in the series takes us a touch further into everybody's back stories. Still many unanswered questions. This is definitely the slow reveal method.

I really like Lily, she is surprisingly spunky and sweet at the same time. She has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the fellas. Who should she end up with? I have my ideas but I hope this does not take over the series. I prefer the romance to be a side element in a cozy myster
May 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-cozy
The Good: Have I ever mentioned how much I love Juliet Blackwell's writing? Probably. But I really, really do. Lily takes on another mystery in Hexes and Hemlines, one revolving around magic and superstitions and possible satanic worship. While uncovering a killer, she still manages to run a successful business, become further confused by Aidan, deal with Max, befriend (sort of) Sailor, and learn more about both Voodoo and Romani magic. The mystery was amazing, Lily continues to be a great chara ...more
Dec 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2015
I like how Maya's mom is making reproductions of vintage patterns in larger sizes.
I like how there was more info about Lily's backstory in this book.
I wish that the titles of the books had to do with the storylines.
I kept getting confused about what color the cat was, or did Lily have two cats? I thought she had the black cat but then at the end there was a white cat? I wish she wasn't allergic to cats. Or that there was more Oscar. Can she trust him? I don't know!
Alyssa Wallace
Jun 12, 2011 rated it liked it
I love a good paranormal mystery and Hexes and Hemlines never had a dull moment. Juliet Blackwell created such a good story with Lily. I love love love her clothing store she owns and loves that she gets vibes from clothes that give her clues to solving murders. Hexes and Hemlines is my favorite one in the series so far and I hope they keep coming.
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
I'm really enjoying this series. I appreciate the author has done her research. Each book gives a little more about Lily's back-story; she did not have a loving childhood. We also learn what event lead to her banishment from her town.
Nov 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Hmmm this one was a little darker than the previous too. Still mostly light and cozy in tone but definitely a darker subject matter this go round.
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fluffy urban-fantasy mystery. I wouldn't call it top-quality, but very entertaining when the urban-fantasy itch needs scratching!
gigi pryce
Love this series. I'm listening to them on audio book and I can't get enough,
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Aiden is just so freaking interesting I want him to be with Lily and I want to know more about him.
Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lily Ivory has found herself in trouble again. Juliet Blackwell has me under her spell though as I devoured this book, the third in the Witchcraft Mystery Series. I was as caught up with Lily learning her trade, with Lily's relationships, and with the men in her life, as I was the actual murder! Well done, Juliet Blackwell.
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it
still enjoying this series. Lily Ivory is some kinda witch! :-)
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fun cozy series.
Amanda Carcione
Jan 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Not my favorite in the series. I had a really hard time following all of the parts of this story. I am, however, in love with these characters.
MsDale Gallaway
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read. I love these pseudo-scary witch stories.
Lynn Campbell
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book left me hungry for more.
It's really hard not to enjoy a witch who owns a vintage clothing store, helps the police, and has a gargoyle-goblin familiar -- who turns himself into a mini pot bellied pig.
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love these characters. Always a good mystery, laughs and new and nasty bad persons. I listen and read at the same time, not on kindle this series. The Narrator is amazing!
Jennifer Barr
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love these books, and really appreciate the amount of research that goes into them.
4.5 stars

Originally posted at My Book Musings.

Lily Ivory sure is growing on me.

In the third book in Juliet Blackwell's A Witchcraft Mystery series, we see the plot take a darker turn. While the series is somber, it is a mystery book after all, I felt like the plot was more serious this time. This focused more on the murder, witchcraft, and hexes. Moreover, while it did touch Lily's love life, or the lack of it, this was not a major issue as much as it was in the previous two books, Secondhand Sp
Jan 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Okay. Where to start? I'm beginning to warm up to this series, which is good.

But I would like to point out some parts of the story that bothers me. Knowing it was in the author's intention to side with the main character (aside from some annoying quirks of Lily's), I quickly jumped to defend her.

First of all, I'm glad she dumped the self-wallowing reporter, Matt (or was it Max?). I understand the tragedy he went through with his deceased wife and brotherly troubles with Luc. I get that he enjoys
Aug 06, 2013 rated it liked it
In this book Inspector Romero asks Lily to help investigate a suspicious death that had all the hall marks of a weird case. The body of Malachi Zazi was found stabbed to death in his apartment, under a ladder, surrounded by the number thirteen, a broken mirror, and a black cat-talk about being surrounded by bad luck yikes! As head of a rationalist society, He was devoted to discrediting these types of beliefs.We soon find out that Zazi was doing dinners that was a who's who of San Francisco mov ...more
Kimberly Ann
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bad-luck, charms, curses

★ ★ ★ 1/2

I had this on order from outside Libraries and it never came. Then I read a review here and from that I surmised that the book to be more violent and less paranormal than I might desire. But then two other events occurred, I came across the 2nd book in the series and I read it, then I was ordering Mysteries for the Library and I came upon this title, so I ordered of course when it arrived I read it.

I liked it: Ivory has run away from Texas & her grandmother Graciela in th
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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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A Witchcraft Mystery (9 books)
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